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Category Archives: road trips

Unwelcome change of plans

Saturday It was quiet in the  morning – the clanging, yelling 13 year old boys next door have gone to the river, or at least gone away somewhere.  I soak up some quiet before heading off to find food and wifi to see where I will end up today.  Yesterday I mailed friends down the […]

Finally, the coast!

Tuesday night So… this campground – Castle Rock – is a tents-only campground.  It comprises a parking lot, a pit toilet and a big grassy field, and that’s it.  A rollicking family picnic is going on around a cluster of tents on the far side of the field – not scary or creepy I am […]

August 2012

This year’s Escape Reno Heat adventure is kind of disjointed so far.  I had these items on the agenda: get my 30,000 mile van service visit Martha vacate in somewhere cool (as in not hot) drop by Van Specialties for some minor repairs(*) So far I’ve done 1 and 2, uttterly FAILED on 3, and […]

June 2012 – Sardine Lake again

Someday I will actually internalize the lesson to pay attention to myself! A couple of years ago I did a little two-day quickie trip – first night Sardine Lake, second night Sierra Hot Springs(SHS). I actually blogged about it, sigh… As I type this, I am doing the trip again.

Springtime in Nevada

Friday For most of April I have been poised and ready to do a little road trip, but the springtime weather has extra-unsettled, so I’ve been in a little holding pattern waiting for a likely time, which finally …  is today, Friday 4/27! Finally, this morning was different from the last three weeks of mornings. […]

end game

Thursday Wednesday was kind of tiring.  I chose a route that required a lot of driving, but it was through the most interesting landscapes you can imagine – sometimes these southern Utah landscapes really do verge on the unimaginable.  And I ended up having a really nice evening.  I had been in a rodent-induced spiral […]

mouse in the house!

I’ve returned from exploring Marble in the gathering dusk.  I’m back at the campsite sittin on my cooler messing around on this very laptop, probably working on this very blog, when I catch a movement out of the corner of my eye, and EEK!  it’s a mouse!! in my van!!! In my imagination this cannot […]


At the south end of Grand Tetons National Park is a new Visitor Center with cool exhibits and wifi!  The first connectivity I’ve had in 4 days.   Also has a giant traffic jam to watch a moose stand in a stream about a half mile away. Jackson Wy is just so hippin’ happenin’ and busy […]


Twice in the last decade I’ve visited Yellowstone for a few hours — enter on one side, catch a few geysers and mud pits and maybe a canyon or two, then head out the other side.  But this time I plan to stay a few days and really enjoy the place.  Now I can tell […]


Really beautiful country up here.  The drive last night and this morning was lovely – up the Salmon River, then over through the Nez Perce battle country to Montana fly fishing country…  Lovely, but there sure is a lot of it.  I’ve spent about $580 on fuel and I’m only about halfway done.  $4/gallon diesel […]