Entries from Journal tagged with 'Dad'

The High Country, Part 11

Our stay in Idaho Falls had been disappointing from a sushi standpoint, but we did at least have a nice hotel clerk who hailed from Ogden, Utah. This was advantageous because we would be spending Thursday night in Salt Lake...

The High Country, Part 9

Tuesday morning brought some changes. For one thing, we had to pack for traveling again, since we were leaving the Dancing Bears Inn after two pleasant (for me, anyway) nights. For another, we were facing, for the first time, weather...

The High Country, Part 8

Lunch was made more pleasant by a Moose Drool Brown Ale--one of a number of tasty western microbrews I sampled during the trip--but after I'd reached the bottom of the glass, it was time to head for the Two Medicine...

The High Country, Part 7

Here's the thing about Glacier National Park: scale.Grand Teton NP is stunning from the very first glimpse--a visual slap in the face. The spectacular ridges of the Teton Range bursting forth from the treetops cannot be ignored. Your head whirls...

The High Country, Part 6

Our Sunday-afternoon trip north toward Glacier National Park was accompanied by a variety of interesting features, including the obligatory snow-capped mountain, but also some puzzling, if undeniably whimsical, historical signage at some of the rest stops:The road took us east...

The High Country, Part 3

Our interaction with Yellowstone Park on this trip should be understood in the light of several important facts:1) We were coming into the park--probably the most popular in the National Park System--on a Friday afternoon. In other words, we were...

The High Country, Part 2

Waking up in Wyoming showed me three things. First, I knew now that the cool dry air in the mountain west makes for terrific summertime sleeping. Summer in the south, even in the relatively northern state of Virginia, produces air...

The High Country

Feeling rushed and frazzled at the end of the school year, I knew some time away from my usual stomping grounds would help me get my head together. Luckily, my parents and I had been planning a trip away from...

Golden

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The Plain Truth

Sadly, my photos from our Great Plains trip are pretty bad--lots of focus issues. Of course, you won't believe that without evidence, and they do say a picture is worth a thousand words...Okay, here are a few of the least...

Crappy Pictures

Back in Big Bend, knowing that we'd exhausted most of our spring break travel possibilities, at least as far as finding new life birds in warm-weather areas goes, Dad suggested that we consider summer trips as well. Thus, with a...

West of the Pecos, Part V

Our hotel in Fort Stockton had the undeniable advantage of being placed next to an IHOP, so we were at least well-fed when we went to bed after our nine hours in the car. That was important because I needed...

West of the Pecos, Part IV

And now it was time for the long haul.Arising in Carlsbad, where we'd had a decent but blindingly white meal (owing to overgenerous portions of melted cheese) at a local Mexican joint the night before, we piled into the Enclave...

West of the Pecos, Part III

Sunrise in Alamogordo involves a rather tardy sun peeping over the walls of the Sacramentos to the east:It's pretty to look at. But the most impressive sight is to the north, or would be, if not for the signage downtown:That's...

West of the Pecos, Part II

Having successfully logged my life bird for New Mexico, I took the passenger seat of our rented Buick, an enormous bronze Enclave, and sat back as Dad drove through the cold rain over the Sacramento Mountains into Alamogordo.The overall emptiness...

West of the Pecos, Part I

A little bit of time east of it, too, actually, but for a week, Dad, Ian and I spent most of our time in the territory once controlled by Judge Roy Bean.  On March 13th, the three of us flew...

Havin' Some Fun Down on the Bayou

A few pics from my recent trip to New Orleans and environs:Fascinating architecture at a music store on the VA/TN borderDad and Dixon underwater in ChattanoogaGetting up close and personal with a Great Blue Heron at the Grand Hotel, Point...

Hey, It's Good to Be Back Home Again

I am not often moved to quote John Denver here (though I went through a long period from roughly age 10-12 where I was a very definite fan, having reached the age where the Jackson Five's star was beginning to...

Four Corners, Part VII

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon The headache I'd started the evening before had abated by sunrise on the 11th, which was good, as...

Four Corners, Part VI

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon There was only one park that we were able to see at both sunset and sunrise, and I do...

Four Corners, Part V

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?" is Kelly's least favorite Chicago song.  (Personally, I'd vote for...

Four Corners, Part IV

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon Being the visually oriented birder I am, most of my birding is done with the use of light. ...

Four Corners, Part III

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon Two parks in one!  Yes, in Utah there are national parks so thick on the ground that you...

Four Corners, Part II

Red Rock Canyon * Zion * Bryce Canyon * Capitol Reef * Arches * Mesa Verde * Monument Valley * Grand Canyon Escaping Vegas was fairly simple: get on the I-15 and drive north.  I'd somehow imagined border guards, determined...

Four Corners, Part I

Despite my continuing inability to get my vacation pics onto the web, I've finally decided to quit waiting around to share my account of the trip.  I mean, if I've got any kind of reputation, it's as a writer, not...

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