Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Five

– Stovepipe Wells, California to Death Valley National Park – Today, Mark and I got up bright and early to walk down the Mosaic Canyon Road to the mouth of the canyon to get our exercise. Like I mentioned yesterday, dogs are only allowed on roads, not on the park’s trails, so while Ripley couldn’t…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Four

– Las Vegas, Nevada to Stovepipe Wells, California – Well, it’s New Year’s Day. Happy New Year to everyone reading along. I know it probably isn’t what most people would say, but thank goodness we’re leaving Vegas. I’m not going to miss it at all. We still got up at 7am this morning, which is…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Three

– Flagstaff, Arizona to Las Vegas, Nevada- So as you might imagine, I’m writing this post from the morning of New Year’s Day, rather than last night, even though this is the post for New Year’s Eve. It would’ve been pretty hard to write it last night after we got back to our hotel around…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day Two

– Amarillo, Texas to Flagstaff, Arizona – Man is it cold on winter trips. It’s a pain in the butt to put on a jacket every time you want to get out of the car. At least it wasn’t as windy today, which is something. Everyone woke up this morning a few minutes before the…

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Winter Death Valley Trip: Day One

– Denton, Texas to Amarillo, Texas – We don’t do many winter trips here at Travels with Ripley, but we them on occasion. Summer is more my season. In any event, this year, Mark, Ripley, my mom, my dad, Sabre, and I are all taking a road trip across the southwest over to Death Valley….

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United Kingdom Trip: Day Ten

– Cambridge, England to Denton, Texas – As you can imagine, I’m writing this from home, with my precious fluffy puppy at my side. She’s gotten quite hairy while we were gone. We normally shave her every six weeks, and she’s about two weeks behind schedule. She looks like an abominable snow puppy to me….

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United Kingdom Trip: Day Nine

– Edinburgh, Scotland to Cambridge, England – Have I mentioned that every hotel in England has an electric kettle and tea and coffee? I know a coffee maker is pretty common in the US, but the electric kettle is far more convenient, at least for me. For Mark, I think, the little instant coffee packets…

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United Kingdom Trip: Day Eight

– Inverness, Scotland to Edinburgh, Scotland – Huzzah! The weather has cleared. Scotland has decided to grace us with a lovely day. I must admit that after the last two days, I was scared to even mention the sunshine for fear of frightening it away. Luckily, it stuck around, and we only saw a few…

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United Kingdom Trip: Day Seven

– Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland to Inverness, Scotland – So much rain. So rainy. Many wet. I think I’m just now really drying out. It’s damp out there, folks. I said we expected it, and we did, but man… It was so nice on the way up here. The weather was gorgeous until late yesterday….

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United Kingdom Trip: Day Six

– Glasgow, Scotland to Kyle of Lochalsh, Scotland – Our morning began with a run along the River Clyde in downtown Glasgow. It wasn’t perfect, but at least we had a trail that didn’t cross traffic. The weather was really quite cool, actually. Today was the first day that we’ve needed our sweaters for our run….

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