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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.

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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Winter in the Mountains

Hey everybody! I’ve been getting emails from readers over the past few weeks, asking if I’m ok since I haven’t posted in awhile. Thanks for the concern. I’m just fine. In fact, I’m fantastic! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. … Continue reading

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Black Friday: You Save Even More When You Don’t Buy Anything At All…

In honor of Black Friday, here’s my aconsumerism post Conquering IKEA. Enjoy! And remember kids, you save even more when you don’t buy anything at all! My college apartment was amazing. Over the course of my three years there I … Continue reading

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Washington Cascades: Mount Saint Helens by Moonlight

When I was a kid, my Uncle Frank gave me a jar of ash from the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens. I wasn’t born yet when the mountain blew its top, but that jar of fine grey powder – … Continue reading

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Ask the Blonde Coyote: What do I need to hit the road?

I’ve been getting so many lovely, thoughtful, inquisitive emails from people and I’m sorry to say it’s become impossible for me to answer all of them. Most of you want to hit the road – for a long weekend, for … Continue reading

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Wonderful Life: Hike to the Burgess Shale!

Hey everybody, today is National Fossil Day! In celebration, here’s a repost of one of my favorite stories, Wonderful Life, about my hike to the Burgess Shale fossil beds in British Columbia. Enjoy!  When I was young, my dad took … Continue reading

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Climb On Smith Rock, Part 2: Monkey Face!

In 2006, I was living in Oregon, working four days a week on an organic farm. The other three days I’d go exploring, taking trips to the coast, the river valleys, the Cascades, the eastern desert, enjoying the incredible diversity … Continue reading

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Climb On Smith Rock: Part 1

Back in Jackson, Wyoming in July, I met a couple of guys at the laundromat who were living out of a VW van, hitting all the classic climbing spots from Kentucky to Alaska. They had just come down off the Grand … Continue reading

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