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The Redwood National Forest in California

I’ve always wanted to go to the Redwood National Forest in Northern California.  While we were out in the Pacific Northwest, we...

The Oregon Caves and the Mystery of the Greyback

After a great two days in Eugene, we packed up the old trusty mini van once again and decided to hit the road and head south. With all four...

Eugene Oregon and the Best Accident

We packed up the minivan and decided to head south to see two longtime friends and adventurous souls who live in Eugene, OR. The drive was...

New Member Joins ATC for the 2010 Mongol Rally

We (Mike and Lauren) are happy to announce that we have a new team member who will join us for the 2010 Mongol Rally!  We asked Bill to...

Ten Reasons Why the West Coast is WAY Cooler than the East Coast

Here we go! Just the FACTS about why the West Coast is literally a billion times cooler than the East Coast: 1) Movies about the West Coast...

Washingtonians Believe in the End of the World

What better way to spend the Armageddon, then waiting it out safely underground? Apparently I’m not the first person to think of...

Mt. Rainier National Park

From my family’s home in Washington State you can see Mt. Rainier. It’s one of the most majestic sights on the West Coast at almost...

While not Traveling – Fixing up your Home for Cheap

When you are on the road, you occasionally find yourself in between places or in limbo waiting for the next leg of your trip.  That is...

Across America by Land

Not many people make backtracks like we do! To make my point, our trips inside America in the last several months have been hectic,...

Book Review: Rising / Falling – Always Hoping: A Journey to a Part of Asia, by Craig Chamberlain

This is the only book written about the Mongol Rally. As many of you know, we are participating in this 10,000 mile adventure across Europe...

The Empire Builder

Recently, I’ve taken the Empire Builder from start to finish a total of three times, that’s around 6,600 miles! Traveling by train is...

Sweet Home, Rockford IL

Although still listed as the 14th most undesirable place to live because of the crime and unemployment, I’ve been lucky enough to...

Book Review: Lost on Planet China: One man’s attempt to understand the world’s most mystifying nation, by Maarten Troost

If you have ever been to China, then Lost on Planet China will be full of inside jokes only you and other China travelers will understand....

The George Bush Presidential Library

A  recent visit to the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, Texas revealed a deeper look at the man, the President and the...

Remember the Alamo!

Remember the Alamo! This saying had little meaning to me until recently, when we visited the Alamo in San Antoino, TX. This was a prime...

Palo Alto and the Mexican-American War

If you live or vacation in Southern – Central Texas, this is especially important to all the winter Texans, take a short drive North...

Texas!

Texas! The only state in the union that considers becoming its own country on a daily basis and was an independent nation from 1836 to...

Progreso versus Matamoros, Mexico

Having visited Progreso several times this winter, and Matamoros only once, it is safe to say I’m a bit skewed towards the former...

South Padre Island Texas

For the past month we have been sheltering ourselves away from the massive cold front that has left the Midwest covered in snow and ice. We...

Mexico: A gringo story

Having always loved Latin music, food, clothing and culture, my first trip to Mexico was dreamt about for years before it actually...

The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort

Also known as the Bretton Woods Resort, the Mount Washington Hotel is the one of the last remaining “Grand Hotels” of New Hampshire’s...

Sking the Olympic Runs at Whistler, British Columbia

For Christmas this year the family went to Whistler, BC, Canada to check out the slopes for the upcoming 2010 winter Olympics. Though it...

Driving from the East Coast to the Mid-West

When it was time to depart the East Coast and North Carolina the issue of how to move forward was pressing.  We wanted to continue our...

Smoking in Old San Juan

Having spent several days crossing the Ocean and the previous day exploring Saint Thomas, we were excited for our day in Puerto Rico. We...

Saint Thomas

Saint Thomas, of the US Virgin Islands, must have been a beautiful island….once. Or perhaps we were unfortunate in that the area we...