5 Years Post Retirement – Mar 2019

It doesn’t seem possible, but at the end of this month (technically a month later for Karen) we will have been retired for 5 years!  What the hell have we done? Retirement, for those uninitiated, is when you shovel your driveway down to bare pavement two hours after a major storm.  Being anal retentive helps. Retirement is… Read More 5 Years Post Retirement – Mar 2019

Deschutes National Forest – July 2018

We have just wrapped up a few days in the Deschutes National Forest in western Oregon, perhaps an hour drive west and south of Bend.  I know I sound like a broken record, but two words describe this place:  pretty freaking cool.  Freaking is not a word, I think we all know that. Deschutes National… Read More Deschutes National Forest – July 2018

Crater Lake NP – July 2018

Continuing in our all-volcano, all-the-time channel, this installment is Crater Lake National Park. What a stunning area – holy crap! Now remember, even though this is a lake, it is really a volcano, caused from the collapse of a volcano that then filled with water.  The volcanoes here are over 400,000 years old.  Don’t lie to me… Read More Crater Lake NP – July 2018

Lassen Volcanic NP – July 2018

We visited hell, devastation, chaos, and boiling mud.  No, not the nightly news –  Lassen Volcanic National Park, in northern California at the southern tip of the Cascade Range.  We seem to be entering our “volcanic” period.  I guess like volcanoes themselves, you don’t plan for this period. They just happen.  Volcanoes happen, as the saying… Read More Lassen Volcanic NP – July 2018

Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP – June 2018

Sequoia and King’s Canyon (SEKI) NP is a paradise of contradiction.  Or maybe there is no contradiction; maybe it is just balance. One thing for which there is no dispute: this place is beautiful. We spent four nights camped at the Lodgepole campground in the park.  There are no hookups in the campground, although water is… Read More Sequoia & Kings Canyon NP – June 2018

Washington, DC – May 2018

In today’s environment, it is hard not to talk about the goings on in Washington, our nation’s capitol, without some snarky comment.  But the fact is this is a magnificent city! You need a month or two to do any justice to this city, touring neoclassical monuments, endless historic sites, and world-class museums.  We visited… Read More Washington, DC – May 2018

Alaska (16) Hyder – Aug 2017

Last stop: Hyder. Located on the southernmost tip of Alaska, it is situated south of Juneau on the Canadian border, at the northern end of the Portland Canal, nestled between mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, abutting the Tongass National Forest, amidst gorgeous surroundings. Because of its remote location, it took us six days travel (not in a… Read More Alaska (16) Hyder – Aug 2017

Alaska (15) Nabesna Road – Aug 2017

Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. Yes, I know I have gushed about this park previously (Chapter 2 and Chapter 3), but we returned having left the Kenai Peninsula and a brief pause in Anchorage, and caught a break with some fabulous weather! We headed east from Anchorage on the Glenn Highway towards the park.… Read More Alaska (15) Nabesna Road – Aug 2017

Alaska (9) Seward – July 2017

Seward. I know you are thinking – OK, another post showing beautiful views and talking about great human-interest stories. Not so fast! Besides, I think that is racial profiling, or blogger profiling, or something. And I am not so shameless as to start off by pandering some random wildlife photos. You know I am above… Read More Alaska (9) Seward – July 2017

Alaska (8) Kenai Peninsula – July 2017

Kenai Peninsula (part 1). We departed Valdez on our continuing mystery tour – since it is generally a mystery where we will end up next. We ended up on the Glenn Highway and headed towards the Kenai Peninsula, which if you are not familiar is home to places like Hope, Seward, Homer, Soldatna and more.… Read More Alaska (8) Kenai Peninsula – July 2017

Alaska (4) Iditarod etc. – June 2017

Chitina-to-Valdez-to-Anchorage-and beyond. This post is going to be all over the map. Emotionally, metaphorically, geographically… you pick. If your choice was emotionally or metaphorically, you probably found my blog in error. Spellcheck incorrectly sent you to this blog when what you tried to type in was travelwithinterestingpeople.com. Spellcheck: preferred by 9 out of 10 sociopaths.… Read More Alaska (4) Iditarod etc. – June 2017

Alaska (3) McCarthy Road – June 2017

McCarthy Road.  I have a close friend Jerry (I don’t really have a close friend Jerry, but it sounds cool) who says my entire blog is subject to low moral standards. He also says my blog has no redeeming value. I love that guy. Finally, someone with integrity! We continue our journey in the Wrangell-St.… Read More Alaska (3) McCarthy Road – June 2017

Alaska (2) Nabesna Road – June 2017

Nabesna Road.  I am beginning to think we may suffer from visual overload on this trip. Driving south from Tok, AK, we arrived at the northern portion of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. I will be honest – I had never heard of this national park before arriving. This is the largest national… Read More Alaska (2) Nabesna Road – June 2017

Yukon: Ice Road Trailers – June 2017

Yukon.  Does a bear shit in the woods? That, and other timeless questions answered in this post. Or not. You’ve heard of Ice Road Truckers? We’re calling this edition of the blog Ice Road Trailers. Yes, we took Wanda up the Dempster Highway and into the Artic Circle, but we’ll get to all of that.… Read More Yukon: Ice Road Trailers – June 2017