Monthly Archives: May 2012

A Grand, Quiet Canyon

We arrived in Jacob Lake, Arizona yesterday. We’re staying at the only campground with hook-ups anywhere near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It’s a nice, wooded campground, and we lucked out in not only getting one of the more spacious sites, but one that backs up against the Kaibob National Forest, so we have a nice view of the woods outside of our dinette window.  It’s so nice to get back out of the desert, even if it’s only for a short time — we’re headed back up to Salt Lake City next, so Dennis can make a …read more »


Drive-Ins, Canyons and Childhood Memories

We spent the last week at Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante, Utah.  First, about Escalante:  It’s in the middle of nowhere and everywhere at the same time.  It’s a tiny island of a town surrounded by National Forest land: Dixie, Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef… check out the map—Escalante’s that little red-and-yellow patch in the middle. I’m not sure what I was more excited about — Shooting Star Drive-In, our home for the week or visiting Bryce Canyon. First, about the Drive-In.  That’s what it’s called, and it does, indeed have a drive-in (grab some popcorn at the “Snack Shack” Airstream, pick a vintage convertible to …read more »


Accidental cocktail: The Western Rambler

A couple of weeks ago, while still in Golden, CO, I drove down to a liquor shop in Littleton called “Tipsy’s” upon the recommendation of a fellow camper.  Since we’ve left CA and AZ, we’re out of BevMo territory, and after CO, we’re headed into the kind of places where people just don’t sell a bunch of liquor.  And it’s not that I need a bunch—it’s just that I like some harder to find stuff, which will be even harder to find in the areas we’re around lately.  So anyway.  This place was bigger than BevMo.  And it had a …read more »

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Arches, Canyonlands, and Tar

After spending a couple of awe-inspiring months in the deserts of CA, AZ and NM, we had three weeks of geographical respite in Golden, CO.  It’s not that we don’t like desert — every new mile seems to draw another “ooh!” from us — but it just isn’t our natural habitat.  At any rate, we moved back west again from “The Gateway to the Rockies” to Moab, UT, where we got to check out the absolutely hyperbolic peaks (Arches) and valleys (Canyonlands) that millions of years of geographic changes can cause.  It’s one of those places that’s a little too …read more »