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Denver airport, Gate B94. 8:43 a.m. The area is filling in for flights to Midland, TX, Little Rock, AR, Colorado Springs, CO, and Huntsville, AL. A baby cries in the midst of the general chatter. Two men are laughing louder than the most of the sleepy travelers are interesting in hearing. My youngest eats a... Continue Reading →

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yellowstone musings – 7

Let's start with the negative, just to get it out of the way. Seeing the high mountains reminded me that I've always dreamed of climbing mountains, and have never done it.  There's something about approaching 50 years old that makes you think you won't accomplish things if you haven't even started yet. I'm pretty sure... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 6

This morning I rose from my slumber at 6 something, and as MCL slept in, I took a stroll on a trail along the shore of Jackson Lake. By myself, so to speak.  As much as I love my people, a solo stroll (can’t really call this a hike – just didn’t qualify in my... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 5

Last night we stayed in a rustic cabin at Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park. No tv, no wifi, no radio, no cell service. Glorious. It has a metal roof, so when a shower comes through the valley, we enjoy the audio benefits without the downside of being cold, wet or miserable. And we engage... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 4

Our next stop would be the most fascinating yet. Given the source of what we were witnessing, I repeatedly wondered how Dante Alighieri would have described it. We saw multitudes of hydrothermal land features: geysers, vents, fumaroles, boiling ponds, paint pots. Ridiculous. Colorful. All the result of the fact that thousands of feet below was... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 3

Our first encounter with bison was our sighting of a small herd snacking at a stream in a valley. Calves were frolicking around the huge beasts without a care that there were cars lined up on the road above to gawk and wonder how close they could get with their respective soul-grabbing devices. The Tetunka... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 2

I awakened to sunlight streaming through the blinds at 5:47 a.m., and made sausage and egg biscuits for MCL as they got up and began readying for the day. I think I woke up at least 4 times to use the bathroom in the night, and on the last trip I may have broken my... Continue Reading →

yellowstone musings – 1

Family Vacation. The phrase divines images of rv's, wood sided station wagons, rambunctious kids, Chevy Chase and Christie Brinkley, and lifelong memories - good and bad. One of the top bucket list destinations for the classic family vacation is Yellowstone National Park. Halfway between the equator and the North Pole, if a nature lover thought... Continue Reading →

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