Think I am just thinking.

Words are but thoughts made visible.

Indoor Toilet – Outdoors!

Indoor Toilet - Outdoors!

Previously I was talking about a Teddy Bear, not being very cuddly. Well, one other thing I saw down in the deserts of southern California was an indoor toilet, which was not indoors.

Who would have thought anyone would put a standard indoor toilet outside, and just surround it by a rather low 6-7 foot wall. Perhaps this was done this way as a means to encourage people not to stay too long? And, I will admit, you don’t need a big vent fan or candles!

Still, there is so much about this that just does not seem right to me?

April 13, 2013 Posted by | hiking, thinking, travel | , | 2 Comments

We recently returned home from a wonderful trip up the the upper North-West. Visited the Canada Waterton Lakes National Park and the USA’s Glacier National Park. The trip was rounded out with a two day tour through Yellowston National Park!
To start, the visit up into Canada was a very enjoyable drive and the views were fantastic everywhere we went. One of our first stops was the majestic Prince of Wales Hotel at the north end of Waterton lake which extends down and past the Canada/USA border. It is one of the few places where you can cross the border back and forth with out having to show any form of ID. But, unless you plan to hike for many days, I think you will want to plan on riding the boat back to the main dock.

Here is the view from the Prince of Wales Hotel. The view is worth every mile you may drive. If you want to spend the night, make reservations well ahead of time. Rooms start at about $250/night, and go up to almost $800 for the top of the line suite. There are more modest $150/night rooms in the town just down the hill, if you are interested.

September 23, 2012 Posted by | Canada, travel | , , | Leave a comment

Mushrooms any one?

Mushrooms any one?

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  This fall I had the chance to visit the state of Washington and do some hiking up North of Seattle.  Weather conditions just happened to be perfect for growing some mushrooms.  Only problem is, I really do not know mushrooms.  In the group of images there is one type called “Fairy Mushrooms”.  I bet you can guess which one’s they are!

January 5, 2011 Posted by | Mushrooms, travel, Washington, Washington State | Leave a comment

Is a Crash, an Accident?

   So, does having someone run into your car with theirs, constitute having an accident or a crash?  I was once told that there are really very few accidents, but a lot of crashes that take place every day. 

  Regardless of how you define it, I was afforded the opportunity to experience what I will call a “crash” the other day.   The other driver was in the middle of a tree lane road, while I was driving down the right hand lane.   The other driver spotted their turn and decided as they were almost ready to go past, to make a quick dash to the right. 

   unfortunately for me, I happened to be in the right hand lane, going straight.  This created somewhat of a dilemma for me, as my 4×4, though very good at getting moving in the snow, is not able to stop any faster than the next guy.  Of course given about two car lengths to drop from 35 to 0 miles per hour was an insurmountable achievement for even the best vehicle on the road.  But if you toss in some remanent winter salt and sand on the pavement and you end up with an even better mixture for suc-crash.

   So here I go into the next week, minus my beautiful new 4×4 with a mere 3,000 miles on it.  Instead, I get to drive around this week in what feels like a clown car from a three-ring circus.  I am not a small person, so the effect, feels to be magnified, at least from my perspective anyway. 

  I will say that I am glad to say no one was hurt in the crash.  Notice I did not call it an accident.  Reason for this is anytime the other person has clothing and stuff, piled up to the ceiling in the back seat, plus almost as much in the front passenger seat, plus they are smoking while the decide to make sudden and illegal turns at random, are not having an accident.  They are a crash just waiting to happen.  Then if you add to the mix they are driving a rental car while doing all this, it makes even less sense.

   So, I must say that I was involved in an Accident this last week, which was caused by a moving CRASH, which was waiting for me to come along.

I can hardly wait to see what the new week has in store.

February 28, 2010 Posted by | thinking, thoughts, travel | , | Leave a comment

80 on 80 in Nebraska

So, your heading West across the big wide state of Nebraska.  You are driving down the Interstate Highway number 80, traveling at 75 miles per hour plus.  Or as some would say, doing 80 on 80!
 
After traveling for hours after crossing from Iowa into Nebraska, you see something up ahead which does not look like a normal overpass up ahead.  As you get closer you can see what appears to be a giant covered bridge, straight out a Madison County Bridges scene from the Outer Limits. 
 
What you see as you get closer is what is actually a building which spans across the interstate, which contains a history lesson on how the West was made.   Having driven underneath this monument a number of times over the years, we did actually take the time to stop and go inside during one trip in years past. 
 
This is what could be one of the best stopping points along what is an otherwise very boring stretch of highway.  What I cannot understand for the life of me, is that they forgot to place the thing near any exits?  If you want people to stop and shop, do not expect people to drive backwards the other direction over 3 miles.  the average person is not going to feel they have the time to drive over six miles out of their way to see something that they have no Idea about what is inside.
 
Hopefully they will add an exit near this wonderful buildings, to make it more accessable and inviting for passerbys, to not pass this one up.
 
The great Platte Arch Monument

The great Platte Arch Monument

October 8, 2009 Posted by | Nebraska, thinking, thoughts, travel | , | 1 Comment

2009 Yellowstone – Bull Elk in rut.

What could be more exciting than being witness to two bull Elk fighting for the right to mate with the herd.

Two Bull Elk fight for mating rights.
Two Bull Elk fight for mating rights.
Bull Elk lock horns.
Bull Elk lock horns.

The dominate male on the right was successful in deterring the rival bull from sticking around.  Minutes later the rival on left, turned and headed back up the bank into the nearby hillside.  Shorty there after, the winning male bugeled his success to the females down by the stream.

   This September visit to our first National Park, resulted in some of the best wildlife spotting we have ever been lucky enough to witness.  After starting our visit out in the Old Faithful and Upper Geyser Basin area, we worked our way back around to Lake Yellowstone and then headed up past Canyon and Tower and then up to Mammoth Hot Springs, taking stops at each along the way.  The fall season ended up being a bit more of a challenge, as the road between Old Faithful and the Norris Geyser Basin area was closed for road construction.   Just north of Mammoth heading down toward the north entry gate near Gardner, we happened upon a large herd of Elk along the river one early morning. 

    Viewing two male bull Elk fighting over the right to mate with the herd was something we each thought we would only see on a TV show.  To witness this first hand, was something we not only felt lucky about, but truly privileged.  The National and State Park systems are assets which each of us needs to make sure our government representatives know is appreciated and always in need of their continued support and protection.

September 26, 2009 Posted by | Elk, hiking, Time-off, travel, Wildlife, Yellowstone National Park | , , | Leave a comment