Image data from Kyle Asfahl

Flora and Fauna

Western Pilgrimage Pt. VIII: UT

#1 and #1.5 at Bear Lake. UT HWY 30. 2011.8

Logan Valley. UT HWY 89. 2011.8

Under renovation. Logan, UT. 2011.8

UT HWY 30. 2011.8

UT I-15. 2011.8

Beautiful Utah.


Western Pilgrimage Pt. VII: CO

A stoic co-pilot #2. US HWY 40, CO. 2011.8

Proper bike-theft prevention. Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

This is the 'Boat. Routt County, CO. 2011.8

Rural Routt County, CO. 2011.8

Routt County yurt lifestyle. 2011.8

Routt county rural substrate. 2011.8

Into the aspen groves. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Fly agaric (Amanita muscaria). Mount Zirkel Wilderness, Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Unidentified seed pod. Mica basin, Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Alpine hiking is hard work. Mica basin, Mount Zirkel Wilderness. Routt NF, CO. 2011.8

Fine place for a camp. Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Lake in all her evening glory. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

My favorite, rewarding her feet after a long hike. Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Drinking water. Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Captain McIntosh knows alpine campfires. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Sunrise portrait of Little Agnes in a calm Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Steady as she goes, an inch at a time (Castilleja occidentalis). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Partytime Stega, a native of Routt County, does his yoga in the Mica basin morning sunlight. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Pico finds the important things in the alpine. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Valerian (Valeriana spp.). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Early blue violet (Viola adunca). Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Favorite's favorite rock. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

The sunny alpine meadows of Mica Basin are filled with fun rocks. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

A shot for the Moms. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Pico obviously had concerns about Captain McIntosh's alpine lake polar bear dip. Mica Basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mica Lake benthic view. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Warming up after a cold dip in Mica Lake. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

State flower, Colorado columbine (Aquilegia coerulea). Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja miniata). Mica basin. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Captain McIntosh and afternoon light in the aspens. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

The glittery, mica-laden substrate of Gilpin Creek. Mount Zirkel Wilderness, CO. 2011.8

Near Fishcreek Falls, just outside Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

The Routt County countryside can be so tiring. 2011.8

"See ya!" Steamboat Springs, CO. 2011.8

Dropping down out of South Central Wyoming lead us into the seamingly boundless high country of Northern Colorado.  Family hospitality, natural hot springs and a backpacking trip to the alpine with Captain McIntosh were a welcome reprieve from the long stretches of asphalt that had brought us West.  This post is about summertime Colorado lifestyle.

 


Western Pilgrimage Pt. IV: IA

Camping a stone's throw from the Mississippi River. Dubuque County, IA. 2011.8

Old river city of Dubuque, IA. 2011.8

Part 4 in a series chronicling our move out West.  Crossing the Mississippi River for the last time on our trip, we headed west out of Wisconsin and into the belly of the American breadbasket.


Western Pilgrimage Pt. 3: WI

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Gloria's new cadillac rests in her garden. Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

A content Pico. Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Cadillac lifestyle on Pleasant Drive. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

CamRock Trail. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Lake Ripley benthic view. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Nelumbo nucifera. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Formerly Rockdale Millpond. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

CamRock Trail. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Cambridge lifestyle. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Lake Ripley. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Favorites. Lake Ripley. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Cambridge. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Salov parents. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Typic Shoreplace. Cambridge. Jefferson County, WI. 2011.8

Favorite on E Rockdale Rd. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Gloria at Koshkonong Creek. Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Farm life is tough on Pico. Salov Farm. Dane County, WI. 2011.8

Part 3 in a series about our move out West.  Blissful Wisconsin summertime is the theme.


Western Pilgrimage Pt. 2: IL

Sangamon County, IL. 2011.8

Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Millennium Park. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Underbelly of the AIC. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Millennium Park. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Robots everywhere. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Our adventurers. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

No turn on red. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Welcome to Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Medill lifestyle. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

The rooftop gardens at Medill. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Fullerton artifact. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

A storm brews in Devon. Chicago, IL. 2011.8

Part 2 in a series chronicling our western move.  From Missouri we headed north into the grand flats of Illinois.  Some Chicagoans may insist that Chicago is in fact its own state and these images probably do little in term of debunking that ideal.  However, most of our quality time in Illinois was spent in their great city – hence the concentration.


Western Pilgrimage Pt. 1: MO

Pit-stop loitering. Urbana, MO. 2011.8

In the first days of August, 2011, our little family packed up all of our worldly things and set out to move to the west coast of the U.S.  This post is Part 1 of a series illustrating our move and adventures throughout a month on the road, state by state.  Heading directly north and leaving Arkansas to deal with it’s 46+ celsius temperatures, our adventures started in Missouri.


Street music

A would-be alleyway jam session off Central Ave. in Benton County, AR. 2011.5


Block Street Block Party

A hotdog-eating Champion and a rope-jumper. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

Characters. Some questionable, some not. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

Mr. Knox's chalky impressions of me next to the real thing. Photo Credit: Luke Knox. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

The horde with the Grillenium Falcon lurking in the shadows. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

The newlyweds. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

My happy new parents. Block Street. Washington County, AR. 2011.5

A few views of Fayetteville, Arkansas’ first ever Block Street Block Party, a summer community music and goodtimes festival.


Buffalo Bachelors

Toots at the first camp. Clever stencil by MH2. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

Our Nation's first National River. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

Baby Northern Map Turtle (Graptemys geographica) at the first camp. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

Toots and MH2 are repeat offenders on the Buff. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011

The cool kids. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

What happens when you float the Buff with a professional stone mason (Padre). Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

A proper bachelor's party necessarily involves pulling a few of these out of the river. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

The breakfast nook at second camp. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

The Captain leads us under a low cut on our way to Carver. Buffalo River. Newton County, AR. 2011.5

I decided to get married, so it seemed like a good idea to head out to the woods for an Arkansas style bachelor party.  In that spirit, Padre, G-diddy, Nyla, MH2, Toots, The Captain and I all headed out to our Nation’s first National River for a few nights of fishing, floating, camping and other celebrations of freedom.


kitchen bandit

Five-lined Skink (Eumeces fasciatus) who should have been eating ants in the kitchen. Washington County, AR. 2011.7