The Temple of Conspicuous Consumption

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

Battle Lands

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

Wise Guys

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

Freedom’s Just Another Word

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