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About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently traveling the backroads from New Mexico to Alaska, writing and living out of a tiny Teardrop camper. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at www.marycapertonmorton.com.

Finding D.O.G.

Seven years ago, I took a road trip to Monument Valley, near the Arizona – Utah border, and came home with a puppy. Keeping a skinny, filthy, half-wild mutt I found wandering in the desert could have been a complete disaster, but … Continue reading

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2015 in 100 Photos

In 2015, this little blog of mine was visited by a few hundred thousand people in 167 countries (out of 196). I myself have only been to a dozen or so countries (in North, Central and South America and Europe) … Continue reading

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Travels in Geology: Hells Canyon

Why would you ever visit a place called Hells Canyon? Especially given how hard it is to get there: Few roads and only steep, difficult trails run down into the 2,400-meter-deep gorge — the deepest canyon in North America — … Continue reading

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Ask the Blonde Coyote: Where in the World Are You?

Dear Ms. Caperton, Because of the long time since your last post, I’ve concluded that you have taken a turn off the open road life toward something else. So, I wanted to thank you for sharing your adventures, and for … Continue reading

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Ruby’s First Roadtrip!

Introducing…. Ruby: a 2004 Subaru Forester! After the Rover went out with such a spectacular bang, a big part of me wanted to keep living the drive-to-the-end-of-any-road dream and get another beast, but I elected to keep moving forward onto the … Continue reading

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RIP Rover: On Walking Away

Two summers ago, stuck in Crested Butte, Colorado with my trailer, two dogs and a dying Subaru, I searched Craigslist on a whim for my dream car: an older Land Rover Discovery. A rare 5-speed manual popped up for sale in Colorado Springs, and … Continue reading

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Skiing Is Believing

In October, I climbed Mount Saint Helens by moonlight and when I stood on the summit at sunrise, I felt the mountain rumble beneath my feet. On the way back down, sliding freely down the loose scree slope on the soles of my … Continue reading

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Where Warm Waters Halt…On the Trail of Treasure in the Rocky Mountains!

“Where warm waters halt… where warm waters halt… where warm waters halt.” For two summers, I’ve been exploring the Rocky Mountains with those words on my mind. Why those four words in particular? Because I believe they lead to a … Continue reading

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In Hollywood they say, “Mush You Huskies!” In Montana we say, “Hike You Mutts!”

“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life, the tidal wave of being, the perfect joy of each separate muscle, joint, and sinew in that it was everything that was not death, that it was aglow and rampant, expressing itself … Continue reading

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Finding D.O.G.

Six years ago today, I took a road trip to Monument Valley, near the Arizona – Utah border, and crossed paths with a spirit animal in the shape of a bedraggled dog. Keeping a skinny, filthy, half-wild mutt could have been a … Continue reading

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