“From the margin of these glorious forests the first general view of the Valley used to be gained – a revelation in landscape affairs that enriches one’s life forever.” – John Muir During the gold rush of 1849 miners invaded the acorn orchards and game lands of the native tribes living in the Sierra Nevada. Read More →

At the top of Wasson Peak in Saguaro National Park we met two local women also out for a hike. I asked them if they could identify the various mountains in the distance, and the more knowledgeable of the pair obliged by pointing out Santa Catalina Mountains, the Rincon Mountains, and the Santa Rita Mountains. Additionally, they 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 →

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 →

The day we left Lake D’Arbonne State Park, the warm weather also left the region. A cold front blew in, bringing first rain and later ice. It dropped the temperature more than 30 degrees from the amazingly warm weather we experienced in the prior days. We wanted nice weather for our visit to New Orleans, Read More →

We had a wonderful Christmas in Austin, TX. Heidi made delicious cookies this morning and surprised me with a Christmas stocking she had knit. One side reads “JOHN” and the other, “SUGAR LOAF”. It was stuffed with gummy candies and beef jerky!  She had secretly worked on it every morning over the last week, getting Read More →

South of Kansas City happens to be a town called Fayetteville, AR. A couple months ago, John found an online quiz that suggests towns to consider living in, based on one’s lifestyle and desired amenities. Fayetteville was the top suggestion for both of us. Neither of us had ever heard of Fayetteville, and knew virtually 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 →

In addition to the 100 Mile Wilderness, there was one other section of the Appalachian Trail that I wanted to hike before leaving the east coast: the Presidential Traverse in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. We headed to White Mountain National Forest from Bar Harbor. We arrived late on Saturday October 12, the middle of Read More →

After completing the 100 Mile Wilderness hike, we needed some rest and to resupply. The nearest grocery store was an IGA a couple towns over. On the way we first stopped by the Abbot Village Bakery to pick up some bread. If you are around the area, go to this bakery. But not if you are Read More →