This stop was mainly about being close to the Denver airport so that we could take a weekend trip back to San Diego to celebrate the life of Jen’s mom… which was a beautiful and moving time with family and friends… and all of mom’s flowers and shrubs were in
What a year we have had — traveling thousands of miles while visiting 12 of the 48 contiguous United States in the western region of the country! In 2018, we spent about a month exploring, biking, and hiking in Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota,
We had already been in Wyoming earlier during this trip — first with our visits on the west side to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, and later in the northeast part of the state and Devils Tower National Monument — so the goal of this leg of
This stop on our adventure was partly an interim breather — between Crater Lake and the Oregon Coast, along the often spectacular Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway — but also a chance to explore the amazingly beautiful Rogue River Valley, as well as a relatively unknown (to us at least) wine region.
What was going to be our last stop in Arizona ended up being our second to last, but what a fun and heart-warming adventure we had… especially after encountering the wild burros who lived just across the river from the state park where we camped. That river was the Colorado