The iconic falls at Yellowstone Canyon It’s June 3rd and the morning started out cold …but sunny. With the strong June sun and low wind, the day heated up nicely. With the day off, we drove up to Canyon, about 40 miles from Grant (my home). The roads are good but let me remind you … More Canyon

Old Faithful

“Old Faithful” Old Faithful Village has many thermals. Up bright and early Sunday May 27, we headed out for Old Faithful after breakfast. It was a cool (43 – cold?) cloudy morning. On our 15 mile trek we saw our customary elk and bison along side the road. And before you knew it, we were … More Old Faithful


“Yellowstone” Grant Village Despite a busy night before, I am up at my customary time of 5am. Coffee made, breakfast cooked (old fashioned oatmeal with Maine wild blueberries and North Livermore maple syrup), I sit down with a Stephen King novel Lisey’s Story and read a chapter. I am not a King fan of horror … More Yellowstone

“Go West Young Man”

Farms, grain silo, and everything farms is the plains. “TO INFINITY…AND BEYOND!” Always liked Buzz Lightyear (Disney’s Toy Story). And after leaving Duluth, the trip westward seemed to epitomize his signature saying. The following days grew summer-like. Temps flirted with 90 and the driving was monotonous. The landscape became very flat, and farming was the … More “Go West Young Man”

Mt. Rushmore!

“Shut the Door please!” Hill City Cafe on Main Street. Camping at a free “Harvest Host” winery, we woke up early and went into Hill City, SD, for breakfast. Hill City is really a small town, not a city …a really small town (pop. 758 +or-). Don’t let the size fool you; it is quaint … More Mt. Rushmore!


“Badlands” camping overlooking the Badlands A relatively short drive after leaving Ft. Thompson, it was windy, flat, and uninspiring …until we neared Buffalo Gap National Grasslands. Here, the prairie started to give way to South Dakota’s Badlands. Hills became more rolling. And to the south, ravines and canyons could be seen. The larger Black Hills … More “Badlands”