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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.

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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Hiking In Hunting Season

Fall is my favorite hiking season, with one major drawback: it’s also hunting season. I don’t have a problem sharing the woods with sportsmen, as long as they hunt responsibly, but being around flying bullets does tend to put me … Continue reading

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Washington Cascades: Mount Adams!

I must admit an error. When I reposted the “Special Auction” post the other day, I was working on my phone, from a free campsite on the flank of Mount Adams and I neglected to remove the paragraph about this being … Continue reading

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The Impossible Sight of a Ship

Apologies for the lack of posts lately. I stashed my dogs and my rig with friends in Seattle and flew east for two weeks. First I flew landed in Maine to attend the opening night of my sister’s show “The … Continue reading

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A Special Auction

My favorite day of the year is always the Third Saturday of September: Auction Day! On this day, every year for the past 24 years, the Amish and Mennonite communities of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania have held a spectacular benefit auction … Continue reading

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My 500th Post!

Drum roll, please… this is my 500th post on the Blonde Coyote! A look back at my very first post from June 2011: Until very recently, I resisted starting a blog. I already make my living at the keyboard as a freelance … Continue reading

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