Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, AZ

The Desert Towers glass sculpture by artist Dale Chahuly greets you at the entrance to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. We arrived in the early afternoon, but not early enough to avoid the heat – even in March. With plenty of water to keep us hydrated, we strolled from one shady spot to another… Continue reading Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix, AZ

US Hwy 12 – Minnesota to Montana

Our two day auto sojourn westward on US Hwy 12 from Willmar, Minnesota, to Helena, Montana, was a delightful experience. The scenery was lovely and the two-lane roads were nearly empty of travelers save us and a few locals from time to time. There was even very little road construction – having remarked about that… Continue reading US Hwy 12 – Minnesota to Montana

Petrified in Lemmon

Lemmon, South Dakota, is the proud home of an extraordinary display of petrified wood. In the early 1900s, O.S. Quammen, an amateur geologist, discovered vast remains of prehistoric plant remains – grasses, trees and other flora, along with some dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils. Quammen managed to secure funding through the Works Progress Administration to… Continue reading Petrified in Lemmon

Little Tip for Driving at Night in Lake Country

Beautiful by day, northern Iowa and southern Minnesota lake country makes for not only beautiful but interesting driving just before sundown. Rolling hills, green, lush pastures, streams, marshes and lakes lit by the evening sun’s hues of pinks, purples and blues. We had just driven through a series of late afternoon and evening showers when… Continue reading Little Tip for Driving at Night in Lake Country