A Wearying Weekend

Webster’s dictionary defines “wearying” as “tiresome.” This weekend was wearying. Because Jon had a work-related event on Friday night, we arrived on Thursday evening to set up for the weekend and to stay overnight. That way, we could go back to the house on Friday morning, attend the after-work event, and return to camp late.…

Introducing: The Journey Jug

Jon’s cousins recently notified him to tell him they had discovered a vintage jug while sorting through their mother’s belongings. They thought we might be interested in adding it to our camping collection, perhaps by repurposing it as a lantern. Within a few days, the package arrived at our door, and we knew immediately we…

Walbernizing Weekend

Airstream owners are advised to polish their trailers at least twice a year using a product called Walbernize, an original formula developed in 1968 to clean and polish while quickly removing grime, tar, and “organic matter” (bugs, tree sap, etc.). The product is easy to use–simply apply it to the surface with a soft cloth,…

Glacier Adventure: Day 8

Our overnight stay at Ratón, New Mexico brought a surprise the next morning. As we watched the news on TV and read The New York Times online, we noticed people outside our windows gazing at the skies and taking pictures with their cellphones. Cliff stepped out to discover about 15 hot-air balloons filling the skies.…

Glacier Adventure: Day 7

Yes, that’s hail. About two inches of nickle-size ice balls fell from the sky and pummeled Cloud 9, just outside of Buffalo, Wyoming.We considered it the state’s parting gift. Fortunately, after several minutes of pelting, we were able to pull off the interstate highway and right into a truck wash bay for protection, so we…

Glacier Adventure: Day 6

Upon leaving Glacier National Park, we returned to Chernow’s biography of Alexander Hamilton. The long drive to Sheridan, Wyoming, was occupied by vivid stories of Hamilton’s rise to power, influential position in the first Washington administration, and bitter rivalries with Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Although written in 2004, if published today the book would…

Glacier Adventure: Day 5

Faced with a full day of rainy weather, we had to decide between heading west to North Fork or south to Two Medicine. Considering the North Fork trip would include repeating our sojourn along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, we opted for Two Medicine, the primary destination for travelers arriving by train prior to the road’s construction.…