• That not so obligatory end of year post 2017

    As usual, at around this time of year, I’ll be agonizing over whether to write that obligatory end of year post. Which really isn’t that big of a deal, if you think about it. Because, you know…

  • Newly-minted Road Trip Warrior

    Introducing the newly-minted Road Trip Warrior… (mini drumrolls please!) Yup, that would be moi! I even have the swing top to prove it. Yeah, so this has officially been the Year of Road Trips for me, the…

  • The Grand Canyon, hi again!

    After spending the day seeing the canyon from different angles and going on a self-tour at the Tusayan Museum hiking through the adjacent Tusayan Ruin to learn about how ancient American Indians lived in the Grand Canyon,…

  • The Grand Canyon, just wow!

    So after spending an entire afternoon at a 50,000-year-old meteor crater, we’re up and out the hotel first thing the next morning making the 1.5-hour-long drive from Flagstaff to an, oh 70 to 80-million-year-old canyon whose name…

  • Flagstaff and the meaning of blown away

    The first thing I notice on the drive into Flagstaff, Arizona are the very tall trees reaching for the sky on both sides of the highway. There are trees everywhere – along the middle of the highway,…

  • On the high road to Arizona

    Right, so with first the Yosemite and then the Sequoia National Park mountain adventures tucked tightly under our belts, we’re ready to embark on our third road trip, one that would involve crossing the state line into…

  • Inside a giant Sequoia

    We were so pumped about our road trip to Yosemite we simply had to go again. To another national park, that is. Trust my two geologists and all those Earth Science classes they’ve been taking and as…

  • An early morning drive to Yosemite

    There’s good reason why summer is the best time for traveling. I mean, what else would you do when such wonderfully long days of sunshine are calling out to you, right ? So we did the only…

  • Long days and the deception of work

    When my morning alarm goes off, I jump up with a start thinking that I’ve overslept because the sun’s shining so bright it’s like high noon outside. I stumble across to my cell phone at the other…