On our way out of town, we made time to swing by the Hoover Dam, so we could check it out from the ground. I found the tour a bit ho-hum (we only did the standard tour, not the $30 one that features the modern art and takes you through large parts of the dam), […]
Thursday was a long, fun day. It started at 4 AM, waking up way, way too early to meet our transportation to the Boulder City airport, just outside of Las Vegas, to take a helicopter trip into the Grand Canyon. We signed up with Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters to take a ride into the Canyon, […]
We mostly took it easy today, as we know all too well that directed, purposeful action in Las Vegas turns the city into a vacuum cleaner for your money. Since we were last here in early-2006, malls (well, shopping in general) has exploded on the Strip, so we checked out the newer places (like M), […]
108 degrees in the shade. But it’s a dry heat… 🙂
For almost two weeks, Kath and I have enjoyed a respite from the crushing heat affecting most of the country. By staying so far north that the sun didn’t set before 11 PM and usually above 6000 feet, we only felt the nation’s pain through dispatches on the TV news while wearing long sleeves and […]
Ever since first hearing about the Spiral Jetty, I wanted to visit it. To those that haven’t heard of it before, the Spiral Jetty is a large, outdoor art construction in the middle of nowhere, a spiral made of boulders that stretches into the Great Salt Lake. Sometimes it’s visible; other times, it’s not. We […]
We spent most of the day in the Grand Tetons National Park, hiking around picturesque Jenny Lake, taking in waterfall after waterfall, amazed at our fortune for such perfect weather. Kath’s dad, Larry Lambert, turned us on to an amazing landslide area opposite of the Tetons Range, on the Wyoming side, called Gros Ventre. In […]
The northern area of Yellowstone proved to be my favorite part, particularly the region around Canyon and the twisty drive to Mammoth Springs. We saw several bears along the way, including a few grizzlies and a black bear so close we could almost reach out of the car and pet it. All of these bears […]
Even after understanding the geophysical properties that create geysers, I still don’t understand how the ground doesn’t blow up around them. Being in the caldera of a super-volcano is pretty cool.
Being in Yellowstone has left me feeling pretty stoned – in two senses of the word. On one hand, the physical beauty of the place leaves one stunned at times. The light and the colors, particularly at the end of the day, causes the effect of deserted cars and trucks on the side of the […]
We had a long driving day to get from Missoula to Island Park, Idaho, our basecamp for exploring Yellowstone. Since it was going to take a long time, whatever route we chose, we elected to make a little detour and come in the Gardiner gate into north Yellowstone and exit through the west gate, taking […]
We spent our 13th anniversary in Missoula on our way down to Yellowstone. Finding an affordable hotel turned out to be a challenge, but Kath rose to the occasion and located just the perfect place at the end of a long driving day, which included taking the rough inside road out of Polebridge back to […]
We explored a good section of the largely-deserted northwest Glacier National Park. Bowman Lake illustrated the serenity possible in Glacier, with mirrored waters reflecting a backdrop of snow-fringed peaks and hillsides carpeted with trees. While in Polebridge, we stayed in a tepee two nights, which proved to be more fun than it sounds. If only […]
Traveling from east to west across Glacier NP met our expectations, with soaring views, cool breezes, walks across meadows still filled with snow, and traffic. Lots and lots of traffic. But enough about the Going to the Sun Road. That has been written about and photographed extensively. I want to talk about where we are […]
We spent part of the day exploring the region around Two Medicine, which is in the southeastern section of Glacier National Park. The drive down 49 to the entrance to Two Medicine was one of best of the trip thus far, with barricade-less switchback turns overlooking a 1500-foot cliff with spectacular views. The centerpiece at […]
Kath and I drove north from St. Mary’s to the Waterton Lakes area in the Canadian side of the park, which is in a gorgeous setting, with a clear, off-blue lake beside a jewel of a town surrounded by snow-capped peaks. The quote of the day from the Canadian customs official, who said: “So, how […]
We pulled into the KOA on the east side of Glacier National Park about 11 last night, after over 15 hours on the road from Rapid City. Along the way, we stopped off at Devil’s Tower in Wyoming (bad weather; couldn’t really see it) and at the Little Bighorn Battlefield; interesting and definitely worth it). […]
After catching up on some sleep this morning, we took the back roads up to Sturgis from Rapid City, ahead of the many thousands of bikers that will take over the place a few weeks from now. Frankly, you might think that the rally was going on now, given the sheer number of bikes in […]
Fireworks viewed off of the top of a downtown parking garage. We thought that would be the best place to enjoy the celebration, and apparently half of the town had the same idea.
After a day-and-a-half of traveling, kath and I have made it to the Badlands. A fascinating, quiet, dry place, the Badlands exist due to an ancient shallow sea and a lack of modern precipitation. We are heading into Montana soon, trekking up to Glacier NP and then on to Yellowstone and points south.