Snowshoeing: Palouse Divide

I must have forgotten to post about this trip. This was last week, January 5, 2013. This was Idaho Parks and Recreation's free day in which no parking pass was required to use the Park n' Ski areas or any of the state parks. There are two Park n' Ski areas near Moscow: Elk River and Palouse Divide. The Park…

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Snowshoeing: Spud Hill

This snowshoeing thing is taking off, and if I keep this up, I'll be in shape enough to not suck at hiking at the beginning of the hiking season. This week's adventure brings us up Spud Hill, also known by some as Mount Deary. Spud Hill was my first Idaho summit, and it's a great little local hike that I…

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A walk in the snow

[caption id="attachment_321" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A layer of mist hovers over the snow behind the house.[/caption] Well, now that Winter has finally arrived, we thought it might be fun to tromp through the snow and get some exercise. I dusted off the snowshoes (literally) and we set off for a little hike out of our back yard. As we began our…

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Thanksgiving, Parts II & III

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Las Vegas from Lone Mountain[/caption] Holy smokes, it's almost Christmas and I never really finished posting about my Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas. So, I'm going to give the abbreviated version of the rest of the trip and then move on to some more current events. When I visit Las Vegas, it's not for the usual…

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What I am thankful for

During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, many people post about the things they are thankful for. I have been stewing over just how to say what it is I'm thankful for, because it's a little bit different than most people's ideals. There are two major concepts that I am thankful for. Number one is free will. Number two is…

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Fall Foliage

I've been spending a lot of time finishing up my dissertation proposal, which is due in a little over a week, and that has kept me from taking time to enjoy the outdoors. We got some considerable rain over the past weekend which lead to some dramatic skies and really clear views on Monday and Tuesday, but I just wasn't…

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Aurora

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="500"] A test shot from early on in the night. Notice the two meteors captured in this frame. Apparently, I also caught the end of a major meteor shower.[/caption]   This story begins Friday night when I learned that a large coronal mass ejection (CME) sent a burst of solar radiation from the sun headed toward Earth.…

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Smoke in the Air

Where have I been the last three weeks? To put it lightly, I have been choking on smoke. Since returning from the Seven Devils trip over Labor Day Weekend, the wildfires in the northwest, particularly in Idaho, have flared up. A fire south of the Devils appeared as well as a large fire just outside of Riggins. There have been…

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Huckleberries.

I went up to Freezeout Saddle with some photo club people to pick huckleberries. As I expected, they were still ripe, and very plentiful. But the problem with huckleberries is that you can pick for an hour and still not get very much. I think I came home with maybe a pint of berries. I brought my camera up as…

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Perseoids

Every summer at early-mid August, we enter a portion of the solar system rife with meteors, and ever year around this time, many of those chunks of rock and debris hit our atmosphere and burn up, giving us the Perseoid meteor shower. This year, the shower did not occur during a full moon, and so the skies were dark and…

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Fishing on the North Fork

I went fishing along the North Fork of the Clearwater with Tyler and Dan, two graduate students in the department. Unfortunately, it was a short trip, leaving Thursday morning and returning late Friday afternoon, but that's just how the timing worked, and it was a much needed getaway for all of us. We camped at Kelly Forks campground, luckily snagging…

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