Category Archives: Southwest USA (Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas)

Adventures in the New Year; save money, extend your travel plans

Save money, get creative and extend your travel plans in 2020 For most, the start of a New Year is a time to reflect, and to plan special travel destinations for the coming year. Have you set your travel goals and plotted when and where you hope to go? Have you yet begun your new […]

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Updating your Western States travel plans for 2020

Plot and calendar your Western States travel plans for new year… It’s the start of a new year, and time to consider where your western states travels might take you in 2020. Last week, we offered ideas for California; this week, let’s look at travel targets in the west from several vantage points. We’ll consider […]

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Road tripping; historic Route 66 through Arizona, California

The Hi-Line Motel in Ash Fork, AZ, once prospered but closed when I-40 skirted the small town. An abandoned truck stop in Ash Fork, AZ, is within viewing distance of I-40, which bypassed it in the 80s. The Canyon Club in Williams serves Mexican food and drinks a’plenty. Author’s spouse Susan “standing on the corner […]

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Road tripping; touring historic Route 66 through New Mexico and Arizona

The old El Vada Motel, west Albuquerque, has been repurposed into shops and eateries. Historic KiMo Theatre, circa 1927, at dawn, Albuquerque’s Central Avenue. Route 66 memorabilia lines an old building next to the 66 Diner in Albuquerque. Old 1932 Studebaker marks roadbed of old Route 66 through Petrified Forest National Park. Author and spouse […]

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Albuquerque is the place (despite record snow, cold) for beauty, history and nostalgia!

San Felipe de Neri Church, dating back to 1706, anchors the Plaza in Old Town Albuquerque. Petroglyph National Monument lies on Albuquerque’s west side; though closed for the government shutdown, you could walk into the hallowed grounds. The El Don Motel is one of several score old motels that date to Route 66’s heydey in […]

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Two people, 63 days, 12,000 miles, nine Canadian provinces, 23 states, just $4400!

RCMP officer Walsh was delighted to share insights as to Canada’s Ottawa Parliament, and best place for Premier Trudeau sightings! Peggy’s Cove on the Nova Scotia coast, simply stunning. However, a big tourist draw; be prepared to share the road to this pretty place! Cherrystone Clam Linguini, locally sourced, made by Susan at our Acadia […]

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Must-do trips in the western United States for 2019

Landscape Arch, with author and spouse Susan, spans over 300 feet in Arches National Park. It is one of 2,000 arches throughout the park! Cedar Breaks National Monument offers views of its eerie hoodoos without the crowds that jam nearby national parks. Grand Coulee Dam (with our Scotty trailer) was the world’s largest concrete project […]

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St. George, Utah, base camp to Utah state, national parks and outdoor adventure!

Top, Washington County Courthouse in St. George dates to the 1860s; bottom, red rocks are a staple of a tour through Snow Canyon State Park. Jenny’s Canyon is the reward for a short hike in Snow Canyon State Park, UT. Brigham Young’s winter home, in the 1870s, in St. George, UT. Make St. George, Utah, […]

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Frugal travel across the US, Canada, the world: Affordable Travel Club and Evergreen Club

David and Nancy Marchant, of Baynes Lake, British Columbia, were our first Affordable Travel Club hosts. Judy and Ward Lowrance, who introduced us to the Affordable Travel Club and invited us to split a house-sitting assignment in Seattle. A natural bridge slowly forms in Zion National Park, our destination in a week or so! Frugal […]

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Pick Six: Top national parks in California and surrounding states

Yosemite Falls thunders, with our ’64 Scotty trailer in foreground. Couple admires Grand Canyon from rim near Moran Point Our top six picks: The top national parks in California and surrounding states This week is National Parks Week, with admission to all national parks and monuments FREE through the 29th! Californians are blessed by close […]

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