Trip Itinerary: Northern Arizona

It’s been almost fourteen months since I returned from Spain, leaving that trip three weeks early because there were *gasp* more than 100 daily cases of this new coronavirus there. I figured I’d ride it out back in Los Angeles, returning to travel by summer at the latest. Little did I know I’d spend the…

California’s Palms to Pines Highway

Palm Springs is hot in July. Very hot. Wearing my mask, I grab a double-double and a vanilla shake from California's most iconic burger chain, In N Out, and start up a winding road into the mountains. This road, California Highway 74 and turning into California Highway 243, is known as the Palms to Pines…

50!!

The rolling plains of Iowa are covered in cornfields, just like a scene out of Field of Dreams, broken up by the occasional silo or windmill. It is beautiful, if redundant after the first 30 or 40 miles. But it's not the reason I'm in Iowa. Welcome to Iowa! In Des Moines, I visit the…

Trip Itinerary: Coal Country

I'm not leaving for a week, but timing of other posts mandates that this one go up a tad early. In any event, it is time for my annual driving trip with my father, and I am - as always - excited! This year we are headed to coal country to see the fall colors,…

Driving the Michigan Thumb

The lower peninsula of Michigan is shaped like a mitten, with its thumb jutting into Lake Huron. Today, I drove a loop around it! Michigan Highway 25 runs from Bay City on the Saginaw River in the northwest of the thumb down to Port Huron on the St. Clair in the southeast. Driving northeast from…