My blog started when I decided to travel across the USA for a year from the Fall of 2010 to the Fall of 2011.  The detailed story can be found below.  Since then, I have    focused my blog on other travel (domestic and international) as well as local hikes that have piqued my interest enough to encourage photographic journalism.

I am originally from Dallas, now live in Denver, and enjoy the outdoors.  Photography is a hobby, though I’ve never taken a photography class, and writing, well, I have to work at it.  I’m certain, my high school English teachers would be surprised to hear I write a blog…math and science is more my thing!  Anyway, I have found it fun to tell stories about the nature travel that I love…ETB

travel companions

My Travel Companions

My story when I started my blog:

November 30, 2010 would have marked 12 years of employment at FirstSouthwest in public finance.  Instead of pursuing another day in the finance business; however, I submitted my resignation letter!  Now jobless, and soon to be homeless as I leased my house in one day with a move out date of August 15th, I am planning my year long tour of scenic drives through the 48 contiguous states beginning September 14th. With my 13 year old SPCA lab mix Scout and 10 year old doberman mix Petey in tow, I won’t be able to make it to Hawaii or Alaska quite yet.

doberman mix rescue

I plan on hiking and geocaching in the multitude of state and national parks and forests.  Geocaches may be the size of my pinky finger to a 5 gallon bucket and can be found anywhere in the world. The gps coordinates as well as the items included in the cache, if any, are logged online at  The items included are generally small plastic toys for kids, but are sometimes more elaborate…books, money, cd’s.  While not all cachers hide a cache, they all look by downloading the online description and coordinates into a gps or by using the geocaching app on the iPhone.  The object is to find and log the cache.  It is left there for others to find.  If a cacher takes an item from the cache, he/she should replace it with another, unless of course he/she takes a geocoin or travel bug, which are trackable.  These items get moved from cache to cache so the owner can watch it move around the country.

black lab mix, SPCA, jpg


My goal: To couchsurf and camp across America while completing the Reader’s Digest’s The Most Scenic Drives In America, 120 Spectacular Road Trips.  For those of you who don’t know what couchsurfing is, see the link under resources to the left.  A network of individuals open their house up to complete strangers to stay the night while others simply host visitors for coffee, lunch, or dinner to give travelers the local flavor.  Given I’ve never couchsurfed before, I’m not sure how many members in the couchsurfing community will be open to hosting my two old dogs: one with liver cancer and only a few months to live and another with Addison’s disease, so hopefully I have enough friends, relatives, and blog readers to get me across the country one night at a time.  Worst case scenario, I might be doing some camping in the national parks — time to look into purchasing a class B motorhome, a van retrofitted for camping!  I never thought I’d own a van…I’m more of a two seater, convertible type girl.  I guess my lead foot will be tested.

Stay tuned for the planning stages…approximately 45 days and counting!  Oh, and if you want to join me on a trip…please do. SUPER EXCITED for my adventure!!!

13 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Beth…hope your trip to Africa was a wonderful journey diane


  2. Hey – Wow, i am really late to the game. What an exciting adventure. I hope it goes great and I will be reading!
    Shannon Blake


  3. Just found your blog! Awesome! Have fun……


  4. starbear said:

    Wish I had known you were in the U.P. … have couch, dog, and dogs welcome.


  5. Sounds like a cool trip. Are you still on the road? We are planning our next summer trip. For what it’s worth, we mix up tent camping, KOA cabins (especially for laundry days), and hotels. Couch surfing would scare me a bit, but all the power to you!


  6. Looks like a great time! I’m excited to read some more of your articles.


  7. Hi,
    My name is Jaime and I work for the California Native Plant Society, a non-profit organization. We are working on a book to showcase the different vegetation types throughout the state of California. I found your website by searching for a photo of Devil’s cornfield in Death Valley. I am interested in using your picture, and possibly others, if you would be interested in donating pictures for our project. Please let me know. If you are interested I will give you more information about the project. Thank you for your time!

    ~Jaime Ratchford

    PS- I’m really glad I found your blog! I plan on following and reading your past posts about your adventures. How fun!


  8. Hi there,

    This is Saul at GPSmyCity. We are interested in sponsoring a giveaway on your blog for mutual benefits. If you wish to know more about this opportunity, please reply to my email at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

    Best regards,
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