hiking lookout mountain

Five days in Asheville, NC (visit #3)

We love Asheville. Have I mentioned that? This was our third and longest visit, and it has officially become our long weekend getaway destination of choice, for the reasonable driving distance from our base in Central VA, the delicious beer and food scene,...

dog at freeman park carolina beach

Three days in Wilmington, NC

Our trek from Central VA to Wilmington, NC went through our friends’ driveway in Virginia Beach. It’s not the most direct route, but it was the ideal one for us. Bugsy rabidly enjoyed her first true beach experience and the...

walking the dog on mackinac island

One day in Mackinaw City, MI

Here’s another pronunciation lesson for you, courtesy of the State of Michigan: Cross the Straits of Mackinac on the Mackinac Bridge into Mackinaw City, which is a short boat ride from Mackinac Island, and they are all said Mackinaw… even though...

grand junction downtown dog

Three days in Grand Junction, CO

So this is the point in our story where the random day in Moab slots in: the morning we were to leave Cortez, with the sketchy weather forecast in mind, we checked the highway conditions on the way to Ridgway,...

durango animas city mountain trail

Four days in Durango, CO

Durango, like Flagstaff, is a town that we could see ourselves living in. Super outdoorsy, with breweries and restaurants and a neat little downtown area. This was another place where we extended our stay a day… then another day… Campground...

dog at goosenecks state park

Goosenecks State Park, UT

Goosenecks State Park is a must-see if you’re in the Monument Valley/Bluff area. The hike down to the river, however, is not so satisfying. Let’s start with the park: it’s a small park, just trails along the rim of the...

monument valley dog

Monument Valley, AZ

At first glance on the internet, it seems that if you don’t do a guided tour of Monument Valley, you can’t really do anything at all there. So we lined up a guided tour with Black’s Monument Valley Tours, and...

dead horse point state park

Two nights at Dead Horse Point State Park

I will not comment on the name of this park, or its possible origin. I will comment on it’s unbelievable gorgeousness. It’s across the eastern canyon of Canyonlands National Park, and so it shares the incredible vistas, but in a...