Biosphere 2, located in Oracle, Arizona near Tucson, was built in the late 1980’s as a closed and self-sustaining facility developed as a space-colonization technology. I had heard and read a little about the facility over the past few years, just enough to pique my curiosity of this self-contained world, but I knew very little Read More →

We left Oliver Lee Memorial State Park to drive west. On this drive we crossed both the continental divide and the state line, entering Arizona, and even into a different desert, leaving the Chihauhaun for the Sonoran. Arizona is a much-awaited destination on this trip; we have now entered seasonal snowbird territory, so we expect to meet Read More →

Whitesands National Monument only offers camping for backpackers, and we wanted to sleep indoors during the cold spell, so we needed to find another place to camp. John found a great state campground about a half-hour drive away, Oliver Lee Memorial State Park. The park is nestled at the foot of the Sacramento Mountains, with a Read More →

We chose to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park because spelunking is an activity John has wanted to experience for sometime. The caves at Carlsbad are open even while most of the caves nationwide have been closed in an attempt to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome (if you don’t know about the ecological disaster that Read More →

Sixth day, Jan 5 I awoke when the sky was still dark and went outside after breakfast to watch the sunrise. Even with my down sleeping bag, it was too cold to sit still and enjoy the morning, so I decided to go for a bike ride as soon as it was light enough. I Read More →

From Rochester we headed west to see Niagara Falls.  John had just driven by them twice, on the way to and from Toronto with his friend Ken, but he was willing to go again so I could see the giant waterfalls. Ten years in New York and I had never seen the famous river on Read More →

John had never been to Boston and wanted to go; being so close while in the White Mountains we decided to pay a visit to “The Walking City”. Boston is compact and very walkable; according to the Wikipedia entry, it has the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters in the US. So of course, we walked! We Read More →

I am in love. With the state of Vermont. That table of produce on the side of the road after our hike was just the beginning. As far as I can tell, the produce stand to population ratio is approximately 1:3. I knew that my tendency to ask John to stop at produce stands on Read More →