Oregon’s Painted Hills

If you find yourself driving in Central Oregon, perhaps between Boise and Bend, make sure you hit the Painted Hills. They are one of three parts (referred to as units) of the John Day Fossil National Monument. You can do the Painted Hills in a half day and it's totally worth the detour. We stayed five days in the area and explored all three units of the park. We preferred the Painted Hills … [Read more...]

Exploring In and Around Lisbon

When planning our itinerary for our Viking River Cruise in Portugal's Douro River we knew we wanted to take advantage of the opportunity of being in Lisbon, even if it was for just a few days. (We had a cat and an RV being watched by my parents so we couldn't stay forever...even if we wanted to!).  We flew in one day before our Viking itinerary began and stayed three days after the cruise … [Read more...]

Viking River Cruises – Cruising Portugal Douro Valley

[I was invited to experience Viking River Cruises. I chose Portugal’s Douro Valley. My airfare and cruise were paid for. Financial compensation was not received for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own, always are and always will be.] Vine roots in Portugal's Douro Region grow deep. Driving into the rock and soil taking hold as deep as 30 feet. I imagine like most roots, they … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park (Part 2)

Our first couple of days in Yellowstone National Park were exciting. Bears and bison and more bears and bison! And babies! But there is a lot more wildlife to see. Like elk. We definitely saw more elk in Grand Teton, so when we spotted them in Yellowstone, we stopped. There were beautiful white pelicans. Isn't this couple adorable? And pronghorn deer. (We saw a lot … [Read more...]

Yellowstone National Park (Part 1)

I didn't prepare for Yellowstone National Park. I actually never really had much interest in visiting. I hate crowds and this park attracts people from all over the world. Even visiting in the off-season, there were more people here than all the other parks we visited this year. Mr. Misadventures had been to Yellowstone before. A four day photography trip last September right in the middle of … [Read more...]

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park is pristinely beautiful. The mountainscape reminds me so much of Switzerland. Pre-season a lot of the area that is accessible by car is closed, unless you hike, you really can visit the main attractions in one day. But since we had a week we took our time. We did sunrises and sunsets in the same spots on different days in different weather conditions. Oxbox … [Read more...]

7 Things To Do in Moab

We stayed in Moab for 13 days. We didn't spend the entire time in Canyonlands National Park (although we could have), we also visited other points of interest. Arches For most people Arches National Park would be the main attraction to visit, but its popularity means more people and that's not our scene (if we can avoid it). We visited the park twice. We did a nice drive stopping at the main … [Read more...]

Traveler Tuesday – Claire and Rosemary of Authentic Food Quest

I met the talented duo behind Authentic Food Quest at WITS in Irvine this past March and immediately fell in love! Claire and Rosemary quit their corporate jobs to travel the world and dive deeply into the food culture and the experiences of great destinations near and far. And while I love living in the RV, the idea of traveling the world with these two enthusiastic foodies, is tantalizing!  … [Read more...]

Arches National Park

We visited Arches National Park a couple of times during our 13 day stay in Moab. Given its popularity and the fact that it was National Park week with free entry, it was crowded and we limited our time there.  I thought this post would be best served as a photo essay. There is no doubt that the easy accessibility of the beautiful rock formations is captivating! Right away you are met with … [Read more...]

Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park is huge and the sweeping views are massive, it's really hard to capture them on camera and to see every part. We definitely gave it the old college try! I really love this quote from Major John Wesley Powell that they have at the Green River Overlook in Canyonlands. He described the area that is now the park as a "strange, weird, grand region of naked rock with … [Read more...]