Category Archives: outdoors

Dinosaur NM and Steamboat Lake SP

We took a weekend camping trip to northwestern Colorado and a little bit of Utah. We made our first trip to Dinosaur National Monument and saw the Dinosaur Quarry and hiked the Fossil Discovery Trail in 97 degree heat. We also visited the Natural History Museum in Vernal, UT.

The following day we went to Steamboat Lake (a favorite place of ours in CO) to do some canoeing.
We camped at the KOA in Steamboat Springs which was ok, but more crowded and not as scenic as the Steamboat Lake campground. We camped there last year and loved it.

We saw a bald eagle, golden eagle and a beaver but couldn’t get photos because we were on the road and couldn’t pull over in time. The golden eagle was especially cool. I had never seen one and it was huge.

The Central Coast via Highway 1

The Central Coast via Highway 1

I lived three years on the Central Coast of California in the early 2000s and, along with subsequent visits as a family, we’ve gotten to know the area pretty well. The Central Coast is a laid-back sanctuary about halfway between the LA and Bay Area metro areas and a world apart from the traffic gridlock of those metropolises. Read on…

Wildlife of Alaska

Wildlife of Alaska

No state can compare with Alaska for wildlife. In this huge state where wilderness still reigns supreme, the challenge is more about traversing the wild interior than it is about finding nature. The other challenge is that while a plethora of wildlife might be visible, it is often at a GREAT distance. The more powerful the zoom lens, the better. View the gallery…

Wildlife of Tennessee

Wildlife of Tennessee

I spent a couple days in the Smoky Mountains which was enough time to see some of the wild animals and enjoy the beautiful fall foliage of this spot of the Appalachians. With abundant rainfall the Smoky Mountains are the most biodiverse spot in the entire continental United States. View the Gallery

Lory State Park

We got out as a whole family and drove north to Fort Collins to do some hiking. We found Lory State Park right outside town by the Horsetooth Reservoir and hiked the short but steep Arthur’s Rock Trail. Then we headed to town for some good food and beer at the CooperSmith’s Brewery.

I got my first photo of a western tanager and assorted other plants and animals.