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United States

Prost, y’all

Beef. It’s what’s for dinner in Texas. Unless you’re in Hill Country, where it might be bratwurst. In the mid-1800s, tens of thousands of German immigrants settled in central and southwest Texas, which, at the time, was its own country. … Continue reading

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Back on the road

This week, I’m starting a four-week road trip from Austin, Texas, to Antelope Canyon Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona. It will be my longest trip in nearly a year. After three years of nearly non-stop travel, I felt a need to … Continue reading

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Crossroads

Three historic trails lead to Santa Fe, New Mexico. One arrives from Mexico City–El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro (the Royal Road of the Interior Land). For centuries, Native North Americans used the sixteen-hundred-mile trade route. In 1598 Spanish settlers first … Continue reading

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Parks and rec

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. –Edward Abbey Over four-hundred parks, preserves, forests, seashores, rivers, monuments, memorials and historic sites make up the … Continue reading

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Too tough to die

In 1881, Tombstone, Arizona, was the site of the most famous gunfight of the Old West. On one side were the Clanton brothers, the McLaury bothers and Billy Claiborne, members of a loose-knit gang of part-time cowboys and part-time cattle … Continue reading

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Borderline

Borders? I have never seen one. But I have heard they exist in the minds of some people. –Thor Heyerdahl I left Palm Springs, where the streets are named after stars, and drove east to Phoenix. In some stretches, sandstorms … Continue reading

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Wandering in the desert

Oh, and I remember something you once told me And I’ll be damned if it did not come true. Twenty thousand roads I went down, down, down And they all lead me straight back home to you. –Gram Parsons, 1973 … Continue reading

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