Finally, I’m Out Of Here!

It’s been a long time coming this year but today (or early tomorrow morning at the very latest) I’m finally getting out of some of this oppressive heat and headed for the faraway mountains of Montana and Idaho.

Usually by this time of year I’ve been camping at least three times but this year “life” repeatedly got in the way. Our recent 105°+ temps here in Salt Lake City have taken their toll and I’m itching to find some cooler temperatures, more verdant and alpine scenery and revisit some favorite old haunts in the more northern Rocky Mountains. So if there are no more last-minute complications (always a possibility given my recent track record) I’m headed the direction the bobbling arrow points on a compass needle – “up” in both latitude and elevation.

Temperatures have been unusually warm in that area too but highs are forecast to be about 20° cooler than they’ve been around here lately and nights up there cool off blissfully. Besides, I have AC in my camping trailer if I need it, even in the remote areas I always camp – thank goodness (and Michael Faraday) for generators!.

I mention all this because I wanted to give my readers a heads up. Publishing blog posts from these remote areas is always tricky and never reliable so there may be days when I don’t post at all. If that happens don’t be concerned. I’ll post if and when I can.   ­


1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 800, Canon 7D, Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM + EF 1.4 III Extender, not baited, set up or called in

So I leave you with one of my favorite images of all time taken in the general area where I’ll be camping – a male Short-eared Owl as he’s delivering a vole to his mate and two chicks in the nest (yes, you’ve seen this one before). I like this image so much I have a large canvas print of it hanging in a place of honor in my living room. For me this photo personifies one of my favorite spots on earth and if my plans hold up I’ll be there once again late this afternoon.

Hopefully I’ll have good weather, great light, cooperative wildlife and no breakdowns. Good food, pleasant company and spectacular scenery are guaranteed.





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