Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam

I expected my arrival in Vietnam to be a rush.  The country worked its way under my skin when I first visited four years ago and now represents the beginning of my big… Continue reading

Somewhere Over the Pacific Ocean

Bad luck or good?  The morning of my flight to Vietnam I uploaded a photo to my Flickr site and noticed it was the 13th in my Big Trip set.  I’m not particularly superstitious but I… Continue reading

Denver, Colorado

My sister Kathleen lives in Denver with her husband Antony, their daughter Susan and dog Max, and Susan’s new hamster Nibbles.  Kathleen’s family only uses two of their three garage spaces and her… Continue reading

Rocky Mountain National Park

In a move that certainly calls her judgment into question, Marie agreed to meet me on the road once again – this time for a weekend of hiking and camping in Rocky Mountain… Continue reading

Great Sand Dunes National Park

My drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park turned out to be a race with the sun.  It takes about 12 hours to drive from Kansas City to GSDNP – all the way… Continue reading

Prairie Village, Kansas

There are lots of great things about being raised in Prairie Village, Kansas.  When I left Kansas to attend college at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, for example, as soon as… Continue reading

Glacier National Park

When did I become so bad at predicting things?  My hit rate on this trip has to be below 25%.  Pathetic.  In Grand Teton National Park I must have said, “I think Oxbow… Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park, Part 2

I have to admit that when the alarm went off at 5:15am on our second day in Yellowstone, I almost balked.  I thought for sure Marie would sleep in – I, at least,… Continue reading

Yellowstone National Park, Part 1

You can’t go wrong making Old Faithful your first stop at Yellowstone.  Given that you’re obligated by federal law to see the famous geyser at some point, you might as well get it… Continue reading

Grand Teton National Park

As much as I love traveling by myself, long solo trips are a lot more fun when I can mix it up by meeting friends and family along the way.  Marie, who also… Continue reading