Chasing the Deer

I’m a sucker for stories with magical gateways, portals, paths that lead to Fairyland. And in real life, I am constantly seeing gateways in the most ordinary places: an arch in a hedge, a dim...

Plethora of Pancakes

Paul’s Pancake Parlor doesn’t brag about itself. Why should it? Todd and I have been there twice and it’s been packed both times. But it does tell it like it is: “All our...

Can I stop worrying now?

For me, the last six months have shown me the myriad forms my anxiety can take. Some of it has to do with my family in Kansas City; I worry about them constantly, but it does no one any good. Most of...

Two Images from Yellowstone

The day before we left the park, Todd and I took two trips to Norris Geyser Basin, north of Old Faithful and south of Mammoth Hot Springs. First we arrived in the morning, just as the photographers...

Motels to Missoula

So far on this trip, Todd has arranged almost all the accommodations, including our rental in Missoula. Two places along the way I particularly liked were motels, one in Buffalo, Wyoming, and one in...

Busy Bee Is All That

Todd and I spent the night in Buffalo, Wyoming, at a locally owned motel (more on that in a later post) and had breakfast the next morning at Busy Bee Cafe on North Main Street. It originally opened...

Devil’s Tower

After eating at Etta’s Place in Sundance, we drove to Devil’s Tower, the first national monument in the United States. I made Todd circumnavigate it with me. There are all sorts of...

Monuments of Stone

On our way to Missoula, the first stop on our 12 Cities, 1 Year tour, Todd and I stopped at Badlands National Park, right next to Buffalo Gap National Grassland. In my opinion, we didn’t get to...

Burlington Has Its Secrets

As we walked up to the library in Burlington, Colorado, this morning, we saw this mysterious sign: No cake pans in the book drop … OK. At first we thought it was one of those ridiculous...