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Driving the California Coast

After running the gauntlet of the deadly LA traffic we turned our car into highway 1 to begin one of the most beautiful drives of our trip.  The coastal California highway took us through Santa Barbra where we stopped for a great SoCal lunch.  This drive also offered gorgeous views of the Channel Islands National […]

8Feb2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Late Night Eats in San Francisco

After a long day of activities a good meal is always needed. When we spent the day exploring San Francisco, California with our good friend Haseeb he led us to a couple of great late night joints that really hit the spot. At Yamo we got a Asian noodle fix and  at El Farolito Taqueria […]

2Feb2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Savoring San Diego

Finally we made it to the west coast!  Amanda and I drove west through western Arizona over desert, rocky hills, and giant man made rivers that flowed parallel to the highway.  Storm clouds were ignited by a fiery pacific sunset as we passed through one last, giant mountain range that delivered us into the warm […]

26Jan2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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Tucson To-Do’s

The special climate, attractions, and landscape of Tucson, Arizona make it very unique place to visit. With some of my family acting as guides we got to see a lot of what the area has to offer. We visited the one and only Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Park, and the historical San Xavier del […]

22Jan2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Holiday Feastivities

Amanda and I spent this holiday in Ohio, and we weren’t the only ones!  My parents had a total of 12 adults and 1 baby over for the holidays, and we were there to have a great time and help cook several meals for all. Family and food are the two main factors when it […]

19Jan2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Fry Bread And How It Came To Be

Fry bread is cooked and eaten by many Native American tribes all over the western United States.  Recipes for fry bread vary from tribe to tribe and is served with many different accompaniments, including chile beans or topped with taco ingredients for a “Navajo Taco.”  Fry bread is also eaten as a dessert with jam, […]

14Jan2011 | | 2 comments | Continued
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A True View of the Grand Canyon

America is an incredible place; we have saved and preserved our beautiful landscapes and natural architecture through the park systems. The Grand Canyon is one of the best known National Parks; I went once when I was young and this was Brian’s first trip to this iconic place.  I am glad we made a point […]

12Jan2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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A Forest in the Arizona Desert

A petrified forest in the middle of the desert?  I imagined shimmering forests of sparkling, stony wood soaring high overhead.  Ancient conifers sealed in time with mossy-banked streams and forest critters scampering about .  As we drove through the desert toward the Petrified Forest National Park in northern Arizona, without a tree or stream to […]

10Jan2011 | | 0 comments | Continued
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Getting Acquainted with Albuquerque

Albuquerque we found to be a big city with a friendly feel. We went into the area already with a list of places to eat, provided to us by our friend Jen Eden, who grew up in Albuquerque. Though we couldn’t eat at them all, we did make it to a local pizza chain call […]

5Jan2011 | | 1 comment | Continued
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Sumptuous Santa Fe

Red and green chilies, blue corn tortillas, pink adobe—Santa Fe New Mexico is a very colorful place.  This town is packed with local art, culture, and flavor to match.  Our stay in this mountain art city began to pique our curiosity for southwestern art and flavor, and satisfied our long-standing craving for hot and heady […]

2Jan2011 | | 0 comments | Continued