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A wild welcome to New Orleans

It’s mating season at the New Orleans Audubon Zoo, as we and too many children so unfortunately discovered during our visit Monday, Aug. 14. A pair of particularly frisky baboons and hump happy otters either had parents shielded their children’s eyes or pointing and laughing. I felt sorry for all the parents who would inevitably […]

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Thinking about camping out in the cold? Me too

After a whirlwind Thanksgiving weekend with my family, Niecie and I were driving home to La Crosse when she asked about camping in the winter. Growing up, we did most of our camping in the spring, summer and fall.  On occasion, we ventured out into the cold Minnesota winters to practice shelter building. My brother and I would […]

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Into the west – Part 3: At the devil’s feet

From Mount Rushmore we drove West, crossing the boarder into Wyoming. I still can’t put my finger on it, but something was different about it. It was quite almost too quiet. It soon became obvious how sparsely populated the state really is. Wyoming is actually the 50th least populated state in the union, and has the […]

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Into the west – Part 2: The eyes of giants

The bitter mid-May temperatures woke us long before the sun crept over the horizon on day two of our road trip out west. The night before, we’d pitched camp at Sage Creek Campground in Badlands National Park. It was just after 6 a.m. when we pulled ourselves from our sleeping bags. I was cold. The […]

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Into the west – Part 1: The Badlands

In May my girlfriend and I road tripped across the west, hitting sites like Wall Drug, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower, and Moab to name a few. We did a lot in a very short period of time. I don’t think we ever spent more than one full day at any one place, and that was […]

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