Colorado Mountain Towns

Colorado Mountain Towns

I was really looking forward to returning to Colorado and exploring a few more mountain towns. Here’s where we stopped and what we liked: View Larger Map Grand Junction Grand Junction, even though it’s right next to Colorado National Monument, doesn’t feel like a Colorado …

Twilight in Forks, WA

Twilight in Forks, WA

Twilight, that novel about sexy vampires or something, was set in Forks, Washington, the rainiest town in the US. It averages 211 days of rain per year here. Our friend, Jane, tipped us of to the Twilight thing saying: Twilight was set there, which they …

Misfit Books: Eat, Pray, Love

Misfit Books: Eat, Pray, Love

Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. Eat, Pray, Love is one of them. A Million Little Pieces is another. Couplehood, by Paul …

Misfit Books: Couplehood

Misfit Books: Couplehood

Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. A Million Little Pieces is one of them. Eat, Pray, Love is another. Couplehood, by Paul …

Visiting Hemingway’s Grave in Ketchum, Idaho

Visiting Hemingway’s Grave in Ketchum, Idaho

Ernest Hemingway’s grave is in Ketchum, Idaho. The gravestone is spare and reserved. It’s off the main road, under a grove of trees, next to members of his family, and decorated with notes, coins, and the occasional bottle of booze. His gravestone reminded me of Mies Van …

Misfit Books: A Million Little Pieces

Misfit Books: A Million Little Pieces

Go to enough bookstores and you start seeing a pattern. There are these books that are in every store, misfit books that nobody seems to want on their shelves. A Million Little Pieces is one of them. Eat, Pray, Love is another. Couplehood, by Paul Reiser is probably the first …

Goodbye, Borrowed Books

Goodbye, Borrowed Books

In Durango, we finally mailed all the books we’d borrowed while circling back east to their rightful owners. Here’s what got sent: The Rider — a bicycling book that made me want to ride again. Highly recommend it even to non-cyclists. It recounts a single …

The Book Geocache

The Book Geocache

Scott suggested geocaching our spent books (learn about geocaching here). We loved the idea, but instead of going the official geocache route, we just dropped a stack inside the campground and watched what happened. The first two books to go were Looking for Alaska and …

Four Ways to Buy Books Cheaply

Four Ways to Buy Books Cheaply

We’re devouring books. It’s wonderful. And we’re doing it cheap and fun. Sure, it’d be easier with a Kindle, but it wouldn’t be as much fun. We’d have too much control, there’d be no serendipity, and we wouldn’t be able to luck into a signed …

Book Bust: I’m Stalling Out On The Reading Front

Book Bust: I’m Stalling Out On The Reading Front

After a good run of books, I’ve stalled out. I can’t seem to get through them anymore. I could blame the Salton Sea, or the sand people, or our lack of aluminum cladding, but I’m going to blame the books. Squandering Aimlessly There’s a lot …

Paul’s Reading List, October through December

Paul’s Reading List, October through December

We’re doing a pretty good job reading on this trip. Which is easy to do without a TV. Here’s what I’ve read so far along with some notes. October through December: Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage — This book is phenomenal. Lansing’s writing is great and …

Travel Book Gift Ideas

Travel Book Gift Ideas

We’ve read a bunch of travel books — some better than others. If you’re buying a gift for a travel dreamer, vagabond, or dirtbag this holiday season, consider one of these from Amazon instead of waiting for serendipity. Also note: Amazon kicks us back some …