Things Google Maps Resurrects: Crow Creek

[Stage Directions: Please listen to Shostakovich’s Waltz No. 2 in D minor as you read this post. It is the perfect tincture of macabre and adventure.] The other morning, in that precarious time between waking up and getting up, I read a short article about ghost streams. A very interesting read, which got me remembering […]

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wildlife overpasses could save millions of lives each year like these bighorn sheep

If wildlife overpasses could speak: save the best for Idaho’s US-20

For the five deer killed on Idaho’s U.S. 20 in the last 48 hours. May we drag no more of your family off the asphalt. The US 20, Yellowstone’s main highway access from Idaho Falls and Salt Lake City, wasn’t built to support Yellowstone’s record number of visitors. Somewhere north of 1.5 million vehicles travel […]

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Non-enlightenment on Haguro-san

Thursday March 29, 2018 I’m in the APA Hotel in Tsuruoka, Japan, up around 4:30 AM. up before the sunin the Land of the Rising Sunwhat does that make me the land of? Last night I went to bed around 7:30 PM. My jet lag seems to begin to show in the late afternoon, and […]

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Fiespoytro Pylwest in Idaho

On one particular night spent alone in a tent in the Idaho backcountry, I had a peculiar dream. I was in the basement of the house that I grew up in, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. In this dream, my siblings and I were supposed to be moving my grandmother out of the house, as if […]

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Loving Spiders

Our Thing I was standing inside a glass box whose walls didn’t quite reach the frosted cement below. I withered into myself, hands in the coat pockets, chin buried in my chest. There was no snow falling, but the dry snow which dusted the streets and sidewalks was falling horizontally at the behest of a […]

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Reading on Location: The Dying Grass (Part 1)

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for William T. Vollmann’s The Dying Grass. It also contains spoilers for the historical event known as the Nez Perce War. If you are interested in reading this novel, or visiting The Oregon/Washington/Idaho area once and always inhabited by the Niimiipuu (Nez Perce) unimpeded by a knowledge of how the […]

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My Dad in the Valley of Fire

That time my dad let a man live in his car

An anecdote about my dad A while back, my dad noticed that his car had begun the curious habit of generating cigarette butts. My dad didn’t smoke. No one who he rode around with smoked in his car. He’d go into work with a cigarette-butt-free vehicle, and by the time his shift ended, there waiting […]

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The sublime majesty of cyanide

ScholarDay has been writing recently of a proposed open pit cyanide heap leach mine proposed in the Centennial Mountains in Eastern Idaho: the Kilgore Project. We’ve talked about how the Centennial Mountains are the only remaining wildlife corridor connecting large mammal populations (including grizzly bears) in Yellowstone National Park to populations in central Idaho and […]

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The metaphysics of wildlife underpasses

Before things get out of hand, let me state unequivocally that I support wildlife underpasses (and overpasses, fish ladders, canopy bridges, and all other infrastructural devices that unite wildlife populations across man-made barriers). They have been shown many times in many places to work effectively in reducing roadkill numbers. This means, of course, fewer humans […]

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A Roadtrip: An Inventory

In 2014, so many years ago already, Alex and I had a summer full of road trips. I was based out of Lafayette, Indiana, for reasons that I will not go into. Alex drove his 2012 Toyota Corolla out from Moscow, Idaho, and we planned an ambitious month of hittin’ the road from that crossroads […]

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