Category: National Park Service

Theodore Roosevelt National Park

September 18 – 23, 2020. I had never heard about Theodore Roosevelt National Park until this past winter. We were in Southern California at the time and North Dakota where the park is located seemed so far away. Never-the-less I…

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Yellowstone National Park

July 4 & July 22 – July 30, 2020. One thing I found rather curious about Yellowstone National Park is how many people I saw fishing. I imagine someone’s significant other coming home and saying, “Honey I just booked us…

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Grand Teton & Glacier National Parks

July 20 – 21 & August 7 – 13, 2020 Mountains. They are all over out west. When I first moved to Tucson, AZ from the Midwest some 30 years ago I was awed by the mountains. I’d never lived…

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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. ūüėĀ…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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