Rough Riding with Teddy

Our slow travel schedule afforded us 10 days to enjoy Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, which we split equally between the distinct north and south units, geographically separated by 70 miles. We did not make the effort to reach the Elkhorn area, which is actually the former “home ranch” of the park’s namesake, … Read moreRough Riding with Teddy

Turning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

Our relatively brief stop in the northeastern corner of Kansas was full of unexpectedly interesting things, and did a lot to change our preconceived ideas about the Sunflower State. This visit included the last African American civil rights landmark we expect to see for some time, and started us thinking about the great western expanse … Read moreTurning Toward the Frontier in Northeastern Kansas

Seeking Authenticity in the Bluegrass Region

We finished up our time in Kentucky with a stay in northern-central Kentucky, which put us within easy reach of Louisville and Lexington, AKA horse and bourbon country. We visited a number of very different destinations, but the theme that emerged from our visit is: what’s the importance of authenticity? Lincoln Birthplace Memorial Our trip … Read moreSeeking Authenticity in the Bluegrass Region

Walking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger

In our quest to see all things Lewis & Clark during 2018, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park was a necessary addition to our destination list because it was one of the few pathways to the west that existed when the Corps of Discovery set out. Of course “the west” was anything beyond the Appalachian Mountains, … Read moreWalking Ancient Pathways at Cumberland Gap NHP, and Foiling the Plans of a Homicidal Park Ranger