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Pacific Coast Highway – Port Angelese

Pacific Coast Highway – Port Angelese

Port Angelese Washington, the end of the Pacific Coast Highway for us. The final drive through Washington was pleasantly anti-climactic. There are two highway 101’s, one that hugs the ocean and the other that skirts Olympic State Park with views of Puget Sound. We took the latter, because google said it’s an hour and a […]

Pacific Coast Highway – Oregon

Pacific Coast Highway – Oregon

Our Motel 6 tonight is on Marina Drive, right under the Astoria bridge that spans the mouth of the Columbia River. The other side is Washington. We have finished the Oregon section of the Pacific Coast Highway. I can only assume this highway was designed by artists and built by engineers with a flair for […]

Pacific Coast Highway – California

Pacific Coast Highway – California

Thanksgiving in America It’s 6 AM in a run down motel in northern California, a place called Eureka. We spent American Thanksgiving here, eating bagged salads and instant soup. It’s been a strange experience, an interesting way to exit our California vacation. By the time we arrived here around 4 PM, this town had rolled […]

Palm Springs

Palm Springs

Palm Springs, sounds too hoity toidy for my liking. I wasn’t expecting to love this stop, but three nights later and we’re still here. This is the playground of the rich and famous, or at least it was and I can see why. This is a gorgeous little town. There’s a fabulous strip full of […]

Arizona

Arizona

Arizona was a wash-out – literally. Our reason for this road trip was to settle into Apache Junction for a week of R&R with some friends who are here for a few weeks, but that was not meant to be. Several times from Utah I emailed our reservation in Apache Junction to delay our arrival. […]

Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

We have discovered a hikers dream. We and over 4 and a half million others that visit this park every year. Even in mid-November the place is alive with hikers. All these people are being shuttled around the park in free buses. Before the shuttle bus system was established, an estimated 5000 cars drove into […]

Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon, Utah

10 million years ago two plateaus collided, not violently but enough to cause cracks and joints on the surface of the earth. Over the millennia, water erosion has done the rest. The result is this magnificent Bryce Canyon, filled with fantastical rock spires known as hoodoos. Windows and fins, such as the ones we saw […]

Hiking Moab, Utah

Hiking Moab, Utah

I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing Moab is the coolest town in Utah. Only an hour from the Colorado border, the Moab vibe is all about adventure. Everyone here wears hiking boots and bubble jackets, every vehicle is towing something. Thank goodness we have a bike hanging off the back of the Chevy. […]

Road Trip USA

Road Trip USA

Nothing like a little Adrenalin to keep you awake on a long road trip. We’re two days into our USA road trip, safely holed up in a Travelodge in Ogallala, Nebraska but it’s been fun getting here. Our biggest worry was the border. We’ve not seen this country in a long time, and we’ve heard […]

Footloose

Footloose

While the cold dark rain of this past October socked into Manitoba, our annoying friends were sending us pictures of their hiking and cycling adventures in sunny Arizona. Pictures of painted toe nails foreshadowed by a campground swimming pool contrasted with my aching joints. At a Halloween party, Mary Poppins herself said “we’re going next […]

The Boy in the Park

It was my first rainy Tucker walk this morning, rainy enough for me to force the dog into his hated rain jacket. Victoria is a privileged society and we don’t let our dogs get wet. I had to drag him to Saxe Point, he hates the rain. As we walked through the trails in the […]