Autumn 2017

Looking out over the San Andreas Fault, Indio Hills and Little San Bernardino Mountains from Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park, California (2017)

Autumn has historically been one of the best times of year to travel. The crowds of summer have dwindled and children are back in school. But the fall colors are still there. The crisp bite in the air is still tasted. The smells of damp, downed foliage permeates fresh morning air and autumn light is second to none. Skies come alive as storm systems materialize around the fringes of the seasons. Rates in hotels drop significantly the last week of October and first week of November. Gas prices are usually down. Campgrounds are largely still open and far less crowded. In the quiet absence of crowds, one is free to – if only for a short time – experience a little peace, a little solitude, a little quiet joy.

Beach One-Klaloch

Shore Pine, Beach One, Olympic National Park, Washington (2017)

The last day in Forks was spent around Klaloch’s Beach One. After checking out of the Town Motel I headed south on the 101 for one last look at the coast. I was to head inland later this day and though I’d still see the water – it wouldn’t be the coast of the North […]

OLYMPIC 2017

Liberty Bell Peak and Washington Pass, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Washington (2017)

For many years I’ve had a fascination with the Pacific Northwest, and more specifically, Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. One early memory comes from a American Wilderness TIME-LIFE series book given to me one Christmas about the Cascades. I was a young teenager in the midwest only able to dream of far away places at the […]

Fires

The U.S. Coast Guard closed the Columbia River on Tuesday evening through the night to all marine traffic for 20 miles. The agency decided the falling hot ash and firefighting aircraft landings made conditions unsafe on the river between Reed Island just before Corbett and Bonneville Dam to the east.

This map contains live feed sources for US wildfire reports (I-209), perimeters, MODIS hot spots, wildfire conditions / red flag warnings, wildfire potential and weather radar. Each of these layers provides insight into where a fire is located, its intensity and the surrounding areas susceptibility to wildfire. As air quality in Colorado worsens by the […]

Back to Olympic

After much hemming and hawing, head scratching and pontificating it looks like it’s been decided. Back to the Olympic Peninsula the last week of September, 2017. This page has been established to – more than anything else – save the map I created in Google Maps. I couldn’t figure out how to preserve the route […]

Covering Country: 4042N, Year 8

Wind River Mountains, c.1990

I realized something of great importance this past Saturday while traveling Iron Mountain Road in Wyoming: I love Wyoming. I love it the way you love something you didn’t realize you loved at first. The way some things kinda sneak up on you when you’re not looking then bam – there they are and you wonder […]

Boulder, Colorado

Winter light against Boulder, Colorado's Flatirons.

Often times when you head out for the day along Colorado’s Front Range you simply don’t know what the day holds. That’s one of the reasons it’s such fun: that unexpected surprise emerging when you think you’re looking for one thing – and another takes you completely off guard. Such was the case on this […]

Dark Skies in New Mexico

A moonless October night proved an excellent opportunity to view the Milky Way above New Mexico's remote Bisti Wilderness.

Looks like I’m going to have another go at the Bisti this weekend. It’ll be the first real road trip of 2017 and I’m excited. After recently getting the 645 dialed in I’m feeling ready for whatever happens. I’ve been watching the weather and depending on how you see things, it looks great. When we were down […]

F

Old Friends

Admiring the F again tonight; its simplicity, elegance, small footprint, lack of any type of power what so ever required to operate. All mechanical, no electronics. What a thing of beauty. Who would have thought in 1959 something was being released into the world that would have such a long lasting impact – not just […]