Ark Encounter

Towering in the distance—too far, given the wind—was a ship. Yes, we were in the middle of a field in Kentucky, miles from navigable water, but before us was a 510-foot-long, 51-foot-high ship—a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark.

Next Gas 80 Miles

Nevada is a large and empty place. You have to plan your gasoline stops. Don’t expect cellular service. Bring water, just in case.

Do Not Disturb

Your campsite is your campsite, right? Not in 2016, the year common courtesy died.

Midnight Screening

There was only one thing to do: a pilgrimage to the New Beverly Cinema to see Inglourious Basterds, one of my favorite films of all time.

A Trade Show The Size of a Town

Each January, the Consumer Electronics Show comes to Las Vegas, bringing a couple hundred thousand visitors and sending hotel prices through the roof. Let’s see what all the fuss is about.

The Buffets of Las Vegas

I’ve added a new feature section: reviews of Las Vegas buffets, right here on your favorite, infrequently-updated blog. Gluttons unite!

Get Me Back To Dixie

I rolled across the border into Tennessee with the stereo pumping out the Charlie Daniels Band, as is required.

The Hipster Rim

If you’ve been to the Grand Canyon’s South Rim, you’ve probably had someone tell you, “Yeah, the North Rim is better.” Like a hipster whose favorite band is someone you’ve never heard of, who drinks an obscure beer you can only get in this one shop in Vermont, he can’t be stopped.

Don’t Get Into A Spaceship With A Madman

The UFO flew a few hundred feet off the ground, and slowly. Steady and flashing lights made it visible in the night sky, and it made a rumbling sound, almost like jet engines. It approached my car, swung around, and flew back the way it had come, in no particular hurry. Then it was gone. The Extraterrestrial Highway lived up to its billing.

Don’t Wear A Red Shirt

So, there I was at the Rio, when I began seeing people walking around in Starfleet uniforms. At first, it’s like, that’s weird. But when I saw a few more I suspected the Star Trek convention must be in town.