Beautiful Places Far Away

Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

Albuquerque: The Really Good Stuff

There’s something about the last day of a trip that lights a fire under your butt.  So with the sunrise, I sought to make the most of my last day in Albuquerque. And that means I start with a good breakfast. Ok, a really good […]

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

Santa Fe: The Really Good Stuff

It was a short walk from my hotel to breakfast at Cafe Pascal’s, right on Santa Fe Plaza–the heart of downtown. This is a popular place so centrally located, dressed to the nines in New Mexican flair, and with awesome service.  I had to doorbust […]

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Cowboys, Donuts, Petroglyphs, Fajitas in New Mexico

Today I heading back north from Roswell, New Mexico towards Albuquerque, I came upon these two cowboys having a squabble across Highway 285.  Now, if I pulled over for everything that piqued my interest on the road, I would never get anywhere!  Colors, textures, abandoned […]

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

My 23rd National Park: Carlsbad Caverns. Every time I go to a new National Park I say to myself, “This is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen.” And it’s true, at the time. But this place, this time is just… (resisting urge to deconstruct […]

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

Heading South: White Sands National Monument

A visit to White Sands National Monument, 100 miles north of the Mexican border, had more enchanting views, more blue sky backdrop.  This state is so varied in its beauty.  Standing within these stark white sand dunes was a thing of fantasy.  It’s like you’re […]

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Cosmic Roadside Attraction: Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array

Though I’d love to say that I joined Fox and Scully in the New Mexican desert to discover a mysterious and striking field of giant radio antennae pointing to our dear sky–emitting, absorbing, tracking… The possibility of an intricate and expansive government conspiracy is alluring. […]

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

Day 2 in the Land of Enchantment: “Beautiful.”

My second day in New Mexico was absolutely beautiful. With a bright blue sky behind all I did, I ended the day sun-drunk and in awe, again, of this country, her land. I realized that I can hike devotedly for hours for the reward of […]

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

Roaming About the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands in New Mexico

In the northwest corner of New Mexico, just east of the Navajo Nation, is 45,000 acres of wild land: the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Badlands. 70 million years ago the land was a river delta from an inland sea that used to flow from the present-day Arctic Ocean to […]

<b>Traveling {Vegan} Series:</b> Preparation 1: Pack Wisely

Traveling {Vegan} Series: Preparation 1: Pack Wisely

I have said before and I will say it again, it over and over and over.  This country is absolutely breathtaking.  Though the densely populated urban and suburban landscapes are mostly my backdrop, I crave to be within all that is wild, remote, and free.  […]

Autumn in the Air

Autumn in the Air

It’s my birthday, so we went Up.  Arriving at dawn Baskets Ready for some hot air Our chariot awaits Heat rises On our way Fire ball A smooth ascent Foliage Trees and basket High over the highway Balloons in the distance North Face advertisement Back […]

The Great American Eclipse is here!

The Great American Eclipse is here!

I spent my day in Gallatin, Tennessee in the line of totality during the Great American Eclipse.  Since I traveled far and prepared a lot, I thought it best to get there at 2:45 a.m., joined only by singing crickets and several other eclipse chasers […]

Oh, Beautiful

Oh, Beautiful

Another day in one of our nation’s national parks, my #21, Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee. This park, like Shenandoah, feels more like home. Though spectacular they are, the geology of the western parks in their different biomes can be almost otherworldly. There […]

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

Daisy Town, Abandoned Resort Enclave in the Smoky Mountains

A National Park with the opportunity for exploration of long-abandoned dilapidated cabins? That is double the pleasure for me!  Daisy Town was a resort enclave established in the early 20th century by pioneer Appalachians. The old cottages are easily accessible in the Elkmont region of Great […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 2: We are the Dreamers of Dreams

First: you know how you hear stories of people who try frying turkeys during Thanksgiving and cause an explosion? Or Meth producers who blow up their homes?  Like that, you risk catastrophic consequences if you go staring at the sun willy-nilly without protection–or looking through […]

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

The Great American Eclipse Preparation, Part 1: Making a Solar Filter for Camera

I made my first reservation related to Great American Eclipse travel in September 2016 …like a big nerd.  Now that it is almost here, along with growing media coverage including its own section in the New York Times last Sunday, I have to make sure my […]

Last Day in LA LA Land

Last Day in LA LA Land

On my last day in my second favorite city I headed to Chinatown. Mostly because when I saw the huge drive-in line at In-n-Out Burger I felt slightly disappointed I couldn’t partake in such a characteristic LA sociological gathering. But my friend told me that […]

Delicious California (in pictures)

Delicious California (in pictures)

{ A crème brûlée donut from Donut Friend. } { Plant Food + Wine‘s Polenta + Hash: wild mushrooms, sweet potato hash, harissa } { Their potato-heavy Breakfast Burrito } { And their Chickpea Fritatta, dressed to the nines. } { A side of barbecue tempeh […]

Special Buddies

Special Buddies

Breakfast can often go two ways–vibrant or gluttonous. This morning we headed over to a no-fail vegan breakfast option that I rarely take part in, an acai bowl. I got The Patriot with banana, strawberry, blueberry, coconut, and acai at Brazailian Acai Bowls in Bakersfield. […]

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

Trees, Oranges, and Tamales

After a quick breakfast at Cafe Smitten in Bakersfield, California it would be time to see a third/fourth California national park: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks. To start, a peanut butter and chocolate bar, real good black coffee, and National Park guidebooks. And a […]

Crazy From the Heat

Crazy From the Heat

After driving in the desert all day, I’m pretty batty right now. I don’t want to even attempt to wax poetic about just how gorgeous you are, dear America. It is kind of unreal how much unearthly beauty lies within you. I’ll try a little […]

Joshua Tree, California

Joshua Tree, California

Today is day one of a California summer adventure! And day ones are about getting acclimated, adjusting to the road and a totally new lay of the land. This land, our land/your land, is coated in a sun-dried muff; it’s baked, the high and mighty […]

Last Day in Paris

Last Day in Paris

Are you really productive on Sunday? I am. There is something about the last day (of the weekend, in this example) that pushes me to action. Of course this ‘Sunday urgency’ exists today, Friday, as it is my last day here in Paris, France. With a full day […]

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

Vegan Amsterdam, Part Two

One thing that Europe does right is their train stations. Besides being within massive and ornate cathedrals, they are always wide open and airy, contain several flapping pigeons for effect, and are very easy to navigate. Like this here Amsterdam Centraal Station. Why are they so beautiful? Perhaps […]

Back in Paris

Back in Paris

After the world’s most perfect train ride, I was back in Paris again, finally learning how to take the Metro. I was also back in the room I stayed in days before. With Eiffel Tower views. Can you see it over there across the way […]