Welcome to the Desert Southwest!

   We were long-time South Carolina residents until late 2011, when we moved to the Desert Southwest in El Paso, TX. Since then, we've had a ball exploring all things desert in Richard's big ass Jeep! This site is all about our adventures, our interests, and our fun. Though we come from very different backgrounds, we've found lots of commonalities. As for our differences-----some make us stronger, and some just serve to frustrate! But it's a good sign when you both agree that a wedding by Elvis is the perfect way to start out married life!

   Richard Ondrovic grew up in New York City and graduated from Brooklyn College with a BS in Computer Science.  He's a software engineer, as well as a photographer and filmmaker. He keeps busy these days working on multiple technology-related projects (and, of course, exploring in that big ass Jeep).


   Lisa Varner was born in Florida, grew up in the Midwest, and has lived in the South since age 18. She graduated from Auburn Univerity, LSU, The University of Tennessee, and Virginia Tech University and has doctoral degrees in Nutrition Science and Clinical Psychology. She loves to cook, bake and travel (and eat)! She also loves serving as passenger in Richard's big ass Jeep!

   This site will lead you to all sorts of fun things, including our Las Vegas Elvis wedding, our restaurant blog, and Richard's great photos of nature and travels. We hope you enjoy seeing what we see as we explore the Desert Southwest (in - no surprise here -  Richard's big ass Jeep).