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A Year of Travel

A year ago we hugged our friends goodbye, loaded up 15 pieces of luggage into a taxi, and headed to the train station to begin our full-time traveling sabbatical . In some ways it seems like...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Travel
Joshua Tree National Park California

Desert and Oasis in California

Across the mountains we fled, from the scorching desert to cool, breezy weather in San Diego. On one side of the mountain range it was nearly 110ºF, and by the time we disembarked from our truck in...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
A saguaro cactus in arizona at sunset.

Cacti in Arizona

After a short but lovely visit with friends in Tuscon, where we were pampered with delicious home cooking and lovely conversations, we headed further south towards Organ Pipe National Monument....
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Travel
Apache Plume

Gila Cliff Dwellings

When we checked out the map and roads leading up to the cliff dwellings, we could see that it would NOT be a great idea to try to take our large camper up the steep, narrow, winding forest roads. The...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
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White Sands

White Sands National Monument is a place that needs to be experienced in real life–the sand is actually composed of tiny crystals, and it glitters in the sunlight! We also witnessed the most...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel
Marfa

Marfa Lights to Carlsbad Caverns

Marfa is a cool little town in the middle of nowhere West Texas. It’s become a hub for minimalism art, with several galleries and installations around town. It was an interesting juxtaposition,...
By Cat Sparks in News, Personal, Travel

Big Bend Pt. 2

A quick rundown of our 2 weeks in Big Bend: We hiked, met up with old friends, made new friends, hiked, soaked in hot springs inside a ruined spa alongside the Rio Grande, hiked, spotted lots of...
By Cat Sparks in News, Personal, Travel
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When Your Truck Dies in the Desert (A.K.A. Big Bend Pt. 1)

Our moving day to Big Bend started off like most: A quick breakfast, securing belongings, and packing snacks. We officially hit the road just a bit after lunchtime. About an hour into the trip we...
By Cat Sparks in News, Just for Fun, Personal, Travel