She sits in the window all day, griping about the snow & ice.

The Canada Jay (Perisoreus canadensis) aka "Grey Jay" aka "Camp Robber" and called, in Canada, "Whisky Jacks" is a bird whose range includes the mountain portion of a few US western states. Notorious for their fearlessness, they have been known to steal food from a camper's plate while the camper is eating. When a flock comes by, I almost always give them something because they're so cute about their larceny. This video starts off with one taking a bit of a cracker that I had crumbled (because if I don't crumble it, the greedy bastards will take off with the entire cracker - I've seen them fly off with a whole slice of bread), followed by two minutes of slow-motion video of one who ate several pieces before flying off with a big one.

Falls at the head of the Rogue River Gorge, near Crater Lake, Oregon

I had just arrived in Santa Fe for a 6-month job after a long and arduous journey from Oregon. My Jeep had been left in a shop along the way for repairs after a collision. The El Comal was walking distance from the RV park, so I went there for something to eat. And then these ladies walked in and started singing! I was impressed. I was going to like Santa Fe.

The City of Golden (Colorado) contains within its city limits a park for whitewater kayakers to practice their skills. Here is one of them.

Just Mama and Papa taking the little ones on a walk down to the river

Just 48 peaceful seconds of watching the "cotton" lazily falling from the cottonwoods at Santiam Flats Campground (USFS) near Detroit, Oregon

This cat. We had arrived at a remote, deserted RV park in the middle of nowhere, Utah and had the place to ourselves. I parked the Jeep a few feet away from the drivers' side of the RV, which is not typical. Pookie got on the Jeep and discovered the open window. So she just HAD to do it! Over and over. She would jump in, then go out the regular door, go around, and do it again. So I put the iPhone in slo-mo mode and got out of the way.

The snow is almost gone in the High Country, and it's time to send the sheep up there. These sheep were just unloaded from trucks here at Bear Lake Reservoir near Yampa, Colorado, and are being driven up to the Flat Top mountains where they will spend the summer grazing and making their way north. Sometime in September they will come out somewhere around Hayden, Colorado fat, happy and wooly.

When you're looking for a spot to camp... never go up a mountain road that you haven't been on before... especially in spring. Especially especially if the road goes up, and up, and up.

It's the road to Cottonwood Lake in Oregon's Fremont National Forest, and I myself had done the very same thing a few days earlier on this same road, farther back: had to turn around a motorhome because the road was still snowed in.

I was camped beside this road about a half mile back, waiting for the snow to melt, and I saw this RV going up the road. With a trailer (that had a BMW on it!). I knew they would need help, so I went up in my Jeep to render assistance.

He got his big thing turned around, but just barely.

Don't be this guy. Or me, a few days earlier.

My Pookie is an elderly tortie who loves camping and the outdoors. Here she walks along a log -- er, ah, I mean scratching post -- as she explores a recently-arrived-at campsite.

Proxy Falls, up the Old McKenzie Highway east of Eugene, road closed during winter. It's a ¾ mile hike each way from the trailhead at 44.1679º N, 121.9272º W. The trail is easy until the last eighth of a mile, where it becomes extreme. One of Oregon's most popular falls for photographers.

Parking area is almost always full, and you need a $5 permit from the Forest Service (available at the trailhead) to park.

A time-lapsed walk around the loop of the Santiam Flats USFS campground on Detroit Lake, near Detroit, Oregon

A waterfall in Marion Creek, which flows out of Marion Lake, in Oregon's Mt. Jefferson Wilderness. There is no official trail to it; you have to find your way there. Hint: old USGS topo maps from the 1960's do show a trail branching off of USFS Trail #3422. There is no sign there, and the trail is very faint. You'll need an older topo map and GPS to find it.

GPS location: 44.5665ºN, 121.8574W.

WARNING: After May 2020, you will need to purchase a Wilderness Permit to be here. They can only be bought online from recreation.gov; local ranger stations don't have them. The day-use permit is $1 plus a credit card fee of several dollars. You will ALSO need a $5 permit to park at the trailhead, which is available at ranger stations and local convenience stores.

I was the campground host at Santiam Flats on Oregon's Detroit Lake for two summers. Geese like to hatch & raise their little ones there. Here's a video of the day Mama & Papa brought them by my camp.

A flock of Clark's Nutcrackers (Nucifraga columbiana) had discovered my camp, so I left some goodies out for them on my picnic table. They were fun to watch, and the little fight at the end of the video makes the whole thing worth watching.

At Mirror Lake, in Utah.

The Golden-Mantled Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus Lateralis) has little fear of humans and can get quite aggressive about food. Here is a 5 second clip of one that climbed up my pants leg in camp to get a few nuts.

Since they could have rabies, you should never touch them.

One of the waterfalls, and the rapids below it, beside the extremely rough road that goes to Breitenbush Lake near Detroit, Oregon.

GPS: 44.7830º N, 121.8294º W.

20 second clip of a waterfall on the N. Fork of the Breitenbush River, Oregon.

GPS: 44.7830º N, 121.8294º W. Next to a rough road that goes to Breitenbush Lake.


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Various iPhone vids taken over the years. Many subjects/topics.