Category Archives: Vagabonding 101

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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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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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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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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