Archive - 2014

Yosemite National Park, CA: Timing Is Everything!

Our final destination of the six-week trip was Yosemite National Park — a trip Philip has dreamed of since he was a teenager and mooned over famous photographer Ansel Adams’ beautiful black and white photos of this gorgeous area.  We had a full day to see a mere fraction of the park … but boy were we glad we got there when we did.  Because...

Oregon 101: “Coast”ing Down The Highway!

Halfway through the trip, we left Hood River, Oregon, and headed to the northernmost and westernmost point of our trip … Chinook, Washington.  From there, Philip’s plan was to ride his bike all the way down the Oregon Coast over the course of seven days! Three weeks into our six-week adventure, and 1896 of 3718 miles have been “LOGGED” on...

Hood River, OR: The Fruit Loop!

On our way to Hood River, Oregon and the gorgeous Mt. Hood.  Leaving West Yellowstone and driving west through Idaho and eastern Oregon was a real mind-blower.  Either we had become spectacularly lost, or God had a bad case of ADHD when creating these areas.  How could the topography change so dramatically every 30 minutes through just a few hundred...

Red, White, Blue & Yellow … Yellowstone, that is!

As an Arizona native, Fourth of July in Phoenix has always been a non-event for me. The jello salad melts immediately, the potato salad’s always at high risk for salmonella poisoning, friends look weird when viewed through a wavy heat haze.  Everything is just **too darn hot**!! That’s why we were so excited at the prospect of a full-scale, old...

Yellowstone, WY: Bison and Grizzlies and Elk, OH MY!

Ahhh, Yellowstone … the mythical, magical, iconic National Park and (most notably) the inspiration for Yogi Bear’s Jellystone.  Who hasn’t spent many a Saturday morning in their jammies on the fold-out couch eating Froot Loops and watching Yogi Bear antagonize Mr. Park Ranger Smith? Most importantly, we wanted to see some wildlife, dammit!  Cute...

Zion National Park, UT: 85% Wilderness, 100% Awesome

Leaving Page, AZ, our next destination was Zion National Park on the southern edge of Utah.  Steep cliffs, narrow canyons, and a park that has remained over 85% wilderness (according to our expert source: the front of a t-shirt in the gift shop) had us excited to get to see this park up close and personal! Sheer cliff drops of 3000 feet or more! People die while...

Page/Lake Powell, AZ: Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend

After months and months of planning for our 3,718-mile Summer 2014 Adventure Tour, the departure day finally arrived!  Packing an RV for a six-week trip is no easy task.  Here is the fridge/freezer — not a square inch to spare! Individually portioned/pre-marinated meats in the freezer make cooking easy. Our first two days were spent in Page, AZ, 270...