The Grand Valley

October 15 – 23, 2020. We headed south after our visit to Dinosaur National Monument. The cold was catching up with us once again and we had a list of things to do. Grocery shopping, laundry, blog posts to write, and more fossils to hunt down. I knew from social media that there were some …read more

Dinosaur National Monument

October 6 – 10, 2020 After three years we were in the right part of the country with the right weather and finally got our chance to visit Dinosaur National Monument. Actually, I had already visited the monument some 32 years ago. I remembered a huge wall of Dinosaur fossils but not much else. So …read more

Fossils!

October 3 – 4, 2020. We were on our way to look at some fossils in Utah and Colorado but then after consulting the map we realized there were lots of fossils along the way. We decided to make it a fossil journey stopping also at sites in South Dakota and Nebraska. The Mammoth Site …read more

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 marked it with a little star on my map just in case we ever got …read more

Freezout Lake WMA

August 16 – 21, 2020. After our trip to Glacier National Park, we were once again looking for a place where we could just relax and pursue our newest hobby, stalking birds. Along our path to our next provisioning stop in Great Falls, I found Freezout Lake. Freezout Lake is a Montana Wildlife Management area …read more

Stuff in between National Parks

August 1 – 6, 2020. Often times after big events like visiting major National Parks we need to do something a bit more relaxing like kayaking and looking for birds. Actually, we are always looking for birds and other wildlife but it is nice to take time out to dedicate to just doing that. So …read more

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 a vacation to Yellowstone National Park, the country’s first national park and a UNESCO World …read more

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 near mountains before and in Tucson, the city ran right up to their ascent. As …read more

Wandering Around

July 1, July 10-14, 2020. Right now this very minute a breeze blows through Ballena Blanca as I sit here writing. Greg is sitting outside playing the guitar. Life is lazy. We have spent a week camping out in the Freezout Lake Wildlife Management Area where we have had the best internet connection since we’ve …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