Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

Few things are as depressing as waking up at 4:50 a.m., knowing your vacation is over and all you have left is a long day of driving. We planned to hit the road at 6 a.m. for the roughly 11-hour trek home. Factoring in an hour for stops—and given the hour we'd gain crossing back … Continue reading Wisconsin or Bust, Part III: Dairyland to Derecho

Powdered Sugar Landscape

Today was 39 degrees warmer than yesterday. Welcome to the Great Plains rollercoaster! This week it's going to be as warm as 45º and as cold as -10º. Probably within a 48-hour span. If variety is the spice of life, we're what you would call aggressively seasoned. We decided to take advantage of our heatwave … Continue reading Powdered Sugar Landscape

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 9 – Home, Sweet Home

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. One Last Dose of Kitsch We were both up this morning around 6:30. As difficult as it was to pull the plug on a truly fantastic trip, we were both ready to hit the road. It was a chilly 36º when we left Austin, MN...and … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 9 – Home, Sweet Home

Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

How Cheesy! And just like that, we've arrived at our final destination: Austin, Minnesota. It's hard to believe we've been on the road for an entire week already. On the other hand, Sioux Falls already feels like a lifetime ago. This has been a fantastic trip. Tara is ready to be home, while I kinda … Continue reading Getting OUR Griswold On: Day 8 – Austin, MN

Sole Survivor

During our recent trek across Nevada, we were fortunate to stumble upon an elusive Nevada Shoe tree (genus: Pinus Adidas). This rare species is characterized by clusters of hanging fruit measuring roughly one foot long. Their rubbery texture makes them inedible (some say the flavor is reminiscent of sole), but the fibrous laces are often … Continue reading Sole Survivor