I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Berlyn Falls South Africa

I can’t believe it’s been five months since I visited South Africa. It may take a life time to post everything I saw there. And it just keeps getting better.
02 Downstream view Berlyn Falls Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve Mpumalanga ZA (1024x728)
On our way to Kruger National Park we stopped at several waterfalls...

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hike on the Widforss trail

01 Mike sampling a shrimp dish at Grand Lodge dinning room NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

About two weeks ago Mike worked on the kitchen faucet for the second time but was unable to completely stop the leak until parts were bought in Flagstaff. Unfortunately that didn’t work either. It’s a very old RV, so parts don’t always match. The kitchen was a mess so we went to lunch at the Grand Lodge. We ate the Indian Taco and Chili Verde Burrito so fast I forgot to take a picture.

02 Paintbrush, lupine & yellow wildflowers along Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

And then being fully fueled we took a walk on the Widforss Trail. I love how this rim trail stays mostly under the shady forest with patches of wildflowers yet also provides peaks into the Transept Canyon and beyond.

03 Storm over Transept canyon Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x639)

The many days of earth quenching rain followed by days of sunshine brought out a diversity of mushrooms. I don’t really know what all these are. (More about mycology study later.)

04 Misc shrooms collage (791x1024)

I’ve been gathering wild edible mushrooms for years, but in the moist Pacific Northwest.

05 Brahma & Zoroaster temples behind Widforss Pt Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Most people think of Arizona as desert, yet I’m sure you’ve seen from many of my photos it’s not All desert. Last year I saw the delectable Shaggy Manes here, but alas, not until they were too far gone.

06 Shaggy Manes under RV NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

This year they’re growing under the RV. And quite delicious when very fresh.

07 Oyster mushroom Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

I kept seeing this shelf mushroom on dead trees thinking it looked very familiar. So I took enough photos from all angles to check at home in my field guides for confirmation. I kept telling Mike, I think that’s a choice edible. Oh yea! it’s an Oyster mushroom, very tasty. And before you can remind me not to gather anything—especially mushrooms—in a National Park let me tell you it’s OK to graze. Pick just enough to eat while in the park, not to pack home or to sell.

07a Fly Agaric along Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x729) 

Poisonous Fly Agaric

The soonest I could return, two weeks later, and no more oyster mushrooms. You really have to pick them when their prime. Just stay away from the one above, very poisonous.

08 Gaelyn & Mike's feet overlooking Transept canyon from Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

But that’s OK, because we really enjoyed the hike and views.

09 Mike Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

We walked about 2 miles (3.2 km) each way along the  Widforss Trail.

10 Gunnar Widforss along CA coast 1925

This trail was named after Gunnar Widforss, a Swedish/American artist who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the late 1930s.

11 On the Trail to Granduer Point by G Widforss NR GRCA NP AZ 1930s

On the Trail to Grandeur Point by Gunnar Widforss

He produced a large collection of watercolors prized for their geologic detail. Google him to see more.

12 Mt Humphreys, Deva temple & Widforss point fin from Widforss trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

My version. We sure enjoyed getting out of the house and away from the ongoing plumbing problem.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

SWF – Touched by a rainbow

a1429 Rainbow over Roaring Springs canyon & Walhalla Plateau from Bridle trail NR GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

Have had a worthy monsoon season this summer.

a1433 Rainbow over Roaring Springs canyon & Walhalla Plateau from Bridle trail NR GRCA NP AZ (768x1024)

With several rainbow gifts.

skywatch friday image

To view more skies from around the world, or to share your own, go to Sky Watch Friday by clicking here.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

01 alfred-hitchcock line drawing

“Good evening.”

02 Alfred Hitchcock shadow on canyon wall (1024x755)

Although taken in the morning, I believe it displays “drama, thrill and mystery” like the old TV series.

03 alfred hitchcock shadow & drawing

Maybe it’s just my imagination.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Playing Tourist at Grand Canyon

01 Kaibab squirrel Bridle trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x756)

Kaibab squirrel

After we finished the laundry, one of those jobs at the bottom of my list, and checked the mail for our new glasses, which did not arrive, we took a walk up the Bridle trail to the “developed area.”

02 Gaelyn eating icecream on Lodge veranda NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x924)

Where there’s development there’s ice cream. And I can never say no to ice cream. I just don’t usually get to enjoy it like a tourist. Very nice indeed.

03 Doe browsing in forest along Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x768)

Doe browsing

Just what we needed for the walk back on the Transept trail.

04 Mike walking log across cully near Transept trail NR GRCA NP AZ (746x1024)

This log beckoned challenged Mike to walk across, not once but there and back.

05 Gaelyn's feet on Lodge veranda wall overlooking canyon NR GRCA NP AZ (1024x640)

Not me, I was perfectly content to sit and watch.

Monday, August 23, 2010

MWT – Get a Map, Please

01 Lion Guardian

Lion Guardian in Africa from Web

Technology is wonderful! I love my internet and being able to stay connected with people from around the world. However……

02 Lion with GPS

Check out what happens when National Park travelers depend too much on their techno toys. This New York Times article tells it like it is.

03 Gaelyn in VC (749x1024)

How many maps can you find?

As a National Park Ranger who loves to help people it is very frustrating to deal with this kind of mentality.

04 Sunset over canyon from BAP trail NR GRCA NP AZ pano (1024x368)

So, Please, get a map. Then stop by the Visitor Center and I’d be happy to help you, with a map of the park.


To tour more of the world via technology and without a map go to My World Tuesday by clicking here.

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