Mid Century Paintings at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Northwest Arkansas (Part 3): Seven reasons to visit the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has been on my vacation wish-list from the moment I first read about its opening in 2011.  Far more than just an important collection of American Art, the Moshe Safdie-designed building and 120-acre woodland park surrounding the site are almost as spectacular as the museum’s contents. Here are seven reasons you should plan a trip to Crystal Bridges Museum.

Northwest Arkansas (Part 2): Big fun in Bentonville

Bentonville, Arkansas may be best known as the home of Walmart and for its booming job market. However it is the Crystal Bridges Museum, bike paths, bustling downtown, brews, and burgeoning foodie scene that make it such an interesting place to visit.

Bentonville will appeal to the bourgie traveler and dirtbagger alike. There really is something for everyone here. When our trip came to an end, I really didn’t want to leave this cool southern city.

Eureka Springs Pride Rainbow Bike Sculpture

Northwest Arkansas (Part I): Eureka Springs – A Funky Ozark Mountain Town

Far from the average tacky tourist town, Eureka Springs is a real-deal Victorian era city that quickly drew us in. Through a thousand feats of engineering, the beautiful historic town was built right into the limestone bluffs.

Even more impressive than the architecture is Eureka Springs’ welcoming, inclusive attitude. In these divisive times, this small Southern city sets a great example for how American cities could (and should) be.

35mm Photography: A diatribe on Air travel

In this day of a cell phone in every hand, the cacophony of sounds, even at a small airport, is quite something. Setting aside the actual airport-created sounds, I am surrounded by: A businessman giving a hard sell about the performance of his team of actuaries. A grown man playing a violent (loud) video game while his travel companion watches the Family Feud (also loud). The crinkle of wrappers; an unhealthy burrito meal on the go. The clickity click of my keyboard.  And that is just at my gate in the tiny Chattanooga airport.

Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe SI Sleeping Pad Camping Mattress Ground Pad

Gear Review: Sea to Summit Comfort Deluxe SI Sleeping Pad

Featuring a memory foam core, straight sidewalls, and 4″ thickness when fully inflated, Sea to Summit’s Comfort Deluxe SI Sleeping Pad is a luxurious option for camping in a tent or vehicle.

Having slept on the Comfort Deluxe SI sleeping pad at least 120 nights over the past nine months, I have definitely put this camping mat through its paces. Here is why I think you should buy the Comfort Deluxe SI Sleeping Pad, in spite of some frustrating quirks…