succulent sunset

Loaded Questions Vol. 2

“Where all have you been? Did you plan a route?” HA! Bwaaahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaa! A route … no. But that’s funny. First, where have we been? Up, down, west, east, coast to coast to the Great Lakes to the Gulf. It would take a couple hours to go through all the places we’ve been, scenic byways we’ve … Read More

CO Cottonwood Pass

Colorado Interlude

Nico’s not from here. Colorado, anyway. If you’ll recall, we had her shipped (like a mail-order bride) from Virginia. So over the past several weeks – while in our own home state – we’ve taken the opportunity to show Nico around. After an extended stop in Fort Collins to catch up with family and friends … Read More


Chapter One

***We’re sitting in the front seats, watching out the windshield as the gray clouds roll and rumble, pregnant with rain. It’s a clear view of the sky, despite the screen of bugs we’d smashed driving through the midwest. Lightning flashes in front of us and we can hear the wild reeds bending, submissive, into the … Read More

Big Bend National Park

Fighting the Wind on the Rio

The Rio Grande acts as the border between the US and Mexico. So, if we were to paddle down the middle of the river, we’d be straddling two countries at the same time, right? Great travelers on a grandiose quest, existing in two distinct parts of the world all at once … Right. So let’s … Read More

Prada Marfa with Nico the Van

Marfa Marfa Marfa

It’s quiet here. There’s no traffic – hardly any cars to speak of. No trains barrel down the rusty tracks that cross through town. People enter buildings without so much as a squeak and the doors never slam. Even construction noise on the new hotel is muted – slowing the progress, maybe. On purpose, maybe, … Read More

pismo beach sunset

Southern CA – The Rave

It’s about time. And sunset. *** Despite trouble sleeping, our time in Southern California was great. We drove in through San Diego, rode the Pacific Coast Highway as far north as Morro Bay then south again and east into the desert. We saw friends and made friends, bummed around beaches and hot springs and ate … Read More

Pismo Beach sunset

Southern CA – The Rant

Camping in California is difficult. And expensive. There’s this romantic idea about beach camping: pulling off the road close enough to the ocean to taste the salt and hear the rumbling waves, you turn off your car, set up camp as the sun sets on the edge of the world, crack open a beer and … Read More

morro bay, california sailboats

California Birthday

My birthday was the best day. We’d camped in Morro Bay at the State Beach campground and woke up to a bright, still morning. The bay was glassy and mirrored the sky – uninterrupted blues batted against anchored, sleeping boats and we grabbed the paddle boards so we could float around on the silence. As … Read More

Hiking in Sedona

Sedona is beautiful. It’s red and rocky and dry but not overly dusty or aching for water – there’s green in the cacti and snow on the highest hills. The town is nestled under these enormous, towering bluffs that interrupt the skyline with chunky, crimson, perfect lines. Halfway between Phoenix and the Grand Canyon, twelve … Read More