Shorebirds in Idaho

June 19 – 20, 2020. It was a little disappointing that we didn’t get to kayak on the Snake River. When we were at Swan Falls the weather turned bad on the days we had lined up for kayaking and at Celebration Park, north of the Swan Falls dam, the current ran too fast for …read more

Snake River Birds of Prey

June 11 – 18, 2020. I’m not sure exactly how the idea to visit Idaho popped into my head. It must have been some #vanlife Instagram image or perhaps a photograph of some picturesque Idaho campsite from the Campendium newsletter. Whatever it was, up until that point I had never thought of Idaho as a …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 2

This is part 2 of our The Desert Around Ajo post. See part 1 here. April 20 – April 26, 2020. I was looking forward to visiting the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, even though it wasn’t going to be too much different from the 4 days we had just spent camping on BLM land …read more

The Desert Around Ajo Part 1

April 16 – April 20. It was around 3 years ago when we were driving from Gila Bend south to visit Organ Pipe National Monument. The terrain was flat scraggly fields with a few creosote bushes here and there and mountains lining the horizon in the distance. And then suddenly all that disappeared. Flanking the …read more

Madera Canyon

April 7 – 15, 2020. We spent a week at Las Cienegas and had gone down almost every road, wash, trail, and cow path within walking distance from two different camping spots. We could have found another campsite and explored even more but we were ready to move on. But besides just the normal restlessness …read more

Las Cienegas

April 1 – 6, 2020. Our plan for a two-week quarantine failed. Although we thought about it several times before we left Tucson, in our hurry to go we forgot to check our propane tank. And then while we were out in the Buenos Aires NWR we cooked 3 van pizzas on the stove, unbeknownst …read more