Early morning along Route 9 between Fair Play and  Buena Vista, Colorado.

Sunday, last day of June…. just back yesterday from…..northern New Mexico -> southwestern Colorado -> Utah -> southern Idaho -> Oregon coast -> Portland -> into Washington, abandon Vancouver (thanks RAIN!) -> northern Idaho -> western Montana -> western Wyoming -> Frisco, Colorado -> home to New Mexico

Lots and lots of hours passed in the car [praise be to my little red Subaru!] through miles and miles of wrenchingly beautiful country. 

The Oregon Coast, north of Yachats

Some highlights:

— every nook and cranny of the Oregon coast

— the road through eastern Oregon and Bend and Eugene to get to said coast

— the Oregon State Park system

— Portland. Every. Last. Thing. About. It.

Camping in Oregon


— Route 12 all the way from western Washington to Montana

— northern Idaho

— US Forest Service campgrounds

— the green banks of Montana sewn in along blue rivers and mountain forests

— the Yellowstone River

— the rugged, jagged, sweeping wall of the Grand Tetons

Cruising the eastern flank of the Grand Tetons

— early morning light on the Rockies, welcoming us home

— wildflowers along the Continental divide 

Morning in Wyoming



— reading

— drawing

— thinking

— dreaming

— hooking up with long-ago friends

— being completely unplugged and newsless for two weeks

— every last bakery, eatery, coffee house, brew pub and food truck between here and Portland and back again

Descending from Hoosier Pass down into Alma, Colorado.