A photo essay... In honor of the 25th birthday of Mall of America®, here are 25 incredible facts + figures about the nation's largest retail and entertainment destination (as reported by Mall of America). 1.15 MILES: Walking distance around one level of Mall of America 8 ACRES OF SKYLIGHTS: What allows about 70% of the…Read more The Temple of Conspicuous Consumption
It was 103 degrees outside and we were melting. "Where are the trees? There aren't any trees here," moaned Leah. There were no shadows to hide from the relentless sun. Even the clouds had forsaken us. Fortunately, they had drifted into the distance, providing the coveted contrast that landscape photography almost always requires. With the…Read more Battle Lands
We drove into the storm until it surrounded us. Lightning was brewing in the distance and then it was beside us. "Do you think they're gonna cancel if it's raining?" inquired Leah. I really didn't have an answer. "I'm certain that rain or shine is pretty much the rule here. This event is sold out, and…Read more Ride ’em, Cowboy!
What better way to celebrate the 4th of July, than a trip to Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Sure, the crowds were large; that was to be expected. But once the cars were garaged, the pedestrian traffic was easy to negotiate. And with everyone looking up at the mountain, the president's faces and…Read more Wise Guys
PART 1 We arrive at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center on the edge of Colorado Springs, not quite knowing what to expect other than what we've read. Yes, it's crowded, and it's hotter than usual--that's also to be expected. But the park is free and open to the public, which probably helps explain…Read more Pikes Peak Pot
For many, the notion of boondocking in an Airstream trailer might be enough to move the oxymoron needle from sublime to ridiculous. There are those whose purist sensibilities are offended simply because my RV has AC, TV, LP and TP. To them, my mobile home is an affront to Bear Grylls, surviving in the wilderness with only flint, rope,…Read more Freedom’s Just Another Word
Today I met a national park service ranger by the name of A.L. Weimer who wore a bulletproof vest and carried a police-issue sidearm. While there are daily sightings of mountain lions and black bears throughout Big Bend National Park, I think his handgun has less to do with keeping the animals in line, and…Read more Boquillas Crossing