Fabric of America: A Visit to the Grand Canyon

After driving over the potholes and through the dust clouds on Route 66, we finally reached the northern Arizonan city of Flagstaff. Despite countless road trips as a kid, I'd never seen the Grand Canyon before. And while a lot of people who've never been there don't really talk about it like it's the end-all, be-all of natural sights to be seen, anyone who has been there will tell you that you...

Hotel Review: Red Lion Inn & Suites in Tempe, Arizona

Sun, sun, and more sun. That's how I can describe most of Arizona for most of the year. Unless you're up north, it's hot. Mostly hot, most of the time. And in this heat, you really need an oasis in which to relax, cool down, and keep your head from melting and sticking to the pavement. After coming east from California on Route 66 and staying several days in Flagstaff (where it's anything but...

Route 66: A Drive Through California and Arizona

But of course, the legendary Route 66. Built in 1926, it's an icon of America. Countless songs have been written about it, countless shows and books have featured it. Stretching for nearly 2,500 miles from Chicago to Santa Monica, the highway is now more about lore and legend than anything else. People drive it because of the stories or the history. In recent years, it's sort of become even...

Report: Our Visit to San Luis Obispo, California

Located just in from the coast and between San Francisco and Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo is a small city that sits right on the Pacific Coast Highway, just inland from the ocean. After several days of poking around in Monterey, we headed down more of the famed PCH and made SLO our next stop. To be honest, we didn't really stop here for any particular reason. We knew we'd have a leisurely ride...

We’ve Been Featured: Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor Bureau Website

Hey! No one ever told us! Last night, Ang found a small feature about us on the official website of the Coos Bay-North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau in Oregon. Pretty cool of them to have done so, even if nobody ever said anything. They had some great things to say about us, as well as our sponsor, Red Lion Hotels, and all the great places we visited during our time there on our "Fabric...

Language Learning: What Do You Use?

Now that we're in Mexico, it's time to up our Spanish game. Between studying, hanging out with our bilingual friends, spending plenty of time doing our daily life routines in shops, running into our neighbors, and trying to get our landlord to forget the mañana attitude and fix some things for us, we've had plenty of opportunity to get our learn on. We spent many years in Chicago - and we are...

Report: Our Visit to Monterey, California

Ah, yes. Monterey, California. Famed for its scenery, Pebble Beach, fancy people, strategic location on Monterey Bay, the Pacific Coast Highway, and more. I've always wanted to go to Monterey. For people not from California, it's sort of pitched as this ideal, dreamy location full of excitement, fun, romance, and, well, fanciness I suppose! Read more

Next Stop: Cancun, Mexico

That's right! While we still have a lot of articles to publish about our whirlwind road trip across the USA for our "Fabric of America" tour, our time there has come to an end and we've flown the coop once again. We're most certainly Professional Winter Avoiders™, so it was time to leave that nonsense behind and move along to warmer climes. Read more

Hotel Review: Red Roof Inn in Monterey, California

Heading south from our stop in Oakland, California, we jumped back on the Pacific Coast Highway and headed toward the famed region which the city of Monterey and its neighbors call home. This area is world-famous, so it probably doesn't need a whole lot of introduction. Pebble Beach, Monterey Bay, etc. Loved by fancy people and visited by everyone, its long history as a strategic port led to...

Report: Our Visit to Oakland, California and the Red Lion Hotel

East Bay, represent! What? When was the last time someone told you, "We want to go visit Oakland"? Probably never. Everyone wants San Francisco. Everyone. Even all the people we met our entire time in Oakland told us to go to San Francisco. To that, we say, Pish posh! One of the things we learned during our "Fabric of America" road trip is that huge cities don't mesh well with months and months...