Traversing the Rockies

May 17, 2017 | 30

May 10, Wednesday It’s rained a rather considerable amount the last two days here near Moab, UT. This morning, camp is mud. The ground on Klondike Bluffs road is clay, and it turns into a gooey mess when wet. Soon it feels like I’m walking on platform shoes because of all the mud stuck to…

Entering Colorado

August 16, 2016 | 38

August 14, Sunday It’s been a quiet, pleasant three nights at the Foote Access Area along the Platte River just north of Saratoga, WY. Mature cottonwood trees provide ample shade and a safe haven for all manner of critters. Twice I catch deer walking through camp, nibbling at grass still green beneath the leafy boughs.…

Southbound

August 12, 2016 | 41

August 9, Tuesday My time at the employee campground at Old Faithful is up. It’s time to leave Yellowstone and head on to new adventures. Bertha chugs over Craig Pass and down the other side, crossing the continental divide three times on the way to Grand Teton National Park. Sunday’s storms are well gone and…

The Queen’s Laundry Hike

August 9, 2016 | 27

In real time, I left Yellowstone today (Tuesday the 9th), but there’s still one thing I wanted to write about from my time there, a hike I did that was new to me. * * * July 31, Sunday Haze shrouds the mountains in Yellowstone today as I pull onto Fountain Flat Drive, a short…

Tips for Visiting Yellowstone National Park

August 5, 2016 | 21

On the 1st I moved camp from Island Park, ID into Yellowstone National Park for a family reunion with my parents and brother – the first family vacation we’ve had together since I was in high school. We’ve been having a good time, but since we’re visiting areas of the park I already talked extensively…

Hello Yellow

August 1, 2016 | 32

July 27, Wednesday Today I drive into Yellowstone National Park to meet up with a friend from Amazon and Quartzsite. It’s a bit of a drive from Island Park, ID where I’m currently boondocking. I’ll be camping in Yellowstone from August 1st until the 6th for a family reunion, but as I’ll be busy with…

The Long Way Around

October 5, 2015 | 38

Thursday, October 1 I’m about 90% sure I see a wolf when driving to my morning truck appointment in West Yellowstone. The air is cool, traffic is almost non-existant, and puddles grace the pavement from last night’s rain. Around a curve a light colored shape is trotting along the shoulder towards me on the other…

Not The End of the World

September 21, 2015 | 40

Friday, September 18 It’s been a wet few days. The rain starts before sunrise on Tuesday and we have a good day at the store, everyone is hanging out indoors shopping instead of walking the basin. Not the best sight-seeing weather, but at least this will help the fires. When I wake up for work…

Photo: Objects In Mirror

September 18, 2015 | 14

  Had a pretty major issue crop up today that kept me from being able to finish a regular post, so today is a picture day instead. Rest assured that I am fine, just lacking time. I took this today on my drive through the Tetons. Of all the things that could be closer than they…

Off Trail Finale

September 15, 2015 | 58

Friday, September 11 My coworkers all decided today was the day to do Tomato Soup, so I eagerly tag along with. This isn’t a hike a person can easily try themselves unless they’re with someone who’s done it before because it’s entirely off trail, there is no worn path or markers to follow. In Yellowstone…

RV Tires and More Yellowstone

September 12, 2015 | 26

Friday, September 4 Did I mention that after that big 10.8 mile hike I did yesterday that I couldn’t rest when I got home? Instead, I dumped tanks, stowed away all loose items in Cas, and hitched up so I could depart early this morning. No, not for a weekend getaway or anything exciting like…

Twenty Miles

September 4, 2015 | 41

In the last week, I have added a whopping twenty miles to my hiking total for this season. For newcomers to IO, Yellowstone National Park puts on this little competition called the 100 mile Hiking Club. Employees have the summer season to hike 100 miles within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (includes the national forests and…

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