2022 Expedition in Review

On February 27, I left San Diego on what turned out to be a 16,000 mile tour of western North America that lasted 7½ months. I began with a slow crawl north up the Pacific Coast, with my first stop in San Luis Obispo, and followed it to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.  During the … Read more

2022-07-18 Devil’s Tower & The Black Hills

I crossed south of the 49th parallel on Saturday, July 16. It took me two days of driving south to cross the broad prairies of eastern Montana, and I found my way into the Custer National Forest where Montana, Wyoming, and South Dakota convene. This is where the rolling plains surrender to the uplifted rocky … Read more

2022-05-18 Lovell WY to Bridger MT

In my last episode, I told of leaving Cody on Tuesday, the seventeenth, and driving a few miles north to Ralston Reservoir, where I found birds to enjoy and a place to park for the night. Wednesday morning I drove north through the rural farmlands and micro-towns, reaching Lovell Wyoming, where I found a small … Read more

2022-05-17 Two Days in Cody Wyoming

I spent my first night in Cody at the Walmart parking lot. I’d been having difficulty getting clear focus in my camera when taking long shots of large mammals. Modern dSLR cameras can be calibrated to compensate for accurate focusing on various lenses. I’ve only been using the Nikon D850 since beginning this trip last … Read more

2022-05-15 Yellowstone Get-a-Way

My stay in Yellowstone began Friday, with a night’s camping at the Madison Campground ten miles from the west entrance to the park. When Saturday morning rolled in, I launched on a drive to Mammoth Hot Springs at the north gate of the park. I passed a couple of “safari-syndrome” crowds on my drive, one … Read more

2022-05-13 Yellowstone Red Dogs

Bison calves are fondly referred to as “Red Dogs” because of their reddish coloration when they are born. When I reached my campsite in Yellowstone National Park Friday afternoon, I felt I needed to catch up as much as I could with the blogs from my last few days in Jackson Hole. There was no … Read more

2022-05-12 Wrapping It Up At Grand Teton

My last two days in Jackson Hole, weren’t very productive for megafauna, so my friend and fellow photographer Joe Ford indulged my propensity for chasing birds. After striking out on bears, we spent Wednesday at Oxbow Bend and Thursday at Jackson Lake Dam. Both locations rate high for birds, and are also potential places to … Read more

2022-05-10 Birds and Megafauna In Jackson Hole

I had a great week exploring Grand Teton National Park with my friend Joe Ford. Joe has a special fondness for what I call “megafauna”, and I fell into his rhythm of chasing bears, yet keeping an eye out for moose, elk, fox, coyote, and any other wildlife that crossed our path. We didn’t get … Read more

2022-05-08&09 Teton Bear Hunting

Saturday, my friend Joe Ford and I scouted the region north of camp around Moran, Moose, and Coulter Bay. These locations are part of Grand Teton National Park. Always on the lookout for wildlife, Grizzly Bears top the list of desirability for many of the visitors to the region. In particular, bear enthusiasts follow a … Read more

2022-05-04&05 First Days In Jackson Hole

I drove away from Payette Idaho yesterday late in the morning after tending to the RV’s holding tanks and having breakfast with my good friend, Art. Contrary to my usual preference, I stuck to the freeway and 280 miles later, I pulled into a rest area at Coldwater Idaho for the night. I was tired, … Read more