Sunday, September 28, 2014

Summer Wildflowers Along An Ice Age Relic

Two Ocean Lake is a gorgeous place for a hike. Tucked into a northeastern corner of Grand Teton National Park, it is a relic of the last ice age. During late spring and into summer, wildflowers are colorful and profuse, splashed across hillsides like an impressionist’s dream.

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Trail along Two Ocean Lake to Grand View Point

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Another Side of Cedar Breaks

In the low desert of southern Utah these days, when mid–September temperatures not only approach triple digits but also have the audacity to linger there, it is time to head to the high country for a hike along the redrock near Cedar Breaks National Monument.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Watching for Falling Rocks – Timpanogos Cave

The summer begins, as it often does, with a hike. The summer ends, as it often does, with another hike. Looking back, I realize that two unique Wasatch Mountain trails have become the bookends of my summer.

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American Fork Canyon in the southern Wasatch Range

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Thoughtful Message on a Tiny Slip of Paper

One day last week I found myself feeling kind of punky. I woke up a bit dizzy, and found that my blood pressure was higher than it usually is. For that reason, I decided to take a sick day. Unknown to me, though, while I was laying about in my government housing unit worrying about my blood pressure, I missed meeting Mary and Brad.

When I returned to work the next day, my blood pressure was back to normal but I was still feeling a bit out of sorts. As soon as I walked in the door, another ranger said that there was a message for me taped to the bulletin board. Two people had come to the visitor center the previous day, and asked for me, and they had left this note.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

The Horrors of Seven Mile Hole

A smoky haze filled the skies, drifting across Yellowstone from forest fires burning to the west of us. I did not bring binoculars, nor did I bring my bigger “good” camera. The idea was to carry as little weight as possible, down into and up out of Seven Mile Hole.

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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Early Morning Riser – West Thumb Geyser Basin

I was up and out early the other morning, ready to spend a few quiet hours roving West Thumb geyser basin on Yellowstone Lake. At just past eight o’clock, I knew I would have the place pretty much to myself.

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Boardwalk at West Thumb geyser basin on Yellowstone Lake

Monday, June 23, 2014

Random Roadside

As a summer seasonal park ranger in Yellowstone, I get asked a lot of questions, such as Where is the best place to take pictures? 

My answer?

Pretty much anywhere you look.

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Early morning  along West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake.  Red Mountains in distance.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday, June 2, 2014

Walking the Hard Road to Travel

Just up the road a piece from Grant Village, along the shores of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake, there lies a gravel bar that is perhaps a mile or so long. When folks these days learn that its name is the “Hard Road to Travel,” they often wonder if it had been constructed as a road. They inquire, Who would build a road out there in the lake? Why would anyone do that?
 
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Hard Road to Travel