Teddy Dondanville


After enjoying the desert in Las Vegas and Death Valley, we transitioned into the redwood country of Northern California. But before we arrived, Whitney and I enjoyed an entire week in San Francisco. A friend of mine let us house-sit his apartment while he skied in Lake Tahoe. So for five days, we lived like city folk. We showered a lot, cooked food in an oven, and enjoyed high-speed internet, Netflix, and… Read More

Death Valley National Park, previously the lands of the Timbisha Shoshone Indians, was a quick pit stop to Lake Tahoe and San Francisco. We enjoyed two days in the Park. Unfortunately, the pet policy at the Park is on the stricter side compared to some other parks. So Dottie really couldn’t enjoy much with us and had to stay in the car. So as a result, we popped around the Park and… Read More

Our pitstop in Utah was not premeditated. We had initially thought we would do UT on the way back to Colorado this summer when I returned to Estes Park, CO, for another season of working as a rock climbing, via Ferrata and backpacking guide. But because we were so close and the weather looked good, we decided to take a detour north from the Grand Canyon and make a loop through Bryce… Read More

Northern Arizona kept us entertained for quite some time. It still has our attention. As I write this, tucked away up some forest road outside Grand Canyon National Park, Whitney is outside enjoying the sun and doing her physical therapy, while Dottie ruts around in the dirt and sniffs for unlucky rabbits.  Sedona The red rocks of Sedona, once the native lands of the Sinagua people, and more recently the Yavapai and… Read More

December 20th-22, 2021 Joshua Tree National Park sits due east, about two and half hours, of Long Beach, CA, on the ancestral lands of many different indigenous tribes, including the Serrano, Cahuilla, Chemehuevi, and Mojave peoples. Because it’s so close to home, Whitney and I decided to drop Dottie off at her grandparent’s house. For anyone who has experienced how Dottie travels in the car, you understand full well why we opted… Read More

December 18th, 2021 The glittering white sand dunes made themselves apparent as we rumbled down the mountain pass on highway 82 from Cloudcroft, New Mexico. There was an urge to stop and take a picture of the landscape. The remaining mountains that stood in the foreground and the flat, dry desert with its milky center marking the dunes surely would have been a memorable photo, but we rolled on anyway, wanting more… Read More