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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading
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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading
Open Pit mining in Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

Timeline of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem’s Open Pit Apocalypse

The Fickle Business of the Open Pit 1930s: Blue Ledge Company sets up underground adits, potential prospect pits, and a foundation for a mill that will never end up getting built. 1983 – 1994: Bear Creek Mining tries some exploratory drilling then sells to Placer Dome US (1990), which after trying some exploratory drilling sells […]

Continue reading
an effable backpacking thought is rare but sad in such beautiful places

Yet another example of an effable backpacking thought

The ineffable backcountry For the most part, when we escape to the hills or wilderness or backcountry or whatever wonderful name we give the beloved pristine, what we escape from includes the easily describable. Nature’s magical knack at rendering us mute both connects us to our wordless roots and gives us exactly what we wish […]

Continue reading

Keeping Track of Which Side of the Map I’m On

In the last year, I spent a lot of time staring at two sets of things: maps of Idaho and Seven Dreams: A Book of North American Landscapes by William T. Vollmann. Alex and I were planning the “exact” path that we would take on the Yell-to-Hell, a peak-bagging thru-hike in Idaho which we’ve discussed […]

Continue reading
%d bloggers like this: