Shannon County is located in southwestern South Dakota and is the only county completely contained within the Pine Ridge Reservation for the Oglala Sioux. Natalie and I moved to the small town of Kyle in the north east of the reservation this July where Natalie will work as a 1st grade teacher in the Little … Continue reading

Green Living, Circa A.D. 550 – (Mesa Verde National Park)

Heading east from Paria Canyon we traveled through the Navajo Nation. This beautiful high dessert region of the United States has been home to people for millennia, and it’s easy to see why. Painted landscapes, towering plateaus, burning sunsets, and monoliths of ancient stone; the ‘four corners’ region is wide and sparsely populated. Rising higher in … Continue reading

The Sad History of the Lava Beds

Lava Beds National Monument is located in the far northeast corner of California. For the most part it is flat, dry, and hot. The landscape is infrequently interrupted by a heavily irrigated field of hay, slowly being mowed down by massive red machines with huge rotating cylinders of blades that strip the vegetation back exposing the … Continue reading

Blue Lake? Majestic Lake? Crater Lake!

Crater Lake is a ‘caldera’, or volcanic crater, located in southern Oregon. It is the remnants of Mount Mt. Mazama, a 12,000 ft mountain in the Cascade range that collapsed after a massive eruption more than 7,000 years ago. Since then the volcanic crater has filled in with water, creating a clear blue lake more than 2,000 feet deep … Continue reading

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