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


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 – 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 […]

Picks and Pans – In and Around Joshua Tree N.P.

PICKS: Hidden Valley in Joshua Tree N.P.

Joshua Tree is the kind of place where it would be downright difficult to live an ordinary life. Even the rocks and strangely animated plants seem as though they must have interesting back stories simply because an uneventful existence couldn’t possibly result in such strangely shaped creatures. Hidden […]

Picks and Pans – In and Around Yosemite National Park

PICKS: Mono Vista RV Park showers in Lee Vining

Very clean, pretty cheap and about as close as you can get to Tioga Pass without going over, these showers were just what we were looking for.

Saddlebag Lake

Unfortunately for us, the parking lot at Saddlebag Lake was so snow-filled we couldn’t maneuver Arvin into […]