AFT Retrospect – The Oregon Coast and Ecolodge Gardens

[Originally written in January, 2016 as we had just met and ended up staying with our dear friend Marcel located west of Eugene, OR. This was not published in real time because of the vagaries of the Ambling Full Tilt (AFT) journey and the demands of life in the interim. As I find time I … Continue reading AFT Retrospect – The Oregon Coast and Ecolodge Gardens

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And the Search Continues…

Well everybody, as you might have guessed from the lack of fanfare, the land we visited today wasn't a diamond in the rough so much as just plain-old rough. To be fair it's the best place we've seen to date, but it was still far from optimal. The moral of all of the not-even-"close-but-no-cigar" lots … Continue reading And the Search Continues…

Hiatus

During the ten days of my Vipassana retreat, nine of which were spent in Noble Silence, the words Ambling Full Tilt did not occur to me until sometime during the last full day, when we had ended our silence and were sharing our stories among cabin mates and other attendees. It was strange and also … Continue reading Hiatus

Picture Pages – Volume Catch Up!

Bodega Bay, CA to Umpqua Lighthouse State Park near Reedsport, OR, with stops in between along the Avenue of the Giants, at Lady Bird Johnson Grove, Prairie Creek, etc. Redwoods, ELK, rain, misty miles, sourdough pizza, new friends, a marimba factory, cool haunts, storm watching, whale squinting, lighthouse looking, frog listening, camping, and a salamander! … Continue reading Picture Pages – Volume Catch Up!

Picture Pages – Volume California (Bishop to Joshua Tree National Park)

After less than 24 hours in Vegas,  which apparently hasn't looked in a mirror or smelled itself lately, we were all too excited to beat feet out of there and take the scenic route through Death Valley to visit family in Bishop, CA. Old Charley once again proved his worthiness by doing a champion job … Continue reading Picture Pages – Volume California (Bishop to Joshua Tree National Park)

Picture Pages – Volume Arizona

Our plans in Monument Valley fell through due to a variety of less than ideal circumstances (packs of feral dogs, broken glass everywhere, nonexistent help to register for a campground that was built with a sardine can type layout in mind, etc). So we made the decision to push on to Flagstaff, AZ and adjust … Continue reading Picture Pages – Volume Arizona

Picture Pages – Volume Arches NP (aka I Can See My Van From Here)

Dizzying heights and sweet vistas characterized the Colorado National Monument. Arches National Park, just outside Moab, UT, could better be described as an accessible, yet mysterious, wonderland. It's a short climb with some stunning monuments dropping your jaw right out of the gate from the visitors center. Then there are rolling hills and astounding viewpoints … Continue reading Picture Pages – Volume Arches NP (aka I Can See My Van From Here)

Picture Pages – Volume Colorado National Monument (with notes on New Mexico)

Two weeks in Tulsa flew by and we found ourselves blinking in amazement the morning after one of our longest driving days -- made longer by the addition of a four-hour breakdown delay -- at high desert. We were back WEST!! There were things we wanted to see in Albuquerque, but we were behind schedule … Continue reading Picture Pages – Volume Colorado National Monument (with notes on New Mexico)

What Makes the West the West?

Apart from geography, I mean, obviously. As we were getting ready to leave on this trip we told a friend that we thought we wanted to live on the Oregon coast, but wanted to see the rest of the country first. I offered that I didn't think it was possible to wind up in the … Continue reading What Makes the West the West?

Because in the end it’s all about beer…

Not really. But when you plan a trip around most of the country and only plan stops at two breweries, there must be something special about them. While our trip to Founders was amazing, it was a bit of an exotic dabbling; I had hardly ever had any of their beer before visiting the brewery. … Continue reading Because in the end it’s all about beer…