Buffalo Crossing

Got some great video at Yellowstone National Park of a herd of bison crossing the Yellowstone River at sunset. They are huge, shaggy, magnificent creatures and watching them swim across the river was mesmerizing.Read More

The long, empty highways of the west

I don't think I've ever enjoyed driving as much as I have in Wyoming. After leaving Yellowstone, we headed south through the Grand Tetons, only to be terribly disappointed that these magnificent mountains were covered by haze. Partially from the heat, which has baked the west as it has the rest of the country, and […]Read More

I’m one happy Yellowstone camper

I am one happy camper. In fact, Jennifer says the picture of me below is the happiest she has ever seen me. After most of five days in Yellowstone National Park in our Roadtrek, I am leaving with great reluctance. I'm trying to think of a place that has so connected with me, so satisfied […]Read More

Grizzlies, Wolves and Travertine

The land of contrasts that is Yellowstone also applies to the weather. The overnight temperature dipped to 34 degrees and we awoke Sunday to an overcast sky. This was a day we dedicated to the big things of Yellowstone. Before heading into the park, we spent some time at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center, […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West: Yellowstone’s majesty

Today was a big day. Everything at Yellowstone is big. Very big. We had every intention of driving the upper loop today, another 100 miler after the 100-mile lower lop we did yesterday. But, as we suspect is common at Yellowstone, we got waylaid by the grandeur and lingered over the attractions we were passing. […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West Arrives at Yellowstone

My eyes hurt. Yellowstone National Park is so beautiful, so big, so geographically and geologically diverse that after 12 hours of hiking, photographing and standing around this park with our eyes open that we're overwhelmed. The video above was taken right at sunset…that's why it's dark. But it was so cool I had to show […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West continues… with still more problems

The good news is, after spending $2,412.95 at the Mercedes dealer in Billings, MT, our Roadtrek is fixed. Sort of. The new turbo vane motor and a turbo resonator have been installed, though Mercedes calls the later a Noise Silencer. Whatever. They insist that the things they repaired were the sources of my problem when […]Read More

The Open Mike RV Tour West: The Black Hills are Turning Red

Blame it on a beetle. A massive infestation of the pine beetle is killing off staggering stands of the dark green, majestic mountain pines that give the rolling hills their name. It's happening fast and although the National Park Service has launched an extensive tree thinning and treatment program, the beetle is winning. The forest […]Read More

The Beautiful Badlands – The Open Mike RV Tour continues

I don't know why they call it the Badlands. It's big and wild and rugged and beautiful. I guess if I were on horseback, or trying tp pull a wagon train, or being chased by Indians here, maybe the name would fit. But after driving it in my Roadtrek, peddling it on my mountain bike […]Read More

America’s River Makes for a Great Picnic Spot

They call it America's River – the Mississippi – flowing 2,300 miles from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. It's big and busy, with barges and riverboats and pleasure craft. And along a great little bicycle path hard on the eastern banks of the Mississippi in Rock Island, Ill., we parked the Roadtrek, fired up […]Read More

Taking my RV in for a checkup

Like the nervous feeling we get when we visit a doctor's office for a check-up, so it is when we take our RVs in for service. There's so much that could be wrong. But just as we feel relieved and elated when we leave the doctor with a clean bill of health, so we want […]Read More

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