Camping / The West

East to Devils Tower and the Badlands

Devils Tower from the Base Trail

Thermopolis, WY was the most western point on our trip.  After we concluded our visit there, we headed east through the Big Horn Mountains into South Dakota towards Devils Tower and the Badlands.

Camping / The West

Thermopolis Wyoming Redux

Hole in the Wall Bar, Hot Springs County Museum, Thermopolis, WY

We spent several wonderful days in one of favorite places on earth–Thermopolis, Wyoming.  We were pleased to find that the town hasn’t changed much in the last 30 years.

Camping / Cruising

Casper to Thermopolis, Post Eclipse

Looking For Mud Cracks in the Phosphoria Formation

We were to spend the days post eclipse leisurely revisiting some of our old haunts before we left Wyoming. 


2017 Eclipse Day in Wyoming With New Friends

We finally found a place where we weren’t run off to watch the eclipse.  The eclipse itself wasn’t as spectacular as I thought it would be, but the sharing the experience with our new friends made it special.

adventure / Camping

Eclipse 2017–Setting Up Our Staging Area in Wyoming

Trail Riding in La Bonte Canyon WY

We did not know how crowded and crazy it would be along the path of the total eclipse in Wyoming.  We wanted to be in place several days beforehand, but we kept getting kicked out of areas that we thought were on public land.

adventure / Camping

Four Nights from Georgia to Wyoming–Eclipse Trip 2017

Looking Out Over the Nebraska Sand Hills

We worked our way quickly west to stage ourselves for the eclipse.  We camped along lakes in Mississippi and Arkansas, in the sand hills of Nebraska, and finally in our beloved Wyoming mountains.

adventure / Bicycling / Camping

The Long Road to the Eclipse

2017 Eclipse Road Trip Route

We took a long road trip to Wyoming to see the total eclipse.  We could have made a day trip to north Georgia to see it, but we’ve been wanting to return to the West for a long time.  We decided to kill two birds with one stone by seeing the eclipse out in Wyoming.

adventure / Bicycling / Camping

Maybe I Could Do Credit Card Touring?

Loaded Down for Bike Touring

I think I may have found a way to get into bike touring.  The concept is called “credit card touring.”  This is a lazy and lightweight way to do some miles on your bicycle.  You don’t carry much more than a “credit card” when you tour.

Camping / Family travel

Federal Senior Pass–National Parks For Free

Federal Senior Pass

If you are 62 or older, for a lifetime fee of $10 you can get a pass for free entrance to all national parks and federal lands.  You can also get 50% off camping fees.

Camping / Family travel

Our Driving Tour of the Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

Art Installation Metis Gardens, Gaspe Peninsula, Quebec

After being home most of the summer, we overcompensated by taking an unresearched driving trip through the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec.  We circumnavigated the Peninsula on Route 132, stopping at lighthouses, historical monuments and scenic views.  The Long Drive You may wonder why we decided to drive from Georgia all the way up to easternmost Quebec.  It was basically an unplanned trip.  The first part of the summer was taken up with a family member’s doctor’s appointments and ongoing medical care.  We had a family reunion right in the middle of the summer, and we needed to be back