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The wind whips outside, is it starting to snow?

I press my cheek to the windshield, feel the sun’s setting glow

But alas, Christmas Eve in Arizona is quiet, dry, and cold

“Winter in the desert is harsh,” the locals have told

But tonight, I don’t buy it, a cup of mulled win...

Today marks our fifth month on the road, which seems like as good a time as any to pause and reflect on this crazy adventure. It’s been an amazing ride, filled with interesting people, breathtaking sites, and personal revelations. But it’s not all swimming in glacial l...

Twilight’s golden glow was evaporating, sucking away the vast sightlines and vistas from Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley. Darkness in the Mountain West descends quickly and feels especially heavy as the Rockies loom unseen. We were returning to Yellowstone for a brief secon...

Enjoy these photos of Angie, Madge, and me criss-crossing Wyoming! More posts coming soon!

As Avery, Madge, and I reached the breathtaking Black Hills of South Dakota, I couldn’t shake the growing pit in my stomach. My American history lessons on pilgrims, the Oregon Trail, and foreign wars haven’t prepared me for the emerging history I am learning on this t...

Being a fan of maps and geography, I was excited to experience the slow transition between landscapes: green to yellow, yellow to Rocky Mountain brown. However, I was quick to learn that these are not transitions at all, but stark lines dividing ecosystems and American...

Driving Madge the Van is a cheerful, tactile chore. You plummet down along with the nose of the van under hard braking. Tight turns require cranking the wheel hand-over-hand like you’re closing a submarine door. RPMs jump around the tachometer with a flex of your big t...

A web of dirt roads crisscross the Superior National Forest in the far northern reaches of Minnesota, teasing combustion-propelled visitors with a taste of the state’s wilds. To really experience the solitude of this place, you need a paddle and the willingness to get...

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