Category Archives: national parks

Winter Memory

Daytime High Arctic ice crusts the inside length of the cabin door. The ancient space heater sputters. We dress quickly in the cold seeking a hot morning meal before venturing into magic, the landscape of Yellowstone – – standing lodgepoles … Continue reading

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Lost Canyon Adventure

After graduating from college in California, we moved to Michigan, where my husband started law school.  The weather there is bitterly cold in winter and so hot in summer that life doesn’t seem worth living (before the days of universal … Continue reading

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Oh, You Uncommon Loon/Heart Lake Bliss

Early this August we went backpacking for the second year at Heart Lake in Yellowstone.  The distance is eight miles from trailhead to lake and another two miles around to our campsite.  Some campsites are as much as five miles … Continue reading

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Time for a Master Swim Lesson

heading home

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East Side Views – Heart Lake

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Backpacking at Heart Lake in Yellowstone

This summer we spent 4 days, 3 nights backpacking at Heart Lake in Yellowstone.  We have been to Heart Lake before on day hikes.  But it’s a long way in – more than 8 miles to the lake itself – … Continue reading

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Dead Tree Breathing

Sound of Dead Tree Breathing Wind-driven bellows empty and fill cavity vibrates with rasping breath wistful music of standing death On the DeLacy Creek trail to Shoshone Lake in Yellowstone National Park, we heard this tree filling its tree lungs.  … Continue reading

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Backpacking in Yellowstone/The Merger

Backpacking in Yellowstone Hoped-for submersion auspicious inversion civilizing subversion total immersion The Merger Speak not of boardrooms of quick-voiced chaos and closed-in spaces __________________ rather, into quiet ease – the lullaby of birdsong wind’s dance with the trees refrain of … Continue reading

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Spring in Canyonlands and Green River, Utah

Last week we rented an RV and took our dogs to Utah. We love going there in the spring. But dogs are not permitted on trails in the national parks, and it’s generally too hot – or too uncomfortable – … Continue reading

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Grand Tetons and Yellowstone in Late Spring

(late Monica, too) Some photos from our spring trip:

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