Archive for category: Southwest

Family Adventure through Scenic Southwest Canyon Country

During long Wisconsin winters, Karen Druszcak delights in plotting warm-weather RV outings. So when the Druszcak clan purchased a new motorhome a few years ago, she wasted no time in planning their maiden voyage – a month-long exploration of America’s desert southwest. Traveling with two teenage children can be tricky, so the family scheduled frequent stops laced with lots of […]

A Land Aglow – Arizona’s Red Rock Country

From Craggy Sandstone Spires to Deeply Hued Buttes, Arizona’s Red Rock Country Radiates Natural Beauty. In many ways, it is a fierce land. The pebbled desert floor is populated by thorny, angry-looking vegetation. Prickly pear cactus and cat claw acacia compete with manzanita, juniper and larkspur. Summer heat can be oppressive — peak visitor’s season runs fall through spring. Signs […]

Nevada Naturally

A Land of Rugged Terrain and Wide-open Views. Beyond the neon and glitter of Las Vegas lies the unspoiled landscape ripe with uncluttered views, wind-sculpted rock formations and wide open skies. Just outside the city lies a world rich of natural wonders. The Las Vegas strip celebrates a delightfully unnatural world, a place where the Eiffel tower rises just blocks […]

The Untamed Splendor of Big Sur

South Coast : The Wild Coast. “This is the California that men dreamed of years ago, this is the Pacific that Balboa looked out on from the peak of Darien, this is the face of the earth as the Creator intended it to look.” –Henry Miller, “Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch” There was a time when the […]

The Quiet Side of Yosemite

Winter is the Season of Solitude at Yosemite, as Crowds Clear and the Park Reawakens. Yosemite National Park is famous for its summer face. Here, rock climbers scale some of the world’s tallest granite chunks. Hikers explore sun-warmed alpine meadows. Waterfalls tumble the span of a 62-story building, roaring with late spring run-off. But winter offers a different face, a […]

Blossoms in the Sand – Death Valley National Park

Amid a Wind-sculpted Landscape, the Driest Point in North America Offers a Lush Surprise. Death Valley National Park is haunted by a strange, desolate loveliness. But this spring, the soaring temperatures, ghost towns and parched landscape softened by a sudden profusion of wildflowers. For one full month every spring, Alvin and Shirley Smith make their home on a bare patch […]