Local Color: Rocking in Utah and Idaho

I took two road trips in the 2016 spring season before withdrawing to the Boise scene, avoiding the summer crowds in the parks and wilderness areas. The two road trips were very different, but both were satisfying in their own way. On Saturday, April 23, I drove from Boise to Moab, Utah, intending to grab … More Local Color: Rocking in Utah and Idaho

The Southwest: Giants, Hoodoos, Alien Eggs, Flying Dinosaurs, etc.

The last leg of this journey included parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.  The name Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument sounded pretty interesting and I’d always wanted to photograph the giant saguaro cactus and whatever wildlife I could find nearby.  I drove south from Phoenix and arrived at about 3:30 PM, in time to find a … More The Southwest: Giants, Hoodoos, Alien Eggs, Flying Dinosaurs, etc.

Pacific Northwest

“All it does around here is rain.  Rain, rain, rain.” — A local Starbucks patron overheard in Crescent City, CA. “Rain.” — National Park Service Ranger at the Redwoods National Park Information Center in Crescent City, when asked about the forecast.  He was clearly on autopilot, knowing the answer would be right sooner rather than … More Pacific Northwest

Yellowstone to Glacier

Sept. 28, 2015: Beartooth Pass to Glacier via Mammoth Hot Springs. For the first time I slept with the roof down, using my self-made single bed platform, which was plenty comfortable. I thought it was prudent considering the signs around Beartooth Highway campsites that say, “Grizzlies may use this area.” The Yellowstone park map also … More Yellowstone to Glacier

Tetons to Yellowstone

Sept. 26, 2015: Boise to Teton National Park. First, I notice the extra weight on the roof (new solar panel) raises the center of gravity and somewhat affects cornering on mountain roads, but it’s not much harder to pop up the roof. The new pressurized struts handle the thirty extra pounds up there quite well. … More Tetons to Yellowstone

Sawtooths Revisited

Sept. 21, 2015:  Twelve days after our previous visit (me, Frank and Clair) I served again as a tour host to the Sawtooth Mountains, this time with John, who drove to Boise from Durango, CO, on his vacation.  We headed for Wild Horse Campground, since I found it on a good map this time.  We … More Sawtooths Revisited

Sampling the Sawtooths

Sept. 7, 2015: We left Boise for our first Idaho camping trip together, bound for primitive Wildhorse Campground on the southeastern edge of the newly designated wilderness of Boulder-White Clouds (B-WhiteClouds).  As we had planned for Labor Day, we saw many RVs coming towards us, whereas none were going our direction, so we were optimistic we’d … More Sampling the Sawtooths