Having an underlying medical condition, I’m doing my best to maintain safe practices during the pandemic. The good news is that “staying home” was what I did before someone ate “bat tartare” in China. Yes, I desperately miss the coffee shops I wrote in, my weekly writer’s group, and the book discussion that I attended … More (A)musings from our shelter
This blog has been quiet through the fall and into the winter. Not because we aren’t busy, but because our lives are consumed with the every-day habits of a family with two kids. As much as we love the road, we like being home just as much (if not more). Tempting as it may seem … More End of the Year Review
I often contemplate how much to share on this totally public website. Partially, to preserve some level of privacy, and partially, in order to avoid obnoxious over-sharing. I know I’m guilty of the latter, and short of sharing copies of my medical records – I’ve been pretty open about my medical condition. After all, awareness … More We interrupt your regularly scheduled program for a medical field trip to Cleveland
Our visit to Zion was too brief, but the heat and cost of the accommodations motivated us to continue west. Destination: a little uncertain. A few days ahead we had a reservation at Yosemite National Park, which we already visited a few years ago. We had a little apprehension about the crowds that would greet … More Vegas baby! And Death… Valley.
After our great night in Oklahoma, we finished our three-day marathon drive to Santa Fe. This was a scenic drive that I remembered from a trip I took with some friends when I was a twenty year-old college student. Santa Fe is alone out in the desert. At 13 miles from our downtown hotel, there … More We love Santa Fe, but are there cracks forming in the “adobe” of the family road trip?
We bought our van at the end of November, and with just 17,000 miles in its 15 year life, it came with a few papers declaring its good health. And yes, it drives like a dream. But I began to notice some finicky behavior with the climate control system. It seemed to blow cold AC, … More Zen and the Art of Conversion Van Maintenance
“What brand of cancer do you have?” the man asked me, as we sat in a basement waiting room of the Cleveland Clinic. I hesitated a moment. He wore a hospital gown. Next to him sat a quart container of some sort of concoction he was required to ingest before going to his scan. He … More Hello Cleveland!
This summer, our blog is going to delve deep into the subject of family travel. There are a few things I need to get off my chest. I’ve purposely avoided scouring the internet for similar commentary in order to avoid the influence of the many family travel pioneers before me. Before kids, Monica and I … More Don’t make me turn this PLANE around.
Camping is nature’s way of promoting the motel business. —Dave Barry Before striking out on our big summer adventure, it is necessary to ready the troops for battle… errr… prepare the family for the fun that is to come! My wife and I have been together for more than a dozen years and in that … More The Maiden Voyage
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. – Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance If you’re following this blog, at some point you might have said, “Man, I wish I could take a two month vacation. How are they going to … More ‘Live in the moment’ because a moment may be all you have.