Food Journals

What I ate in ARIZONA | A Food Journal

The food culture in Arizona has always intrigued me. I have found it to be a mixed bag of road food, Native American, Southwestern, and Mexican flavors, as well as classic to modern American dishes. Depending on where you are in Arizona and what you are doing, that mixed bag can play in your favor.… Continue reading What I ate in ARIZONA | A Food Journal

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New Mexico’s Route 66 | Road Tripping in America

Road Tripping along America's Mother Road- Route 66 and Interstate 40 has always been an adventure for me in the past two decades. Sometimes it was a quick drive where I stopped for sleep, a meal, and gas. While there were other times that I took my time and stopped off at Albuquerque, Santa Fe… Continue reading New Mexico’s Route 66 | Road Tripping in America

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Route 66 via Arizona | America Road Tripping

Road Tripping along America's Mother Road- Route 66, or along Interstate 40, has been an adventure for me in the last two decades. At times it was a quick drive where I stopped for sleep, a meal and gas. While there were other trips that I took my time and stopped off at the Grand… Continue reading Route 66 via Arizona | America Road Tripping

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

My sun is in Capricorn (an earth sign), and my moon, rising and Jupiter are in Sagittarius. What does all of that mean? It pretty much means that the desire for me to travel, be free, and in nature, particularly the mountains is instinctual. Being surrounded by a mountain range is grounding for me. The… Continue reading Great Smoky Mountains National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

I am not shy when it comes to road tripping and exploring on my own, within reason of course. While I was checking out the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, I decided to head into the Cherokee Indian Reservation and explore Mingo Falls. Also known as Big Bear Falls by the Cherokees, heading to this… Continue reading Mingo Falls | Exploring North Carolina

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Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

After our first initial visit to Zion National Park back in 2010, this magnificent valley in Utah had become a favorite. I have come back several times with friends to hike the Emerald Pools trail, the Narrows and to find a sense of grounding. My now adult daughter hikes, camps here with friends and even… Continue reading Zion National Park | Exploring Utah

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SANTA FE – My Favorite Southwest Town | Exploring New Mexico

One of my favorite road trip agendas in the Untied States is driving through the Southwest. I have been fortunate enough to take that long road, Highway 40/ Route 66, numerous times in the last couple decades. Sometimes I would drive it with my family, and other times on my own. I have also driven… Continue reading SANTA FE – My Favorite Southwest Town | Exploring New Mexico

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“The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

Alcatraz Island, AKA "The Rock", has seen several incarnations and has been reinvented over the last two centuries. This small island located in the bay of San Francisco was initially developed with a lighthouse, which is considered the oldest lighthouse on the west coast. It was also a military fortification and a military prison, from the… Continue reading “The Rock” Alcatraz Island – San Francisco | Exploring, California

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

Canyon de Chelly National Monument Canyon de Chelly National Monument was one of the most intriguing and interesting places that I had visited in the Southwest. This canyon in Northeastern Arizona is owned entirely by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation and is the only National Park Service unit to be cooperatively managed… Continue reading Canyon de Chelly National Monument | Exploring Arizona

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Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona

The Grand Canyon is one of America's national treasures, and is on many people's Bucket List from around the world. Arizona is the home of this magnificent canyon that was carved out by the Colorado River six million years ago, or sixteen million years ago, whichever study that you agree with. However long it took,… Continue reading Grand Canyon National Park – The South Rim vs The West Rim | Exploring Arizona