Road Trips

Ribs with mac and cheese and coleslaw.

Savannah BBQ, Git in Mah Belly!

I’m a Yankee, through and through. But, dang it, if I don’t love me some good, old fashioned Southern cooking — and I found it. In Savannah.

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 2: Key West

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 2: Key West

If you’ve never been, Key West is a quirky, stranger-than-strange world. You know how Austin’s motto is “Keep Austin Weird”? Well, Key West doesn’t have to make such commands. Key West, if you dig past its bros-on-a-bar-crawl exterior, is nothing but weird. And it’s not about to change.

The beach at Founders Park, Islamorada.

Florida Keys Weekend Road Trip Part 1: Key Largo

A giant perk of living in Miami is its proximity to one of the United States’s most popular vacation destinations (well, other than Miami itself, that is): The Florida Keys. You can pack a heckuva lot into a Florida Keys weekend road trip from Miami — see what we enjoyed and why we extended our trip.

Capital Reef National Park

National Park Road Trip Part 3: No Really, I Climbed That

From Zion to Bryce Canyon, I just couldn’t get my fill of natural, national wonders. And so we headed off toward Capital Reef National Park, first passing through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Now, it’s worth mentioning a few things here. First, it’s entirely possible you’ve never heard of Grand Staircase […]

Hoodoos make me happy!

National Park Road Trip Part 2: That Hoodoo That You Do

The following weekend after my unforgettable sojourn into Zion National Park, I set off to the next destination on my bucket list: Bryce Canyon. The weekend as I planned it would involve oodles of spectacular scenery, a KOA Kabin (one of my favorite “camping” indulgences) in one of the nice […]

I survived the hike at Zion National Park!

National Park Road Trip Part 1: When We Remember Zion

It’s been a helluva time out West, folks. Many people have wondered how on Earth I wound up staying in St. George, Utah for 3 weeks. The logic behind landing in Utah’s far southwest corner was simple: I was itching to explore some of the Western US’s most spectacular National […]

View from the San Juan Skyway

Girl Meets Wild West — A Colorado Love Story

As a kid — oh, hell, who am I kidding? Let’s start over. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been more than a little bit obsessed with that ’90s classic, City Slickers. Billy Crystal and his cohorts head to a dude ranch to get their wild, wild West […]

Getting silly at South of the Border

The Long and Not-So-Winding Road — And a Giant Shrimp

As anyone who’s ever made the road trip south from the Northeast to Florida on I-95 will tell you, highlights along the route are few. There’s the hellacious, bumper-to-bumper traffic between Baltimore and Richmond, Va. that will make you want to poke your eyes out. This, of course, is more […]

There it is, folks -- all our stuff (less 2 suitcases).

Let the Adventure Begin … Tomorrow!

Tomorrow! Tomorrow! I love ya, tomorrow! My apologies. I’m prone to bursting into Little Orphan Annie’s theme song today, knowing that tomorrow — tomorrow! — is the official date of departure for my foray into location independence. Yup, in 14 hours, we’ll hit the road, not as New Yorkers leaving […]

The Wheels on the RAV Go ‘Round and ‘Round

The Wheels on the RAV Go ‘Round and ‘Round

So how will Passenger Conners — she of no ride to speak of since giving up cars for city-living in 2004 — traverse the great US of A? Low and behold, I’ve bought a car; or co-bought a car, as the case may be. She’s a sweet RAV-4 that will […]

Standing on a corner in Winslow, AZ

A Corner, a Crater, Big Bunnies, 1 Flatbed Truck & Me

“But our trip was different. It was a classic affirmation of everything right and true and decent in the national character. It was a gross, physical salute to the fantastic possibilities of life in this country – but only for those with true grit. And we were chock full of […]

The Grand Canyon

Road Trip USA

It’s only been a few days back in the States, but I’ve been happily embracing all that is America at it’s best – the Grand Canyon’s splendor, the Hoover Dam’s enormity, Vegas’s insanity – and worst – LA newscasters and their ridiculous work attire, for instance. And it’s funny, the […]