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Water

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.

 


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.


jolly roger

From the decks of Valkyrie. Beaver Reservoir, Benton County, AR. 2010.6

Valkyrie. Beaver Reservoir, Benton County, AR. 2010.6

Pirate gang flash on the high seas. Beaver Reservoir, Benton County, AR. 2010.6

Pirates of the Valkyrie. Beaver Reservoir, Benton County, AR. 2010.6

Valkyrie. Beaver Reservoir, Benton County, AR. 2010.6