Gates of the Mountains

As the Lewis and Clark expedition paddled down the Missouri River on July 19, 1805 sheer cliffs and perpendicular stone walls rose in front of them seemingly blocking their passage at first. Without… Continue reading

Helena Days

After leaving Craters of the Moon we motored up to Helena, Montana to stay for the next 6 days. I had heard many interesting things about the town as well as the surrounding… Continue reading

Craters of the Moon Redux

The wonderfully strange and unique landscape of Craters of the Moon remains one of my favorite places I’ve visited. The vast lava flows and steep cinder cones that shroud the earth in a… Continue reading

Marsh, Mountain, Reservoir, Fossil, and Beer

Only half the time we spent in southwestern Idaho was spent viewing the springs along the Snake River however – the other 3 days we ventured out to see other sites. Our first… Continue reading

Snake River Springs

Slicing deep through the basalt plains of southest Idaho the Snake River rushes west, gaining volume as it is joined by the Malad and Bruneau Rivers. Known for it’s majesty and beauty in… Continue reading

Fremont Indian State Park

We had to bypass our stop at Fremont Indian State Park when the RV ran into mechanical problems, but since Tom knew it was a bucket list stop for me he suggested we… Continue reading

False Start

By mid-May 2021 we were ready to get out and travel again. COVID seemed to be under better control in many parts of the country, we were both fully vaccinated, and us humans… Continue reading

Down by the River

For most of my life I thought of myself as a water person but I questioned that assessment once I moved to the western states and found so much joy in hiking the… Continue reading

A Longer Excursion in the White Mountain Wilderness

I didn’t go for many solo hikes in the winter and spring of last year, preferring to spend time walking with Abbs instead, but I did occasionally want to get out and do… Continue reading

Weekend in the Lowlands: Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Bottomless Lakes State Park, Sitting Bull Falls, and More

We kept our distance from people indoors as much as possible through the beginning on 2021 but once Tom was fully vaccinated I suggested we take a weekend trip down the mountain. My… Continue reading