July 17, 2017
I’ve been to Yellowstone six times. All in the last five years. When I think about what it is that attracts us, it’s obvious. When Leslie and I talk about going out West, Yellowstone is just assumed part of the trip. But Yellowstone is bigger than the National Park. It always includes everything around it, Jackson Hole, The Tetons, The Rivers, Bridger/Teton And Targhee National Forests, etc. Luckily, there is already a term for what I am trying to say: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
So technically we were in Yellowstone NP only four days, we’ve been in the Ecosystem for three weeks. This last week, we have been on the backside of the Tetons, in Idaho.
If you are interested here is a good NPS link. Read it quick, while it still mentions things like Climate Change, Air and Water Quality and Protecting Wildlife.
2017 Ecosystem Photos
June 1, 2017
After 3 hard days of driving from Nashville we needed to stay put. We are in Taos, NM. I don’t think we can call this camping. We are staying for 10 nights at an RV Park in town. This stay is a repeat from last year. But I really like this area and am forcing Leslie and Rex to like it also.
This is different for us. We are used to moving every 3 or 4 days and being in the thick of nature. Now it is road trips to the surrounding sights and easy food foraging.
Yesterday, we visited Ted Turner on his Vemejo Park Ranch (well maybe we only drove across a small part of the over 500,000 acres and never saw Ted or another vehicle). I only hope he can protect it from the fate I fear for our beautiful Federal lands out West. We saw elk, pronghorn, dear, bison and a large black bear.
May 5, 2017
Excited to be back in the Airstream. During our first three weeks we have decided to stay East. We will be poking around in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina.
Our first stop is the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (BSF). This is exciting for me. This is the beautiful area I used to come with my friends from TSRA, white water paddling. Fond memories of swimming and being rescued in many a rapid here on the Cumberland Plateau (pronounced plataw if you are from around here). Unfortunately we are off to a very rainy start with more on the way. When I was paddling we loved the weekday rains that created the weekend high water. Not so much now. But what better way to get acclimated to our 100 SF home.
I know, you are saying this is his first post in 6 months, and already he is talking about the weather. Yep. It is our guiding force out here on the road.
Probably right before a swim and rescue.😊
September 19, 2016
Today is a “down day”. I’m not referring to my mood, just describing some of the more mundane aspects of our traveling. On a down day we do laundry, shower, grocery shopping and maybe minor Airstream maintenance. Today we are in a RV Park outside of Zion NP. It’s a good day for a down day. Temps are high and we have full utilities including A/C and cable TV which means Monday Night Football. We also have good wifi which is rare in our travels.
Since we have wifi I thought I would post a video I made in June describing our camp choices.
Some Boondocking sites this Summer.
Tomorrow we travel from Zion to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
August 26, 2016
I was going to write this post about how I liked the woods and Leslie likes the beach. And of course the woods are better, blah, blah, blah. Now we are not talking about just any woods here, I’m talking about the beautiful, coastal Redwoods of Northern California.
We have come down the coast from central Oregon and are now in California. If you look at the map tab on the blog, you will see about five stops along the “beach” in Oregon. Leslie calls it the Sea. I think most say the Ocean or “the Coast”. The coast is good if you like cool, foggy weather, scenic views, walking with your dog in the sand, collecting rocks and other debris, sunsets and stuff like that.
Now the Redwoods…nothing like them anywhere. Walking through a redwood forest is a religious experience. The calm, quiet, majesty of nature.
It’s a good thing we don’t have to compare which is best cause we have both.
July 4, 2016
On my way back from the toilet this morning I saw a Bald Eagle. Very majestic. Maybe you get to see them in other places, but I got to see mine today in Yellowstone. Very fitting on the 4th.
We have been in The Grand Tetons and now Yellowstone for over a week. When we decided to be in “The Parks” on the holiday it sounded crazy, we hate crowds, but it’s worked out great. You wanna get away just take a walk and you will have wilderness to yourselves.
Then there is my favorite fisherman’s adage “if your not catching fish, just look up”.