A Room with a View – Mesa Verde and Mancos State Park

Mancos State Park campground with its 30-some campsites,  cool mountain air and comfortable, well-equipped yurts (including futon beds, a fridge and a microwave) lacked only one luxury amenity—a shower. Not to worry, though, we fancied the lack of bathing to be part of the true pioneer experience, complete with the echoes of howling coyotes at … Read more

Cadillac Ranch and on to Mancos, CO

We hope you live a hundred years. We hope you see a hundred steers.  Happy Birthday, dear Emmett! Happy Birthday to you! Ya know what Emmett got for his 13th Birthday? A nine-hour car ride. Yippee!!!! The day would have started out a bit better if the folks at Elkins Ranch, in Palo Duro Canyon … Read more

Amarillo, TX – The Big Texan

Texas and steaks…with a huge helping of cheese. When we last left you, we were leaving Oklahoma City. After a free breakfast (and free WiFi), we updated the website, loaded up the car and set out for the west…but not before we stopped off to see a few more Oklahoma Cowboys. This time we saw … Read more

“Monday is a Blues Day, Y’all.”

Memphis “Monday is a Blues Day, Y’all.” – Big Jerry on Beale Street. We set out today on the path of Kings. We saw Graceland, of course, and we also spent a couple hours at the National Civil Rights Museum, which is located in the Lorraine Motel, where the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was … Read more

“I believe the car thermometer is broken.”

We left Meeman-Shelby State Park at 7 a.m., and took a breakfast break in North Little Rock, Arkansas, where we wandered around whimsical Old Mill Park for an hour or so. Built in 1933, the entire park is a piece of art. The Old Mill and the gates and the bridges and benches that seem … Read more

We’re goin’ to Graceland…

After a 7 a.m. departure from Aunt Cheryl’s house in Asheville, NC, we began our journey out of the Appalachian Mountains and westward. The in-flight movie was Elvis’ “Jailhouse Rock” which we all pretty much agree probably deserved to be passed over for that year’s Academy Award. It was, however, a good warm-up for our … Read more

A Cave, the Crooked Road and a Beautiful Hike

668 miles down…alot more to go. 41 hours logged in. So far, things have gone according to plan, except of course the 4:00 departure. BLTN (Better Late Than Never) is a firmly held family tradition. In fact, we believe it appears prominantly on the Cawley/Lafferty Crest. Besides that bit of expected deviation, it’s pretty much … Read more

Road Tunes

The song list: Dave Matthews (most/all albums that we have) They Might Be Giants (most/all albums that we have) Elvis Costello (most/all albums that we have) 10,000 Maniacs  – In my Tribe (album) Squeeze – Singles – 45’s and Under (album) Paul Simon – Graceland Suspicious minds – Elvis Little less Conversation – Elvis Alive … Read more