Where in the world are Mark and Saimi?


As we travel about the country, we have been surprised and grateful to the many strangers who have stopped and offered to take a photo of us together. We try to pay it forward and do the same for others.
Here’s a photo taken by a woman who took a tour with us. Can you guess where we are?
We have decided this will be a regular feature, so stay tuned for more mystery photos.
(Thanks and credit to Bill Coleman for this terrific idea for our blog.)



Lights! Camera! Action!


What do Star Wars (1977), Spartacus (1960) and The Twilight Zone (1959) have in common?

Parts of all three were filmed in Death Valley.

It’s easy to understand why a filmmaker would be drawn to this 5,000 square mile national park on the eastern edge of California.

We were completely taken by surprise at the variety of sights here.  From huge sand dunes

IMG_3925 to salt flats to whimsical rock formations,

IMG_3841 it was almost too much to absorb. Our original plan was to stay overnight and head out. We stayed three nights and wished we could have stayed a couple more.

Perhaps most memorable was the sunrise our second morning.  It filled the entire dome of the sky, with hues Crayola would envy. Sleepy and bedazzled, neither of us thought to grab a camera.  We did catch the sunset that night.




Never the Same View Twice


By Mark Bergmann
No matter the view, the Grand Canyon does not disappoint. We have visited three times and not seen the same vista. We took a long walk north from the visitor’s center to see some grand views. IMG_3566

It was a easy walk because of the new asphalt path along the rim. About half mile along the path, the park service started a controlled fire to clear out some dense brush but the wind that day created a firestorm and took the fire to the canyon rim. Evidence of the burn was all around with new vegetation and charred wood. (Saimi posted a photo earlier that shows the charred wood from that fire.)
I highly recommend walking away from the crowds to hear the wind and birds. IMG_3573This can be done even with a crowded park because most people do not walk that far from the visitor’s center or their car. Friends have told us how fantastic a walk below the rim is, so that is on tap for the next visit.IMG_3572


The Grand Canyon. Still grand.


by Saimi Bergmann
Not much I can say about the Grand Canyon that you haven’t heard before. Still there. Still big.
We were awed, of course. And we took some great photos (she said immodestly). I could show you some of those, but instead, you get to see these.
Feel free to write your own captions.













Aaaannnnnnd we’re back! Officially fulltimers now.


Sing it with me – “On the road again … can’t wait to get on the road again.”

We had to take a break from our travels to return to Ohio to sell our home of 20 years.  I won’t lie, packing was a nightmare. And now our belongings are scattered between storage units in Canton, a friend’s attic in Alliance, our daughter’s home in Chicago, my parent’s home in Utah, and the RV.

But the house is sold, so we are officially fulltimers now. Or, as hubby says, officially homeless now!

Sing it Willie –

On the road again,

like a band of gypsies we go down the highway,

We’re the best of friends

Insisting the world be running our way.