The Big Road
Left: David and GTI, Logging Camp Road, south of Mono Lake, Calif.; September 1990
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The road it calls to us
like a dancing neon pig
like the smell of Basque barbeque
like the twilight cannon at Stanley Park
like the old guy on Navajo radio, guh!
like a stack of $100 chips at 2 a.m.
like that icy beer bobbing in the cooler at 4 in the afternoon
Gorgeous Spring April 2012: Reno and points south
Climbing the Tree April 2010: Mojave Desert
Heat Wave July 2009: The family that sweats together, Arizona, Nevada, California
5,000 Miles of Family July 2007: The Fifth Annual Mother-Daughter Road Trip
Left at Albuquerque April/May 2005: Mexican border, then Fort C
Northwest Passage November 2003: Driving to Seattle and back
Baby Driver June/July 2003: Alex and Su back to Fort C
2002 B.C. October 2002: Vancouver
Sack of Jawea October 2001: Montana, Idaho, Oregon
The Bigger Walk August 2001: John Muir Trail again
Extreme California June 2001: High Sierra and Death Valley
Rocky Mountain Hey May 2001: Colorado Springs to Fort Collins
Gnawing on the Beaver State September 2000: Portland and Bend
The Big Walk
August 2000: John Muir Trail
Back at the Fort May 2000: Fort Collins, Steamboat Springs, miscellaneous northern Colorado.
Vancouver All Oover July 1999: Again! Again!
That's a Big Tree May 1999: from the redwood forest to the Deschutes waters.
Utes Will Be Served June 1998: Fort Collins with a little Utah at each end.
Back to B.C. October 1997: a long-awaited return to our Vancouver haunts.
The Ocean and the Trees Our end-of-summer trip, 1997, Oregon inland and out.
Dayton to Denver Proof of the road trip gene: Susan and Mom cruise through 500-mile days, October '96.
395 North We ride the high desert from Minden to Spokane, September '96
Whitney by Moonlight Su's full-moon hike up California's tallest peak, September '96
ELL on Wheels: The Roadie Awards We find the spirit of the lodge in the darnedest places. Our picks for accommodations and dining across the American West.
Traveling Music David wrote this story on road-trip music a few years ago. We drove 700 miles in two days to research it.