Now we must take our leave of the fine company at the Roosevelt Rendezvous. Our last morning dawned fine and bright, and we gathered our gear and headed for the lodge for breakfast. About half of the group took advantage of an early morning wildlife watching tour, but we had to get going back to Bozeman […]Read more "One More for the Road"
The last full day of the Rendezvous dawned clear and very cold. They said it was in the ‘teens overnight, and I can accept that. Much of the conversation in our cabin focused on the virtues of home insulation products. Today the Resident Expert and I have chosen different paths. I was up for another hike, […]Read more "Our Separate Ways"
On Day 2 of the Roosevelt Rendezvous we selected the “Hellroaring to Home” outing, mainly because of the name. The hike sounded interesting, but c’mon: Hellroaring. The trailhead takes its name from a creek that flows to the Yellowstone River. Old-time prospector A.H. Hubble named it so in the 1860’s, when asked about the creek that […]Read more "Hellroaring to Home"
It was in May of 2013, on our first visit to Yellowstone, that we heard about the Roosevelt Rendezvous. One of the naturalists at the Yellowstone Association told us about it. After the Roosevelt Lodge in Yellowstone closes for the season, there’s a special four-night gathering, the Rendezvous, where visitors stay in the Roughrider Cabins, […]Read more "The Rendezvous"
The Farallones. For years these rocky islands have drawn our interest, as they come and go in their mysterious way when you have a chance to look out to sea. Here we see them from Russian Ridge, a good 50 miles away, on a reasonably clear day. They can appear much closer when viewed from the […]Read more "Adventure on the High Seas"
We ventured south, in a rare visit to the lower part of the state, and stopped at the top of the Grapevine at Frazier Park, in order to hike Mt. Pinos the next morning. Here’s what the summit of Mt. Pinos looked like that day. Along with USA Today, our motor lodge offered The Mountain […]Read more "The Mountain Enterprise"
If you consider yourself part of the Nation, then I suggest you take full advantage of your National Forests. Not only does the USFS offer good, off the beaten track campgrounds, but you can also basically camp elsewhere anywhere you like, for free, if you can find a good spot in the hundreds of millions of […]Read more "Dispersed"
After our breakout camping season last year I started hearing the song “Wild Child” by Mr. Brett Dennen on the radio. It does such a fine job of summing up the good times in the great outdoors as we have experienced them, it seemed like a souvenir of the summer. So he earned himself an entry […]Read more "Smoke and Mirrors"
This area of the state is largely unknown to us. We visited Lassen NP once, and ran a marathon in Susanville, but have not explored the Northeast corner further. I got the notion that we should venture out for an overnight stay in Paradise, which is in the foothills above Chico, so that’s what we […]Read more "Trip Report: Butte County"
You get two days for your own personal use, and then they make you work five days. Seems all wrong, doesn’t it? Well, that’s the deal, like it or not. So we put our 48 hours to good use: I ran in a local 5K (I finished, let’s leave it at that) on Saturday morning, then we […]Read more "They Give You Two Days"