Mono Lake, California

On Sunday morning I packed up my car and hit the road.  My first two weeks were mostly planned out:  I’d make my way from San Francisco to Denver before Labor Day weekend… Continue reading

Another Round

Well, I quit my job.  Again. The story is pretty much the same as it was five years ago.  But this time it was even tougher to say goodbye to my friends at… Continue reading

San Francisco, California

    My trip is over.  I repeat the words again and again:  “My trip is over.”  But the simple fact refuses to sink in.  It just floats in my head, as light… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park and Mono Lake, California

The imminent conclusion of my trip happened to coincide with Marie’s birthday, and she decided it might be fun to celebrate by spending the weekend in Death Valley National Park, which for me… Continue reading

Zion National Park, Utah and Page, Arizona

From Yellowstone National Park I headed south to another of our country’s most beautiful places: the incredible canyons and deserts that stretch along the border of southern Utah and northern Arizona.  I began… Continue reading

Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

With mixed emotions I left Kansas City and drove west.  I looked forward to wandering around a few more National Parks on my way back to San Francisco, but no longer could I… Continue reading

Prairie Village, Kansas (Third Visit)

Only very rarely over the past year have I stayed in one place for more than a few days.  The last time I stopped moving for a full week was when I met… Continue reading

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida and Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas

Key West is an odd city.  It’s even odd in the context of Florida, which is itself an odd state.  Only about one-fourth of Key West has relatively normal homes and businesses.  Half… Continue reading

Biscayne National Park and Everglades National Park, Florida

The city of Homestead turned out to be an ideal base for exploring all three of the National Parks in southern Florida.  Biscayne National Park is just nine miles to the east.  Everglades… Continue reading

Yosemite National Park, California

Being back in the United States gave me a chance to reverse the past year’s typical pattern and fly to visit Marie instead of the other way around.  Marie had somehow been able to secure a… Continue reading