Our last few urban stops were short and stressful due to the difficulty of finding overnight parking, but we needed to make sure our visit to Portland was under better circumstances so we could give it a fair evaluation as a place we might call home. By appealing to our network of friends via Facebook, Read More →

After our tasty post-hike dinner, we drove out of the beautiful, forested Sierras into the hot desert lowlands below, and stayed the night in the Modesto Walmart parking lot. The cars, concrete, noise and street lights were harsh after nearly two full weeks in the quiet serenity of Yosemite National Park. The following morning I Read More →

Trails through the Sierras connect Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks to Yosemite National Park, but to drive there one must go through Fresno. We drove into Fresno planning to spend the night in a Walmart parking lot and head into Yosemite in the morning. From what I had heard, every campsite in Yosemite is reserved months Read More →

From San Diego we drove up Highway 1 (well, we entered Highway 1 at it’s southern terminus in Dana Point) to Santa Monica to meet friends of mine, Curt and his wife Michelle, for dinner. We stopped at a beautiful spot in Huntington Beach for lunch. Most of this particular segment of 1 is not Read More →

A friend described Sedona, Arizona to me as a place with red rocks and a “new agey” culture. And that is exactly what we found, from Red Rock State Park to the several “Crystal Vortex” shops in the tourist area. We spent  an afternoon hiking at Red Rock State Park before camping at Dead Horse Read More →

Austin is home to a packaging-free grocery store,  In.gredients, that I read about on one of the environmental blogs I follow. This was our first stop in the city to stock up on bulk goods in addition to the fresh veggies we picked up in the morning at a great farmers’ market in Bastrop. From there, we parked Read More →

We arrived in New Orleans a couple weekends before Christmas. Before arriving, we decided to stay at a KOA just outside the city because we were not sure what the parking situation would be like in the city (once there we realized that stealth camping would have been easy) . We had a great time Read More →

Kansas City is an appropriate stopping point in our trek westward, which I previously analogized to pioneers moving to the new frontier. Independence, MO, a satellite city of Kansas City, was a jumping off point for the major Westward Expansion Trails of the mid-19th century: Oregon Trail, California Trail and Santa Fe Trail. Really we stopped here to Read More →

We drove into Chicago on a stormy day (November 11th, incase you are wondering). We stopped for a break at a rest area, which happened to be the Indiana Welcome Center. Even though we didn’t spend any time in the state, we decided to take a quick superwoman picture. We stopped in Chicago because John Read More →

My good friend Morgan has been one of the biggest influences in my culinary life. I met Morgan when we started grad school in Manhattan ten years ago. At the time, I had only just begun the transition from eating prepared and processed foods to cooking for myself. I was just learning about vegetables – Read More →