West of the Colorado River: Arizona

It took us three tries to find the Monolith Garden campsite in Kingman, AZ. There was no address, and the freecampsites.net map just showed a marker on the edge of a cliff. No details from past visitors as to how in the world to access it. First we drove to the end of a road …

California (Part 3)

And here we were again, crossing the Central Valley of California. Grassy hills gave way to fruit-filled orchards, which then gave way to vineyards divided by a vast network of irrigation canals. Mount Diablo appeared through the haze, only to be obscured by golden hills on the edge of the Bay. We passed through the …

California (Part 2)

It was about 260 miles from the campsite on the Trinity River to Lake Tahoe. We broke up the drive by stopping in Chico, where we went for a dusty run and visited the Sierra Nevada brewery. We would have liked to go on the tour, but with the temperature above 90°F (and no clouds …

California (Part 1)

We drove through the night across the Oregon-California border. Though we didn’t have any, the attendant informed us weed was fine, but oranges were not (didn’t have any of those either). Once we got to the campground on Lake Shastina (a seasonal lake, currently dry), we were exhausted and just put the tent on the …

The Great Pacific Northwest

It was already dark when we crossed the 4.1 mile Astoria-Megler Bridge into Oregon. The section of the bridge closest to Oregon is much higher than the rest, allowing large ships to pass beneath the span. As we drove only a few feet above the Columbia River toward the Oregon side, this gave the illusion …

Stuck in Seattle

In the madness of packing up our apartment, we lost track of Porter’s flea/tick and heartworm medicine (done through our vet, so not something you pick up at Petco). Unfortunately, we discovered this while we were packing the car for the roadtrip. So we planned to have them shipped ahead to Jesse in Big Sky. …

The Mountains of Montana

After South Dakota we cut across oil country in the northeast corner of Wyoming, making it to Big Sky after dark. We stayed with Jesse and Kate for a couple of nights, which was awesome. Jesse and Kate were both really hospitable and also happen to be great cooks. Even better, Jesse keeps a vegan …

The Badlands and Black Hills of South Dakota

In western South Dakota, the endless farms turn into endless grassland, which eventually turns into the Badlands. The original plan was to see the rock formations as we drove by on the highway, but when we realized this would only allow us a fleeting glimpse, we turned around and paid the $15 fee to enter …

Crossing the Mississippi

Since most of our interests on this trip revolve around running and hiking, we didn’t have many destinations between Fire Island and the Badlands other than campsites. Regardless, I don’t think I will ever forget the experience of driving across the Midwest. The vastness and remarkably lonely beauty of America’s breadbasket is hard, if not …