The Many Murals of Toppenish, Washington (& An End To Many Days' Wandering)

✍️ 🕑 September 26-27, 2021 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: street arttoppenish • Places: Toppenish, WA The Edge of Mt. Ranier National Park

I wish I had a bit of better timing for the last day of my trip, but hey, what can I do.

Much of the "in between" from Boise to Seattle is highway, or mountain. An easily accessible hiking trail seemed off the cards, because many seemed like they were more of a detour than I was willing to take.

Meanwhile, Oregon is home to the Tamastslikt Cultural Institute -- the only Native American museum along the Oregon Trail. I wasn't super interested in going to hear any settler accounts of the Oregon trail, but this sounded like a nice stop, and a place that could be really interesting.


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But, I my drive was on a Sunday and the museum was closed. Instead, I decided to visit Toppenish, Washington, with the hope of getting some Frybread Tacos for lunch.


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To my dismay, the restaurant opened only in the mid-afternoon, and I wasn't going to hang around for hours, but the detour meant I got to check out... *erm* the many murals of Toppenish.

52 Frames (April 2022)

✍️ 🕑 April 2022 • Series: 52 Frames • Tags: flowers

This month has been a whirlwind of activity for me, and though my blogging activity has been focused quite intently on wrapping up some loose threads from last September & December, my 52 Frames activity has been anchored in the present.

It's impossible to take a photo a week without those photographs representing the time and space in which you find yourself.

So in this case, the photos take us to Pittsburgh, New York City, and back up to Skagit County, north of Seattle. Rather weird that I would have spent so many days on the least coast, but perhaps, it only makes sense that we've got at least one photo from the only city in the world that matters...

Basque-ing in Boise

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: good eatsmuseumsbasque culture • Places: Boise

The 25th of September was a day of highs and lows. Of petroglyphs and disappointment. Of exclamation points, croquettes, and wasting-away sofas.

You've already heard about some Celebration and Disappointment, but there are still some 3-D glasses to wear! Some games of "the six degrees of Andrew Wilkinson" to play! Some museums to visit!

So let's get into it!

Disappointment and Celebration

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: bird photographyarcheological sitespetroglyphs • Places: Dedication Point Celebration Point

I got up early with big plans of birding in the early morning daylight, though I first stopped for a breakfast sandwich and a coffee at Mudslingers, a locally owned coffee shop in Mountain Home.

They are an establishment whose promotional emails fill me with delight to this day, even if I am unable to get their Banana Cream Pie Monthly Drink Special, even with the 25 cent off discount.

And their coffee helped fuel me, as I made my way towards the Morey Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey Nature Reserve. (Boy, that's a mouthful, isn't it.)

Surely that isn't where I'd experience the disappointment I allude to in this post's title... right?

Dune It Again: A Visit to Bruneau Dunes State Park

✍️ 🕑 • Series: Go West, Young Lad • Tags: dunesstate parksbird photographysunsets • Places: Bruneau Dunes State Park


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When I finished visiting Craters of the Moon, the day was merely half over. I did not want to stop and camp in the Craters of the Moon Campground. I wanted to continue heading westwards, and find some place else to stop.

One of the main points of interest for me, an area that took up a vast amount of the map of Southwestern Idaho on Google Maps was the Morey Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey preservation. Obviously, a bird preserve is not a campground, but I figured that if there was a state park or something that seemed worth visiting near the bird preserve, then I would be in good shape.

I settled on the Bruneau Dunes State Park, just south of the Snake River...