Rocky Mountain High West of Colorado Springs

As clueless flatlanders, we really didn’t pay too much attention to altitude when planning our summer sojourn in Colorado. We generally knew that higher elevation would mean cooler temperatures, but didn’t examine the idea much more closely. We were surprised to find that Pagosa Springs was at over 7,000 fees of elevation, but since we’ve … Read moreRocky Mountain High West of Colorado Springs

Feeling the Heat at Navajo Dam

We have a commitment in Pagosa Springs, Colorado beginning on June 9, so we filled the week after our Durango stay by making a quick visit to northern New Mexico in the vicinity of the Navajo Dam project. For what seems like the very first time in 2019, we had truly warm weather, with daytime … Read moreFeeling the Heat at Navajo Dam

Finishing the Mighty 5: Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, and Moab

If you’ve ever seen a Jeep commercial or a western film, you already know what the region around Moab looks like. The red rock mesas with sheer vertical sides are some of the most familiar images of the American west. But while the sandstone formations were undoubtedly impressive, what really made it special for us … Read moreFinishing the Mighty 5: Arches, Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point, and Moab

Mighty 5 Begins: Zion, Bryce, Kodachrome Basin, and Grand Staircase-Escalante

After being wowed by the geology of Valley of Fire in Nevada, we headed into Utah — a state that is completely new to both of us, and which is home to some of the most dramatic rock formations in the US. Our plans take us through all of Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks, as … Read moreMighty 5 Begins: Zion, Bryce, Kodachrome Basin, and Grand Staircase-Escalante

Becoming Rockhounds at Valley of Fire State Park

We had heard rave reviews of Valley of Fire State Park from multiple people, RVers and regular travelers alike, so when our route took us through Las Vegas we were sure to make time for a stop. The opportunity to take in red rock scenery and enjoy more desert spring sunshine was a major draw … Read moreBecoming Rockhounds at Valley of Fire State Park