The Olympic Discovery Trail in Washington State

Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail

The Long Walk Tales from the Olympic Discovery Trail Day 1 – Rialto Beach to Mora Campground Distance: 2 miles Wildlife Seen: Two otters swimming in a dark pool right next to the road. Every journey begins somewhere and mine began at Rialto Beach on the Olympic Peninsula’s Pacific Coast. After setting up camp at Mora Campground, my dad, my dog (Bonnie) and I walked the two miles to the beach in the waning hours of[…]

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Rialto Beach Washington

The Long Walk – A plan for a self-powered journey across the United States

The Long Walk A plan for a self-powered journey across The United States Beginning in July, 2017 my dog, Bonnie and I are beginning a self-powered trip across The United States.  The journey stretches from the Pacific Ocean as far east as our legs, and money will carry us. The rules are that when possible we will travel using our own power – by foot, bicycle, or boat. Washington Our journey begins at the pacific[…]

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Snake River Canyon

Snapshots from the American West: Between Mountain Ranges

Snapshots from the American West Between Mountain Ranges – a Road Trip West of the Mountains The Cascade Mountains divide the states of Oregon and Washington in a way that no national boundary could. On the western side of the Cascade Mountains, one finds lush forests and large, verdant plots of farmland. The western side of the mountains is home to the the cities of Seattle, Olympia, and Portland. East of the Mountains On the[…]

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Salt Lake City, Utah

USA: Impressions of Salt Lake City, UT

Reflections on a Sojourn in Salt Lake City   As I drove northward, the landscape changed from the salmon pink cliffs of Green River to the a pale clay  landscape north of the San Raphael Swell to the deep green of forested mountains just south of Salt Lake City. Each landscape was complete, and each landscape gave way completely to the next leaving no trace of the colors that were in the colors that are.[…]

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Green River, Utah

Snapshots of the American West: Green River, Utah

Snapshots from the American West Green River, Utah   Green River Utah, where mule trains traveling the Old Spanish Trail from Santa Fe to Los Angeles forded the swift running Green River. Today the small town is little more than an overnight stop for those making the same journey. Even though Green River doesn’t look like much to those just passing through, the town has a variety of natural treasures that she keeps well hidden.[…]

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Along Highway 491 on the Road to Moab

Snapshots from the American West: The Road to Moab

Snapshots from the American West The Road to Moab   It is only by crossing them that one truly appreciates the expanses of the American West. Along the road to Moab, even the settled land, irrigated and yellow with late summer wheat, is barely occupied.  A single, lonely farmhouse – marked from a distance by the towering, tin grain silos – might serve tracts of land that can take an hour to drive past. The[…]

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Demolition Derby

USA: What Exactly is a “Demolition Derby”

What Exactly is a “Demolition Derby?” Many county fairs in the western part of the United Sates end with a Rodeo: A showcase for some good old fashioned cowboy skills. Some fairs, however, do things a little differently. In Durango, Colorado they have plenty of Rodeo’s during the summer. So, like many rural towns sprinkled throughout the United States, the La Plata county fair ends with something special: the Demolition Derby. What exactly is a[…]

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