A Small Sampling of Napa Valley

After our lengthy stay near the redwoods, we made a very large (for us) relocation of over 300 miles in one day, which meant we took shifts driving down the scenic but narrow and winding route into the heart of Northern California. We passed through thick smoke in Mendocino County from the terrible Camp Fire … Read moreA Small Sampling of Napa Valley

Big City Living in Boise

Boise’s population of around 300,000 and its role as the capital of the state make the city comparable in some respects to Tallahassee, Florida, our home-state capital. But unlike Tallahassee, which is a relatively small town in a state with multiple major metropolitan areas, Boise is also the largest city in the state by a … Read moreBig City Living in Boise

Basking in Science and Nature in Bozeman

Bozeman, Montana has a profile similar to Missoula, since it is also anchored by a major state university and has a vibrant art and culture scene. As you might expect, there are quite a few breweries here! Surprisingly, though, instead of a boozy week of beer, our focus during our visit turned out to be … Read moreBasking in Science and Nature in Bozeman

Here for the Beer in Missoula

While the population of over 100,000 is not staggeringly large, Missoula is the second largest city in Montana and home to the University of Montana. That means, of course, that it hosts all the big box stores that we know and love, and have missed during our journey across the more rural areas of the … Read moreHere for the Beer in Missoula

Roadside Attractions and Our First Emergency

After leaving Devils Tower, we pointed our rig toward Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota. Driving across the Dakotas is notoriously boring, so I was pretty excited to find a few different points of interest to visit along the way. Geographic Center of the Nation Our route northeast from Devils Tower brought us … Read moreRoadside Attractions and Our First Emergency