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Western Adventure – Day 8

Well, we’re here. In the southwest part of Colorado. Our southern-most port. And I’m glad to land for a few days. The big birding stop of the day was Highline Lake State Park. It’s so hot that the pickings are slim. Just to check, I looked at eBird tonight and it confirms that June is one of the worst months…

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Western Adventure – Day 7

Dirt roads. No internet signal (so no maps.) A very long day. We hit the road early today to a lovely sunrise. The goal for the day was Seedskadee NWR. When we were almost there, we came across Fontenelle Reservoir, where several American white pelicans were hanging out. They still have their breeding humps, which is a fun  reference to get.…

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Western Adventure – Day 6

Ah, Yellowstone day. The day I felt most nervous about. So nervous, in fact, that I woke up at 4:30 am (not planned) and was on the road by five. The first excitement came with a set of dancing bison. This group was obviously young bachelors who were head butting and running about in a circle. I may have to…

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Western Adventure – Day 5

This morning I loaded up the last minute items and was on the road by 6:30. It’s hard to tell, from a map, what kind of drive to expect. Things will estimate distances, but there are still a lot of unknowns. I headed south, and for the first time drove through “the big hole”, which for some reason I thought…

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Western Adventure – Day 4

And thus, the final day in Hamilton. Everyone headed to church, but because I have Key, I didn’t want to leave him in the car and went back to the Lee Metcalf refuge. From there we took a drive out to where some of Mom and Dad’s ashes are spread, which is a pretty drive. Hamilton is buzzing because the…

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Western Adventure – Day 3

Now settled in at Hamilton, for the next couples of days, it was mostly about fun. Key and I took a walk in the morning (while still cool) then met a friend of my mom’s (and me) to look at horses… …. and then the Lee Metcalf refuge… … and then more horses! After that, it was mostly visiting with…

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Western Adventure – Day 2

Friday morning Key and I woke up and quickly hit the road again. I wanted to hit the National Bison Range (north) before heading further south to see my friends. The range is one of my favorite places in Montana and I’m glad I made the effort to see it. From there I headed down to see family friends. These…

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Western Adventure – Day 1

And we’re off. As a shot marking a big journey, in the manner of the initial Polaroid of Thelma & Louise, this leaves something to be desired. But at least I remembered to take something! We got on the road and hit our first official stop around 10am on Thursday. I don’t believe I have ever stopped at Bonneville Dam,…

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Painting

Prepped, prepared, and pending

I’m on the verge (four sleeps, but who’s counting) of leaving on vacation. I’ve spend the weekend cleaning the car out and re-setting for “trip mode.” I’ve made lists and begun to pack what I can. I’ve been browsing sites to see if something better could be along the route. And frankly, I’ve driven myself nuts. I’m thoroughly sick of…

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Health, Painting

Some days you gotta rest

As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I am not having the best health season. Tuesday I broke down and WENT to see the doctor. While he was very sympathetic and listened to my concerns, the diagnosis is a severe asthma flare up. I don’t know, and it doesn’t matter, if it was allergies, the COVID shots, a sinus…

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