Crazy Horse in the Black Hills

Three generations of Polish Americans have been working together just north of Custer, SD, to blast and chip a mountainside into a monument to the spirit of the American Indian. They have turned this project into a lucrative family business, which incidentally is the American Way, if not the Native American way. In 1939 Chief […]

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Gambling with the Coeur d’Alenes

Five years ago when first we visited Idaho, Coeur d’Alene was a hoped-for destination but one we missed for lack of knowledge on how to find available campgrounds. This time we spent a few days in the area exploring from our base camp at the Coeur d’Alene Casino fifteen miles or so outside of town. […]

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Mount Rainier National Park

The first picture shown in each of our blogs, the one that precedes the main body of text, is known in WordPress circles as The Featured Image. This one, Mt. Rainier on a perfect summer day, is Kat’s photo of a postcard purchased in the park’s main Visitors Center. We saw the postcard, but throughout […]

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Olympic National Park

This national park features three different areas of interest, each separated by a drive of roughly two hours. Ruby Beach is in many ways a typical rugged Pacific coast shoreline with waves crashing against huge rocks of volcanic origin. But we have seen a dozen similar beaches in the past few weeks so we skipped […]

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Fort Stevens State Park

It’s a long, long drive from Netarts Bay to Olympic National Park, and do we ever dislike long pulls. Fort Stevens is a big, well-reviewed campground near Astoria, WA, halfway to Olympic, and it happened to have a four night opening in its newest loop, O, beginning the day we left Netarts Garden RV Camp. […]

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Note on Kat’s Photographs

Beginning with Cannon Beach and Crater Lake, once again you can enlarge the blog’s pictures with a quick left click.   Older posts (June 2016 to Cannon Beach)… not yet, maybe not ever, but as El Presidente Pelo Naranja so often says: “We’ll see.”

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Crater Lake

Kat, Bugger, and I embarked upon a two-night excursion to Crater Lake National Park, and it made such a powerful impression on the humans I just had to write this while it’s fresh. I came expecting to see the world’s bluest water – if the weather cooperated – and it did. We enjoyed near full […]

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