I love hiking, biking, travelling, and semi-adventures — the kind where I might be uncomfortable for a while, but am not likely to lose my life.

I also love to dig around in historic archives, and have another blog that I started just so that I’d have a reason to write about the stuff I discover.  I think it’s pretty interesting, and you might, too.  It’s called The History Trail.

About the quote on my Home page:  Walkin’ Jim Stoltz was a singer, writer, long-distance hiker and activist who died before his time in 2010.  He was an amazing man.

40 Responses to About

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the elephant tale! Happy travelling!

  2. wanative says:

    Nice site! I look forward to updates.

  3. Fantastic photos! Haven’t been there since I was six! Thanks for tghe memories!

  4. what a great life you two have…..i class myself a kind of a traveller….mostly the armachair type these days, im afraid…reason? lack of funds! however, have been able to see most of the USA, from the east coast to the west….just wished i had more money to check out more of the middle parts!! good luck to you and a great set of pics!

  5. Huffygirl says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog and becoming a follower. I look forward to seeing your comments and suggestions.

    Looks like you have had some great adventures and some great photos here. Good luck with your blog.

  6. Deb says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog . . . I loved looking through your photos.

  7. Thanks for the like! I love you site. 🙂

  8. Bill Cook says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog. As a fellow Montana, it’s good to cross paths. Cheers.

  9. OurBoler says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, with that I have passed on the Mrs. Sparkly’s Ten Commandments Award. http://www.ourboler.com/blogging-award-nomination/

  10. Hi! I really love your blog and I nominated your blog for a blogging award, the Blogger Award for Unusual Excellence. You can check it out at: http://ramonaflightner.wordpress.com

  11. jee scapes says:

    Thanks for swinging by Jeescapes.
    I’ve enjoyed reading through your posts. I especially enjoyed your writing about Lewis and Clark Pass!
    Have a great winter solstice.

  12. Snakehair says:

    I’m giving you a follow because of that comment you left on that Mormon blog on Freshly Pressed. I was starting to think this website was taken over by Christians… Love your nature vibe. keep it up 🙂

  13. johndburns says:


    Thanks for following my blog on WordPress, I’m really glad you like it. It’s always nice to get some encouragement.



  14. What a lovely back yard you have to roam around in and shoot wildlife. Really enjoyed looking at your blog.
    Greetings from north of the Arctic Circle.

  15. We’re glad you stopped by our blog, otherwise we might never have found yours. Have browsed through some of your amazing pictures of spectacular mountains, canyons and birds. We especially loved the ones with the “fighting” eagles. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  16. Patricia Nell Warren says:

    Hello there — I’m the co-administrator of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Foundation page on Facebook. I’m also on the Foundation board. We support the preservation of the Grant-Kohrs Ranch Natl Historic Site and the town of Deer Lodge and surrounding areas, including their natural beauties. I found your beautiful pictures of Deer Lodge MT and environs, and wonder if we could have permission to repost some of them on our FB page. We’re careful about credits — how would you like them credited if you’re agreeable? Thanks, Patricia Warren,

  17. casualeric says:

    Thanks for the great reads on a snail-slow work day! I will be visiting again soon!

  18. I just want to say I so enjoy your blog and appreciate all the support you have shown me this year! That is why I nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. You can view your nomination at http://aheartofadventure.com/2013/12/30/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/ Have a wonderful and adventurous new year!

  19. hazelzs says:

    Glad I stumbled upon your blog! Beautiful photos and adventures. I saw Walkin’ Jim Stoltz perform at home in Maine just a few months before he died–a remarkable guy indeed!

    • westerner54 says:

      That’s so cool. I think you may be the first visitor to this blog to actually notice the part about Jim – and even better that you got to see him. That makes my day.

  20. Jeff Katzer says:

    Wow, by the looks of your blog and your interests, I think we my have been twins separated at birth. Thanks for visiting my Adventure Journal page.

  21. Hi there!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    You have a great blog with wonderful photographs. “See” you again soon.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

  22. Sanu says:

    Thank you for posting great nature articles. Just want to let you know I enjoyed going through the blog. Very beautiful pictures from Rock Lakes, Montana!

  23. gpcox says:

    Pleasure to meet you.

  24. Lark says:

    I came across your photos of a 5-stamp mill at Belmont, Montana at your other blog, The History Trail. I’m currently researching Belmont for my blog, An Upbuilding Life, because my great great grandfather, John H. Rumping (according to my great grandmother’s journal), helped build and was the first engineer on a 5-stamp mill at Belmont in the 1878/1879 time frame. I was very excited to find your photos and the accompanying story – and I’m hoping you think your “5-stamp mill” is the same one my great grandmother, Mary (Rumping) Schenk, referenced in her journal. If so, would you allow me to use several of your mill photos in a blog post I’m working on regarding the mill? I would, of course, attribute the photos to you. I was born in Great Falls and both my parents were raised in Helena, so I visit family there quite often. But I rarely get a chance to visit the Marysville area. Thanks so much for considering my request. I have very much enjoyed looking at your blogs and look forward to hearing from you!

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