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 – 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.

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.