TOUR OF THE ROCKIES SIERRA NEVADAS, GRAND TETONS – TOC

Our Tour of the Rockies road trip was inspired by the sizzling Arizona summer heat. Or more precisely, trying to get away from it. After 3 months of 105F to 115F weather, and barely three cooler monsoon days in between, we decided to head straight north into presumably cooler mountain areas - all the way to Canada. Alas, that was not to be. Hot weather and smokey haze generated by widespread forest fires in the western states, stayed with us all the way to Wyoming. That's where and when we decided to change our plans and do a turn-about-face. Instead of a Tour of the Rockies, our trip became a Tour of the Grand Tetons and the Sierra Nevadas.

EUROPE 2017: THE GRANDEST OF THE GRAND TRIPS

The idea about this entire trip was conceived last fall (2016) as a possible cruise down Europe’s longest river. When that did not pan out, Placido Domingo’s AIDA became the magnet that drew us to Vienna. Spending some quality time with my family there was an extra special bonus. And then when we sold my Rainbow Shower property in Maui, having worked like slaves for a month to make it happen, Elizabeth and I decided to go on this European trip and take this “cruise on 4 wheels” as our “reward” for all the hard work. We have traveled around the world many times in the last 9 years. And all of those trips were wonderful in their own way. But this month we have spent in Europe is not only the longest but also the grandest of them all.

RETURN TO AUSTRALIA: BRISBANE, PERTH, DUNSBOROUGH, SYDNEY

RETURN TO MY FIRST YIN HOME - THE BOLT HOLE, DUNSBOROUGH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA     TABLE OF CONTENTS   Feb 8 - AUSTRALIA, HERE WE COME! Feb 11 - TOURING BRISBANE ON FOOT... TILL IT HURT! Cyclone Marcia Wreaks Havoc Nine Days Later [updated Feb 20] Feb 12-13 - CHIME & RHYME IN DOWNTOWN PERTH; BIKE RIDE AROUND SWAN RIVER ESTUARY Feb …

TWIN FALLS ENCHANT

This was to be a Tour of the Rockies, heading straight north from Scottsdale, Arizona. After reviewing last night the weather quality maps in the western US, Elizabeth and I decided to make a turn-about-face. Instead of the Rockies, we will now tour the Sierra Nevadas in California, including the Yosemite. But first, we went to Jenny Lake under the Grand Tetons for two short hikes.

STRIKE THE ROCKIES , INSERT THE SIERRA NEVADAS: HIKING AROUND JENNY LAKE

This was to be a Tour of the Rockies, heading straight north from Scottsdale, Arizona. After reviewing last night the weather quality maps in the western US, Elizabeth and I decided to make a turn-about-face. Instead of the Rockies, we will now tour the Sierra Nevadas in California, including the Yosemite. But first, we went to Jenny Lake under the Grand Tetons for two short hikes.

THE WEST IS ABLAZE YET NATIONAL MEDIA ARE VIRTUALLY MUM ABOUT IT

Everybody is obsessing with hurricane Irma and Florida While most of the country is focusing on the devastating hurricane Irma which is threatening the eastern US and Florida in particular, over here in the west an even bigger and more widespread natural disaster is under way. Almost literally, the West is ablaze (see the map). Which goes to show us how myopic our country is. Or at least our lamestream media.

UTAH SIZZLING JUST LIKE ARIZONA

Our Tour of the Rockies road trip was inspired by the sizzling Arizona summer heat. Or more precisely, trying to get away from it after 3 months of 105F to 115F weather by heading straight north into presumably cooler mountain areas. And what did we get on this day of our trip? More 100F+ temperatures even here in Utah, complementing 109F back in Phoenix - today, Sep 5!

TOUR OF THE ROCKIES SIERRA NEVADAS, GRAND TETONS

Our Tour of the Rockies road trip was inspired by the sizzling Arizona summer heat. Or more precisely, trying to get away from it. After 3 months of 105F to 115F weather, and barely three cooler monsoon days in between, we decided to head straight north into presumably cooler mountain areas - all the way to Canada. Alas, that was not to be. Hot weather and smokey haze generated by widespread forest fires in the western states, stayed with us all the way to Wyoming. That's where and when we decided to change our plans and do a turn-about-face. Instead of a Tour of the Rockies, our trip became a Tour of the Grand Tetons and the Sierra Nevadas.