From Mountain View, California to Aspen, Colorado

Alaska left me pretty beat, but after a couple of great weeks at Marie’s place in Mountain View I was recharged and ready for another roadtrip – this time to meet some of… Continue reading

Jasper National Park and Banff National Park, Canada

From Skagway I drove back into the Yukon and on to British Columbia, where at Meziadin Junction I made a quick sidetrip over to Stewart, Canada to check out the glaciers along Highway… Continue reading

Denali National Park and Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

Alaska’s fickle summer weather threw a wet blanket on my plan to camp in Denali National Park for a few nights.  Rain splattered down as I drove from Fairbanks to Denali, and the… Continue reading

Kobuk Valley National Park and Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

Getting to Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic takes some effort.  The two National Parks sit in the middle of northern Alaska’s vast wilderness, with no roads and no facilities.  Most visitors… Continue reading

The Alaska Highway and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Canada and Alaska

I had a lot of reasons for wanting to make the 6,000-mile roundtrip drive to Alaska.  The scenery would undoubtedly be amazing.  It would be fun to check out more of Canada.  I’d… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

My flight from Mongolia back to the US was long but happily uneventful, and after a great week with my family in Denver I drove to Marie’s place in Mountain View.  My only… Continue reading

Ulaanbaatar and Sainshand, Mongolia

I threw vodka into the air above the offering circles as I read aloud the wish I’d written on a slip of paper.  Then I took off my shoes and lay on the… Continue reading

Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Four days?  I thought our horse trek in Gorkhi-Terelj National Park was only supposed to last three days, but sure enough, it would be four.  Yikes.  Given that an hour or two of… Continue reading

Southern and Central Mongolia

Mongolians must love basketball.  At virtually every community and ger camp, no matter how small, we found a rickety backboard rising from a lonely field.  But not once in all our time in… Continue reading

The Gobi Desert, Mongolia, Part 2

According to our guide Bold, all Mongolian music is about just three things:  love, mothers, and horses.  Those are the most important aspects of Mongolian life, he claimed, and not necessarily in that… Continue reading