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Friday, September 24, 2010

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Theodore Roosevelt National Park - North

Today's Hike: 9.5 miles. The trail was not well marked though and although I planned a loop route I wound up stopping half way and taking the road back. I was glad to find the road too. The markers were too small to be seen in the brush and the trail often opened up to a wide area where you had to guess which way to go. In the center of the photo below you can make out the trail marker to get an idea of what I encountered.



Love the prairie dogs!



Some beautiful scenery.



Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Petrified Forest Trail

Tuesday's Hike: 11.4 miles. I asked the Ranger for a suggested route and opted for that instead of my planned route. I'm glad her detailed description included the part about crawling through a hole in the fence to start otherwise I probably would not have gone ahead.



This trail was not the beaten path that I have usually encountered on my hikes. Often times there was no real trail but rather a marker on the horizon that you could locate and then navigate towards. I took a picture of this one and labeled it but you have to click on the photo for the enlarged image to actually see the marker.









Tuesday Wildlife













Monday, September 20, 2010

Trip Odometer


Theodore Roosevelt National Park







I always like seeing the Bison.



The Last of the Drivin' 48

Number 48 for me, number 39 for the U.S.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Trip Odometer


Quiet Night

Yet again, too cloudy for the telescope.


Dolphins at Vikings

Dolphins 14, Vikings 10. Another good game.






Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trip Odometer


Saturday Afternoon at Target...

...Field






There is a buzz about this place that reminds me of the Sky Dome in Toronto in 1992.




Friday, September 17, 2010

Trip Odometer


Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Main Odomoeter


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

ODOMETER:


Sunday, September 13, 2009

Grand Teton National Forest

Wild life




View from the trail







Ski Lake







The 43rd U.S. state, #46 for me




Tuesday, October 09, 2007

On The Border



To the left, the U.S. (El Paso, TX), to the right, Juarez, Mexico.

This picture was taken while walking across the bridge coming back from a morning spent in Juarez. Walking was the better choice. The line of cars waiting to get into the U.S was long though driving was not really an option anyway. I had a rental car for the day but basic insurance does not cover Mexico and I'm not sure the rental companies even allow it.

Below is a photo of Guadalupe Mission, on the left is the adobe structure built in the 1660's and to the right is a more modern structure.


Here is a peek inside:



Monday, October 08, 2007

Spider!

A Tarantula to be more specific. Not the wildlife I was looking for but still cool to see on the trail today in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, near El Paso, TX.


Sunday, October 07, 2007

Underground

These pictures were taken at Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico. Since I had a pretty basic digital camera I could not get a picture that could do justice to the beauty of the cave. The lighting just wasn't there. You can see some professional photos here if you like. Many of the formations reminded me of some Yes album artwork done by Roger Dean.

The walk down into the cave was a mile long paved path with railings. All along the way you could see nature's sculptures like the ones below. There were some shortcuts at different points, I wound up passing some people two and three times so they were either taking stairs or the elevator.












Saturday, October 06, 2007

Where It All Began


(Trinity Site where the world's first nuclear device was exploded on July 16, 1945)

The original ground zero is open to the public on the first Saturday of May and October. I was there to take this photo but it required a little driving to get there. For obvious reasons the test site for the bomb is in a remote location, not too bad though, just North of the White Sands Missile Range and a few hours drive from El Paso, Texas.

Below is a picture of some Trinitite, the residue found on the desert floor after the blast. It is illegal to remove any Trinitite but you can buy some (it was once legal). I settled for the picture though I was tempted.



Saturday, July 30, 2005

Home. Yellowstone Trip Ends. ODOMETER:


Thursday, July 28, 2005

Last planned stop:


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