Following the fantastic time at the Tree Lot (see “A Tale Of Trees“), it quickly dawned on me that we were nearing the time to begin our return journey. Although we still had a few months ahead of us and countless experiences yet to come, I was still filled with a sense of impending finality … Continue reading The Return (Part 1)
It's been about seven weeks since we left The Golden State, but I honestly started feeling the pangs of leaving immediately after crossing the state line. I'm pretty sure that it's not the traffic congestion, high gas prices, outrageous camping fees, the gangster neighborhood we did our laundry in or the constant thought of earthquakes … Continue reading Californication
A Tale Of Trees
I can remember Christmas Tree shopping as a kid when my father would drag us to at least six lots before finally settling on the perfect tree. I remember the feeling of excitement as we drove from the lot across from Quick Check to another lot in Westfield, then maybe over to Bowcraft (was there … Continue reading A Tale Of Trees
The Other North Coast
The air shifted and definitely became a little cooler as we drove west from the BurntwoodsStock music festival. With the music still in our ears and the fullness of heart from meeting new friends, we headed out to the Pacific coast. We had already spent the previous week around the Portland (Oregon that is… the … Continue reading The Other North Coast
Summertime Blues just hit me. Not because of the weather as I do so enjoy the crispness of the autumn air and the beautiful colors the season brings with it. Here in Montana (where we are working a sugar beet harvest until mid-October), it's almost as comparable to Maine.....almost. But let's be factual here. Living … Continue reading Summertime
The Black Hills…”Native” vs.” American” History
MOUNT RUSHMORE VS. CRAZY HORSE The Black Hills of South Dakota behold many miles of impressive scenery and a wealth of wild west history. It is also home to two majestic stone mountain carvings drawing millions of tourists annually to marvel at the beauty and perhaps embrace the history that so inspired these masterpieces. And … Continue reading The Black Hills…”Native” vs.” American” History
Elk and Moose and More Elk, Oh My!
When we first drove into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado I was so amazed by how awesome they were. I felt like I had just walked into Narnia. There were so many mountains, and rivers in the distance. This was my first time going to the Rockies and it is definitely not going to be … Continue reading Elk and Moose and More Elk, Oh My!
Vegas, Rated G
Believe it or not, Las Vegas can be both family friendly and affordable and with some diligence and planning we were able to spend four nights and five days taking in a little of the fun and craziness the city of sin had to offer. The total expenses for this family of four? $271....and … Continue reading Vegas, Rated G
Final Thoughts On The Grand Canyon: A Comedic Interlude 2
We were hiking down one of the Grand Canyon trails that leads down to the Colorado River. The trail winds it’s way down the cliff side through a series of switch-backs. Although not a particularly difficult or strenuous hike, it is quite steep at times and there is a real danger of getting yourself … Continue reading Final Thoughts On The Grand Canyon: A Comedic Interlude 2
Deserts and Canyons and Arches…Oh My!
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!