Strong Southwest Vibes in Taos

On our first day visiting Taos, as our very first activity, we visited the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church (pictured above) in the small suburb of Ranchos de Taos. We reached the 18th century church via a maze of narrow, unpaved, muddy roads with Spanish names. The plaza of the church is ringed by … Read moreStrong Southwest Vibes in Taos

Care-A-Vanning Redux in Pagosa Springs

After thoroughly enjoying our first experience volunteering as Care-A-Vanners with Habitat for Humanity in Pagosa Springs, Colorado in June, we adjusted our schedule for the summer to return to the very same place for another two-week commitment. We knew that the experience could be very different because of the composition of a new volunteer group, … Read moreCare-A-Vanning Redux in Pagosa Springs

R&R in Steamboat Springs

After our torrid pace of daily hiking and wildlife watching for nearly two full weeks at Rocky Mountain National Park, we headed to Steamboat Springs for some rest and relaxation and to take care of life tasks. Unfortunately, our reservation at Green Ridge Campground ended on a Saturday, which meant we were pulling into the … Read moreR&R in Steamboat Springs

First Time Care-A-Vanners in Pagosa Springs, CO

One of our vague intentions when hitting the road almost 18 months ago was to engage in volunteer activities along the way, and our planned summer in Colorado offered a perfect opportunity to make that a reality. We signed up for a stint volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the small resort town of Pagosa … Read moreFirst Time Care-A-Vanners in Pagosa Springs, CO

East Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas

After our encounters with snow and freezing temperatures in Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon, it was with great rejoicing that we arrived in Las Vegas to sunny days with temperatures climbing into the 70s. My own enjoyment of Las Vegas was short-lived, however, since we were in town primarily for my airport access. East Coast … Read moreEast Coast Visits, Hoover Dam, and Mysterious Las Vegas