Australia!

I have arrived in Australia, Straya, Oz, the land down under–land of many nicknames. I crossed both the equator and the international date line to get here, travelled well over 16 hours, and lost a day to boot–so yeah, I’m…

Sacramento, California

Though we only stopped for an hour or so, I’m sure I could easily lose time in Sacramento’s parks, unique shops and cafes, and it’s fascinating street art. We grabbed a second cup of wakey juice for the day at…

Auburn, California

The town of Auburn, known for it’s Gold Rush history, is a pleasant day-trip option. Historic buildings and a courthouse from the late 1800’s add to it’s character, and it offers plenty of shopping options. At the crossroads of Sacramento…

Courthouse Coffee in Auburn

After a long haul from Salt Lake–straight through Nevada and into California–we stopped for the night in Truckee. The tall pines were a welcome sight as we wove through the Sierra Mountains. When we reached Auburn, Courthouse Coffee, across the…

Bonneville Salt Flats

Departing from the city, we arced around the Great Salt Lake and into the salt flats. Along the way, is this intriguing tower. This 87-foot-tall sculpture, titled Metaphor: The Tree of Utah, was created by the Swedish artist Karl Momen…

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City seems to me very placid and safe. The neighborhoods as well as the downtown area appeared calm and clean. Also, Salt Lake City’s light rail system offers a Free Fare Zone within the downtown area. For dinner,…

Echo Canyon, Utah

Upon entering Utah, we took a break at this rest stop near Echo Canyon. The dramatic wall of red rock and train tracks gliding through the valley well is worth a moment. Just beyond the rest stop is a pasture,…

Green River, Wyoming

Although well into the Rocky Mountain region of Wyoming, the landscape we encountered still spread out flat and wide for the most part, with only occasional low ridges of rock. Stopping in Green River for supplies, we ran across this…

Laramie, Wyoming

As we transitioned from the Great Plains to the Rocky Mountain region, large outcroppings of rock emerged, interspersed in the still broad expanse of land and views stretching far off into the distance. We took a quick break at the…

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Cheyenne has a bold western vibe, so I gather we’re in cowboy country now. We stopped for dinner at a Mexican restaurant and found a place to sleep for the night. No, we didn’t pup a tent and tell stories…