New River Gorge National Park – A scenic weekend

It's the newest national park in the United States! Geologically though, the New River is actually one of the oldest rivers in the country as well. This Summer has been busy, and other than exploring very locally, we have not been able to venture far from home so far this year. But we were able …

Paddling – Whitewater rafting at the New River Gorge

The New River (and the adjoining Gauley River) have some of the best rafting in the country. There are a few big outfits in the Fayetteville area that guide rafting trips: The most prominent appeared to be ACE. We saw ACE rafts (and buses) everywhere. We sat along the river for about an hour one …

Oh yeah I need my car – the return West and the desert

After a brief return to the East coast, I flew back to Las Vegas where I had ditched my car. I was on the east coast for a few days basically to tell my parents (with my girlfriend...well, fiance at this point in the story) that we were engaged. After just 3 days back on …

Is it really time to go? – One last drive through the Southwest

After a month and a half of free-spirited travel across the US, through California and the Southwest, I found myself at a crossroads. I could start driving home and hit a few places on "my list" on the road east, or I could take a week to try and squeeze a few more places into …

One week to see the Southwest – Nevada + Four corners

Heads up on this post: it's a long one. Hopefully you can make it through, and if you could help me out with whether you thought it was too long or whatever, I appreciate all feedback. August 2 After putting the finishing touches on my car organization, I picked up Lily at the airport at …

The return inland – San Francisco to Vegas

After almost 3 weeks along the California coast, it was finally time to drive to Vegas. It was a Tuesday and I had to be there Friday morning. No problem! What is on the way to Vegas? Well, Yosemite National Park is on the way (if you take a slightly longer route). Even though I …

Can’t we stay a little longer? – Northern California coast – part 2

Last week, on Explores Inc. This is part 2 (or the return trip) from the Northern California coast drive. If you want to see how I got here, check out part 1 of the Northern California Coastal Drive, which covers the northbound trip from San Francisco. I don't have any pictures for the first few …

Let’s keep going – Northern California coast – part 1

Disclaimer What you are about to read is part 1 of a two-part series. Actually there is so much to write about, I didn't want you to feel like you were reading a book, so I divided my exploration of "NorCal" into a northbound journey, and the return southbound journey. If you really enjoy this …

Big trees, mountains, and waterfalls – Central Sierra Nevada

It seems likes everything is bigger in the Sierra Nevadas. The highest mountain in the lower 48 states is in the Sierras. I think the biggest waterfall in the US is in the Sierras. And the biggest trees (by volume) are in the Sierras. While we were wrapping up our hike in the Hoover Wilderness, …

Cliff notes for Great Basin National Park, the loneliest drive, and the busiest lake

After crossing into Nevada, I stopped at the gas station/hotel/restaurant just over the border. I had about a quarter of a tank of gas left, but the distances around these parts are awfully long. I wanted to make sure I wasn't stranded in the desert over the next two days. While I was filling up, …

Arches National Park, Moab, and crossing Utah in a day

I started my day early in an attempt to beat the crowds at Arches National Park. It was still the weekend so I assumed it would be crowded. I drove about 1 1/2 hours from the BLM Westwater campsite to make it to the Arches entry gate around 8:00. I planned on spending only a …

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