Wandering the blue highways of New Mexico, I side trip from the Turquoise Trail to Galisteo. The rain puts a damper on my photo walk, so it’s a spot I’d like to revisit sometime to photograph the pueblo ruins and shells of old houses in the tiny town.
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.
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.
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.
Meet Juniper – aka Juni, aka Junebug – formerly known as (dog) Marsi.
Juniper is the sweetest, smartest, snuggliest, most playful dog I’ve ever met. She follows me everywhere, and we are already besties.
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.
After a week of near-perfect weather, our luck has run out. We arrive at Crater Lake National Park under gray, cloudy, cold and windy skies, and find ourselves elbow-to-elbow with thousands of other visitors.
The air is thick with the heady scent of Juniper even where there’s nary a Juniper tree in sight. Is it my imagination, or is that magnificent fragrance made all the sweeter by the aroma of local craft beer brewing? It is easy to fall in love with Bend, and we did so within a few short hours.
A legendary rock climbing destination, Smith Rock State Park is a paradise for hikers as well. We made a (not-long-enough) stop here for a few hours on our way south to Bend. What our 4-mile-hiked lacked in length, it made up for with a challenging workout and spectacular scenery.
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…