The Secret Caverns

Posted by on Apr 3, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

An hour east of Tucson there is a unique set of caves in Kartchner Caverns State Park. This Arizona state park was created in 1988 to preserve these caverns in as pristine state as possible. Local cavers, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts, discovered the caverns in 1974. They kept the location secret and explored them […]

A Season at Home

Posted by on Jan 18, 2019 in Travel Update, United States | 12 Comments

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Six months before we set out on our adventure living a life on the road, my father was diagnosed with incurable colon cancer. We almost delayed our hike across Spain, but my parents insisted we set off. We […]

North to Alaska—Finally

Laurie and I were born and raised in Washington State, the state closest to Alaska. But we’ve never made the trek up north to visit the 49th member of these United States. Something about cold and mosquitos kept it off the top of our list. But we’re currently on a ten day “scouting trip” up here […]

There’s a Bear–Right There

“…among other things, the Wonderland Trail is one of the world’s most scenic weight-loss programs…” Doug Lorain in One Best Hike: Mount Rainier’s Wonderland Trail Part 2 of a Multi-Part Series During our ten-day hike around Mount Rainier with our friends Kim and Trev, we saw many of the indigenous residents of the national park […]

Smoke Gets in My Eyes: A Backpacking Journey Around Mount Rainier

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 8 Comments

Man plans, and God laughs. Yiddish Proverb  “Crystal Mountain is being evacuated because of fire. We might be next.” We were mere hours into a ten-day backpacking trip on the Wonderland Trail around Mount Rainier, and it appeared that Mother Nature was ready to not throw us a curve ball, but to strike us out. […]

Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona

Posted by on Jul 28, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

Well, I’m a-standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona… Glenn Frey and Jackson Browne I’ve found that for me, writing is a team sport. I only got better and eventually published my novel through the mentorship of talented individuals and through the help of critique groups. And it was fun to find out than one […]

Are You Smarter Than a Pocket Beagle?

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue. Anonymous The best part of our trip has been reconnecting with friends we haven’t seen for decades. In some stays we’ve met nice, young adults that for some reason keep calling our friends names like, “Mom,” and […]

Venturing Into the Apache Death Cave

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | No Comments

Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing. Helen Keller We hear about great places to see from our friends and readers. One of the more difficult to find on this Journey Across America was…the Apache Death Cave. Twenty-four miles to the west of Winslow, Arizona (yes, the same Winslow from the Eagles song, Take […]

Route 66 Can Sing

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 5 Comments

If you ever plan to motor west, Travel my way, take the highway that’s best. Get your kicks on Route sixty-six. Lyrics to Route 66, Bob Troup If you travel Route 66 eastbound of Albuquerque at 45 miles per hour you can hear the Mother Road play America the Beautiful. We heard about this from our […]

He Who Dares, Wins

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Travel Update, United States | 2 Comments

I will either find a way, or make one.  Hannibal before crossing the Alps  On the shores of Lake Michigan, just a short bus ride from downtown Chicago rests a German submarine. This U-Boat lies in peace thousands of miles from the Atlantic where it plied its deadly trade during World War II. How it […]

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