Moab is one of those epic places that is so impressive that many people return again and again. I made my second trip to Moab during the fall of 2017 and was fortunate to be able to spend several weeks in the area with Debra and several other friends.Read more
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Nevada is all flat, sandy desert. Or so I thought until I visited the state for the first time in October 2016. To be sure, there is plenty of flat, sandy terrain in Nevada, but there is also stunningly beautiful forest and mountains with a diverse ecosystem. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest is a good example.Read more
I passed by Winslow, Arizona several times – late at night – before finally timing it right in July 2016. As I made my way from Flagstaff, Arizona to Gillette, Wyoming, I stopped in Winslow for a selfie on a corner. Cliche, I know, but I had to do it!
Imagine my surprise when I discovered an actual tourist stop – Standin’ On The Corner Park. A local resident was even nice enough to stop and take a photo of me at the park.Read more
Wupatki National Monument is home to a number of ancient Pueblo ruins. Located north of Flagstaff on Highway 89, this site offers a mind-blowing experience for lovers of history and ancient civilizations. That any people could survive in this harsh landscape – and leave behind impressive buildings that would withstand hundreds of years of desert weather – is truly impressive.Read more
Mesa Verde National Park provides a rare opportunity to walk, quite literally, along the footpaths of the ancients. The park preserves thousands of archaeological sites, including hundreds of cliff dwellings. We visited this southwest Colorado park during summer 2016 and were absolutely mesmerized.Read more
Grand Canyon National Park is yet another site that defies adequate description. Words just cannot convey the majestic grandeur of the Grand Canyon.
I was not in a hurry to visit the Grand Canyon as I expected it was as overhyped as it was overcrowded. It turns out that it was overcrowded (autumn 2015), but it more than lived up to its reputation. Visiting early in the spring or late in the fall (while avoiding holidays) provides your best chance of avoiding crowds.Read more