A Playground in the Desert

Whether a gambler or not, one must admit that Las Vegas is an achievement. Fueled by a desire to profit, the early casino builders pumped water and electricity into a desert basin until a city grew. Instead of the districts and neighborhoods of this city growing organically and over time into a sustainable community, contemporary…

Chasing Sunlight

Up until New Orleans, our trip had some semblance of a plan. We had been staying with friends and attending that music festival, so everything fit together nicely timewise. After New Orleans, we knew that the second half of the journey, the western stretch, would be unplanned; we would be winging it once we left…

Welcome to the Circus, Is This Your First Time?

New Orleans is a seductive place. It’s a rich mix culturally and ethnically, a patchwork of neighborhoods sandwiched between a massive lake and a grand river. It isn’t only the influence of contemporary culture or an influx of transplanted residents that’s responsible for this vibrancy. Historically New Orleans has been a wild and bustling city…

The Push West

We were physically and mentally exhausted when we left the Aura Music and Arts Festival. Our next stop was New Orleans but neither Bill nor I had the energy required to make that drive along the Gulf Coast. We wanted to make some westward progress though. A friend from high school who had moved down…

Good Vibes Among the Spanish Moss

We had not planned to go to the Aura Music and Arts Festival when we originally conceived this expedition. By chance, Bill stumbled across some information on the event a few weeks before we left Hartford, realized that some great bands were playing and also realized that it was quite literally on the way from…

Southbound

Bill and I woke up in Waynesboro, Virginia last Sunday knowing full well the drive ahead of us. Our next checkpoint: Daytona Beach, Florida. A seaside resort town known as the World’s Most Famous Beach and the home of the Daytona 500, it lay a mere 750 miles south. We would be leaving one state,…