Picks and Pans – Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City has a lot of what you would expect (Mormon influenced squeaky clean culture) and a lot of what you would not (an active LGBT community, a vocal liberal political presence, lots of gothy/punky/alt culture kids and a rockin’ arts festival). Although there are several intriguing things going on in SLC, the clash […]

Picks and Pans – Between RMNP and Salt Lake City

PICKS: Off the Beaten Path Bookstore and Coffee Shop in Steamboat Springs, CO

Another great independently owned bookshop, with possibly the best children’s book section ever….they built a book reading fort complete with doors too small for adults and pillows properly placed for getting lost in a good book. It will however be eternally linked […]

Picks and Pans – Rocky Mountain National Park


Longs Peak Campground

Although the facilities are limited (cold water sinks, flush toilets) and the price is a little steep ($20 per night when water is on), this tent-only campsite’s location more than makes up for it. Our campsite was perched on the edge of a foothill with a clear view of the […]

Picks and Pans – In and Around Moab, UT

Moab is an outdoors recreation mecca. There are mountain bike trails galore, plenty of hiking, a river for rafting and kayaking, mountains for camping and climbing, a lake for swimming. It’s a remarkable spot. Which explains why the town is overrun with sporty looking tourist types during the summer. Even with the tourists, though, Moab […]

Picks and Pans: Needles in Canyonlands National Parks

Canyonlands is composed of two main sections: Island in the Sky to the north and Needles in the south. We made Needles our first stop because we were coming from the Grand Canyon and also because it had been highly recommended by Autumn, a fellow Montanan. The drive into the park started in a relatively […]