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After just a week of getting settled home (well, semi-settled), Jonathan and I are spending a few days at Rancho Aribabi, Sonora, Mexico on a volunteer work trip with Overland Society and Sky Island Alliance. A cold front moved in last night with 40+mph winds and now it's cold - in the 50s, with a biting wind. We hope it clears up and warms up!

Rancho Aribabi is the same location we'll be running exploration trips for ConserVentures later in November and again in 2010. Check them out at

A sight seldom seen in 10 days

The sun . . . home in the Sonoran Desert . . . 4501 miles exactly. What a fantastic trip.

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Seems the whole of the West is under this storm. We have been in heavy snow since Nebraska and now we are approaching southern Colorado and hear NM is also snowy.

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Sioux country

The original overland travel vehicle, Great Plains style (this private herd resides within the Thunder Basin National Grassland).

And some Great Plains humor:

Yesterday we visited the grave of Red Cloud, a moving experience. We leave Nebraska for home today.

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South Dakota archaeology

We visited the site where the skeleton of Dinosauraus flintstonicus was found. Here is a recreation. Wilma and Fred also found nearby.

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On the Bozeman Trail

In the shadow of the Bighorns. Blackfoot Brewing courtesy Doug M in Montana. A great trail today but rain and snow forecast so we opted to camp out of the high country.

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Yellowstone traffic

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Scenes from Cody, WY

Tom Palmore's cougar at the Whitney Museum of Western Art; Corvette cowboy; jalapeño cheddar elk brats with sautéd red peppers and onions, bacon and baked beans, and oven fries.

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View from the window . . .

. . . At Crow's Nest Pass resort, where we are giving a conservation communication workshop. It has been snowing and socked in pretty thick so we have not seen the area, which is a pretty dramatic part of the Rockies. The workshop is going well so far.

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Not in the Sonoran Desert, Toto

Crossed the beautiful Missouri River at Cascade, MT, and headed into the backcountry to visit a private ranch and logging camp at the invitation of friend and Overland Journal subscriber Doug M. As you can see we hit an early winter storm. Even the Montanans were griping! Set a new record low for the date -- even the trees had no time for fall colors. We enjoyed Doug's hospitality, including lamb tacos (fresh from the ranch) and chocolate and bourbon to keep us warm. This morning the rear doors on the Jeep are frozen shut.

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Cafe Ole'

Found a great new eatery in Flagstaff yesterday. On San Francisco just south of the tracks. Fantastic tamales.

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Canada bound

Jonathan and I left this morning for Crowsnest, Alberta, where we are teaching a conservation communications workshop for the Alberta Conservation Alliance. En route through central Arizona we met up with Graham Jackson of Overland Training. Here is Jonathan and Graham in front of the 2 Overland Journal Jeeps, on loan from Chrysler. Graham's "Overland Edition" debuted at Overland Expo.2009. Our version is the magazine's longterm test to showcase an "out of the showroom ready to overland" model. We will return via Wyoming for some backroads exploration.
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I love kingbirds

We've seen them land on ravens' backs locally - amazing. The hawk's "expression" seems suitably irate. Courtesy Querencia blog ( via the Denver Post.

Dusk visitor

A beautiful gray fox, which are so russet they are mistaken for non-native red foxes, just came to drink water at dusk, and grab a bite of stale tortilla from the bird feeding yard.

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Golden grasses & light

On our walk this morning the golden fall light was really emphasized by all the blooming, fruiting grasses. Trying to capture the glow...these are tangleheads and sprangletops. Great names!

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Fall fruits, AZ

Back at Ravenrock in the Sonoran Desert. Fall is here...the desert hackberries are fruiting, phaenopeplas are arriving and turkey vultures departing.

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