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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.

High Points On My Horizon: Santa Fe Baldy

In 2008, on a mountaineering blitz in Ecuador, I discovered I have a gift for traveling at high altitude and since that trip, I have climbed many big mountains. I spent most of this past summer above treeline, hiking up … Continue reading

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Desert Snow

Why winter in New Mexico? Because the hiking is epic, no matter the weather. We’ve had two significant snowstorms so far this year and all that white stuff adds such a stunning dimension to this desert. When it snows, it’s not … Continue reading

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Where On Earth Is The Blonde Coyote?

According to this just recently neglected blog, I’m still in Scotland. In real time, I’m in the next best place: ever-enchanting New Mexico! Of all the places I love, New Mexico hits closest to Home. This will be my fourth winter … Continue reading

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The Blonde Coyote in the Guardian

Hey everybody, sorry for the radio silence lately. It’s one of those weeks with half a dozen deadlines. In between writing about the geologic origins of gold, the glacial history of Norway and the future of the Chesapeake Bay, I … Continue reading

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Scotland: Through the Lairig Ghru

After peering down into the depths of the Lairig Ghru from Lurcher’s Crag, my dad and I decided to return the next day for a long trek through the glacially-carved canyon to the fabled Pools of Dee, the headwaters of the … Continue reading

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Scotland: The Cairngorm Mountains & Lurcher’s Crag

I’ve been gifted with a lot of beautiful days in the mountains in my life, but this day in the Cairngorms might go down as the most perfect mountain day I’ve ever seen. The Scottish Highlands are notorious for wicked … Continue reading

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Scotland: A Stonehaven Castle

If this castle makes you think of Hamlet, you’re right: parts of the 1990 film starring Mel Gibson were filmed here, at Dunnottar Castle, just south of Stonehaven on Scotland’s northeast coast. And the Gibson connection doesn’t end there: in … Continue reading

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Scotland: The Falkirk Wheel

Behold the Falkirk Wheel! This incredible contraption helps link a waterway that runs all the way across Scotland. When I first saw pictures of this space-age boat lift, I couldn’t figure out how it worked. But after seeing it turn … Continue reading

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EARTH Magazine: Tiny traces reveal big secrets at LA’s Le Brea Tar Pits

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 story for EARTH magazine just went live. This is one of my … Continue reading

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High Points On My Horizon: Hiking Arthur’s Seat

Edinburgh has quickly become one of my all-time favorite cities on Earth, in large part because of its prominent volcano. Arthur’s Seat – named for the legend of King Arthur and thought to be one of the potential locations for Camelot … Continue reading

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