Category Archives: United States

Ketchikan’s totem poles

Four weeks after Ferda and I were learning about cemeteries in Tana Toraja, we found ourselves in Ketchikan learning about totem poles.  Totem poles are not for religion, and they’re not worshiped.  They’re built to tell stories.  Just as stories … Continue reading

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NW Sonora’s treasure: Pinacate National Park

If there are any nice beach places on the northern Sonoran coast, I haven’t found them.  On this driving trip with Megan and Ferda, we went to both Desemboque and Puerto Peñasco, and both were stunningly awful.  With a cold … Continue reading

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Following the footsteps of Father Kino

On this road trip we usually just camped where we wanted, often looking for places after dark since we were covering big distances and it gets dark so early in the winter.  This isn’t always the most comfortable, and Megan … Continue reading

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Auto-touring: Boulder, a little caving, and west to Arizona

When Ferda and I originally started making plans to come to the US, we weren’t going to visit Colorado.  It was too far from California, and it was going to be the middle of winter, the most uncomfortable time to … Continue reading

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Eye candy in the desert SW

Megan, Ferda, and I took off in Megan’s little red car and visited three national parks on the way from California to Colorado.  We spent longest at Joshua Tree where we did a little climbing.  The sun might make it … Continue reading

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