Across Death Valley

Miracle was still feeling pretty rough from her concussion. Luckily, the symptoms became less cognitive and turned into more physiological—shoulder and neck cramps and the like. I tried my best to massage her shoulders, but I have not the strength of a masseuse, so we began to look around and happened upon a fairly incredibleContinue reading “Across Death Valley”

Arizona and Nevada

I hate to ruin the magic of blogs for everyone, but my entries usually lag behind real life by about a week. Usually. As of late, it has been closer to two weeks. With this entry I am attempting to narrow this gap a bit more. We zoomed through northern Arizona. Yes, we had toContinue reading “Arizona and Nevada”

Etta and Escalante

I’ve lamented the development of Moab (as have many of the locals) and I wasn’t sure if I could find anything that struck that chord inside of me like that land of stacked and arched rocks did when I was in my early twenties. Then we traveled through south central Utah and saw the smallContinue reading “Etta and Escalante”

Moab

“They are a cancer.” We heard this exact phrase from several of the locals regarding the number of ATVs trolling the roads of what I remembered as a laid back mountain biking town. They are simply everywhere—like super loud bumblebees with far less charm and way more environmental impact. Since I was last here, wellContinue reading “Moab”

Colorado in review

Granted, I have been to Colorado before, but in recent years my forays into the state have been to run Pikes Peak and return home sore and sunburnt. I have neglected the lower part of the state, which is beautiful. Even though we only spent about a week there (it’s insanely expensive on the whole),Continue reading “Colorado in review”

Wolf Creek Pass

Colorado Rocky Mountain High, baby! Thanks to Paul Austin of Austin Automotive in Canon City for giving the bus the once over and preparing us for the climb through the mountains. We tackled Wolf Creek Pass—immortalized by the CW McCall song—with aplomb. Yes, we chugged the last several miles in second gear, but that onlyContinue reading “Wolf Creek Pass”

Jemez, NM

Admittedly, the last post turned into a bit of downer. Here’s the deal: the backroads have great scenery and driving. And, yeah, the scenery is still there because not as many people go on these routes and big businesses haven’t yet destroyed them. We took route 4 from Albuquerque to Santa Fe. The road isContinue reading “Jemez, NM”

Route 66 and the death of Americana

Driving gives me a lot of time to think, especially when we exclusively travel the backroads from A to B. We see things that we would have normally missed (just take a look at the destination posts from the blog). Sure, we still would have seen the National Parks, but we would have missed manyContinue reading “Route 66 and the death of Americana”