Monument Valley

We continued our drive through landscape I would consider the most unusual and raw in the states. Like many of the deserts in the U.S., driving through Monument Valley, part of the Colorado Plateau, feels like teleporting to another planet compared to the lush landscape of the Northwest. Yet, Monument Valley, which lies within the…Continue Reading “Monument Valley”

Park Beat XVI – Yosemite National Park

Although I’ve been to Yosemite in the past, I’m confident that no one grows tired of the beauty that lies within the valley. As the pioneer for land preservation in the United States, it’s no wonder why Abraham Lincoln took the first steps to preserve such a special place. This trip provided the first opportunity to camp in…Continue Reading “Park Beat XVI – Yosemite National Park”

Puerto Penasco, Mexico & the Organ Pipe Cactus

In retrospect, this road trip could have been considered a bit of a reunion tour, stopping off at places I had visited during my carefree college days. But I was eager to visit many of the places again, since they had started to fade from my memory. Puerto Penasco is one such place; a getaway I…Continue Reading “Puerto Penasco, Mexico & the Organ Pipe Cactus”


Last Monday, August 21st, 2017 a total solar eclipse crossed the United States coast to coast for the first time since 1918. The last total eclipse to cross a portion of the Northwest was 1979. Although solar eclipses happen every 18 months or so around the world, it’s not everyday we get to see the moon completely cross in…Continue Reading “The Path to the Great American Eclipse”