Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

Trail Booty: What We’ve Found

I love the Mountain Gazette, the west’s great free adventure magazine. Recently, we read an article about trail booty, the stuff you find while playing outdoors. Here’s what we’ve found so far:  4GB SD memory card found along the Million Dollar Highway. We were keen …

The Free Day

The Free Day

It’s wonderful to have a free day – not a day off (though that’s wonderful as well), but a day where you spend no money, all day. True, no day is ever really free. We’re always “paying” a portion of our car payment, car insurance, …

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

Seattle’s Green Coup: The Death of the Plastic Bag

It’s true. As of July 1st, 2012, the plastic bag is dead…murdered by the city of Seattle, complete with full (and hilarious) obituary in the Seattle Weekly (which reminded us of our dear old Chicago Reader, except with even more advertising). Quote: “In lieu of flowers, please …

It’s almost over!?

It’s almost over!?

One recent afternoon I had an awful realization. We’re almost done. We have about two weeks before we need to be in Sonoma, CA. About 20 days after that we plan to be in Milwaukee, WI. Two weeks after that we fly to London from …

Happy July 4th!

Happy July 4th!

Well, it’s July 4th, shouldn’t you be off grilling or lighting things on fire (hopefully not lighting your food on fire) instead of reading our blog?! Get off your computer! We’re in the Glacier National Park area enjoying the dramatic views. Who needs fireworks when …

Casey and Molly help restore our faith in humanity!

Casey and Molly help restore our faith in humanity!

As much as we loved southern Idaho, certain things were starting to drag us down. There were too many crazy kids, too many people with no respect for boundaries, too many insane drivers. For the majority of our travels, our fellow travelers have been retirees, …

Did we follow our travel guidelines from July 2011?

Did we follow our travel guidelines from July 2011?

About one year ago, we were finishing up work on our condo, interviewing agents, and preparing to list the place. We were still unsure whether our trip would ever get off the ground — it all depended on our condo sale and the market didn’t …

It’s Memorial Day!

It’s Memorial Day!

Well, summer has begun. Hope you’re able to travel a bit today and enjoy the day. From Thomas Bailey Aldrich: Decoration Day is the most beautiful of our national holidays…. The grim cannon have turned into palm branches, and the shell and shrapnel into peach blossoms. …

New Mexico True?

New Mexico True?

A few weeks ago I read a story about New Mexico’s efforts to improve its image with potential tourists. The tourism department surveyed groups of people and found that New Mexico is generally considered boring and bleak, with nothing to do. Some people aren’t even sure …

When It All Goes Wrong

When It All Goes Wrong

I’m sitting on a bed in a disgusting motel room — the most disgusting motel room I’ve ever been in in my life, and I’ve been in my fair share of cheap motels. I’m crying. I feel a little better when I realize that I …

The Master-Planned Experience: Seaside, FL

The Master-Planned Experience: Seaside, FL

I first heard about Seaside, FL in a college course, an intro to intelligent design (as in the kind of design that is well thought-out, not the one supposedly dictated by a deity). The professor was enamored with the town. Years later, I was reminded …

Three Things That Are Not Litter

Three Things That Are Not Litter

Littering, that’s against the law. Unless it’s one of these three things. Then it’s totally cool. Trash it up, man. No worries. The following items are definitely not trash. Cigarette Butts Cigarette smokers are the most persecuted people on Earth after white, Christian males. All they want …