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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.

Oregon Cascades: Mount Thielsen!

For a few years now, I’ve been calling the Pedernal in New Mexico my favorite mountain. The seemingly insurmountable flat-topped peak, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe, was one of the first big mountains I onsighted and soloed. I first saw it … Continue reading

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Mortons At Mary’s Peak

My brother, sister and I are all pretty scattered. Sarah lives in Germany, Paul has been in California but is moving to NYC and I’m all over the place. Still, we’re close – we all make our living as freelance artists, … Continue reading

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Supermoon, Supertide

* These last three shots were taken in the touch me tide pools at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon.

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The Oregon Cascades: South Sister!

The first really big mountain I ever summited was a stratovolcano – Ecuador’s 19,347-foot Cotopaxi – and I’ve had a thing for climbing them ever since. Stratovolcanoes boast the classic volcanic profile – a lone, cone-shaped summit, usually snowcapped. Some of … Continue reading

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Ask the Blonde Coyote: Tips For Traveling With Dogs

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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The Steens Mountains: A Round Barn & U-Shaped Gorges

Having grown up around horses and in Amish country, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful barns in my life, but this round barn in southeast Oregon, built in 1880 to train and exercise horses through the winter, just might take the … Continue reading

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My Own Private Idaho

I have this theory that hiking uphill isn’t any more tiring than hiking on flat ground. Uphill takes a different set of muscles, but once your “ups” are in shape, you should be able to climb as readily as strolling. … Continue reading

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With A Name Like Death Canyon…

Park rangers are one of my favorite resources for hiking tips when I’m on the road. At the Climbing Festival in Lander I met a ranger from the Grand Tetons and asked him to name his favorite hike. Death Canyon, … Continue reading

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EARTH Magazine: Crowd-Funding Science!

As many of you know, I don’t just write for fun. This is also how I make my living! If you’re curious about my science writing, my latest feature story for EARTH magazine – on scientists using crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter … Continue reading

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Ask the Blonde Coyote: Where the Heck is the Bathroom?!

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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