Travels in the American Southwest

What readers have said about CmdrMark's travels & website
(This page is unedited...What you read is exactly what they wrote!)

I stumbled on to your site looking for Inyo Hotsprings. I ended up scanning your whole website. I looked at everything! Loved your road trips through out Nevada, Utah and Arizona. I always wanted to travel to all those spots and now have vicariously through you. The trip to Death Valley was thrilling. Those Bristlepine trees are amazing! The Valley of Fire pictures were breath taking. All those ghost towns were fascinating. Area 51 was exciting. I want to go to the graveyard to see the milkyway! There is so much to see. I really got a feel for how tough it must have been for the pioneers. I forgot how brutal conditons really are in the desert. Thanks for the experience. I'm a little surprised you haven't been to Bodie State Park off the 395 south of Tahoe to see that ghost town. Happy traveling!
Costa Mesa, ca USA

I love your site. My brother and I have a similar site called Exploring the Great Basin ( that I think you'd enjoy. I plan on adding a link to your site.
Alpine , UT USA

Wonderful site!Your Photos are so cool!!

Your site is great! My mom was a ghosttown enthusiast when I was growing up and I got to visit almost all of the places you mentioned. She always preferred the non-commercial sites like Berlin. You have certainly brought back some very good memories, thank you!
 Oakland, CA USA

Great Site Mark. I Found Your Trip Reports Very Helpful. Utah & Arizona For Us Next Year.
 Cannock, Staffs England

Looking for sites for rocks pictures of old Nevada, thanks for the tour.
 San Bernardino, Ca USA

Mark, thanks again for saving our late rising ass'es, hope you will consider doing the same this year!!
 Black Rock, NV Earth

THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE GREAT INFO ON ALL OF THESE POINTS OF INTEREST IN AND AROUND VEGAS! My wife and I always visit at least 2 or 3 places of interest. This year we plan on Valley of Fire, Death Valley & Ghost town, Mt.Charleston, and some of the areas of Lake Mead up near Valley Of Fire. You had info on all of these! Thanks again.Bob & Izzy

great web site
 Grand forks, ND USA –

Great Site! I stumbled here after reading the Soiree report from Matt & Stinky, then spending some time at CheapoVegas and Big Empire. I'm a long-time Vegas visitor, but I'm planning my first side-trip to the Grand Canyon when I head that way next week. Your site was very helpful.John
 Opelika, AL USA

Mark,Heading to Vegas in less than 24 hours. Hope to hit Death Valley and really enjoyed your reports on DV and Zion. Been to Zion and it was spectacular. Wish I had met the gent who goaded you into the wet foot hike in the Virgin River. I turned back, but I know I'll go there soon. Great photos, nice composure and color. Do you shoot digital or film? What equiptment do you use ? It seems that the person holding the camera is the most important part of good photos. Best of Luck,Bill
 Cranford, NJ USA

From the newsgroup

Thought it might be interesting to pick an AVLV Poster of the year. Someone who posted interesting Vegas related information on a regular basis. 12/12/03  5:48 AM

 No question. Commander Mark. 12/12/03  7:18AM

"Commander Mark is so far ahead of every other  poster, it isn't even  close!" 12/16/03

I LOVE CmdrMark trip reports! 9/12/00 8:45AM

Here's a guy who knows how to see the southwest and is an excellent writer -  check it out for fascinating trip reports Sep 19 2004, 5:32 PM

CmdrMark hits a home run-as usual!  We use his TR's for ideas of places to  go while in the area.  The above suggestions are excellent.  (Mark-you should consider publishing your Trip Reports!) Nov 21 2003, 10:05 AM   is a wonderful site.  Cmdr Mark has links to everything  from bordellos and brothels to trip reports about Oatman and Rte 66.  Must  reading for anyone who wants to see more than just the bright lights of The Strip. Nov 7 2004, 7:20 AM

One thing you may want to do is search this newsgroups for trip  reports from "CmdrMark". Mar 11 2004, 6:11 AM

Man, that's one hell of a website you've got there! Especially for us Nevada  fanatics! Nov 9 2004, 10:32 pm

Fascinating stuff. Your trip reports, as always, represent the pinnacle of  AVLV.  Well done, Cmdr.Sep 12 2003, 7:42 PM

Nice! Very Nice, and well-written TR! Thanks for sharing! Sep 21 2003, 2:27 PM

Wonderful, wonderful, as usual.  Thanks for spending  the time to write such detailed reports every year. Sep 21 2003, 4:21 PM

Thanks for taking the time to share your vacation with us. I can't wait  until next year. Sep 21 2003, 9:16 PM

I enjoyed every episode. Thanks for taking the time to share these reports with us. Sep 22 2003, 5:11 PM

Thank you seems so shallow! But thank you for all the time you spent  writing. I received great pleasure in following your trip reports. Sep 22 2003, 5:11 PM

As usual, an excellent trip report (and I don't care if it was OT). You have a great knack for making everything sound so interesting. I have added Amsterdam to my list of places to visit, when and if I get to Europe.Sat, 06 Jan 2001 09:30:18

This was your best trip report yet.  Thanks. Jan 6 2001, 1:32 PM

And in the Press:

...we finally chanced upon a piece of rebar sticking up through the grass. A laminated sign at its base indicated that we had found the original geographic the 1962 version). Apparently, a geocache enthusiast known as CmdrMark (he has a great web site, made the same search for the center of Nevada in August 2003. After successfully finding the 1962 and 2003 USGS sites, he marked both with the rebar and signs - The Backyard Traveler writing for the Nevada Appeal (Carson City), Gardnerville Record-Courier and the Lahontan Valley News (Fallon)

And even on television!

One of my travels makes a cameo appearance on a
segment of the PBS Wild Nevada TV show as they travel through Monitor and Big Smoky Valleys in central Nevada.

And the ULTIMATE compliment!

They say you've "made it" when another likes your material so much,
they take the time to parody it. Thanks to Blockisla for both the kind words [with affection and gratitude for Cmdrmark for the best trip reporting AVLV has seen. September 19, 2003 9:18 AM and on October 22, 2005 5:37 PM!] regarding my trip reports but moreso for taking the time to create an uproariously funny parody! Block's work may be found here.