One of the big deals in Palm Springs during February is Modernism Week, which is all about mid-century modern architecture and design, which I would highly recommend attending (see my previous posts from 2015 on Modernism: A, B, C and D). If you haven’t been to Palm Springs, there really is some fabulous 50’s era… Read More Palm Springs Trailer Trash – Feb 2018
I won’t lie – I have dreaded doing this post. My problem is I expect people will want to find this post interesting, relevant, and useful, and it will likely be none of those. But since when has that stopped me. Here are some thoughts, suggestions, and wisdom (that could be a stretch) from our… Read More RVing Alaska – Sept 2017
We are camped in Big Sur on the California coastline, but getting here is half the fun! You won’t find a more beautiful road than California Route 1, particularly from Morro Bay to Carmel. If you haven’t driven it, you need to add it to your list. Pictures don’t do it justice. The coastline and… Read More Big Sur – Mar 2016
Glam, mud and studs. That pretty much captures our fabulous day at the Atlanta Steeplechase, held at Kingston Downs near Rome, GA. We tailgated in our Airstream along the fence on the backstretch and had a front row view of the riders and horses (if you are not familiar with a steeplechase, it is basically… Read More ATL Steeplechase – April 2015
We had another “Springstream” weekend of Airstream love recently in Hiawassee, GA, up in the north Georgia Mountains with about 20-30 fellow Airstreams and other interesting trailers. I (we) had a great time, between paddling on Lake Chatuge (solo and with the Southeast Camping Unit armada), food, friendship and music. For whatever reasons I took… Read More Springstream – April 2015
If your palate is looking for an off-the-beaten-path camping location, this is it! The Indian Bread Rocks Recreation Area, situated in Bowie, AZ on BLM lands (Bureau of Land Management) in southeast Arizona, is at the base of the Dos Cabezas Mountains Wilderness. There are zero services available, so whatever you need, bring (which includes… Read More Indian Bread Rocks – Feb 2015
Recommended to us by hiking friends Dave and Terry, we attended the Tucson Rodeo! The rodeo is a festival/celebration of the cowboy/cattle herder/horsemen, and participants are young, old, male, and female. And it is a great place to pick up a little cowgirl! We had an unbelievable day watching the rodeo: blue skies, stunning views… Read More Fiesta De Los Vaqueros (AZ) – Feb 2015
This is not your father’s camper. Oops… my bad; maybe it is! During Modernism Week in Palm Springs, CA there was a vintage camper collection on display that was to die for. There were approximately 50 various Airstreams, Streamlines, Greyhound buses, Shastas… too many different and unique brands to remember. The common theme was that these… Read More Modernism Week (a) – Feb 2015
Palm Springs, CA is my shiny new object, particularly as it relates to residential real estate. This town gushes with architectural design, to the point that you could write a book about great architectural design and never walk more than 3 blocks! The silly part is trying to provide just a few good examples when… Read More Modernism Week (b) – Feb 2015
Palm Springs, CA is rich with architectural design, and one of the areas you see this reflected is in commercial buildings. Banks, county buildings, hotels… you name it; there are examples from a number of noted architects that, in particular, demonstrate mid century modernism. Here are but a few examples.
I will be the first to admit to knowing very little (that means nothing) about Modernism Week, held in Palm Springs, CA for the last 10 years. If it hadn’t been for some particular people (our friends Chuck and Susan Nesbit, Jim/Lynda Polk, Mona Heath, and some of the great people involved with the Greater… Read More Modernism Week (d) – Feb 2015
Having woken up in our boon docking site nestled somewhere between the Picacho Mountain Wilderness and the Imperial Valley Sand Dunes, we used this day as a pretty relaxed “road day”. Both Lucy and Rosie got a little off-leash exercise (keep in mind Lucy is at least 17 years old – and still runs like… Read More Road Day, Southern CA – Feb 2015
I don’t know exactly where we are (other than on BLM lands in southern California), but we are camped for the night and late this afternoon had some absolutely beautiful views from our “campsite” of the Picacho Mountain Wilderness. My bride, a little campfire, a cold beer, a little dinner… all is right with the… Read More Somewhere (CA) – Feb 2015
R If you don’t like gorgeous desert sceneries, biking/hiking on endless miles of dirt trails, beautiful desert flowers, and reasonably private campsites, you may not love the McDowell Mountain Regional Park campground. But it seems like everyone else in the world loves this place – hard to get a campsite, so reserve in advance. North of the… Read More McDowell Mountain RP (AZ) – Feb 2015
Situated in the Sonoran Desert at the base of the Superstition Wilderness (Tonto National Forest), Lost Dutchman State Park feels like you are cast out in the middle of the desert (oh, that’s right – you are). Our campsite has 360’ of intense beauty that changes constantly as the sun makes its daily journey. Tans… Read More Lost Dutchman SP (AZ) – Feb 2015
Well, I’m running down the road trying to loosen my load… We departed Grand Canyon and thought it would be cool to visit Winslow, AZ on our way to our final destination. How cool is this? Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy! The two women you see me with are… Read More Winslow (AZ) – Feb 2015
A German Sheppard with opposable thumbs could probably take great pictures of the Grand Canyon, but here are a few of ours captured earlier today. The Grand Canyon, particularly if you have not visited, is nothing less than spectacular – takes your breath away. You could see the rapids on the Colorado River, but being… Read More Grand Canyon (AZ) – Feb 2015
After a month in California, we headed to Prescott, AZ. If you have never been to Prescott, it is a summer destination for Phoenix residents to avoid the summer heat, and the home to Prescott College. Located in the mountains north and west of Phoenix yet south and west of Flagstaff it is a cool… Read More Prescott (AZ) – Jan 2015
Assume for a moment that there are not a million acres of beautiful desert surrounding you, and you have just landed in this really quaint town called Borrego Springs, CA. Borrego Springs has had a champion (since passed away) named Dennis Avery (heir to the Avery Dennison label company) as a huge benefactor. Aside from… Read More Borrego Springs – Jan 2015
The Yin to the Yang of the Mojave Desert is Palm Springs, CA. We only spent a couple of days in Palm Springs but got to celebrate Karen’s birthday at a great restaurant, go to a fabulous farmer’s market for some great fruits and veggies, peddle around the city on bike trails, go to a… Read More Palm Springs – January 2015
Here are a few pictures from our days at Joshua Tree National Park. I know this is repetitive, but 360 degrees of beautiful and interesting. PS: Last picture is a Joshua Tree; cover photo is a Cholla plant.
Death Valley is simply one of the most amazing places on earth – indescribably beautiful, and yet brutally harsh. Temperatures for us have been down into the high 30’s and low 40’s at night, and up to the 50’s during the day. We camped at Furnace Creek, took several hikes, and I played golf at… Read More Death Valley (CA) – Jan 2015
We camped at the Pemi River Campground in Thornton, NH, which is a private campground. While we generally try to avoid private campgrounds, this campground was great – a retro look and feel with lots of families with young kids – just really nice, and the people who own the campground have been fabulous and… Read More Pemigewasset River (NH) – August 2014
Think Cousin Eddie. We camped outside our friends’ house in Hampton, NH. We ate, drank, laughed, laughed some more, swam in the pool, and just enjoyed meeting up again with friends. It was interesting in the back yard: there were humming birds but there was also a humming moth (term may not be precise) that… Read More Hampton, NH – August 2014
We stayed a few nights in eastern Pennsylvania, with two nights in a very quiet Lake Towhee County Park in Bucks County; with a dozen campsites available we were the only ones there (apart from Ranger Rick, who made sure we followed park procedures). No facilities (no problem), but the park looked like it had… Read More Eastern PA – Aug 2014
Absolutely gorgeous campground in the north Georgia mountains! We met up with friends, paddled in the lake, hiked on some trails, and were rewarded Saturday night with a blue grass concert from John Nix and the Country Cousins. Does it get better than that?
If this isn’t just the coolest place on earth, I don’t know what would be. Marfa, TX is pretty much in the middle of nowhere (not too far in a relative sort of way to Big Bend National Park); artsy, fartsy mixed with throw down farmers and cattle hands. Fabulous destination if you have a… Read More Marfa (TX) – October 2013
The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta is another one of those events where words are superfluous. Attached are a few shots out of literally hundreds – each one better than the next. We were fortunate to join in the Airstream group and as such were parked for the weekend right next to the field where the balloons… Read More ABQ Balloon Fiesta (NM) – Oct 2013
What can you possibly say about the Grand Canyon that either hasn’t already been said or simply doesn’t need to be said? We arrived at the North Rim campground 6 hours before the government shutdown, so the next morning the rangers came around and told us we needed to vacate within 48 hours. Fortunate for… Read More Grand Canyon North (AZ) – Oct 2013
Probably one of the least well-known national parks in the country, Great Basin NP is actually in Nevada, but not far from the Utah line. But it is not close to ANYTHING! Camping is basic boondocking, but it is gorgeous. Due to truck issues, our trip here was curtailed, but hope to be back again!
Capitol Reef NP (Capitol Reef National Park) really unique in that while the national park is stunningly gorgeous with intricate rock formations, at its center is a lush valley replete with rushing streams and a canopy of trees and fruit trees from when the Mormons developed orchards of apples and other fruit. We happened to… Read More Capitol Reef NP (UT) – Sept 2013
For anyone who has traveled to the western national parks, you already know that most of them are comprised of breathtaking views, and Canyonlands National Park is no exception. Canyonlands National Park We traveled off road on some of the 4 wheel trails. They are more than a little intimidating; I would have preferred to… Read More Canyonlands NP (UT) – Sept 2013