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An Amazing Adventure


Well hey there. It’s been over 6 months since posting on this blog.

So as is due, a quick catch up and then on to some reflections.

When we left off last June, we had arrived in Idaho to our rental house which had been trashed and defaced.

Although I could write a book just on that summer experience, let’s just say, that after being on the road for so long, we actually enjoyed our summer stay and all the hard work. We set up our camp inside the house (after lots of initial cleansing) and put our energy into creating something Beautiful from something that wasn’t.

Thinking back a few years ago, one of our initial goals when we set out on the road was that we wanted to travel for long periods, then to temporarily stay put in a community for a few months or so to get to know the local favors. Then this past summer we were forced into doing that very thing which we desired. Funny how the world works.

Now here we are into 2016 already!

Blessed with a new grandson in November, we are spending the winter months back in California, where we can be around the new baby and new parents, as well as enjoying the rest of our family.

We’ve had two house-sits to break up the winter, (and our van-stays) which were fantastic, both times taking care of lovey homes and lovely pets for wonderful people.

But really, it’s always so cozy to return to our little van home.

At years end, I spent time re-visiting this blog, and going through literally thousands of photos I’ve taken over the past two years.

I am amazed! And feel so blessed. And so unbelieving of all the incredible places we’ve traveled to, and all the beautiful experiences we’ve had traveling around in this little white van.

I have so many fond memories of gorgeous sunsets, amazing wildlife, ancient cultures, strange trees, bizarre inclement weather, solitary vistas, interesting people of so many different sorts, balloons in the air, red red rocks, birds of all colors, mile high camping, prehistoric looking animals, and on and on.

I think I could ramble on to eternity here, but I’ll spare whoever is reading this for the moment, and just say it’s a life worth living!  The times of feeling homeless, and worries of where to sleep for the night, well yes, there are challenges. But life is a challenge meant to be met head on, conquering fears, daring to be different, willing to try new experiences.

So thankful for the opportunity to make these choices. So thankful for all that has come our way these past few years.

In honor of those memories and a longing to make more in the future, I’m reposting some of my favorite photos of some of my favorite places.

Thanks to those who have traveled along with us through this blog. Hoping that there will be much more to come in the future.

Peace and Good Cheer as we roll along into 2016!


Bryce Canyon Amphitheater, Utah


Into Alberta, Canada


Waterton National Peace Park, Alberta, Canada


Jake at Grizzly Encounters in Montana


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Yellowstone River In Hayden Valley, Yellowstone National Park


Walking among the geysers in Yellowstone


Where else? But Yellowstone


Beartooth Pass over the Absaroka Mountains, Wyoming


Sunset in the Grand Tetons


Grand Teton Magnificence


Enjoying the Local Wildlife


The Amazing Pia Dog


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Finally a Moose in Colorado


Bosque del Apache, New Mexico


White Sands National Monument, New Mexico


Camping Keevan Style – Alabama Hills, California


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With Family Along the Coast, California


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Into the Pacific


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The Beautiful & Majestic Sandhill Cranes


More Coastal Splendor, Why do we Like to Camp Here?


Showing Off for the Ladies. Elephant Seals at Las Piedras, California


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Solitude at Lake Mead, Nevada


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Wild Horses of Nevada


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Ancient Bristlecone Pines, Bishop, California


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Folsom Lake, California


Yellowstone – The Wildlife

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It’s a spectator sport in Yellowstone…wildlife spotting.  It’s like winning the jackpot in Las Vegas when you actually get to see the big ones.

Some people set up and wait hours in lawn chairs for an appearance. Others are willing to stand out in the rain in complete gear and huge cameras with their own rain suits  covering the glass.


Cow Elk


Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle


Gotta Scratch - Young Bison
Gotta Scratch – Young Bison


We were lucky, observant, and always searching. We didn’t stand in the rain, or set up our chairs. Fred’s an awesome driver…and doesn’t mind pulling over, turning around, or even dropping me off and later retrieving me if there is nowhere safe to pull over.  We take the roads least traveled, and stop often.


Napping In The Warmth Of Hot Springs


Bull Elk
Bull Elk


Killdeer Among The Hot Springs
Killdeer Among The Hot Springs


We are very respectful of the animals, and super aware of our safety.


Trumpeter Swan
Trumpeter Swan


Dripping From Drinking
Dripping From Drinking


The Van sits up high, and I often shoot out the window, using the half rolled up window to brace my camera. Or I can stand on the door step to get some extra height.


Grizzlies Sharing A Bison Kill


Sometimes we have solitude, sometimes there is madness. Even with these chaotic traffic jams that do sometimes occur, all in all, it’s an awesome sport, and everyone wins sometimes.


Behind The Scenes
Behind The Scenes




Yellowstone – The Geysers

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A supervolcano!

That’s the story of Yellowstone. While driving and hiking around exploring, it’s hard to imagine that we are actually inside of the caldera of a volcano. The expansiveness of it is too much for this simple brain…but the impressions, colors, and incredible fairyland images were so fun to capture.


The smoking Earth and Nature’s paint pallets reach out in all directions!

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Cavernous holes and eerie formations create mysterious landscapes.

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Earth Hues concoct impressive color combinations and saturations.

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And yes, We did watch the eruption of Old Faithful, the most famous of geysers, which on this day was erupting every 45-90 minutes. We almost turned back when we saw the masses of people and rows and rows of metal shiny cars and RV’s in the largest of parking lots.

I was afraid of seeing nothing but backs of heads, but we now learned travelers about these things, just walked right up past the grandstands, and like pro’s, sat on the edge of the viewing platform, with legs dangling over the sides with other photographers and serious science nuts, to get our front row seats.

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A little bummed that the sky was not a blue background sky, but all was still impressive, and the theatrics were beautifully  performed and synchronized.

Yellowstone – The Grandeur

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We thought we would pass through Yellowstone on our way to the Grand Tetons. Just kind of drive through.

But we kept hanging around.


Along The Yellowstone River
Along The Yellowstone River


Yellowstone River North of Gardiner
Sharing Space Along The River With Fellow Creatures


After camping along the Yellowstone River, north of Gardiner, we entered the park early in the morning to secure a campsite at Mammoth Hot Springs.


Roosevelt Arch - North Entrance
Roosevelt Arch – North Entrance


Misssion accomplished, we set off to explore.


Grand Meadow Near Mammoth Hot Springs
Grand Meadow Near Mammoth Hot Springs


Neither of us were prepared for the vast and immense open vistas and miles and miles of raw, natural untamed wilderness we entered into.


Yellowstone River In Hayden Valley
Yellowstone River In Hayden Valley


The winding rivers and glowing sunsets…water everywhere!


Madison River
Madison River


Lewis River; South Yellowstone
Lewis River -South Yellowstone


Lush green meadows and marshes.


Looking Out
Looking Out


And the necessary tragedy of forest fires.


Forest Fire Scars
Forest Fire Scars


Even the burned area from forest fires are mysteriously beautiful.


Burn Area Absaroka Mountains
Burn Area Absaroka Mountains


Signifying new growth and rebirth.

With the stately presence of dead timber, new soil, new food, new habitats.


Quiet Beauty Waiting For Rebirth
Quiet Beauty Waiting For Rebirth


The day’s end…


Near Fishing Bridge
Near Fishing Bridge


Next we check out the geysers…       ❧