Monthly Archives: August 2011

Rushmore can wait

I headed out pretty early and bought ice in Custer. Can I just tell you how oppressive it is to buy ice every day? Out here I can find 10 pound blocks (rather than the stuff you usually get that … Continue reading

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Sculptures on Mountains. Snore.

The route that I took to hit both Crazy Horse and Rushmore took me into Custer park, through has a loop that’s supposed to have lots of animals. I saw a buffalo ambling down the side of the road. I … Continue reading

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Bad Lands and Weapons of Mass Destruction

In the morning I set out for the Badlands. And they were pretty bad. That’s “bad” meaning “good.” I think what’s striking is that the pictures of them turned out really cool. Usually landscapes don’t come out that well, but … Continue reading

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The Big Rock

My path in the morning took me through Deadwood, a little touristy town that’s supposed to look like an old mining town. It’s kept afloat with gambling money. I rode by this little mine and decided to do the tour. … Continue reading

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Bighorn National Forest

I headed out of the Wild Woman RV Park at about noon. Since I had power charging my battery and WIFI, I made the most of it. I was going to go up through Bighorn National Forest and see this … Continue reading

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A Dinner Party in Thermopolis

I really liked my campsite in the Bighorn Forest, and considered hanging out there another day, but decided to roll on. Before I left, I chatted with the guy next door. He was there with his daughter doing some fishing. … Continue reading

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Leaving the Eagle

In the morning I drank a cup of coffee with my new family that I’d met the night before. We then headed to the public bath for a soak. In the park there were people selling kettle corn, hand-forged knives … Continue reading

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And on to Jackson Hole

I got out of my spot in the Shoshone national forest pretty early in the morning. I crossed the pass, which included several miles of unpaved roads. I’m told that there are two seasons in Wyoming, Winter, and road construction. … Continue reading

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Another fine day in Jackson

I woke up pretty early in the crappy campground. I was ready to get out of there pretty early. Before heading in to town I headed up the mountain to scout dispersed camping spots. There were plenty. I should have … Continue reading

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The First 100 Days

The astute reader will notice that my posts lag about a week behind. I’m sort of trying to catch up a little, especially after I’ve, for example, been in Yellowstone, where it’s difficult to get stuff posted because there is … Continue reading

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Finding Yellowstone

It turned out that my camping spot in the forest up above the campground where I’d been the night before, though it had a beautiful view, was too close to the road. I knew that when I parked there, but … Continue reading

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A Grand Day

I got up pretty early, went and said goodbye to my Vanagon Family, and went in search of another campground. The next one I saw was in a place that has phone and 3G data coverage. It was one of … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Geyser

I think I slept later than I’ve ever slept in Walden. I didn’t get up until nearly 10:00. It was cold and furnace wouldn’t work and I was chilly. That battery was pissing me off. I headed out of the … Continue reading

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Finding a Home for the night in Yellowstone

On my way out of the campground, I arranged for a spot at the north end of the park, closer to where the backpackers that I’d met earlier and planned to meet up with. It wasn’t the perfect place, but … Continue reading

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Another Day in the Park

With my lodging arranged for, I could now go about my day in the park. I then headed on down to the rendezvous spot where I’d planned to meet the backpack crew. I passed one of the geysers that was … Continue reading

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Mammoth Hot Springs

It was cold that morning, when I finally started stirring, happy that Walden’s furnace was working, I saw Phil, the bicyclist that I’d picked up the previous afternoon, sitting at the picnic table. The cold zapped any desire to prepare … Continue reading

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Boiling River

Morning came, and Phil wanted to cook the steaks. The steaks had been cooked the previous evening. Little Bird had made him a plate, put it in front of him, and instructed him to eat. This morning, however, Phil had … Continue reading

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This KOA was AOK

Morning came, and as we did nearly every morning that Little Bird and Ox we with me, we cooked up a bunch of bacon and made some eggs. Once the dishes were washed and put away, sleeping bags stuffed, backpacks … Continue reading

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To the edge of Glacier

When it came time for breakfast, we went to the buffet on the KOA premises. We’d read about the pancake breakfast the night before, and both Ox and Little Bird seemed fired up about pancakes. KOA had a full buffet … Continue reading

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And in to Glacier!

I had two young people in my midst, so it seemed apropos to feed them bacon and eggs for breakfast. It took too long to get out of camp. My guests washed dishes at the campground-approved dish washing area. I … Continue reading

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Walden gets a hurt foot

While we were making breakfast on this particular morning, Little Bird pointed out that Walden’s right rear tire, the same one that had been repaired a couple days before, again looked low. After breakfast, which included the potatoes that had … Continue reading

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Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado

Small town with the Hot Sulphur Springs Resort and Spa there.  You can get a day pass $17.50 to hit all the pools.  Since you don’t like being cold, this would be agreat place for you.  You can rent a … Continue reading

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Craters Of The Moon National Park, ID

Neat place that wil make you think “What happened here and when will it happen again?”  The name says it all because it does look like moon landscape.  Bring your own shade.   Another place to check out if going … Continue reading

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A hike to get us ready for a hike

As we did almost every morning we were together, Ox, Little Bird, and I had another round of bacon and eggs and dish washing in the morning. Bacon and eggs are tasty, but over time I tired of the dish … Continue reading

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Now this is a real hike

Let me just say right now that I should have taken my real camera on the hike up over Piegan’s Pass. I took my little camera and my cell phone. Somehow the camera’s lens got jammed, and the cell phone … Continue reading

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Getting out of the woods

It was time to get on out of Glacier. Plus, Little Bird’s sore throat seemed worse, and she seemed to have a fever. I contemplated buying a thermometer to show her that she had a fever, as it was becoming … Continue reading

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An Extra Day in Glacier

As we were leaving the RV park, Bird asked that we drop her off back at the entrance to Glacier National Park and that she’d meet us in Portland. What? On one hand, she was a hitchhiker and had no … Continue reading

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A Party in Spokane

We got up pretty early in the Glacier RV park and hit the road. I was no interested in cooking or cleaning. We stopped at a Poison Store (so-called because I acknowledge that Diet Coke will probably kill me–though more … Continue reading

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Destination: Portland

I woke up pretty early, and Little Bird and Ox were sleeping upstairs in Walden. Given the previous evening’s festivities, it seemed likely that they’d want to sleep a good while longer. The kind folks whose house we were parked … Continue reading

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Farewell to Little Bird and Ox

He was standing on the highway Somewhere way out in the sticks Guitar across his shoulder Like a 30 aught six He was staring in my headlights When I come around the bend Climbed up on my shotgun side And … Continue reading

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Hair of the Dog

With Little Bird and Ox returned to the wild, it was just me and Walden, for the first time in almost two weeks. Well, that’s not quite true. OK, it’s not true at all. I was on my way back … Continue reading

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Someone told me it’s all happening at the zoo

It was a nice day in Portland. We got up, had a delicious breakfast and went to the zoo. It’s like a big park, with caged animals. If you want to just see the pictures, you can see them on … Continue reading

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In which I am welcomed by strangers

I’d been in Portland for several nights, it was time to head on up the road. There was French toast and pancakes for Breakfast. I got everything packed back in to Walden, including the new laptop. There was a bit … Continue reading

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What? A party? For me?

Out in front of my new friends’ house, I woke up pretty early. I turned on NPR and lounged in bed for a while. After a while I got up, put some clothes on and headed in to the house. … Continue reading

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Beer, Beer, and more Beer

I woke up and showered and blogged at the home of my gracious hosts. I also went through their DVD collection and backed up some of their stuff to my laptop’s hard drive. That way, if their house burned down, … Continue reading

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Parking on the street in Seattle

This was my first day alone in quite a while. I’d had Little Bird and Ox with me for ten days, and after that I was staying with friends in Portland, and then with the strangers crazy enough to invite … Continue reading

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Walden Rides a boat!

This being Seattle, it seemed like it’d be easy enough to find a nearby coffee outlet. I don’t really care that much about coffee, but those places often have the Three-P trifecta: potty, power, and porn. As I would soon … Continue reading

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