Holy Cross Monastery

If I don’t seem to you like the monastic type, you have me pegged correctly.  While I have my own spiritual practice, and I respect the practices of others regardless of the path they choose, I’m highly sensitive to any perceived attempt to convert me into anything.  It took assurances there would be no hidden agenda before I was willing to even consider it.  How … Continue reading Holy Cross Monastery

Reflections on my 4 Month Road Trip

  “You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown, you travel for the unknown, that reveals you within yourself.”  Ella Maillart Dear Readers, This quote landed in my inbox this morning, and boy is it ever true! First, I want to say thank you to everyone who has been traveling along with me through my blog, which I started not only because … Continue reading Reflections on my 4 Month Road Trip

Our National Park Service Employees: True American Superheros

For today’s post, I want to pause and acknowledge my deep admiration for all of the National Park Service employees who helped to make my four month trip so special. Whenever I visited one of our parks or monuments or battlefields, the information desk at the Visitor’s Center was always my first stop. I quickly learned that the three key things to let them know … Continue reading Our National Park Service Employees: True American Superheros

Cody, Wyoming

Cody is a small town, but big enough to offer all of the services you’d expect in a medium sized city, with lots of entertainment, dining and lodging options. Just 50 miles from the East entrance to Yellowstone (a stunningly beautiful drive), with an altitude below 5,000 feet, it’s a perfect place to stop for a few days to rest and regroup if you are … Continue reading Cody, Wyoming

Northern California

I made it to the West Coast!  It took me two months via a crazy route, but I made it. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I think I had California all wrong in my head.  My experience with the area was limited primarily to business trips through the LA and San Diego area, when I was rushed and driving from one … Continue reading Northern California

Life on the Road (So Far)

Today is the halfway mark on my four month trip around the lower 48 states.  It’s been amazing!  I’ve made it all the way to the southernmost part of the U.S., and to the lowest point in the North America.  I’ve watched dolphins play in the Atlantic, swam with fish in the Gulf of Mexico, descended into the depths of Carlesbad, hiked hundreds of miles, … Continue reading Life on the Road (So Far)

Zion National Park

Zion is basically Disney World for nature geeks.  I’m serious.  The parking lots fill up early in the day, so your best bet is to get in line for the well run shuttle that stops at every major beautiful natural attraction you may want to see in the park.  The trail heads mostly start right in the area of the shuttle stop, and there is … Continue reading Zion National Park

The Everglades

The Everglades is huge.  I mean, I knew that from looking at the maps (1.5 million acres), but it didn’t really sink in until I drove to the park entrance and the ranger said, “Welcome to the Everglades.  Your campground is straight ahead on this road forty miles down.”  Ten minutes later, my cell phone coverage went out, and didn’t return until two days later … Continue reading The Everglades