Articles by "Lisa - 5/21 - Driving Inertia"
The sunset before the meteor shower.

Cross-country bikers and meteors lead to a serious case of introspection

By     |    Aug 28, 2012
Posted in: Reality, Utah     |    3 Comments

We met our first cross-country biker of the trip in Baker, NV. We’ve seen plenty of serious bikers on the road and have heard about others (my parents’ friends’ daughter and son-in-law recently completed a trip from Syracuse to San Francisco, you can read about it on their blog), but we haven’t actually met any of these brave bikers. Michael wasn’t blogging about his journey; he was just out there […]

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Dinosaur National Monument gives us the perfect desert goodbye

By     |    Aug 27, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Colorado, Hikes, Parks, Utah     |    No Comments

Yes, Dinosaur National Monument has dinosaur bones. The best bones have long been removed and placed in museums, but they’ve left a few in place to illustrate the amazing forces that made these bones find-able in the first place: first, lots of animals and dinosaurs died in a river bed. Sad. The smaller animals and dinosaurs were washed away by the river but the bigger ones settled down and were buried by […]

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Bald Mountain.

Whenever possible, take the scenic route

By     |    Aug 24, 2012
Posted in: Drives, Utah     |    No Comments

If you’ve got the time, take the scenic route. Better yet, plan to have the time to take the scenic route. When planning your trip, we’d advise avoiding all major highways: the 5s, 80s, 90s, 94s, 15s, 70s of the country. Sure, you can get there faster on the main route, but if you’re only interested in getting somewhere quickly, take a plane. Even if you must stick to the […]

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Wheeler Peak.

Great Basin National Park: From Underground to the Top of the World in Two Hours

By     |    Aug 23, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Nevada, Parks     |    1 Comment

Like Guadalupe National Park, Great Basin National Park is an island in the middle of the desert. The Great Basin desert, to be exact. Great Basin National Park covers part of the Snake Range, a mountain range running close to the Nevada/Utah border, and the tallest point is Wheeler Peak, at 13,063 feet. At treeline on Wheeler Peak and a few other high points you can find Bristlecone Pine trees […]

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A huge, flat valley.

Driving the Loneliest Road in America: Hwy 50 across Nevada

By     |    Aug 22, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Drives, Nevada     |    No Comments

The Loneliest Road in America: Highway 50, east from Reno straight across Nevada. At least, as straight across Nevada as is possible. You very quickly get into a rhythm on Highway 50. Cross broad, flat valley, climb mountain range, descend mountain range, cross broad, flat valley. The rhythm lulls you into a kind of peaceful, meditation-y state. The few diversions stand out like welcome mirages. The road is a smooth […]

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Before we leave, one last look at Half Dome...

The best view in Yosemite: the Sentinel Dome-Taft Point loop trail

By     |    Aug 20, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, California, Hikes, Parks     |    2 Comments

The most famous view of Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park is the vista from Glacier Point. That’s where everyone heads, and you’ve got to see it, but try this first: stop at the Sentinel Dome trailhead and hike the 4.9 mile Sentinel Dome/Taft Point loop trail. Head towards Sentinel Dome first and scramble up its bald, granite head for an amazing, 360 degree view of the granite-coated park. Then […]

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Your kids: to everyone else, they're cute and adorable. To a mountain lion, they're lunch.

Hiking Etiquette (aka Lisa’s Trail Etiquette for Everyone)

By     |    Aug 20, 2012
Posted in: Best Of, Hikes, Reality     |    2 Comments

Hiking isn’t like walking in the city. In the city, you’re just trying to get from point A to point B as quickly as possible while avoiding eye contact at all times. Sometimes people bump into each other, sometimes they step in dog poop, sometimes they accidentally meet another person’s eyes, for a moment. But out here, this is the wilderness. So here we are, in Yosemite National Park. It’s […]

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We finally visit Ridge, my favorite winery

By     |    Aug 16, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Best Of, California, Wine     |    No Comments

When our friend, Ben, worked at a wine store in Chicago, he was always discovering interesting bottles and generously sharing them with us. This is how I had my first taste of Zinfandel from Ridge. I’ll always remember the bottle of Geyserville 2003 (or 2004?): the simple, clean label, the unexpectedly complex and delicious flavors. After my Ridge introduction, I was always on the lookout for sales or for excuses to […]

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Iron Horse's tasting "room."

“California Champagne”

By     |    Aug 14, 2012
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., California, Wine     |    No Comments

We first visited the Sonoma and Napa Valleys in 2006 — we loved Sonoma, but Napa, not so much. Anytime we leave a wine region, we feel like we’ve missed tons of great stuff, or we find a favorite wine after the fact. Happily, we were able to return to Sonoma to visit some new/missed favorites — Korbel Winery and Iron Horse Vineyards. But first, a digression on wine place-names. […]

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Fog rolling up over the hills along Tomales Bay.

Highway 101/ Route 1 Live Up To the Hype

By     |    Aug 13, 2012
Posted in: California, Drives     |    No Comments

It’s true: driving Highway 101/Route 1 is as awesome as everyone says it is. You could make an entire vacation out of driving the 101 from Seattle to San Francisco (just veer off the 101 on the 1 in northern California). Wait, you should make an entire vacation out of driving this road. View Larger Map The road follows the coast closely, sometimes too closely for comfort, except where some […]

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