I parked La Tortue beside the pristine Smith River in Jedediah Smith State Park last night, a preserve of old and second-growth redwood trees. Today, I walked in a grove where fire had swept through hundreds of years ago; many of the oldest trees were scarred by the flames, but continued to adapt and even […]
Neil is my mechanic for the vehicle that will power my trip to the redwood forests beginning next week. The 1996 Rialta 21 ft. camper van needed a little work, including a multi-function switch. Too bad Neil can’t install one in my writer’s brain: it’s a challenge to remember all the small packing details […]
This is the Arrow Lakes Reservoir, where Columbia River water is collected and held in Canada under the Columbia River Treaty, for use downstream in the U.S. One of the tell-tale signs of a reservoir is trees having fallen like soldiers along the unstable shoreline from the raising and lowering of the water for hydro-power […]
I came across this bear skull set on a cedar stump in a selectively logged forest in July, 2015. Over a foot long, the skull’s front fangs are gone. The back molars, made for chewing up berries, grubs and vegetation, confirm the jaw of an omnivore. The stump and the skeleton may both be […]
She is a coyote crossed with sheltie, a gift from the dense woods on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. Dellie goes everywhere with me, and picks up many friends along the way, even some who gift her with crowns of woven Hawk’s weed. This invasive plant has never looked so good.