Travels With Frito: Introduction

Frito is a 2004 Mercedes Benz Sprinter. He's a European parcel delivery van and the perfect road trip vehicle. Frito and I have traveled the equivalent of six times around the world, nearly all of it in Western North America. This blog tells of some of our adventures in one of the most scenic areas in... Continue Reading →

Frito Comes Home

July 18, 2009 After several months searching I found my Sprinter. In response to an ad on eBay Motors, I sent a wad of money to "Trucks Only" in Mesa, Arizona, gathered up a few tools and flew from Western Canada to Arizona to see what I'd bought. This link leads to an Adobe Spark... Continue Reading →

The Shuttle Launch Road Trip

Less than a month into our relationship, Frito and I fulfill a childhood dream and travel diagonally across the continent to witness one of the last launches of the Space Shuttle. This link leads to an Adobe Spark, a self-contained web presentation.  It contains lots of images, so it might take a few seconds to... Continue Reading →

Buzzed By Fighters

They appeared at first as tiny, fast-moving dots on the distant horizon. They were too far away to identify, only a faint distant roar betrayed their presence in the otherwise-empty, silent desert valley. “Military”, I thought to myself.  “They must be military.  Nothing else would move that fast or fly that low.”I watched them for... Continue Reading →

The Alabama Hills

Near the town of Lone Pine, California are The Alabama Hills.  Even though you might never have been there, you've probably seen them many times. Those rocks in the image above have hidden many a gang of outlaws.  The Lone Ranger has ridden across those sage brushes in the foreground. The Cartwright family grazed their horses... Continue Reading →

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