Celebrating Christmas at Death Valley

Our drive in from the Mojave area really set the stage for the world of extremes that we would experience in Death Valley National Park, the largest national park outside of Alaska. One of the few towns we passed through was Trona, which basically brought my vision of an industrial hellscape to life. The town … Read moreCelebrating Christmas at Death Valley

Procurement and Planning in Pismo Beach

Coming in to Pismo Beach, we knew we had a work-heavy week ahead of us. This casual beach town is only 10 miles from San Luis Obispo, which is home to California Polytechnic State University and a host of big box stores. We planned to make the SLO Costco our last major Costco restocking visit … Read moreProcurement and Planning in Pismo Beach

Thanksgiving Week in Silicon Valley

Coming into the San Francisco Bay area for Thanksgiving was a major departure from our usual travel mode. Not only were we situated in a fairly large urban area, but most importantly we were near family, so our days were filled with simple pleasures like watching our nephew’s swim practice at the beautiful Stanford aquatic … Read moreThanksgiving Week in Silicon Valley

A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Travel Day

Full time travel is most definitely not always a bed of roses, and our trip from Cape Blanco down to Klamath, California was a vivid illustration of many of the things that can make living on the road annoying. And of course they all happened on the same day. So for those interested in disaster … Read moreA Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Travel Day

The Columbia River Gorge: It’s Gorge-ous!

We emerged unsettled but unscathed from our visit to the remote areas of Eastern Oregon, and after crossing the Cascades we discovered a wonderland of green. After months of seeing dry, sagebrush-filled landscapes, the leafy moisture of the Columbia River Gorge is almost hard to fathom. I’ve definitely been unreasonably excited to see moss on … Read moreThe Columbia River Gorge: It’s Gorge-ous!