Dashing Into Florida to Visit Pensacola

After our Houston stay we were determined to get to Florida as quickly as possible, so we traveled the 600 miles from Brazos Bend to our next spot in Pensacola in two consecutive days of travel. We had heard horror stories from fellow travelers about the condition of I-10 between Beaumont, TX and Baton Rouge, … Read more Dashing Into Florida to Visit Pensacola

Seeking a Cure for Beach Withdrawal at Padre Island

It is my civic duty as a blogger to inform the public about an unusual new malady that we recently discovered. Signs that you might be suffering from Beach Withdrawal Syndrome (BWS): You giggle with glee when you realize you have tracked sand all over the inside of the rig. You smile smugly when you … Read more Seeking a Cure for Beach Withdrawal at Padre Island

Big Skies and Big Distances at Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park is not on the way to anywhere. Situated at the southern point of the “dip” in West Texas, it is essentially a peninsula of the US with Mexico on three sides. The park is located in the heart of the harsh Chihuahuan Desert, and the park’s southern border is also the … Read more Big Skies and Big Distances at Big Bend National Park

Underground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

East of El Paso, in a remote corner of the Chihuahuan Desert, two national parks straddle the border between Texas and New Mexico. Since we were in the area, we made sure to plan a visit to the almost-adjacent Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Camping at Guadalupe Mountains The only campground … Read more Underground Wonders at Carlsbad Caverns and Foggy Hiking at Guadalupe Mountains

Sun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM

Driving from T or C to our next destination in Alamogordo was a challenge, because a weather front brought us 20 mph winds that whipped up the fine New Mexico sands into fog-like sandstorms. Despite the inauspicious start to our stay, we ended up really enjoying Alamogordo. We took our cues directly from our friends … Read more Sun, Sand, Space, and Nuts in Alamogordo, NM