Joyce's and my 2009 Vacation out West


July 25, 2009 - Over Arizona.<br />See the face? July 25, 2009 - El Cerrito, California.<br />At Sati's parents home.<br />Sargam and Joyce talking while Suman meditates. July 26, 2008 - Mount Shasta, California.<br />Joyce at end of paved road up Mt. Shasta. July 26, 2008 - Mt. Shasta from US-97 Northeast of Weed, California. July 26, 2008 - Fort Klamath, Oregon.<br />Joyce recording the day's events in our cabin at Aspen Inn Motel.<br />The innkeeper provided us with "champagne" for our 25th wedding anniversary. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Wizard Island. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Joyce on way up The Watchman. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Flowers at the base of Vidae Falls. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Vidae Falls south of the lake along the Rim Road. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Fossil fumaroles at The Pinnacles. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />View from Phanton Ship Overlook. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />Pumice Castle from its overlook. July 27, 2009 - Crater Lake National Park, Oregon.<br />This is the most I could get of the lake with my 28 mm equivalent lens. July 27, 2009 - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Park, Oregon.<br />Joyce at the Pacific Ocean. July 27, 2009 - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Park, Oregon. July 27, 2009 - Oregon Dunes National Recreation Park, Oregon.<br />Egils. July 28, 2009 - Florence, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Florence, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />The building is the old lighthouse caretaker's house which now is a bed and breakfast. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />Pigeon guillemot. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />Cape Creek Bridge in early morning fog. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />A pelican among cormorants and gulls. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />Lighthouse. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />Lighthouse. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />View south from lighthouse. July 28, 2009 - Heceta Head, Oregon.<br />Along path from lighthouse to beach parking lot. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon.<br />Sea lions having a disagreement. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon.<br />Heceta Head Lighthouse from Sea Lion Caves. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Sea Lion Caves, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Depoe Bay, Oregon.<br />View north. July 28, 2009 - Depoe Bay, Oregon.<br />A sign proclaims this to be the world's smallest harbor. July 28, 2009 - Cannon Beach, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Cannon Beach, Oregon. July 28, 2009 - Cannon Beach, Oregon.<br />Haystack Rock. July 29, 2009 - Astoria, Oregon.<br />Astoria Column atop Coxcomb Hill, Astoria's highest point.<br />Built in 1926, it is 125 feet tall. July 29, 2009 - Astoria, Oregon.<br />Symbolic Memorial dedicated by Coboway's descendants, April 12, 1961.<br />Coboway was a Clatsop leader known to Lewis and Clark. July 29, 2009 - Astoria, Oregon.<br />Atop Coxcomb Hill at the Astoria Column. July 29, 2009 - Crown Point, Corbett, Oregon.<br />Columbia River, looking east from Vista House. July 29, 2009 - Crown Point, Corbett, Oregon.<br />Interior of Vista House. July 29, 2009 - Multnomah Falls, Oregon.<br />Joyce. July 29, 2009 - Multnomah Falls, Oregon.<br />Columbia River from atop the falls. July 29, 2009 - East approach (NFD 99 Rd) to Mount Saint Helens, Washington.<br />Chipmunk enjoying a handout (not from us). July 29, 2009 - East approach (NFD 99 Rd) to Mount Saint Helens, Washington.<br />Indian paintbrush. July 29, 2009 - East approach (NFD 99 Rd) to Mount Saint Helens, Washington. July 29, 2009 - East approach (NFD 99 Rd) to Mount Saint Helens, Washington.<br />Logs from the time of the eruption are still floating on the lake. July 29, 2009 - East approach (NFD 99 Rd) to Mount Saint Helens, Washington.<br />Steam is rising from the caldera. July 30, 2009 - Yakima, Washington.<br />There was going to be an antique auto show in town,<br />and some of the guys stayed in the same motel as we. July 30, 2009 - Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Joyce at the Eclectic Med restaurant, which was very good. July 30, 2009 - Vernon, British Columbia, Canada.<br />A mural on building on 29th Street and 30th Avenue. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Joyce admiring a Geert Maas sculpture at a shopping mall. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The Gray Monk Estate winery. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Gray Monk Estate winery. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Arrowleaf Cellars winery. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Arrowleaf Cellars winery. July 31, 2009 - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Arrowleaf Cellars winery. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Balloon is being attached to the basket. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Two passengers were recruited to hold the mouth of the balloon for the fan to inflate it. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Smiley about to rise. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Once the air gets heated up, the balloon rises fast. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Balloon is ready to be boarded. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Some heat to get us off the ground. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Joyce getting ready to do some shooting herself. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Up, up, and away we go (from Roxby Centennial Park?). August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />In this telephoto shot the plane looks closer than it actually was. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Our ground crew is keeping up with us. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The red X marks our landing spot, although at the time the photo was taken we could not predict it. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Strange how the perspective makes our basket look almost bigger the the balloon. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />John, the pilot, and Egils. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Well, almost. One final drag and push to get it closer to the path. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Down goes the balloon. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />I am trying to prevent the balloon from rolling in the breeze. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The traditional post flight ceremony. August 1, 2009 - Ballooning in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Mimosas and baked goodies for breakfast at 10 am. August 1, 2009 - Rogers Pass, Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada. August 1, 2009 - Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />A bighorn sheep on the motel premises. August 2, 2009 - Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Kicking Horse pedestrian bridge.<br />It is the longest timber frame clear span (150 feet) pedestrian bridge in Canada. August 2, 2009 - Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch, Nicholson, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Ground squirrel. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Columbia River valley south of Golden with Eco-Adventure's landing zone (LZ) in view. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Hang gliders and paragliders wating for the right conditions to launch. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Joyce and Melody catching up on the latest events. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Another crazy cyclist following the first one (who survived the ride). August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Melody getting ready to launch. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Melody after a perfect takeoff. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Melody in flight. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Sati preparing to launch (unfortunatly, the conditions became more active,<br />and he decided not to fly that day). August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The more experience pilots were enjoying the strong thermals that developed. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The more experience pilots were enjoying the strong thermals that developed. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Conditions were good for hang gliders also. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Conditions were good for hang gliders also. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Tandem paragliidng. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Tandem paragliidng. August 2, 2009 - Atop Mount Seven near Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The more experience pilots were enjoying the strong thermals that developed. August 2, 2009 - Back at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch, Nicholson, British Columbia, Canada.<br />A tandem paraglider coming in for a landing. August 2, 2009 - Back at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch, Nicholson, British Columbia, Canada.<br />A rescue helicopter picks up a medic and heads out to retrieve a treed paraglider pilot<br />(she ended up on the wrong side of a ridge but was unhurt). August 2, 2009 - Back at the Golden Eco-Adventure Ranch, Nicholson, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Sati and Melody at the celebration dinner. August 3, 2009 - Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Joyce on the Great Glacier Trail. August 3, 2009 - Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Views from the Great Glacier Trail. August 3, 2009 - Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />One last look into the upper Illecillewaet River Valley. August 3, 2009 - Glacier National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />At the meeting of the Illecillewaet River and the Asulkan Brook. August 3, 2009 - Golden, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Melody, Sati, and Joyce enjoying an icecream after dinner. August 4, 2009 - Radium Hot Springs, Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />Melody, Sati, Joyce, and I relaxed for about an hour in the hot pool (103 F). August 4, 2009 - Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada.<br />After lunch, at the restaurant behind, Melody and Sati left for California,<br />while Joyce and Egils stayed to continue on our tour of the national parks. August 5, 2009 - Kootenay National Park, British Columbia, Canada.<br />The sign in the road said "WOLF IN ROAD. DO NOT STOP", and there it was.<br />(I stopped about a 100 yards past it long enough to take this photo.) August 5, 2009 - Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />The Castle from pullout off Route 1A just north of Route 93. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Our first glimpse of Lake Louise. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Along trail to Lake Agnes tea house.<br />Joyce at small tarn near below Lake Agnes. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Along trail to Lake Agnes tea house.<br />Chipmunk. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Along trail to Lake Agnes tea house.<br />The easy way to get up to the tea house. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Along trail to Lake Agnes tea house. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Lake Agnes tea house. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Joyce at Lake Agnes Tea House. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Lake Agnes. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Clark's Nutcracker. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Along trail from Lake Agnes back down to Lake Louise. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Lake Louise. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Egils at Lake Louise. August 5, 2009 - Lake Louise area of Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Yet another Clark's Nutcracker at Lake Louise. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Moraine Lake. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada.<br />Moraine Lake seems to be a popular backdrop for wedding photography.<br />We saw two photograpy sessions going on. Here is one of them. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 5, 2009 - Moraine Lake area, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. August 6, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hike to Avalanche Lake along Avalanche Creek.<br />Joyce at Avalanche Lake. August 6, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hike to Avalanche Lake along Avalanche Creek.<br />Egils and Joyce at Avalanche Lake. August 6, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hike to Avalanche Lake along Avalanche Creek. August 6, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hike to Avalanche Lake along Avalanche Creek. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />McDonald Creek and Going-to-the-Sun Road in the valley from near The Loop. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Joyce and Egils on one of the pull-outs on Going-to-the-Sun Road. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Deer. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Mountain goats. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Mountain goat. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Marmot. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Bighorn sheep. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Bighorn sheep. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Mountain goat. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Mountain goats. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Young mountain goat. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Joyce leading the way. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Hidden Lake with Bearhat Mountain (8684 ft/2647 m). August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Bear grass. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Bear grass. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Marmot wanting to shake hands? August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />Mountain goat looking at Hidden Lake. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Hiking on Hidden Lake Trail above Logan Pass.<br />More mountain goats. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />A bear jam showed us the bear, but it would not show its face. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Historic Red Jammer. August 7, 2009 - Glacier National Park, Montana.<br />Saint Mary Lake at the eastern end of Going-to-the-Sun Road. August 8, 2009 - On US-287 somewhere between Townsend and I-90, Montana.<br />One of many wheat fields we saw along the way. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Midway Geyser Basin from the Grand Loop Road on our way to Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Silex Spring in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Firehole River in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Old Faithful. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Along path from Observation Point in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Old Faithful spouting. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />An osprey in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Firehole River in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Firehole River in the Old Faithful area near Morning Glory Pool. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Morning Glory Pool in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Joyce in front of the Grotto Geyser in the Old Faithful area. August 8, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />In the Old Faithful area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Steam rising from the Madison River. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Elk along the West Entrance road. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Bison along road (Grand Loop Road, US-89) between Madison and Norris. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Roaring Mountain, aptly named. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Columnar basalt at Sheepeater Cliff along Gardner River. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />View west somewhere between Sheepeater Cliff and Mammoth Hot Springs. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />The Hoodoos.<br />44 56 39 N, 110 43 01 W August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area.<br />Liberty Cap, a dormant hot spring cone. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Petrified Tree. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Petrified Tree. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Basal columns along the rim of the Yellowstone River Canyon. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Yellowstone River from North Rim near Lower Falls. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lower Falls of Yellowstone River from Lookout Point. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lower Falls of Yellowstone River from Lookout Point.<br />Joyce and Egils. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lower Falls of Yellowstone River from Red Rock Point. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />North Rim of the Yellowstone River south of Lower Falls. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Raven at Grand View (of Yellowstone River) parking area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Yellowstone River from Grand View. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Yellowstone River from Grand View. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Ospray nest below Grand View parking area. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Pronghorn in Lamar Valley. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lamar Valley. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lamar Valley. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Bison, Lamar Valley. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Lamar Valley with bison in the distance. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Bison about to cross the road in Lamar Valley. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />View east from Grand Loop Road heading south towards Dunraven Pass. August 9, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Elk along road from Canyon Village to Norris. August 10, 2009 - West Yellowstone, Montana.<br />Had a breakfast and a lunch here, one block from where we were staying. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Revisiting the ospray nest below Grand View parking area.<br />One of the parents is now in the nest also. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Revisiting the ospray nest below Grand View parking area.<br />The red circle marks the nest. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Yellowstone River from Inspiration Point. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />At Artists Point. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />At Artists Point: Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />At Artists Point, Yellowstone River with Lower Falls. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Yellowstone River between Canyon and Lake Villages. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Bison by the side of the Grand Loop Road between Canyon and Lake Villages. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />Bison by the side of the Grand Loop Road between Canyon and Lake Villages. August 10, 2009 - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.<br />At a pull-out along Yellowstone Lake.<br />Joyce filming a log. August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />Mount Moran, 12,605 ft/3842 m. August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />Grand Teton (13,770 ft/4197 m). August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />Coyote. August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />Jenny Lake Lodge. August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />Jenny Lake and south. August 10, 2009 - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.<br />A glacier? August 10, 2009 - Jackson, Wyoming.<br />Gate made of elk antlers. August 10, 2009 - Jackson, Wyoming.<br />The bar at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill. August 11, 2009 - Twin Falls, Idaho.<br />The Snake River canyon through town (from US-93, north of the bridge). August 11, 2009 - Twin Falls, Idaho.<br />Perrine Bridge over the Snake River (from visitor center south of the bridge). August 11, 2009 - Twin Falls, Idaho.<br />Snake River. August 11, 2009 - Chamber of Commerce in Elko, Nevada. August 11, 2009 - Chamber of Commerce in Elko, Nevada.<br />Historic one room schoolhouse. August 11, 2009 - Chamber of Commerce in Elko, Nevada.<br />Interior of the historic one room schoolhouse. August 12, 2009 - Behind rest area off I-80 at Donner Pass, California.<br />Joyce on the Pacific Crest Trail.<br />Can we claim we hiked it (about a quarter of a mile)? August 12, 2009 - Monterey, California.<br />Sati and Melody going crazy in a candy store. August 12, 2009 - Monterey, California.<br />Sati with a bag full of salt taffy and Melody enjoying her purchase. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Melody attempting to take off, but the wind did not cooperate. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Seagull. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Sati tries to take off while Melody watches, but the wind was too weak. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />A pelican eyeing me. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Pelicans and more pelicans. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />A triplet of pelicans. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Melody and Sati kiteing his wing. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Some pelicans flew below us. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />A pelican flying at eye level. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Melody. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Sati. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Melody checking the wind speed. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Another pelican checking us out. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Found objects. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Some kind of a seagull. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Joyce watching Melody and Sati pack up their wings. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Melody packing up her gear. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Coast Guard patrolling Monterey Bay. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Sati and Melody looking out over the Pacific. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Pelicans skimming the waves. August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Sati and Melody: one last glimpse of the Pacific (for today). August 13, 2009 - Dunes State Park (on Monterey Bay), Sand City, California.<br />Joyce and Melody. August 14, 2009 - Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz, California.<br />Joyce bracing herself against the strong wind. August 14, 2009 - Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz, California. August 14, 2009 - Wilder Ranch State Park near Santa Cruz, California.<br />California poppies. August 14, 2009 - Fighting a forest fire off CA-1 near Davenport, California. August 14, 2009 - Fighting a forest fire off CA-1 near Davenport, California. August 14, 2009 - Fighting a forest fire off CA-1 near Davenport, California. August 14, 2009 - Fighting a forest fire off CA-1 near Davenport, California. August 14, 2009 - Fighting a forest fire off CA-1 near Davenport, California.