Farmington, New Mexico

The Host “Always assume your guest is tired, cold and hungry, and act accordingly” - Navajo Proverb.  In the summer of 1982, I drove my Volkswagen Vanagon up to Aspen, Colorado to visit my parents, who were conferencing at the Aspen Institute. I elected to traverse the Navajo Nation Indian Reservation on U.S. 160 (a lonely 2-lane road) from Tuba City to Teec Nos Pos. It was about 104ºF, and I was out there in the mid-day, in the [...]

Durango, Colorado

“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” – Dr. Seuss, The Lorax   Fire & Light This is my third trip to Durango and the first time I have stayed overnight. The plan was to spend two nights and finally ride the Durango & Silverton Steam Train round-trip from Durango to Silverton. I had been to Silverton once before when I drove the so-called “Million Dollar [...]

Telluride, Colorado

Friends & Family One of my goals for our road trip is to touch base with friends and family across our route. So, early in the planning process, I reached out to a variety of folks, including friends, family and colleagues and I even posted our route on my high school alumni Facebook Group. All in all, we will be visiting nearly as many friends as days driving. The first were Jeremiah and Theresa in Farmington, NM, about whom [...]