Picks and Pans – Whirlwind trip through Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado


Highway 60 from Globe to Show Low, AZ

After much too brief of a stop at my sister Vanessa’s house, we began a new phase of the road trip — the all driving, minimal stopping, hauling of our behinds to get across the country in time to spend Christmas with my grandparents in western […]

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 – Between Denver and Rocky Mountain National Park

PICKS: The Coffee Tree in Loveland, CO

Located inside a cozy used bookstore, The Coffee Tree was another great locally owned coffee shop… Why does anyone go to Starbucks?! The staff were super friendly, the wi-fi was free and the local patrons were a colorful bunch. Plus, they have a real live arabica tree right […]

Picks and Pans – Boulder and Lyons, CO

Boulder is a much talked about city with 90k people, only a 1/2 hour drive to Denver and minutes from the mountains and nature abound. We only got a 1 day run through, but were impressed with it’s many offerings – a contemporary arts museum, a good farmers market in the downtown, lots of bike […]