In July, 2002, I removed the back seat from my Jeep Grand Cherokee and
packed a foam mattress, bins of supplies, and my mountain bicycle for a long
road trip, of which a month was spent exploring the backroads of the
southwest. From Seattle, I headed south through Oregon, Nevada, and Arizona to
the US-Mexico border, which I followed east along the Rio Grande to its mouth
at Brownsville, Texas.
Crater Lake, Oregon
I climbed one of the hills on the west side of this volcano-top lake for a
stunning panoramic view. 42.94587, -122.1694 The next of baby birds was in the outdoor hallway of
my hotel that night.
No road trip through Nevada is complete without visiting the Black Rock
I climbed Steamboat Mountain 40.8489, -119.2225 for a view from the west side of the Black Rock playa.
The remains of Cassidy Mine.
The dunes of Sand Mountain 39.30178, -118.399 . There were lots of
people with their ATVs playing on these dunes.
I love investigating the remains of old mines. These are the mines of Quartz Mountain.
Driving the long, straight Nevada highways. I visited the infamous black
(now white) mailbox of Area 51. 37.456883, -115.48187
I crossed from
Nevada to Arizona over the Hoover Dam, with its new post-9/11 signs and
restrictions. 36.01601, -114.73742