Accessible & Artsy Downtown Las Vegas Venue

This Mantis sculpture marks the entrance to the Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas

The folks from the Las Vegas Downtown Project have definitely taken the phrase “re-purpose, reuse and renew” to heart, with the implementation and design of the Downtown Container Park. Located on Fremont Street, just a stone’s throw from the Fremont Experience, this sustainable attraction is built entirely from used shipping containers. Yes, I said shipping containers. Continue reading

A Kitschy Baker Attraction

The Baker Thermometer -- an icon along Interstate 15

On our way back from Las Vegas, I mentioned to Charles that I’d like to stop at the Baker thermometer to get some photos. Granted we did stop there on the way out for gas, but I was recovering from a painful dental visit and I had forgotten about the needed photos. Charles of course remembered that and promptly replied, “We were just there last week in the heat of the afternoon when the thermometer read an impressive 103. That would have been the good shot. It’s only 10 in the morning and it’s not even going to be 100 degrees when we get there.” Continue reading

National Park Etiquette

Grand Canyon National Park

After spending several weeks in our national parks doing some final research for my next book, I’ve encountered what can only be called some “less than stewardly behavior “ by my fellow national park visitors. Although this isn’t the be-all-and-end-all list on national park etiquette, it’s a good starting point. And since today is National Public Lands Day, I thought it’d be a good time to share it with the world. Continue reading

Five Survival Strategies for Visiting Zion on Holiday Weekends

A two-hour wait for the Zion Canyon shuttle bus on Labor Day weekend

Summer weekends mark peak season in Zion National Park, but Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day holiday weekends bring even more crowds into this Southwestern Utah national park. Although nothing kills the natural experience like standing in a shuttle bus line for two hours, there are ways to make the most of your visit if you absolutely must come on a holiday weekend. Continue reading

New Accessible National Park Title Released

Barrier-Free Travel; Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks For Wheelers and Slow Walkers

I’m thrilled to announce that the second book in my Barrier-Free Travel series is now available. Barrier-free Travel; Olympic and Mount Rainier National Parks for Wheelers and Slow Walkers is a must-have resource if Washington state is on your bucket list. Continue reading

“Beep, Beep — I’m Back”

This Las Cruces icon was showing his age back in 2011

I got to see a lot of old friends on my last road trip, including one old bird who I’ve always loved — the Las Cruces Roadrunner. The last time that we crossed paths was in April 2011, and to be honest, he was starting to show his age back then. Continue reading

Marfa Detour

Marfa Prada store, near Valentine, Texas

Part of the fun of a road trip is stopping at quirky roadside attractions along the way; which is why we made it a point to seek out the Marfa Prada store yesterday, while we were traveling through west Texas. To be clear, this eclectic attraction is located some 35 miles from Marfa, about a mile or so north of Valentine, on Highway 90. Trust me, you can’t miss it, as it’s the only building for miles. Continue reading

Abita Springs Revisited

The Abita Mystery House — formerly the UCM Museum

Sometimes it’s fun to revisit a place you haven’t seen in a while. Such is the case with Abita Springs, a small town on Lake Pontchartrain’s north shore, just a short causeway ride from New Orleans. I last visited Abita Springs some 15 years ago, and upon my return I was happy to find that one of my favorite attractions hadn’t changed, and another had added some access upgrades. Continue reading

It’s Duckmaster Time!

That’s me – Honorary Duckmaster

I simply love Memphis, so it doesn’t take much to get me to visit the birthplace of rock and roll. And although my latest stopover had little to do with music, it had everything to do with the famous Peabody ducks. Quite frankly, when I was invited to be Honorary Duckmaster at this Memphis institution, I just couldn’t resist. Continue reading

Off the Beaten Path in Kansas

Hot and Cold Water Towers in Pratt, Kansas

One of the great things about a road trip is that you can hop off the interstate at a moment’s notice and explore the road less traveled. And that’s exactly what we did yesterday when we drove from Dodge City to Wichita. Instead of taking Interstate 50 most of the way, we planned a little detour with a stop in Pratt, Kansas. And I have to admit, it wasn’t the day we planned, but in this case, that was a very good thing. Continue reading