America The Beautiful....The appropriately named National Park pass we purchased for $80 which has paid for itself 3 times over already. We love the National Parks and experiencing as many as we can on this journey is a goal we are trying diligently and joyously to fulfill. The campgrounds, the visitor centers, the rangers, the … Continue reading Deserts and Canyons and Arches…Oh My!
I remember before we left on our trip that I was looking forward to seeing the Southwest. One of the main reasons was the Grand Canyon. Now, I think I’ve seen enough. I was looking forward to spending a few WEEKS out here. NOT a few MONTHS. We stayed in the hot, dry desert … Continue reading No More Deserts
So, you know those pop-up shade houses with the canvas tops that attach to the white metal frame of the structure with Velcro? What are they called? Easy Ups? Well we’ve had one of those for years. It has always been more handy when being used as a tent canopy than a shade house. In … Continue reading Final Thoughts On The Ranch: A Comedic Interlude 1
For the past few weeks we have been staying at a ranch in the desert in Arizona. It was fun at first, but now I'm tired of it because it's hot, dry and windy, we're 40 miles from the nearest town, and there is no one around except for the animals. The past few days … Continue reading Desert Wildlife
From the hip, musical setting of urban Austin with its outlying regions of rolling hills and greenery, we went west and south into the vast openness of south western Texas. As we journeyed on, the landscape became increasingly dry regardless of the massive storm clouds that dumped marble sized hail on us. Just after … Continue reading Excessive Fluctuations
While we were staying in New Mexico I was told that we were going to go to the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. My parents had told me a lot about it and I couldn’t wait to go. I must say it was one of my favorite places we have been so far. I can’t even … Continue reading Deep in the Caves
As our drive out of Austin took us south into some vast open land, my soul felt as if it was headed north into some boundless open air. This is not to say that I didn't enjoy our time spent in Austin. I most certainly did. I love city living. I love city working. I … Continue reading BIG and Beautiful BIG Bend
Texas has been an interesting place for sure. The day we pulled into the state, at the beginning of February it was close to 80 degrees. Since then it has dropped to almost freezing and then risen back up at least three times. As I write this it’s 75 and I’m sitting at our camp … Continue reading The Calm of the Whirlwind
Rainy days are always a drag. Well, almost always. They’re OK when you can stay warm inside and read a book, or work on a project, or watch a movie or something. But I’ve been trying to alter my self-entertainment activities from passive to active, meaning I’m trying to DO more things and watch LESS … Continue reading Gray Fades to Blue
On January 14 we went to New Orleans. It was awesome! We did lots of cool stuff. First when we got there after finally finding somewhere to park for the day, we went in some cool little shops on the way to a cafe in the French Quarter for beignets, (pronounced ben-yays.) They were so … Continue reading Food plus Fun equals New Orleans!