Saturday, September 30, 2017

Golden Afternoon in the Meadow

The sunsets were my favorite time of day on our camping trip.  There were really no great colors in the clouds, but rather it was the golden light that flooded our meadow, touching every grassy blade, that was so magical.  

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Milky Way

There was no light pollution where we were camping, so I wanted to try photographing the Milky Way.  I always assumed you needed far more advanced equipment than what I have, but I was wrong.  This is with my Nikon D810, and while I am sure you can get better results with different equipment, I was quite pleased with my first try.  I spent three nights after the sun set, bundled up in my winter coat, flashlighting the bushes for bears, and fiddling with the settings on my camera until I was happy.

Monday, September 25, 2017


We were surprised to find wildflowers everywhere we looked.  We were above 10,000 feet so August is when the weather is just right for them to bloom.  This is lupine, backlit by the setting sun.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Our Beautiful Meadow

Our beautiful meadow, which we had all to ourselves during the eclipse.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Moon Lake

Moon Lake was at the end of the road we had driven to find our camping spot.  Fishing was a bust, but it sure was pretty!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Truck Camping

The Toyota Tundra, in its native habitat, haha.  We bought this awesome vehicle when we lived in Wyoming, and loved it because it could go nearly anywhere, and also because it is like driving a sofa.  Even after 12 hours in the car, your body doesn't feel too bad.  My husband built a platform in the back and put in a foam mattress topper.  Boy, was that nice to sleep on.  Except all the karate moves my child does in her sleep.  But waaaaaaay better than sleeping on the ground.  He also installed some solar panels so we had lights inside the truck bed, and a place to charge our devices.  Because, not gonna lie, it was nice to let the little one watch some t.v. on those chilly mornings while we read.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

Good fishing

My husband found an excellent lake to fish on our trip.  We had to blaze a trail over rock fields, through the forest, and through some tall bushes that lined the lake (I was on high bear alert - eek) but it was totally worth it.  He pulled out so many brook trout - and threw back all but what we could eat.  And let me tell you, they were the best eating trout I have ever tasted.  And not a bear in sight.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Solar Eclipse

We knew southeastern Wyoming was going to get a lot of folks coming up from the Denver area, so we decided to go up in the Shoshone National Forest to view the solar eclipse.  I was not really set up to take photos... this was a last minute trip... but I liked this one where the flare is crescent shaped. Mostly I just looked up in wonder - it was truly an amazing sight.  I loved how awed my daughter was, too.  When it was over, she said, "But I want every day to be eclipse day."  Goober.

Monday, September 11, 2017

The Road Home

We got the chance to visit some old friends in Guernsey, WY on our trip.  Since we had moved back east, they had bought a beautiful piece of property along the North Platte River and built a home. They had us over for dinner and showed us their place, and we of course started daydreaming about having a place like this one day for ourselves.  This photo is looking up their road.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Near Guernsey

Isn't this beautiful country?  It looked a little greener than normal because the area had just gotten some good rains right before we came.  This is a view from the Oregon Trail Ruts path.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Let's Go Fly A Kite

I packed the kite for our trip to Wyoming, because it is frequently windy there.  We hadn't had a chance to fly it here this spring, but it got a workout on this trip.  Bri knew a good piece of public land between Wheatland and Guernsey so we pulled it out and had a blast.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Painted Lady

We found this painted lady butterfly feeding on the thistle at Register Cliff in Wyoming.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Register Cliff


On our way to Guernsey we did a little sightseeing.  First we stopped at Register Cliff, where pioneers on the Oregon Trail would stop to carve their names into the limestone bluffs and camp along the North Platte River.  

Friday, September 1, 2017

The Open Road

After our night at Johnson Reservoir, we spent the day around Wheatland, WY, where we used to live.  We had lunch at the diner, bought some groceries at the Safeway to fill up our cooler, and hit the Shopko (no longer a Pamaida) for a few things we had forgotten.  Then we drove past Greyrocks Reservoir on the way to Guernsey.  I always loved driving this back way between the towns we lived in and worked in.  It's still as beautiful as ever... some things never change.