BEAUTIFUL LAKE TAHOE

It was a perfect day for sightseeing. The sky was as clear as a bell, and the deepest lake in the United States (600 ft) as calm as can be. So before we actually got to our today's destination - South Lake Tahoe - we stopped at a scenic point to take these beautiful shots of Lake Tahoe.¬†And for Elizabeth to go foraging for pine cones. She is already planning her Christmas decorations in her mind. ūüôā

TWIN FALLS ENCHANT, NEVADA CASINOS DON’T

This morning, we awoke to a beautiful clear day in Twin Falls, Idaho. It was the first time in several weeks that we have had such good visibility. Even the air in Arizona was affected by the far-away western forest fires before we left on this trip. We used the chance to see how and why the town of Twin Falls got its name. We drove to the twin falls, about 5 miles east of the town. And here are the pictures we took there.

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.

Prologue & Epilogue: 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.