grand canyon south kaibab trail

Grand Canyon National Park

If you’re planning a visit to the Grand Canyon, GET THERE EARLY! Even in late March, before the tourist season really gets underway, the park got crowded quickly. To avoid waiting in line at the entrance station, parking problems, and strangers in...

sp crater

Five Days in Flagstaff, AZ

Flagstaff is winning the “Could you live in this town?” game, tied with Asheville, a town with which it has many similarities. It has fun, funky downtown area with good restaurants and breweries, and the natural setting is to die...

petrified forest national park

Petrified Forest National Park

Just off the interstate between Santa Fe and Flagstaff lies Petrified Forest National Park. We drove through, Airstream in tow, stopping for a few run-hikes WITH Bugsy! Petrified Forest NP allows dogs on trails! The colors in the chunks of...

santa fe national forest

Three days in Santa Fe

We had a fantastic stay in Santa Fe, but we struggled a bit to get a real feel for the city. There are several distinct neighborhoods, connected by highways and strip mall corridors. Downtown is touristy; the Railyard District has a...

mckittrick canyon

Two days in Whites City, NM

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Whites City, NM. (Wikipedia says the 2010 population of Whites City was seven!) Here’s an easier one: have you heard of Guadalupe Mountains National Park? We hadn’t heard of either place, which is...

rio grande

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is enormous and magnificent and full of hiking trails on which you cannot take your dog. Leaving Bugsy behind in the Airstream was not an option as we’d be gone for most of the day, so we did...

dog by airstream cooler

Four days in Fredericksburg, TX

Greetings from charming Fredericksburg! You may have noticed a glaring omission in our route through Central Texas… We very much looked forward to spending time in Austin on our way out west, but our timing is unfortunate: SxSW is going on and...

cotton belt trail

A half day in Waco, TX

No offense to Waco, but we didn’t seek it out as a specific destination, but rather a stopover to break up the drive from Hot Springs to Fredericksburg, TX. We didn’t expect to do much there, but we had a...

buckstaff bathhouse

Two days in Hot Springs, AR

We arrived in Hot Springs, set up camp, zoomed downtown, walked around for about an hour, and then it started raining. It hasn’t really stopped since. I was awoken last night around 3 by the strange lack of rain banging on the metal...