Category Archives: Travel

Blog Neglect, Whale Fever and Just Plain Laziness: the Consequences of Three Weeks in Paradise

Here are a couple of things you might not know: Hawaii is beautiful. Hawaii is one wonderful place to spend three weeks in the middle of winter. Oh, you knew that already? Of course you did. Hawaii, of course, is not … 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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What’s The Best Campsite in Natural Bridges National Monument?

I know this has been a burning question for thousands of you out there. Well, fret no more.  I have the answer. Campsite Number 4. Here it is: The best part?  The view! There are only 13 sites at Natural Bridges, … Continue reading

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Back to My Childhood: Camping in the National Parks

When I was a kid in the 60’s, my favorite time of year was the two weeks when we took our family vacation.  The five of us (or seven if Grandma and Grandpa came) piled into the Dodge station wagon: … Continue reading

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An Hour Out My Back Door to the Top of the World

I just love that we can leave our house in the middle of downtown Helena, drive an easy hour into the mountains northwest of town and arrive here, at this beautiful meadow below Granite Butte.    It’s a gorgeous drive, too. Granite … Continue reading

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Does This Bear Spray Make Me Look Fat? Accessorizing for Glacier.

I bought a new canister of bear spray this year, since my old one was one we’d found along the trail a few years ago, and I really wasn’t at all sure that it would really work when I needed it.  … 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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