Category Archives: National Parks

Season Update — Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota

Crazy Horse.  Four Mount Rushmores could fit inside his head (which it still the only part finished).

Wow, it’s been something like three months since we’ve updated the blog!  We’re just not good at this blogging thing.  Between work and play, there’s just not much time left for documenting it.  (By the way, if you’ve got Instagram, we do update that quite frequently. We’re “the_ls_calypso” on there). We just had two days of fall weather, officially after Labor Day.  Time to summarize everything else that has happened since Spring. We spent time in Salt Lake City, where we had some of the best food of the trip so far — not what we expected.  Amazing mole at …read more »


Mellow Day in the Woods Before Moving On


Three-day weekends always make it harder for me to get back in the groove of working.  I can’t say that the four official days of this work-week were my most productive.  But hey, today was Saturday again, so I got to lay off myself for while.  We decided to take a drive down one of the forest roads, but could tell that we were going nowhere, really, except through more trees.  We came back asked the campground hosts where there was to go around here other than the Grand Canyon, and they told us, “Oh everywhere! Take any of the …read more »


A Grand, Quiet Canyon

Dennis looks out from Point Imperial

We arrived in Jacob Lake, Arizona yesterday. We’re staying at the only campground with hook-ups anywhere near the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It’s a nice, wooded campground, and we lucked out in not only getting one of the more spacious sites, but one that backs up against the Kaibob National Forest, so we have a nice view of the woods outside of our dinette window.  It’s so nice to get back out of the desert, even if it’s only for a short time — we’re headed back up to Salt Lake City next, so Dennis can make a …read more »


Drive-Ins, Canyons and Childhood Memories

The product of geological layers, temperature extremes and water

We spent the last week at Shooting Star Drive-In in Escalante, Utah.  First, about Escalante:  It’s in the middle of nowhere and everywhere at the same time.  It’s a tiny island of a town surrounded by National Forest land: Dixie, Grand Staircase, Capitol Reef… check out the map—Escalante’s that little red-and-yellow patch in the middle. I’m not sure what I was more excited about — Shooting Star Drive-In, our home for the week or visiting Bryce Canyon. First, about the Drive-In.  That’s what it’s called, and it does, indeed have a drive-in (grab some popcorn at the “Snack Shack” Airstream, pick a vintage convertible to …read more »