North America Trips

See below for all blog posts about trips taken in North America

Day Trip to Teotihuacan: History and Mystery

Teotihuacan: ancient pyramids discovered by the Aztecs and turned into the largest metropolis in pre-Columbian America, and largely forgotten by history until the twentieth century. This archaeological site is shrouded in mystery, full of architectural splendors, and...

Colorado Road Trip

Last spring, my friend Paul texted me trying to recruit Juan Pablo to join his team for a long, crazy bike tour called “Ride the Rockies.” Paul had not met Juan Pablo at that point, but the grape vine had informed him about their shared love of bicycles. He and our...

Riding Colorado Through Ride the Rockies

The bicycle is one of human kind’s greatest inventions. It is a symbol of modernity: you can’t have bicycles without industry. Although nowadays one can ride in the dirt hills and mountains, in paved country roads, the bicycle is originally an urban phenomenon; it...

Zion National Park: A Short Adventure

Zion; promised land. On a warm June morning we once again packed up Laura’s life into a truck and drove from Tucson up through the desert into Las Vegas, city of sin. Coming in through Henderson we saw the bacchanalia of the Vegas strip in the low horizon, opening up...

Zion National Park: Hiking the Narrows

Having mastered the couples’ road trip last December, when the opportunity arose to take another epic journey together in June, Juan Pablo and I jumped at the chance. More on the impetus for the trip in our next posts, but for now, suffice it to say our journey began...

Red Rock Canyon: Review & Tips

Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area approximately 20 minutes away from the Las Vegas strip. I have now visited Red Rock twice, and I anticipate going many, many more times in the coming years. It is the perfect escape when you need a break from the lights...

Oregon: Living the Good Life

“Or be a child again and play on a more or less apocalyptic soccer team.” - Roberto Bolaño In April of this year Laura and I traveled to Oregon to visit Laura’s brother Jim and his fiancé (now wife) Katie. Laura flew into Portland from Tucson, I flew in from San...

Oregon Trails: Running, Hiking, Biking, and Beer

Beer. Wine. Bicycles. Mountains. Camping. Hiking. These are the things that come to mind when I think about the state of Oregon. My older brother (Jim) lived back and forth between Eugene and Corvallis for many years, and I was fortunate enough to visit him several...

Tucson: an Ode to the Old Pueblo

John Wayne and Wile E. Coyote. Those are the images that came to mind when I resignedly decided to move to Tucson, Arizona to pursue a fellowship in the University of Arizona’s law library. My resignation came from the idea of moving far away from family and friends,...

Surprising Tucson: A Bikable City in the Desert

I didn’t expect to like Tucson very much. The only things I had heard about it was that it was in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, warnings about its crime rates, that it gets lots of sun and little rain, and that there are lots of retirees there. I was, however,...

Great American Road Trip: On the Road With my Woman

Ah yes, the Great American Road Trip, a fundamental category of American identity which has worked itself into our psyche through all sort of cultural representations: think of such examples as Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. The long cross country trip, a foundational...

Minnesota: the Great Outdoors

You know the movie trope where the character goes to the airport and flies to the next location available? In early October, a couple weeks after Juan Pablo moved to California, we decided to do just that (well, sort of: we bought tickets on the internet rather than...

Minnesota Camping for Beginners

  At the end of September of 2015 I moved to California to start school. Laura stayed behind in Virginia. For my birthday in October we met about halfway, in Minneapolis. I had been to the Twin Cities earlier that year to visit the University of Minnesota, since...

Northern Neck VA: Food and Wine in Old Time

After two months plus in Berlin and after a month of not seeing Laura I returned to Virginia still with deficient German but with my English and Spanish intact, my mother and grandmother tongues respectively. Laura had planned a wonderful getaway for us at a bed and...

Virginia Wine Trail: the Northern Neck

Half the fun in traveling is planning. I’m sure that many of you will groan when you read that, but hear me out. Daydreaming about all the places that might be worth committing both time and money toward has always been one of my favorite methods of procrastination....