Sacred Ground

It’s hard for me to put into words how I feel about the Little Bighorn National Battlefield. On the one hand, it is hallowed ground; hundreds of veterans from all of the nation’s wars are buried in the national cemetery here. And 250 soldiers gave their lives here in service of their country. But it’s the reason they gave their lives that gives me pause. The Battle of the Little Bighorn — “Custer’s Last Stand” — was a pivotal point … Continue reading

Top o’the World, Ma!

On Aug. 10, leaving Yellowstone National Park through the Northeast Gate, we headed in that direction on U.S. 212, the Beartooth Highway. About 15 miles out, we began to see smoke on the horizon. As we neared, the air was thick with gray smoke. We later found out that lightning had struck, and more than 3,000 acres were burning at Hunter Peak in the Shoshone National Forest. As of Aug. 15, it was still burning. Structures have been evacuated; trails … Continue reading

Yellowstone Stories

Someday we’ll return and really do Yellowstone. This time, the most important member of our expedition, the Intrepid Lucy, was limited. The National Park System is not dog friendly. So, if she couldn’t do it, neither did we. No trails. No boardwalks. No visitor centers. No museums. We still had a fine time. We made adjustments. We took turns; while one of us explored a geologic feature, the other stayed in the car with Lucy. It was the only solution … Continue reading

Le Voyage Extraordinaire!

Great literature is stacked with tales of quests, journeys, pilgrimages and voyages. From “Jason & the Argonauts” to “The Canterbury Tales” to “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” to “Around the World in Eighty Days” to “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” to “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” these stories are, boiled down to their essence, about the same thing: Road Trip! Characters are taken out of their familiar surroundings and given a purpose — destroy the One Ring; find the … Continue reading