Category Archives: Adventure

Slough Creek Sonata: The Yellowstone Wolves’ Choir

Slough Creek, Yellowstone National Park, January 17, 2014 We’re standing on a ridge overlooking the valley, scoping the hillsides and hoping to see a wolf.    The day is sunny and calm, and not too cold, so we’re just pleased to be … Continue reading

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I Resolve

to be more like the wonderful human being who posted this warning at a local trailhead: Happy New Year everyone!

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Silence and Solitude Once Again: December in Yellowstone

Mammoth Campground, Yellowstone National Park.  December, 2013.  Once again we’re all alone for two cold nights in Mammoth Campground.   Yellowstone in winter – especially before the Mammoth Hotel is open – can be harsh and cold, but there’s a stark beauty that’s worth a … Continue reading

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Government Trail to the Big Man Pictographs: Grand Gulch, Utah

It’s about a 10 mile roundtrip hike across Cedar Mesa, down into Grand Gulch, and up the gulch to the spectacular Big Man Pictographs.  We’ve done it as a day trip, but it’s worth spending as much time as you … Continue reading

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Moon House Ruins, Cedar Mesa, Utah

Just being out in nature is usually motivation enough to get me out on a hike, so I know I’d be willing to traipse around the canyons of southeastern Utah even if there weren’t cool ruins and rock art to be … Continue reading

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Citizen Scientist-ing in the Anaconda Pintler Wilderness

I’m a citizen. I’m not a scientist. But – after three days in the wilderness with the Wilderness Institute – I am an official Citizen Scientist.  And I’ve got the badge to prove it.* *Not really.  Didn’t get no stinkin’ badge. … Continue reading

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Yellowstone: The Usual Suspects and a Surprise or Two

This fellow is one of the usual suspects: his name is Scarface, and I’ve seen him before in Yellowstone. He’s over twenty years old, with a mangled right ear, and..yes..a scarred face from too many run-ins with other grizzlies. I’ve … Continue reading

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Solitude in Zion: Not on Angel’s Landing

The National Parks are certainly not lax about warning the public about the dangers that we will encounter within their borders – even cactus! – and Zion is no exception.  Warnings about falling from cliffs seem to pop up every … Continue reading

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Winter in Yellowstone Part II: Make Sure to Look Behind You

There are two reasons to stay alert and remember to check your blind side when you’re out and about in Yellowstone: 1) there could be something alarming behind you, and 2) you might be missing something pretty nifty going on if … Continue reading

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The Time I Didn’t Fall into the Canyon

I don’t think you’d call me a cavalier, “throw caution to the wind” type of person, especially when I’m heading out into the backcountry.  I doublecheck lists, check the weather, and seek out all the information I can find about … Continue reading

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