2022-06-16 Thursday At Lake Lebarge

Rather than chase the same birds as I did Wednesday, I wanted to try for birds in an area yet unexplored by me. Lake Labarge, the subject of Robert Service’s epic poem “The Cremation of Sam McGee”, is but a few miles north of Whitehorse. After I finished my breakfast at Legends Restaurant, and under … Read more

2022-06-03 Charlie Lake, BC

Just north of Saint John BC is Charlie Lake. It is both a body of water and community. I stayed there on my way to Alaska in 2005, and I have memories of meeting interesting birds during my visit. I drove there Friday to see if my fond memories were justified. On reaching the boat … 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

2022-04-24 In Burns Oregon

Someone kindly pointed out that the Scrub-Jay in this post is a California, not a Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay. I will make corrections to the gallery at my next opportunity. My decision to visit the Malheur area required a long drive from Joseph to Burns that took me six hours of drive-time. I think there were five … Read more

2022-04-22 Friday At Lake Wallowa

It was a long drive Thursday to reach the north face of the Wallowa Mountains from Richland Washington. It rained much of the night in Joseph Oregon, where I slept in the RV, and by morning the mercury fell to 27°F. The combination added up to an ice-scraping session before I could navigate. The cafe … Read more

2022-04-10 The Road To Mount Olympus

On April 9th, my Saturday drive began at my US-101 roadside camp by the Palix River in Washington, 12 miles south of South Bend. By day’s end, I found myself all the way to the north at Bogachiel State Park, a little over 140 miles north on the Olympic Peninsula, and five and a half … Read more

2022-04-05 Pacific City to South Washington

Monday night I plotted a course north that included breakfast in Pacific City, perhaps the smallest of towns I’ve stopped at on this trip. The cafe, called the Village Coffee Shoppe, was so small and intimate; I felt I was in someone’s home, enjoying a meal with family. Yesterday and last night I worked on … Read more

2022-03-29 Tuesday on Cape Arago

I left Bandon Tuesday morning after another breakfast at “The Station” cafe, and headed north towards Charleston and Coos Bay. When I reached the turnoff for Charleston I was met with a dense fog. I was surprised to see acres and acres of clear cut forest areas when I made the turnoff. I thought Oregon … Read more

2021-01-02 Big Bend’s Ross Maxwell Drive

New Year’s Day and Saturday night, I stayed in Terlingua (Texas). I waited there until I could take advantage of my Sunday night reservations for camping in Cottonwood. Saturday morning I drove south to explore the southern reaches of Big Bend. I’d been to the Sam Nail Ranch last March (2020), while on the inbound leg … Read more

2020-12-27 Sunday Camping in Guadalupe National Park

After spending most of December in New Mexico, I left The Land of Enchantment after a productive Christmas photo session with Scaled Quail at Bitter Lake NWR outside of Roswell. Last May, I left Texas to take care of business in California. The pandemic pulled the rug from under my plans for exploring many of … Read more