Hotel Review: Red Lion Hotel at the Park in Spokane, Washington

"Spokane? What's a Spokane?" That's what I imagine a lot of people who aren't familiar with the Pacific Northwest say. And that's just ridiculous. Everyone knows about Seattle, but who knows about Spokane? Well, we do. That's who. This city of 200,000 is on the opposite side of the state of Washington from that other city, which allows for a unique personality that's absolutely nothing like...

City Report: Our Visit to Idaho Falls and Island Park, Idaho

Greetings from Idaho! This city report will be a bit different than our last one in Rapid City, South Dakota, as we didn't have a ton of time in Idaho. We did, however, want to share our experiences and photos with you. As noted in that previous post, this is not a guide of what to do or where to go. It's simply a rundown of what we did and where we went. If you feel you may get yourself...

Hotel Review: Red Lion Inn & Suites in Missoula, Montana

We don't really meet a lot of people who say, "Hey, I'd like to go to Missoula!" That's a shame, because this town of nearly 70,000 unbelievably friendly residents, stuck between several national forests in the middles of the mountains, is a great place to hang out. And even better when there's a Red Lion around. The lovely people at Red Lion Hotels are a supporter of our "Fabric of America"...

Fabric of America: Tremonte’s Barber Shop in Wauconda, Illinois

My parents are retired and/or semi-retired, but they seem like they're almost as busy as when they both had full-time jobs. Living in an "active adult" community is hard work! It reminds me of the chaos and excitement of going away to college, but forty years later. When we visited them, it was like they were never around, and we were the ones with all the free time! Ha. Read more

Hotel Review: Motel 6 in Idaho Falls, Idaho

So, we went to Idaho Falls. If you know anything about us, then you know we went to Idaho Falls because...well, it exists. That's just what we do. And since we need a place to sleep - don't even mention things like camping to us - we booked ourselves at Motel 6. The lovely people at Motel 6 are a supporter of our "Fabric of America" tour. They covered our stay, and we're writing about it in...

Hotel Review: La Quinta Inn & Suites in Rapid City, South Dakota

Here's a little ditty about a hotel that kept us longer than planned. Because that's what a good hotel does. Before we get into that, though, let us do some disclaiming... The fine folks at La Quinta Inns & Suites are a supporter of our "Fabric of America" tour. They covered our stay, and we're writing about it in return. This journey would not be possible without them (and you). In case...

Found: Cottonwood, South Dakota – Population 12

Welcome to the first edition of "Found," where we write about random things we come across that are unexpected, unplanned, or however else we feel like justifying using the term. ;) The first post comes courtesy of a tiny, mostly abandoned town in rural South Dakota. Welcome to Cottonwood, population 12. Read more

Fabric of America Tour Supporter: Rotofugi

Yee-haw! The lovable family at Rotofugi is a support sponsor for our "Fabric of America" tour. We're thrilled to have them along for the ride as we traverse the landscape of the USA in search of...well...whatever it is we find out there. In case you haven’t read about our tour: You can read about it here, read about sponsorships here, and support our project yourself right here. Read more

Fabric of America: Mississippi River Distilling Co. in LeClaire, Iowa

In case you didn't already know, we have intimate experience with and a great love for the distilled spirit. When we stopped in the Quad Cities (on the Iowa-Illinois border) for a few days at the beginning of our "Fabric of America" tour, we got to spend some time with my Uncle Clark. Clark's a guy you listen to, as evidenced by this photo. Read more

Fabric of America Tour Supporter: Shawnimals

We're happy to announce the fine folks at Shawnimals as a "Fabric of America" support sponsor! Shawn, Jen, and the Shawnimals crew will be supporting us as we explore the intricacies of America for our upcoming 6,000-mile road trip. In case you haven’t read about our tour: You can read about it here, read about sponsorships here, and support our project yourself right here. Read more