After eight days exploring spectacular national parks and seven nights in a tent, some of them with temperatures barely above freezing, I was ready for the comforts of a hotel room. I love the wilderness, but a real bed is pretty cool too.
Santa Fe, New Mexico, calls itself the city different. It’s over 400 years old, Continue reading Santa Fe – the city different
I have been fascinated by the Ancestral Puebloans since my university days. Why did this ancient civilization of the Southwest build entire communities in alcoves on the face of sheer canyon walls 800 years ago and then abandon them?
Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to “preserve the works of man;” the first national park to incorporate this mission. It has nearly 5,000 Ancestral Puebloans sites, many of them cliff dwellings. Continue reading Mesa Verde – Palaces of the ancients
If you’ve ever seen Westerns where the cowboys and Indians ride across vast plains dotted with flat-topped mountains that seem to have erupted randomly out of the ground, you’ve seen Monument Valley.
Monument Valley is entirely in Navajo tribal land and, except for a 17-mile loop, you can’t access it without being accompanied by a Navajo guide. Continue reading Monument Valley
One of the places I heard about the most before leaving on this great Southwestern tour was Antelope Canyon and what everyone said was “You’ve got to go.” Continue reading Antelope Canyon done differently
I had formed an impression of Sedona before I got there. A beautiful natural setting, a stodgy retirement community that exudes money, a place that’s touristy and over-hyped. My impression was only partly right. Continue reading Surprising Sedona
Quite simply, it’s grand. The scale of the canyon is hard to grasp. When early explorers first saw the canyon, they thought it was about a mile across. In fact, it’s ten miles across.
There’s nothing quite like the first sight of it. Continue reading Grand Canyon
What do you get when you’ve spent eight nights camping, mostly in scenic national parks, and you suddenly find yourself on the Las Vegas Strip? Culture shock. Continue reading Culture shock and a happy surprise in Las Vegas