Phoenix, Arizona: Volume 1.🌵

Shot of Northern Phoenix during the fires. Routinely ranked as the hottest state in the United States, during summertime Phoenix lives up to its claim to fame. We moved here at the very beginning of March, when it was still at a normal, functionable temperature, and were sadly fooled into thinking “this isn’t bad, what’s …

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Lakes of Prescott: Watson and Lynx.

Watson Lake. Prescott, Arizona’s two most popular lakes, Watson, and Lynx, could not be any more different from one another. Watson is a geographical wonder, with rocks that look like they were transported straight from Mars. Lynx is much more of a run-of-the-mill lake, nice and relaxing, but nothing special. These are not the only …

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Bearizona: Bison, Wolves, and Bears, oh my!

In northern Arizona, right off I-40 (one of America’s major cross-country highways), is a super cool place called Bearizona. It is exactly what it sounds like. Coined as a “wildlife and safari park”, the park is most known for the black bears that freely roam around (in an enclosed area; I’ll explain more in a …

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Evansville, Indiana: Angel Mounds State Historic Site.

About 8 miles southeast of Evansville, Indiana’s 3rd largest city, right next to the mighty Ohio River, sits a centuries-old Native American archaeological site that few know exists. Officially known as the Angel Mounds State Historic Site, it encompasses around 600 acres and was a large residential and agricultural community. It primarily “served as the …

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Another Cross-Country (Almost) Road Trip: Same road, different path.

Although I’ve made this drive before not once, but twice, the experiences and sights were still brand new and different. It really makes me stop and think about the things I likely missed in my previous trips, literally anywhere, and what I’d discover by going back. Also, I suspect that going through these states at …

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Montezuma Castle National Monument: “It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there.”

"It’s not a castle and Montezuma never lived there,” declared the hilariously blunt opening line on the back of the magnet I bought at the gift shop. In fact, the “castle” was abandoned almost an entire century (some say 40 years) before the famous Aztec emperor was even born. It got its name when early …

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Dinny & Mr. Rex: The World’s Biggest Dinos (Allegedly).

Mr. Rex. The overlords of the Dinos routinely paint them to match the season. For example, right now Mr. Rex is painted to look like the Easter bunny. On the edge of the Colorado Desert, mere feet away from I-40, sit two mammoth plastic dinosaurs named Dinny and Mr. Rex. They are a famous roadside …

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