Two Lane Gems Tour

I-40

As we got back on I-40 for the short drive, relatively speaking, to Albuquerque, I thought about everything we’d seen an

Blue Hole of Santa Rosa

There are no two ways around it: I-40 through the Texas panhandle is a beast. That’s primarily because there are no two ways around it.

Palo Duro Canyon - Prairie Dog Town Fork

Selecting Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and Palo Duro Canyon State Park as destinations for this road trip was based on geography, geology, and convenience.

Bison in the distance at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge

We’d driven under an overcast sky all morning and into the afternoon, but by the time we entered the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge in Western Oklahoma all was clear and blue except for one orph

Sign for Thomas Ranch in Oklahoma

You know how you feel when you’ve been going non-stop, pushing yourself and getting no sleep and eating everything you’r

Cherokee Hills Byway, taken on the Two Lane Gems Tour

As we left Bentonville I was a touch trepidatious about the next leg of our journey. It was Sunday. We left Friday. We were already getting a little loopy and taking bets on when I’d forget what day it was, and now we were headed to the middle of southern Oklahoma and another more-than-packed exhaustion-inducing schedule.

If you were to tell me that Alice Walton, the daughter of Walmart founder Sam Walton, and I had anything in common besides our gender, nationality, and race, I would scoff and think you were a litt

Tiger at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge

This should go without saying: tigers don’t make good pets. Nor do leopards, or lions, or bobcats.

Red truck on an open road

One of the biggest expenses of any road trip is gas.

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