We emerged unsettled but unscathed from our visit to the remote areas of Eastern Oregon, and after crossing the Cascades we discovered a wonderland of green. After months of seeing dry, sagebrush-filled landscapes, the leafy moisture of the Columbia River Gorge is almost hard to fathom. I’ve definitely been unreasonably excited to see moss on … Read moreThe Columbia River Gorge: It’s Gorge-ous!
Even after being on the road for almost 8 months, even after extensive reading of reviews, even after plenty of time spent analyzing satellite maps, we are still encountering places that completely defy our expectations. Eastern Oregon is one of those places. We were in the area mostly to see the John Day Fossil Beds … Read moreStrange Isolation at John Day Fossil Beds
Boise’s population of around 300,000 and its role as the capital of the state make the city comparable in some respects to Tallahassee, Florida, our home-state capital. But unlike Tallahassee, which is a relatively small town in a state with multiple major metropolitan areas, Boise is also the largest city in the state by a … Read moreBig City Living in Boise
If I had told Ken that we should walk for miles and miles on the soft upper sand dunes of a Florida beach, with no prospect of actually going in the ocean, he would have thought I was crazy. And with good reason – everyone knows that the only good place to walk on the … Read moreDunes, Dark Skies, and Data at Bruneau Dunes
Given our interest in geology and national parks, and our need to make a few stops as we made our way across Idaho, it was clear that we had to plan a visit to Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, located just south of the popular Sun Valley area. This is a fairly … Read moreStaying Weird at Craters of the Moon