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Finding Joy in Death Valley

October 27th, 2018|

Death Valley is an incredible place to go EXCEPT in the summer, when temperatures have reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit!  Some roads are quite steep, and signs posted require that you turn off your car's air [...]

Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, CA

October 11th, 2018|

Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California is a bizarre landscape where rocks and cactus pop up with strange and beautiful formations.   The Colorado and Mojave deserts meet here. tr

Hooray for Hollywood

September 30th, 2018|

Hollywood!  We did all the touristy stuff: Sid Grauman's Chinese Theater, the old Max Factor Building (now the Hollywood Museum), the Dolby Theater where the Oscars are held annually, and the Hollywood Museum of Illusions. [...]

Zion and the Subway, UT

September 24th, 2018|

The Native American Paiute tribes called this area Mukuntuweap, but the National Park Service decided that the adopted Mormon name, Zion, was easier for the masses to pronounce.   The park’s striking vertical topography is what draw visitors [...]

Grand Canyon, AZ

September 15th, 2018|

As the crow flies, Grand Canyon Village on the South Rim and the Lodge at the North Rim are only 10 miles apart.  To drive between them, you have to travel 215 miles or about [...]

Coyote Gulch, UT

September 8th, 2018|

Located in the vast Grand Staircase-Escalante desert, Coyote Gulch is a winding, semi-narrow canyon that snakes its way down through incredible red rock country, and joins with the Escalante River just above Lake Powell.  Mike hiked [...]

Moving Mom

September 6th, 2018|

Over the summer, we spent countless hours helping Mom sort through decades of household items interspersed with family photos, momentos and her own original artwork.  Therein lay the challenge - separating the wheat from the [...]

Sibling Reunion in Myrtle Beach, SC

August 18th, 2018|

We're so lucky to have each other.  Eight of ten siblings made it to the reunion.  We missed you Rosemary, Al, Steve, Linda and Vicki!  We walked the peaceful beaches near our AirBNB  where Hurricane [...]

Olympic National Park

August 10th, 2018|

Olympic National Park was warm and dry in August, making for easy hiking.  We love staying in the little cabins at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort.   We caught up with our Conservation Corps crew as [...]

Mount Rainier National Park

August 1st, 2018|

Mt. Rainier is like a beacon of sorts.  When we see it, we know we're home.  As you drive closer, the immensity of "her majesty" and the surrounding forest are awe inspiring.  We met our [...]

Saying Goodbye to Ron Snyder

July 29th, 2018|

So grateful that I made a quick trip to Long Beach, CA to see my friend Ron Snyder while he was hospitalized for pancreatic cancer chemotherapy.  We spent the day telling tales of our exploits [...]