I was very fortunate to be there when the beautiful Riverside Geyser was erupting on my walk through the Upper Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park.
This is looking back at the extraordinary excelsior geyser at the midway geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It is one of my favorites, and this shot shows just how much steam is coming off of it. It, like most of Yellowstone, is very humbling.
Mammoth Hot Springs is a weird travertine terrace in the northern part of Yellowstone National Park. The formations are fantastic and ever changing.
This is the lovely carousel in Missoula, Montana. I am a huge fan of carousels, but mostly go out of my way to seek out older ones. Built between 1991 and 1995, I was curious to see this one. It didn’t disappoint.
This is the madam’s room at the Oasis Bordello Museum in Wallace, Idaho. Oasis Rooms was a working bordello right up until it was raided in 1988. The bordello was bought intact and converted to this museum. A fascinating peak into the world’s oldest profession.
One of the greatest public works projects in American history, the Grand Coulee Dam dwarfs Hoover Dam in almost every way. This dam opened the area to agriculture, provided water and electricity, and created thousands of jobs during the Great Depression. I’m not a big dam person, but this one is really impressive. For over 40 years, this was the largest hydroelectric project in the world.
Steamboat Rock was a real surprise here in northern Washington State. What a fantastic formation and a beautiful place for a hike. Glad the rain gave us a break for a few hours. A hidden gem in the pacific northwest.
This is Dry Falls in Washington State. Thought to have been the greatest and widest waterfall in the history of the world, this 3.5 mile wide falls would have been five times as wide as Niagara Falls. At the end of the last ice age, it is estimated that the flow of the falls was ten times the current flow of all the rivers in the world combined. Wow! Amazing what you find when you are detouring to avoid the rain.
In western Washington State, highway 90 crosses the Columbia River. I just think this is a great road shot of the valley, the river and the road.
As the sun barely poked through on a rainy day at Mt. Rainier National Park, I was able to catch this quick rainbow shot. Not perfect, but at least you get the idea. Even the rainiest days have special moments, as long as you keep your eyes open for them.
Cold, foggy, wet but also beautiful, lush and so so green. This is on Rampart Ridge in Mt. Rainier National Park.
This is a statue to the raising of the Bear Flag Republic Flag in Sonoma, where California declared its independence from Mexico.
This building really caught my eye as I was driving past. The faded signs say it was once some sort of silk warehouse. Currently for sale, I think it would make a pretty amazing brewery myself. Just a thought.
This is UP 25884, a beautiful but aging Union Pacific Caboose in Petaluma, California.
This is a “whirly crane”, a special type of rail mounted crane that can rotate 360 degrees. It was an integral part in the World War II shipbuilding industry here in Richmond, California. In the bottom left, you can see the SS Red Oak Victory, a Victory Class cargo ship built right here in Richmond, one of 738 built here during the war years. These are both part of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historic Park.
I tweeted a photo of the gorgeous Ledson Winery a few weeks ago, and finally got back with my real camera to take a photo. What a beautiful building in the heart of wine country, here in California.
The Iron Door is the oldest continuously operated bar in California. Located in Groveland, it opened its doors in 1852 and has been serving prospectors and passers-by ever since. I really loved the mural on the outside of the building, but the inside is full of character (and characters) as well.
Here is one more from the abandoned mines around Tonopah. While desolate, this place left quite an impression on me.
Tonopah, Nevada is a far flung mining community in the middle of the state. It was home to the second largest silver boom in American history. Today, you can wander around some of the old deserted mine buildings, but be sure you bring some water and sunscreen because the desert is pretty unforgiving.