Traveling with Scamper Squad

A dramatization of a text message: Scamper Squad – Thx for making the camping reservation. FYI we call ourselves the Scamper Squad complete with an official pose. If you don’t have a name and pose yet, better get cracking. 😁 Greg & Duwan – I don’t know what a pose is. Is it like a …read more

The Battle of Greasy Grass

July 10, 2020. The two Cheyenne women, relatives of Moh-na-se-tah, said that Custer should have listened better to Medicine Arrows. The Cheyenne considered Moh-na-se-tah to be Custer’s wife. She was the daughter of chief Little Rock until the battle (arguably a massacre) at Washita in the Oklahoma territory eight years before. Her parents had been …read more

Volcanic Idaho

June 26 – July 2, 2020. Yellowstone has stayed put, but Idaho is on the go. It has taken 15 million years, but southern Idaho, which is part of the North American Tectonic Plate, has moved westward over the volcanic hotspot we now call Yellowstone. This movement has left a 70-mile break in the normal …read more

Time Travel Along the Snake River

It was summer, 1849. When we left Independence, Missouri months earlier our wagon was loaded with 2495 pounds of gear and supplies including five barrels of flour, 600 lbs of bacon, 100 lbs of coffee, three rifles, and three pistols. We were a bit lighter now, having covered over half of the more than 2000 …read more

Dunes and Fossils

June 21 – June 24, 2020. We didn’t expect to find shorebirds in Idaho, we didn’t expect to find an amazing canyon with such amazing scenery in Idaho, and we didn’t expect to find the tallest sand dune in North America in Idaho. And we had no idea we’d find all of this in one …read more

Glacier in a Basin

June 2 – June 5, 2020. John C. Fremont called it the “Great Basin” in 1844. His father-in-law, Missouri Senator Thomas Benton, had gotten him the job. In May 1843 Fremont led a party of 39 men west on the Oregon Trail. Reaching what is now Nevada, they turned south to explore and map. They …read more

Bryce Canyon National Park

May 27 – June 2, 2020. Bryce Canyon National Park is full of interesting birds, beautiful flowers, adorable critters, and oh yeah – lotsa amazing rocks! Although we have been to Utah many times we had never visited Bryce since the park is at such a high elevation it has alway been cold in the …read more

Rush to the Southwest

February 2 – 16, 2020. We are so lucky. We have a nine-pack of toilet paper. I have bought TP twice this year. I know because I keep meticulous track of everything we buy. If my numbers are correct, we use anywhere from a roll to a roll and a half of TP each week …read more

Birds & Wildlife on the Coast of Texas

January 5 – 23, 2020. I believe I have mentioned before that Greg has decided to become a birder. We did a little birder intro talk/walk when we were at Davis Bayou in Mississippi this past December. Later that month we bought some binoculars. And ever since we have been looking for birds where ever …read more

Free Camping on the Gulf Coast

January 1 – 23, 2020. Sometime this past summer I found out that you could camp on the National Seashore beach at Padre Island in Texas for free for 14 days (*free if you have an America the Beautiful pass or for the cost of the entry fee to the park if you don’t). We …read more