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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

While this isn’t the first national park, it’s a very important one. Our 26th president, Teddy Roosevelt, spent many happy seasons here in North Dakota hunting bison, exploring badlands, and developing a lifelong love for naturally wild areas. Fortunately, for … Continue reading

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Costa Rica plants, animals, volcanoes and a quetzal

If Costa Rica doesn’t bring visions of lush forested jungle, it should. We visited Monte Verde Bosque Nuboso, not a rainforest, but a cloud forest. The distinction between rainforest and cloud forest wasn’t clear until we hiked to the viewpoint … Continue reading

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Argentinean wildlife, mostly in Patagonia

Here in the austral region (southern, not just Australian), we came across birds that looked like the ones we saw last year in Australia. Where’s the beef? We had plenty of beef in restaurants, but as we drove around Argentina, … Continue reading

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El Calafate, home of Perito Moreno glacier

Our next Patagonia location was El Calafate. This town is the jumping off point for exploring spectacular glaciers. But first, a bit of other information. El Calafate borders Lago Argentino. Along the shore and growing wild throughout the area are calafate … Continue reading

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Have You Heard of Hearst Castle?

On our drive up the Pacific Coast Highway California Route 1, we stopped for several hours in San Simeon at Hearst Castle. San Simeon is the town, but it’s best known for Hearst Castle. William Randolph Hearst once had an estate … Continue reading

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Australia Animalia – February 2015

Our first Australian animal sighting was a bird, an ibis. Since this one was new to us after seeing scarlet ibises in the US, we chased the birds through Sydney’s Royal Botanic Park to get pictures. Meanwhile, when we asked … Continue reading

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New Zealand animals – January 2015

Sheep, sheep, and more sheep. That’s what we expected to see in New Zealand. And we weren’t disappointed. The sheep are primarily merino, the kind that Stephen said would provide his next ski socks! At this time of year they … Continue reading

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Rain, rain go away. Our soggy Oregon saga. October 25 to 27 (days 54 to 56)

This weather is for the birds! And speaking of birds, one lady was trying to recreate Tippi Hedren’s role from The Birds. Let’s get all our ducks in a row (or maybe gulls). When it rains it pours. Now what does that … Continue reading

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Vancouver makes us smile :) October 15 and 16 (Days 44 and 45)

We may have seen our last roadside wildlife for a while. These goats seemed to be bidding us farewell from the mountains on our drive to Vancouver. The land west of the Rockies was brown and dry until we came … Continue reading

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Glacier National Park – Oct 9 and 10 (Days 38 and 39)

Welcome to Glacier National Park, our fourth national park in two weeks. We’re not going for a speed record, but we’re amazed at how much beautiful country we’re finding in these preserved areas. Have we said this before? We have … Continue reading

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