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Whales of California

Tuesday, 19 Sep 2017 | Views [110]

IT WOULD BE ONE HELL OF A COINCIDENCE if Shearwater were her given surname.  Shearwaters are one of the main species that Deb Shearwater, the legendary guide for pelagic birds in northern California, searches for.  Though not the ship’... Read more >

Photos: San Francisco

Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Here Comes the Sun — There Goes the Sun

Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017 | Views [120]

BACK IN THE 60s WHEN IT WAS PC TO LAUGH at Bill Cosby, the comedian joked it rains so much in Seattle that people don’t tan, they rust.  When the sun does come out, they think they have somehow offended the gods.  Well, this year the ... Read more >

Around Puget Sound (or Whatever)

Sunday, 6 Aug 2017 | Views [172]

LITTLE DID WE KNOW AS WE BOARDED THE FERRY from Anacortes to Friday Harbor that we were sailing upon the Salish Sea,  This “official” designation was given to 5500 square miles of Puget Sound, the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and the ... Read more >

North Cascade National Park

Monday, 31 Jul 2017 | Views [112]

THE FORECAST FOR THE OLD MINING TOWN of Winthrop called for fair weather but they hadn’t taken the rash of forest fires into account.  (As I write this 3 weeks later, it is still fair and they are still burning.)  We spent the week at ... Read more >

Lesser-Known National Park Sites

Thursday, 27 Jul 2017 | Views [261]

NOTHING SEEMS TO BE NEARBY IN SE WASHINGTON.  We had to drive 150 miles from our camp in Richland to the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument near Kimberly OR — this was as near as we would be, Connie needed its stamp in her book and it ... Read more >

Manhattan Project Hanford "B" Reactor National Historic Park

Sunday, 23 Jul 2017 | Views [64]

EINSTEIN GAVE THE WORLD THE THEORY that E=mc 2 — the Manhattan Project gave us the proof.  Scientists disagreed about how to go about releasing all that energy.  One school thought that the answer was enriched uranium, U 235 ... Read more >

Eastern Washington

Thursday, 20 Jul 2017 | Views [117]

AND A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT — THE COLUMBIA River, that is.  It always has and despite the efforts of the Bureau of Reclamation, it always will.  Spokane owes its existence to the Columbia and Eastern Washington would be nothing but sagebrush ... Read more >

Photos: Washington

Sunday, 16 Jul 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Little Big Horn Battlefield

Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 | Views [164]

“WHERE DID ALL THESE FREAKING INDIANS COME FROM,” were probably not Custer’s last words, but I’ll wager the question was on his mind.  And “General” George Armstrong Custer wasn’t really a general —... Read more >


Tuesday, 11 Jul 2017 | Views [184]

THEY’RE STILL RIDIN’ AND ROPIN’ IN MONTANA, especially at Deer Lodge.  We just happened upon a calf branding at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, a short walk from our campground.  The Ranch was owned by Conrad ... Read more >

McCall and Kamiah

Sunday, 9 Jul 2017 | Views [76]

THERE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT MCCALL IDAHO that touched me when we passed through this small town on a beautiful lake in the Payette National Forest back in ’03, something that made me want to return.  So we did.      ... Read more >

Idaho: More Than Potatoes

Wednesday, 5 Jul 2017 | Views [224]

DESPITE THE “FAMOUS POTATOES” SLOGAN on the license plates, Idaho is known as the Gem State.  There are plenty of potatoes, to be sure, plus wheat, alfalfa, soybeans and more.  But you don’t have to be one of Van Gogh’... Read more >

Wyoming — Just Passing Through

Friday, 30 Jun 2017 | Views [209]

IF WE HADN’T NOTICED THE SIGN, we wouldn’t have know we had entered Wyoming — there just isn’t much to distinguish it from northern Colorado, just a few more pronghorns.  And Rawlins, where we spent the night doesn’... Read more >

Photos: Wyoming, Idaho and Montana

Monday, 26 Jun 2017 | Photo Gallery

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