Our rim-to-rim hike in the Grand Canyon was the event that Brian and I based our whole summer road trip around. The three-day, two-night trek from the north rim to the south rim was hard but completely worth the effort.
Since I left my cubicle job for a life of writing and traveling I spend my time outdoors. I know dusk in a way I haven’t known dusk since I was a child. I know mid-afternoon heat and evening thunderstorms. I know the value of being outdoors.
Asheville, North Carolina is a city after my own heart. It’s tucked in the middle of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for its good beer and funky residents intent on doing things their own way. The weather is good. The food is delicious. The roads are bikeable.
Badlands National Park is located at the edge of the Great Plains, part of the largest undisturbed mixed-prairie rangeland remaining in the United States. The park is 244,000 acres of buttes, spires and rolling grasslands. The landscape is otherworldly.
We’re on the road! Our first week of travel: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and finally Ohio, where we rest for a few weeks and visit friends and family.