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

Southern Utah, Part 2

After checking out Monument Valley I decided to spend a couple of days in the area around Moab, Utah.  There are two great National Parks just north of Moab – Arches and Canyonlands. … Continue reading

Southern Utah, Part 1

The area around southern Utah is pretty incredible, with a string of five National Parks (from west to east:  Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands, and Arches) and countless other cool places, including the… Continue reading

Zion National Park

As I type this, a deer is standing five feet away from me, gnawing on its tail. And now it’s getting closer. Wow, this is a little ridiculous. These National Park deer are… Continue reading

Death Valley National Park

“Rise free from care before the dawn, and seek adventures.  Let the noon find thee by other lakes, and the night overtake thee everywhere at home.  There are no larger fields than these,… Continue reading