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The Next Chapter

Saturday, 15 Jan 2011 | Views [611]

It has been months since our last entry, but we haven't been idle.  We rafted the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in September and continued camping our way to California.  We added Channel Islands to our list of National Parks and re-visited ... Read more >

Road Trip

Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | Views [348]

We have seen Paul and Noreen twice since we graduated from high school 45 years ago despite the fact they are one of the nicest and most interesting couples I have ever met.  Paul was always a nice guy, the Richie Cunningham of our class and like fine ... Read more >

Photos: Road Trip: Arizona and New Mexico

Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | Photo Gallery

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California Condors; Worth Saving

Tuesday, 2 Mar 2010 | Views [727]

California condors are making a comeback at Vermillion Cliffs National Monument in northwestern Arizona and we saw most of the 30 or so captive bred adults that have been released in the area on our visit.   The cold weather (another effect of ... Read more >

Tim Mayhew, Wildlife Artist

Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | Views [430]

Tim Mayhew is a wildlife artist.   And a sculptor.   And an author.   And a student of the techniques and materials of the Old Masters.   So it’s not surprising that he has been selected as ‘Artist in Residence’ at Teton National Park this ... Read more >

Yellowstone National Park

Thursday, 21 Jan 2010 | Views [369]

The ranger didn’t lie when she told me that the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park from Cooke City was open.   But she neglected to tell me that the roads to Cooke City from Cody, Wyoming were closed.   What should have been a ... Read more >

Photos: Yellowstone National Park

Monday, 18 Jan 2010 | Photo Gallery

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Mission Accomplished

Sunday, 11 Oct 2009 | Views [399]

We arrived home yesterday after twelve weeks on the road.  We camped most of the time but sheltered in motels when the weather got too bad.  We told people we were traveling from Colorado to Tampa via Newfoundland which is pretty much true.   All in ... Read more >

Gulf Islands National Seashore

Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | Views [1239]

Without National Parks we 'commoners' would never have access to some of the most beautiful places in the country.  Yellowstone and Grand Teton would be ranches for the wealthiest Americans posted with signs reading 'Private.'  The Cape Cod region near ... Read more >

Sanibel Island

Friday, 2 Oct 2009 | Views [457]

We first visited Sanibel and Captiva Islands just after the spate of hurricanes in 2004, really bad timing on our part.  It looked like a war zone; roofless houses, utility poles snapped in half and trees uprooted. The few people we saw walked around ... Read more >

Gallery: Gulf Coast

Thursday, 1 Oct 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Protecting Nature

Wednesday, 30 Sep 2009 | Views [423]

As we travel the country we can't help but be impressed by the cooperative effort of environmental groups like the Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, state parks and especially the US Fish and Wildlife Service and their system of National Wildlife ... Read more >


Sunday, 27 Sep 2009 | Views [363]

I consider myself an enthusiastic amateur when it comes to photography.   National Geographic isn’t going to offer me a job any time soon.   And I don’t think I would want to work that hard.   I photograph whatever moves me at the time, sometimes ... Read more >


Sunday, 20 Sep 2009 | Views [863]

I really should say something about Gettysburg National Military Park, but I am not sure what.   It is certainly scenic on a beautiful late summer’s day, perhaps one of the prettiest places in the country.   But in early July less than 150 ... Read more >

Cape May, En Jay

Thursday, 17 Sep 2009 | Views [378]

There isn’t a time when birds aren’t migrating through Cape May.   What we birders come for in the spring and fall is the migration “rush hour.”   Diverse species traveling down the coast are funneled into this skinny peninsula by the Atlantic ... Read more >

Let Freedom Ring

Sunday, 13 Sep 2009 | Views [590]

A decade or so ago in Philadelphia when I first visited the Liberty Bell you could walk right up and take a photo.   In our post-Nine/Eleven America you must first queue up and go through a security check.   No food, beverages, explosives, firearms ... Read more >

Gallery: East Coast

Saturday, 12 Sep 2009 | Photo Gallery

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Passport to the National Parks

Friday, 11 Sep 2009 | Views [367]

Several years ago a park ranger had a brainstorm, a National Parks Passport.   Each year the park service prints stamps that you paste into your passport.   Each national park (and now national monuments and wildlife sanctuaries) has a cancellation ... Read more >

Cape Cod

Wednesday, 9 Sep 2009 | Views [384]

The red flag is flying at Chatham.   The beach is closed to swimming not because it is too rough but because of sharks.   Great whites have been cruising the shoreline looking for lunch, the grey seals that are currently sunning themselves on ... Read more >

Labor Day in Maine

Monday, 7 Sep 2009 | Views [405]

Today is Labor Day, the official end of the "summer that never was." Nearly everyone packed up early and headed for Boston or Portland or wherever they call home and we have the campground to ourselves.  The traffic must be insane.   It ... Read more >

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