bugsy and a frozen waterfall in devil's den state park

Three days in Fayetteville, AR

I was surprised at how much I liked Fayetteville, not having really known much about it going in. We had mostly considered it a base from which to do some hiking in the Ozarks, but in addition to that, from...

Bugsy at Terlingua Jail

One day in Terlingua, TX

How do I describe Terlingua… It’s famous for its annual chili cookoff–which is actually two competing cookoffs, and one giant party–every November. It’s a tiny ghost town in the desert with nightly live music and delicious margaritas. It’s a surprising...

dog near beach in destin

Two days in Destin, FL

Destin is a bit of a sprawling beach destination, spreading from the ocean to the bay along a busy main drag, and it has many faces: partially-vacant strip malls, touristy beach bars and seafood restaurants, fancy yacht clubs and golf courses and a Whole Foods,...

dog sleeping on beach

Winter trip brainstorming, part II

We’re brainstorming a winter Airstream trip from VA to somewhere warmer. In Part I, we looked at Coastal SC and GA. Part II is all about Florida beaches. This is Vader, Bugsy’s predecessor. He LOVED the beach, and would chase...

dog on table rock canaan mountain backcountry

Four days in Canaan Valley, WV

In the early Aughts, J and I (and Bugsy’s two dear departed predecessors) spent a lot of time in the Potomac Highlands of eastern West Virginia, hiking and biking in spectacular spots like Dolly Sods Wilderness, Seneca Rocks, and Spruce Knob – Seneca...

george rogers clark statue

One day in Louisville, KY

It’s a bit of an exaggeration to say we were in Louisville for one day. We arrived in late afternoon and left in late morning, but we managed to fit in a little bit of exploring. Louisville seems like a...

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...

mount rushmore

Two days in Custer, SD

Custer is a cute little Western town with a few restaurants, a couple bars, and even a coffeeshop with wifi. It’s the closest town to Custer State Park and Mount Rushmore. We were sort of expecting Mount Rushmore to be...

dog at mancos state park

Two days in Cortez, CO

After stopping for lunch at Farm Bistro in Cortez on our way to Durango, we knew it was a neat little town and would make a great base from which to visit Mesa Verde National Park, and from Cortez we...

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...