Picks and Pans – In and Around Minneapolis, MN

My dad grew up in Minnesota, and so a lot of his childhood stories involve tunneling through snow to make epic forts, skating up a river with the roving horde of neighborhood kids and generally making mischief in a land of snow and ice. I had never had the pleasure of being in Minnesota during […]

Picks and Pans – South Dakota

PICKS: Mount Rushmore We arrived at my aunt and uncle’s house in Rapid City just in time to avoid driving in a pretty serious snow storm, but my uncle, being the dyed in the wool South Dakotan that he is, decided that a snow storm was the perfect time to go see Mount Rushmore. Turns […]

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

PICKS: 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 – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas is a strange, strange place. People spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to fly in from all over the world, stay in hotels and drop oodles of money into machines and onto felt table cloths. And for what? To get drunk and watch blinky lights and strippers? For my dollar I’d just […]

Picks and Pans – Death Valley N.P.

PICKS: Driving through Mojave National Preserve Sean says: Thanks to a recommendation from Michael, we made our way from Joshua Tree to Death Valley via the scenic Kelbaker road through the Mojave National Preserve. Zabriskie Point in Death Valley Sean says: Zabriskie Point is a nice stop on your way into Death Valley from the […]