Picks and Pans – Reno, NV

Reno was the first stop on our “Return to the West” research tour. Expectations were low from my childhood memories of Reno as a dusty casino town, but sources suggested that Reno had come a long way since the 80s and 90s, so we decided to check it out… And boy has Reno ever come […]

Moving Back to The West

Although Erica and I love New York City — all the culture, diversity, energy, and constant renewal — I think we’ve always thought somewhere in the back of our minds that we would probably move back West at some point. Interestingly, as it turns out that, “the West” isn’t actually one place. It’s a huge […]

The Road Trip is a State of Mind

After many years on hiatus, we’re reviving LastGreatRoadTrip.net to catalog, reflect on, and share our latest adventures! 7 years ago it was all too easy to slip back into the busy trappings of everyday life and backseat the retelling and reflection on our travels.  The official end to the post-PhD road trip was a slippery […]

Picks and Pans – Chicago, IL

PICKS: Cafe Bernard We rolled into Chicago in the early evening and pulled up to the family home of our friend, Brian. Not long after walking in the door, I realized that this family had created the type of home in which anyone and everyone is made to feel welcome. Even though it was the […]

Picks and Pans – Madison, WI

Essen House Apparently a trip to Madison is not truly complete until you have visited Essen House, ordered a plastic boot full of beer and recruited some friends to help you drink it without allowing the boot to touch the table until it’s empty. As we were to learn later in the trip (at the […]