John and Neo Martinson

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 middle of the high desert when I discovered that my vehicle was losing power. With my foot pressing all 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 Highway” with Stan Perry on our Epic 1977 On/Off Road Trip Across the West. But I had never ridden the [...]

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Due to unforeseen family needs, we are now departing on Saturday, May 2nd on our “Tribal Nations of Arizona” Road Trip in my Tesla Model 3 to visit all 22 Indian Nations in the State of Arizona, 2,200 miles in 6 days (May 2-7).
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