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,...

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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...

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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...

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...

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Kodachrome Basin State Park

I’m not even allowed to say the name of this park out loud around a certain someone anymore. Because of this. While everyone is at the National Parks along Rt 12, you can have a quiet visit to the gorgeous Kodachrome...