Hello Everyone!

I’ve had a wonderful week to myself here in Salt Lake City. It has been a week mainly of catch-up, on my work, on my sleep, on my photos, on my correspondences. I would like to think I’ve caught up to some degree, but I know I still have a podcast painfully half-complete and other projects I just didn’t get to. But, I feel rested and ready to set out on a new tour starting tomorrow.

The Fireplace at Old Faithful Inn

Tomorrow I will set out with 7 people: 2 Americans, 4 Brits and 1 German and head back into the Rocky Mountains. We will be out for 12 days, spending 2 in Jackson and the Grand Tetons, 4 in Yellowstone, 3 in Glacier and then one in Ceour d’Alene before making our way on to Seattle. It’s a great trip full of mountain splendor, fascinating thermal features in Yellowstone, wonderful hikes and hopefully some great animal encounters. I met the group tonight, and they are very excited for the trip. I always take my energy from the group, and this one has gotten me excited to be heading back to the mountains.

I wish I could say I got out and explored Salt Lake City more than I did, but I had a lot of errands to run and I didn’t do nearly as much as I would have liked to. I did spend a couple of nights downtown and marveled, as always, at the size of the city blocks here. They’re huge! I did make it out to Golden Spike National Historic Park, where the last spike of the transcontinental railroad was laid. It was an interesting place way out in the middle of the desert, with two old Victorian-era locomotives and some interesting stories to tell. Other than that, I camped on the Great Salt Lake, visited some small mountain towns and relaxed a bit before starting to clean and shop and get ready for this next trip.

Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson

And now here I am. It’s late and I’m ready to get some sleep so I’ll sign off now. I hope you enjoy all the photos from my month in Hawaii that I edited and published this week, I’d love to hear what you think of them. I’ll be out in the wilderness for a while, so I won’t get a newsletter out next week, but I’m looking forward to checking back in with you from Seattle before my next trip. I’ll be taking plenty of photos and working on some stories out there. I hope you all get out and do something you love this week. Thanks, as always, for reading and following along. I’m looking forward to when it’s just us again.