On Day 1 of my Southwest roadtrip with Juniper, I am entertained by quirky roadside attractions, drive a lonely highway to to a pretty high-desert lake, and am reminded just how uncomfortable desert camping can be in August. Continue reading Small Town Kitsch on the road to Conchas Lake State Park
When the opportunity to pet and house sit in Texas presented itself, I jumped at it. This would give me the opportunity to spend some time with family, to be in a quiet place to write, and make an easy side-trip to northern New Mexico. The month-long trip would be good for Juniper as well, as I was ready to show her a world outside of our local dog parks and trails. Continue reading Two weeks in Suburban Texas: Pups, Produce, Polaroids, and Saying Goodbye to Steinway the Snipe
Over the next week I will be sharing posts about my summer adventures with our recently adopted dog Juniper. How about a little sneak peak at my month on the road?
Continue reading Sneak Peak: Travels with Juniper – August in the High Country of the Southwest
When walking the streets of downtown Mendocino, it is easy forget that one is in California. The town’s promontory location, (surrounded by undeveloped coastline on three sides) is just part of what makes this village so scenic. Charming New-England style homes and cottage gardens are the icing on the cake. Continue reading Wandering Mendocino: A New England Village on the California Coast
Arguably one of the prettiest places in the U.S., a visit to heavenly Mendocino County just may have you dreaming of trading in city life to live out your days in the country. If I ever become weary of wandering, you may just find this “brighlighter” rooted here. Continue reading Bahl Hornin’ (Good drinking) in Anderson Valley, California
Happy 103rd Anniversary to our National Park Service! As a little teaser for upcoming posts of my recent solo (well, with Juniper) camping trip to northern New Mexico, here are a few film photographs from our August 2018 visit to Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument near Taos. Continue reading 35mm Film Photography: Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument
Almost by accident we find the loveliest Redwoods Grove of them all, at Hendy Woods State Park. In spite of a rainy start, I fall deeply, madly in love with Mendocino County in our two days here. Continue reading Wandering South on the Pacific Coast Highway: Humboldt Redwoods to Hendy Woods State Park
Under gray skies the mysterious beauty of the Redwoods Coast is intriguing, though the weather seems to magnify the grit of the cities of Humboldt County… a grit which cannot be hidden behind notable architecture and hip downtown storefronts, eateries, and historic hotels. Continue reading Wandering South on the Pacific Coast Highway: Crescent City to Humboldt Redwoods State Park
The Damnation Creek Trail is a magical trail, treating the hiker to mammoth ancient Redwood trees, lush fern groves, an incredibly biodiverse forest, and a fog shrouded rocky coast. The caveat? You really have to work for it. Continue reading A Magical Mystical Hike on the Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park
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