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NW Montana - Quick Travels

November 13, 2017 - Last week, we traveled to northwestern Montana. We knew that it would be beautiful; just the name Montana conjures image...
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Western Weekend (UT)

October 30, 2017 - It was a busy weekend besides the usual busyness on life. Heber City hosts a Western Music and Cowboy Poetry event each...
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The Spiral Jetty (Utah)

October 23, 2017 - I've been waiting to see the Spiral Jetty in person for almost a year now, pretty much since we moved to Utah. It is abo...
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Flight Park (Utah)

October 16, 2017 - Have you ever dreamed of flying, of floating peacefully as a fluffy cloud, or maybe of climbing high in the sky to dive...
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Up a Mountain in Utah

October 09, 2017 - Through the canyon and up the mountain - Hobble Creek Canyon to start with, through the Uinta National Forest, and to th...
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Thar's Gold in Them Mountains

October 02, 2017 - I have been eagerly awaiting fall in the mountains, especially for the aspens to turn their magical gold. We camped the...
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Bryce Canyon National Park - Utah

September 21, 2017 - I'm not sure how many times I've been to Bryce now, but it still amazes and I cannot imagine that it will ever cease to...
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Sheepherding Championship (and an owl) - Utah

September 15, 2017 - I think that wherever you live, Labor Day can be a busy weekend. We had many choices of events and things to do, and one...
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Better Than Marshmallows

September 14, 2017 - A favorite of fall is the fires (the controlled kind) - of a campfire, burning piles of leaves, logs in a fireplace, a b...
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Cowboy Days: Rodeo (Evanston, Wyoming)

September 08, 2017 - Labor Day weekend is Cowboy Days in Evanston, Wyoming. We took a little road trip to check it out, starting with Cowboy...
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Mountain Mining: Victor, Colorado

September 01, 2017 - Europeans spread west across the North American Continent in quest of many things. For many, the goal was wealth of one...
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Awaken to Iowa

August 21, 2017 - Usually when we camp, we set up the tent, but sometimes when it's just me and the kids, we sleep in the Jeep (and on rar...
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Wasatch Mountain Range - Utah

August 17, 2017 - If I have the chance, I am "playing bear" (The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain, to see what...
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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

August 11, 2017 - Every time that I visit Badlands National Park, it's a different place. The seasons and weather transform the badlands,...
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Alpine Flower Special at Albion Basin (UTAH)

July 24, 2017 - It's that magic time of year in the Rocky Mountains, that time when the mountain meadows burst into colorful, lovely lif...
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Devils Kitchen - Utah

July 21, 2017 - As promised in our post on Nebo Loop Scenic Byway, here are images of Devil's Kitchen. Devil's Kitchen is a group of red...
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Mutton Bustin' at the Rodeo (UT)

July 14, 2017 - Over the July 4th holiday weekend, we found at least 4 rodeos within about an hour from Salt Lake City. The closest one...
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Nebo Loop Scenic Byway (UTAH)

July 11, 2017 - After driving south on Skyline Drive, we headed north on Nebo Loop Scenic Byway. The road is paved and a much smoother r...
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Skyline Drive (Utah)

July 06, 2017 - Skyline Drive is a seasonal road, unpaved, that runs across mountain ridges in the LaSal-Manti National Forest. It is di...
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The Poppies that Remain

June 29, 2017 - I overheard a woman talking about "fields of poppies" that were in bloom not all that far from us. A quick internet sear...
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Happy Birthday, Puppy!

June 13, 2017 - Jäävuori, (Iceberg), the ball of fur and love is two years old today. He's taught us much and generously given himself t...
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Chaco Culture National Historical Park

June 09, 2017 - Chaco Culture National Historical Park is an awesome place to visit. It offers history, Native American artifacts, beaut...
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Rhododendrons in the Redwood Forest

June 02, 2017 - We traveled to Redwood National Park (California) the second week of May. We hoped to catch the rhododendrons in bloom a...
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Sierra Ridges

May 30, 2017 - In my previous post, I mentioned Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, and I want to share an image of the lake and the...
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Mountain Flowers in Spring

May 26, 2017 - One of the reasons I wanted to make a trip to California was to see the flowers blooming in the Sierras. There was a var...
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Kodachrome Basin State Park (UT)

May 19, 2017 - As magically beautiful as Utah is, you can expect that its state parks are gems and you'd be right. Kodachrome Basin Sta...
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Desert Flowers (for Mothers)

May 14, 2017 - I hope that you didn't forget to send a card or something to those in your life that care for, tend to, and mother you....
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Just Like in the Movies

May 12, 2017 - This scene reminds me of something straight from an old western movie, probably from several old movies. My dad and I us...
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Hoodoos for Everyone

May 05, 2017 - If you've ever been to Bryce Canyon National Park, it would be easy to think that all hoodoos in the world are in this o...
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Petroglyphs

April 28, 2017 - This post is long over due and I apologize as I promised this topic a while ago. Petroglyphs are prehistoric, created by...
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Straight Canyon (UTAH)

April 21, 2017 - As if I didn't need yet another hobby, and an expensive one at that, I am learning to fly fish. Last weekend we took a m...
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Variation in Landscape: Utah

April 07, 2017 - One of the many things that amaze me is the wild variation of the landscape in Utah. Standing in just one spot, dependin...
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Crazy Winter Sport: Skijoring

March 31, 2017 - Cowboys are fun to watch at any time of year, but maybe more so in winter at a skijoring event. This is a competition wh...
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The Little Bighorn Sheep (UT)

March 24, 2017 - The little ones are always the cutest, aren't they? As the adults rested, the young bighorn sheep played. The climbed on...
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Bighorn Sheep of Mt Timpanogos (Utah)

March 13, 2017 - We went to see what hiking would be like near Mt. Timpanogos ("The Timp") and found bighorn sheep. It hadn't even occurr...
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Peaks of Zion National Park (Utah)

March 10, 2017 - As promised, this posting shows West Temple in its most commonly photographed context. West Temple is on the left of the...
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Temple Mountains of Zion National Park (Utah)

March 03, 2017 - West Temple Mountain is an iconic image of Zion NP and one of its highest peaks. This broad shouldered mountain reaches...
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Bryce Canyon with Snow (Utah)

February 24, 2017 - We've been to Bryce a number of times and have camped here while it snowed, but this was our first time visiting during...
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Colors of Kolob Canyons (Utah)

February 17, 2017 - Kolob Canyons are a part of Zion National Park in Utah. It is separate from the main, larger area of the park but well w...
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Red Canyon through the Fog (Utah)

February 13, 2017 - I first discovered Red Canyon several years ago when I was traveling with my son. I've been back to it a few times now,...
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Red Rocks of Echo Canyon - The Difference Focal Point Makes (Utah)

February 04, 2017 - Without looking at a map, I jumped into the Jeep last weekend and headed off to find Wyoming. I knew the direction but d...
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Moose Sunday

January 22, 2017 - I've heard of moose in the area, and today we got to see two of them. We were only minutes from Salt Lake City off the D...
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Ice Castle - Winter Wonderland

January 17, 2017 - We didn't know such a thing existed and stumbled upon information about the ice castle near us. It is the icy substance...
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Fire Performer (Utah)

January 14, 2017 - There is always something amazing to see around here (Utah). Without even looking, we discover too many things for us to...
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Bison on Antelope Island

December 30, 2016 - Wildlife is abundant out here, one of the features of the West that we enjoy. Last week we took a trip to Antelope Islan...
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Olympic Park Utah

December 27, 2016 - In 2002, the winter Olympics were held in Salt Lake City. The skiing events were outside the city near Park City, winter...
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Running Elk in Snow

December 23, 2016 - Elk migrate with seasons. During winters, they generally move down from the mountains where heavy snow makes it difficul...
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Giants of the Forest

December 16, 2016 - Have you seen the redwoods our country has on display? They are magnificent specimens of nature! They can live thousands...
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Scenes of Utah

November 28, 2016 - As we are so very thankful for the beauty of this world, for the place we live, and for the opportunity for adventure, w...
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Sledding the Great Sand Dunes (Colorado)

November 07, 2016 - As mentioned in our previous posting, we rented a specialized sand sled to ride down the giant dunes at Great Sand Dunes...
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Great Sand Dunes National Monument, Colorado

November 04, 2016 - The dunes have always been one of Colorado's highlights. I make sure to visit them every time I am in CO, and I love int...
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Colorado Waters

October 28, 2016 - It seemed that we could not avoid the rivers, not that we would want to, as we traveled across Colorado. Our journey too...
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Watkins Glen New York

October 25, 2016 - During all the years that I lived in NY, I never quite made it to Watkins Glen, but this time, passing through, we stopp...
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Sleeping Bear Dunes - Michigan

October 17, 2016 - Another camping adventure at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore! I didn't think we had enough time last year, so I t...
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Morning Walk in Autumn Rain (northern Illinois)

October 13, 2016 - I love that the dog invites me to go to outside with him each morning--he loves companionship. It had rained all night a...
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Legoland Chicago (Schaumberg)

October 10, 2016 - Finally, we made it to Legoland. We had two grandkids who would not have been happy if we left this off of our bucket li...
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Fair Oaks Farms

October 04, 2016 - Cows, cows, cows, and more cows! Yowza! Did I mention they have cows? They have literally thousands of dairy cows. They...
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Chicago: Sky Deck atop the Willis Tower

September 29, 2016 - Formerly named and still referred to as the Sears Tower, Willis Tower is a monumental building in downtown Chicago. The...
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Indiana Sand Dunes National Lakeshore

September 26, 2016 - This has been our go-to beach during our time at less than an hour away and never crowded. The dunes are much taller tha...
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Shedd Aquarium (Chicago)

September 23, 2016 - It's been a flurry of activity here with so much to do. It makes we wonder what we did we the last three years if there...
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One More Last Goodbye - Chicago Botanic Garden

September 05, 2016 - One more last place that we went for the last time - the Chicago Botanic Garden. We went late in the afternoon during th...
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Wonders Below Earth's Surface

August 10, 2016 - As thrilled as we are to view and experience the majestic heights of the mountains, we are just as excited about the won...
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Nevada, the Surprise

August 05, 2016 - We've spent a lot of time out west over the years, returning frequently when we aren't living out that way, from the Can...
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Wild Wednesday: Another Seal

May 18, 2016 - You can't view too many cute seals photos, right? This one is resting, perhaps even sleeping, in shallow water to keep c...
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Travel Tuesday: Death Valley

May 17, 2016 - One of the things that fascinated me while at Death Valley was the water. I looked for the rivers that flow when there i...
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Travel Tuesday: Grand Canyon Two Ways

May 03, 2016 - Every time that I visit the Grand Canyon I make the statement that next time I will take the time to go to the bottom. I...
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This and That Thursday: Dramatic and Intricate Works of Art in Nature

April 28, 2016 - Mud and wind and eons of time conspire to create intricate and dramatic works of art that architects can only attempt to...
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Travel Tuesday: White Sands Blues

April 12, 2016 - Often as we travel, I cannot be at every site at the perfect time of day -- golden hour and sunset. There are not enough...
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Travel Tuesday: Coast of Maine

January 19, 2016 - As we begin to plan adventure and travel for 2016, we look back at the places we've experienced in 2015. There was a lot...
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Wild Wednesday: Miner's Falls

October 14, 2015 - What is more wild than a natural waterfall in the wilds of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along the shores of Lake Supe...
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Travel Tuesday: Two Lighthouses of Michigan's Upper Peninsula

October 13, 2015 - I had no idea until our recent trip to Michigan that they had more than 100 lighthouses! It makes sense when you conside...
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Travel Tuesday: Split Rock Lighthouse (Minnesota)

September 29, 2015 - What is it about lighthouses that is so captivating? I think we are drawn to the lonesomeness and stalwartness of it. Th...
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Fun Friday: Minnesota Adventure

September 18, 2015 - We just returned from a camping trip at Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) in northern Minnesota. Yes, we took a puppy ca...
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Sensational Saturday: Shadow and Light in a Slot Canyon

June 07, 2014 - Do you know what a slot canyon is? Like any canyon, it has steep sides, but slot canyons are narrow, like the slots you...
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Travel Tuesday: The Grand Canyon

June 03, 2014 - Have you ever been to the Grand Canyon? Do you remember your first view of it? It is not like mountains that you see as...
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Misty Chicago Skyline

January 14, 2014 - Chicago is a lively destination for tourists, students, and business people from around the world. Even in winter with a...
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Cows on Winter Prairie

January 10, 2014 - Sometimes we do crazy things, like go for a drive in a blizzard. We love to see how weather conditions change the way th...
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Pheasant in Snow

January 02, 2014 - We were traveling along country roads of Illinois early one evening when we came upon pheasants in the corn fields, fiel...
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Do Not Worry

December 29, 2013 - Crouse Photography prays that you know peace.
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Train Cars at Golden Hour

December 19, 2013 - These old trains were like friends to me when we lived in Virginia, and I miss them. This image was taken on one of my l...
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Apfel Kuchen with Recipe

December 07, 2013 - This is one of our favorite desserts and perfect for our holidays. Almost any dessert with apples is a favorite at our...
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Local Weather

November 29, 2013 - Winters get cold in the midwest and the wind makes it feel really, really cold. This coat is a great way to stay warm wh...
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Fog on the Farm

November 04, 2013 - In the early morning hours, this farm in rural Illinois is shrouded in fog. As the sun continues to rise, though, the fa...
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Sign Study

October 16, 2013 - We like to notice signs. I guess that's the purpose of signs, so it's good that we do this. Mostly signs are information...
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Art in the City

October 12, 2013 - Art abounds in the outdoors of many cities, mostly in the form of sculpture, design, and architecture. Crystal City (Was...
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Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

October 08, 2013 - If you have not explored Chicago, IL, then you are missing out on so much fun! Things to do, places to see, foods to eat...
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Barns and Harvested Field

October 04, 2013 - Our new location puts us directly on the line where rural meets the suburbs of Chicagoland. If we turn left, we have tra...
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Swallowtail in the Garden

July 18, 2013 - Summer is a time of activity for butterflies. Visit a garden or meadow and you will probably see butterflies fluttering...
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Lavendula after the Rain

June 13, 2013 - Breezes scented with this wondrous flower greet me as I open my doors, and the hum of bees tending to the bracts provide...
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Montezuma’s Castle

May 22, 2013 - Traveling through Arizona, taking the long way to the Superstition Mountains, we came upon this cliff dwelling. There ar...
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