All posts by Jake

“Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance” -W. Durant

One of the things that I never knew existed prior to this trip was “The miraculous stair” in the Loretto Chapel located in Sante Fe, New Mexico. This impressive staircase […]

“If there hadn’t been women we’d still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends.” -O. Welles

I have been to a number of caves, caverns and lava tubes across the country. At the tail end of our National Park tour Deja had the Carlsbad Caverns listed. […]

“My heroes have always been cowboys” -W. Nelson

While Tombstone was not entirely on our way, it has been on my list of towns to see since I was a teenager and watched the movie Tombstone approx 97 […]

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” -A. Einstein

We pulled into the Grand Canyon today. We did our best to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of tourists that was inevitable, however I don’t think any amount of prep […]

Like a rafter of turkeys passing through Zion

We landed ourselves in Zion on Thanksgiving. The drive through Zion started out like a lot of parts of Utah with familiar red rock formations. Quickly we started seeing new […]

The view is better when you remove the guardrails.

My favorite road on this trip to date has been the route between Escalante and Kodachrome State park. The two lane road winds up a dramatic 10% grade cliff face […]

Drained aquariums, pristine farmland and croc rocks.

As we approached Capital Reef I find myself wondering where the name originated. As we pulled into the state park I think to myself this place looks like a giant […]

The destination provides the reason. The journey provides the memories.

As we leave a week in Moab we opt for the very much slower and less conventional route to Capital Reef by going south on 191 and west on 95. […]

When the world turns upside down, it’s nice to have someone upside down with you.

Ok, ok, you all have been heard, how can the blog be titled handstands to austin and be completely void of handstands?!? Deja is working her magic on a sampling […]

“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.” -E. Abbey

I have driven through Utah a few times, always passing through to go somewhere else. Every time I have said to myself “I need to come back and spend some […]