Out of the Valley and Into the Hills

On our last morning in Vegas we walked down to The Beat for coffee.  I ordered “the biggest coffee you have, please” to which the barista replied, “I can respect that.” We browsed the record albums and the art while she brewed a fresh pot.  The gentle sunlight coming through the windows and the not-fancy furnishings… Continue reading Out of the Valley and Into the Hills

Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

The Sedona area was breathtakingly beautiful, starting with the scenic, foggy, rainy-day drive down Highway 89A from Flagstaff.  The old part of town is very pedestrian friendly with tons of shops and restaurants, so… we decided it was treat yo’ self day.  For Wayne, a new hat (Stetson, no less); for Pam, a pair of silver… Continue reading Treat Yo’ Self: Sedona Edition

Sometimes It Snows in April

The Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest has splendid dispersed camping opportunities.  Some of the roads are ROUGH, but there’s something for everyone and every type of vehicle.  Again, Missy was the happiest pup ever, running free and smelling all the smells.  We climbed the little mountain, we played in the snow, we… Continue reading Sometimes It Snows in April

The Gila

Let’s get this straight right up front. There are no gila monsters in the Gila National Forest. Now we can all relax. After we drove around in a bunch of white sand, we headed west to Silver City, New Mexico. One thing we have found to be immensely helpful is to find the nearest ranger… Continue reading The Gila

Wild Camping

Real life, out in the wilderness camping. Some people call it “wild camping” or “boondocking.” The official US Forest Service term is “dispersed camping.” But it all means the same thing: camping no more than 300 feet from the side of the road in a National Forest or on BLM land. We headed to the… Continue reading Wild Camping

Davy, Davy Crockett!

Now THIS is a campground. Within Davy Crockett National Forest in East Texas is the Ratcliff Recreation Area. (There are neither rats nor cliffs. Ponder.) This place is only a 45-minute drive west of Angelina National Forest, and had we known how much nicer it was, we would have driven away from Caney Creek in… Continue reading Davy, Davy Crockett!