Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

We got into Farmington, NM just before the skies opened and unleashed a furry of rain. Scrambling towards the quiet downtown area, we got lost in plates full of steak and potatoes and glasses brimming with beer from 3 River Brewery. The brewery also owns a pizzeria, restaurant, distillery, and lounge on the same block. … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Farmington to Santa Fe

Advertisements

Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

We awoke to another light-flooded morning sky in the little town of Kanab. Our drive for the day was fairly short—just 1.5 hours to Page, AZ to hike through Lower Antelope Canyon. Before leaving town, we stopped at Kanab Creek Bakery (a “can’t miss” according to my mother who was there last year) for some … Continue reading Southwest Summer Road Trip—Lower Antelope Canyon

Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

It was nice to wake up in a real hotel room and not one that was one gust of wind from extinction. The air outside was brisk but it was also bright and inviting. I inhaled a full plate of hotel breakfast buffet food and several cups of coffee to prep for the day. Buzzing … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Taos High Road & Santa Fe Sky

Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Amidst howling wind and the intermittent shutoff of our motel’s ancient heater, I managed to get a bit of sleep. I moved the winter coat pressed against the motel door to block the draft and it was caked in fresh snow. So basically, it snowed inside our room. My heart ached for the check-out counter. … Continue reading Roaming Southwest—Turquoise Trail to Santa Fe

Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Rain drizzled onto our SUV as we drove towards the Airport Mesa Vortex, hoping to feel “energized”. The sky was ready to unleash onto our backs as we climbed to the top, less than 5 minutes from the parking lot. The walk was brief and ended on a small plateau surrounded by views. A vortex … Continue reading Roaming Southwest – Two Guns Ghost Town & Roadside Meteors

Traveling New Zealand: Stopover in Sydney

Before heading back to the states, we made a 3-day stopover in Sydney, Australia. After nearly 2 weeks bopping between New Zealand hostels we chose to end our travels at a real hotel—one of those place with private bathrooms and something to decorate the walls other than coat hooks and “house rules” stickers. It was … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Stopover in Sydney

Traveling New Zealand: Lake Matheson and Queenstown

Lake Matheson was the destination for our morning stroll before driving on to Queenstown. Katie was anxious to get there as early as possible, citing the need to avoid those tourist-mobbed bus tours that kept following us throughout our travels. A loop trail leads to the lake, which rewards you with a glass-like reflective scene … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Lake Matheson and Queenstown

Traveling New Zealand: TranzAlpine Train Journey

Christchurch is one of two locations where you can catch the TranzAlpine train for the entire journey, with Greymouth on the other end of the line. Much like the Northern Explorer, the train makes trips between these two stops on opposing days. We booked this part of the trip long before any motels or car … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: TranzAlpine Train Journey

Traveling New Zealand: Quake City

The next day we made the journey from north to south—a 40 minute plane ride separated us from the southern island. Wellington’s airport was so small that security didn’t open until an hour before our flight took off. I made the mistake of waiting to get breakfast until we arrived, but after losing a battle … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Quake City

Traveling New Zealand: Glowworms and Country Driving

It was absolutely pouring rain when we woke up, but I’ve come to learn that New Zealand’s weather can be rather bipolar. The day begins stormy and ominous and by lunchtime the sky is a piercing shade of blue. The air gets dryer the further south we go, so that freezing wind/blazing sun temperature shift … Continue reading Traveling New Zealand: Glowworms and Country Driving