Utah loop road trip: Capitol Reef National Park

From Bryce Canyon, we headed toward Capitol Reef National Park along Highway 12, the slower but far more interesting route. Highway 12 is designated an All-American Road (a more prestigious designation than National Scenic Byway alone). This section meanders through the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument region, into canyons and up along ridges. It is rugged,... Continue Reading →

Utah loop road trip: Bryce Canyon

Next on our itinerary was Bryce Canyon, about three hours from the Grand Canyon North Rim (and only 1 ¼ hours from Cedar Breaks National Monument or two hours from Zion, had we skipped the Grand Canyon). On the way to Bryce Canyon with a very minor detour was another recommended stop, Coral Pink Sand... Continue Reading →

Artie as Plan B

After our fun-filled house sit in Metchosin, British Columbia, we returned to Vancouver to celebrate Ken's Mom's 90th birthday. It was a balloon- and flower-filled affair with many friends and family--including a granddaughter from Spain and a son from The Bahamas--sharing memories and laughter. The lovely honoree Our next location was to be a 3-week... Continue Reading →

Artie: Hibernation

From Palm Springs, we headed toward the west coast of California. Our main goal was Highway 1 between Santa Barbara and Monterey, a route we had tried to drive many years ago when the road was closed due to flooding. After that, we were going to ease on up the Oregon Coast, taking several days... Continue Reading →

Palm Springs

I never thought I'd visit Palm Springs. I imagined it to be too hot and, well, too cliché. And the campground offered by our Thousand Trails camping membership we knew to be a large-rig parking lot—an environment in which we struggle to be comfortable. But then long-lost friends* who were planning to spend the month... Continue Reading →

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