Journal: The Final Chapter

The next stop after the bayous was New Orleans. Where, once again, and for no apparent reason, someone tried to break into our car. I thought I was playing my cards right. Park on a higher level of the parking garage, park near the elevator where there is a lot of traffic, park under a […]

Journal: Eat My Sub… or Else!

I believe I’m safe in saying that most people are in a daze the first 10-15 minutes after they wake up. So you can hardly blame Heidi for being confused when a large, scruffy, bearded man wearing a leather biker jacket approaches her as she packs the car early in the morning. He bluntly asks […]

Journal: Drop-kicking Kittens

Every time we visit a great national monument or natural wonder there is always some person or group of people that is annoyingly loud and obnoxious. On a trip like ours, you get used to them and just shake your head. The Grand Canyon was no exception. When we arrived at the South Rim at […]

Journal: Lions, and Sticks, and Bears, Oh My!

Looks like the Haun adventures, just keep on coming. We couldn’t let the mountain lion story be the highlight of our trip. Today we saw a bear off the side of the road as we drove to another hiking point in Yosemite. We got out to take some photos (now the only major wildlife we […]

Journal: Lisa Simpson Saved our Lives

We left San Fran after rush hour in hopes of getting to Yosemite in a timely manner. Seeing as how Friday is the day before 4th of July weekend it wasn’t happening. Fortunately, everyone was just going east and not necessarily to Yosemite. The crowds weren’t bad in the park and the traffic in the […]

Journal: State of the Vehicle Address

We’ve had some trouble in San Fran – mostly involving the car. It was limping through the deserts of Nevada with a cracked windshield, leaking engine coolant and oil, a broken water pump, and a “Service Engine Soon” light that wouldn’t go off. We spent our first day in San Fran doing laundry and having […]

Journal: I Brake for Dinosaurs

Continuing with our goal of avoiding interstates on this trip, we headed west from the Rockies on a “scenic byway” through the Rout and White National Forests. This scenic byway turned out to be 60 some odd miles of dirt road. Up and down, back and forth as we drove through the Flat Top Wilderness […]

Journal: Surfing USSR

Dear Friends of Arkansas, We must open this letter with an apology. Our snide comments in the last letter were directed towards Arkansas and we should point out that they were meant only towards EAST Arkansas. The Ozarks of West Arkansas redeemed the state. A thunderstorm hit us while traveling northwest through the Ozarks and […]

Journal: Australia vs. Key West

Mosquitoes, rice, and potholes. That would sum up what Heidi and I have unanimously agreed (all two of us) is the worst State in our glorious country (wave your little flag, hand over your heart). Arkansas is full of mosquitoes, rice, and potholes – and nothing else. Now I must give the state the benefit […]