Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area

The Kodak Watchable Wildlife Area is located in Windsor, CO.  I followed the Poudre River Trail for about half a mile and turned back due to the swarms of bugs that like to hang out around rivers at sunset, but I did manage to get some great pictures. You can scroll through the slideshow below or just open the Flickr album directly.

DSCN8543Colorado: Where even the ugly parts are still picturesque.

I didn’t actually see much wildlife, but I didn’t explore much of the trail. There were a few dozen birds and a few thousand mosquitoes.

Rocky Mountain National Park

Visiting RMNP

RMNP offers over a quarter million acres of mostly untouched wilderness across a variety of climate zones.

RMNP has 5 visitor centers plus two additional sites listed on their visitor centers page:

The NPS has officially declared that bears are dangerous. If you needed to be told that, maybe you deserve what you get.

Camping RMNP

  • Boondocking / Dispersed Camping is not allowed anywhere in the park. However, there are several National Forests nearby. You could set up camp there and drive your towed vehicle into the park.
  • Wilderness camping (hiking to a designated campsite and set up a tent without a vehicle) is allowed with a permit, for $26 per visit. As always, contact the Wilderness Office at 970-586-1242 for details and questions. There are two Wilderness Offices next to Beaver Meadows VC and inside Kawuneeche VC. In addition to the entrance permit and wilderness camping permit, you also need a Tent Tag and will be assigned a specific campsite.  There is a limit of 7 people in an individual site, and 12 people in a group site. Groups over 7 people aren’t allowed to camp in neighboring sites and must camp at least a mile apart.  Several different time limits apply:
    • Up to 14 nights at a time in the wintertime
    • Up to 7 nights at a time in the summertime
    • Up to 3 nights at a specific campsite
    • Up to 21 total nights per year.
  • Drive-in campsites are available in some of the 5 campgrounds at $26 per night. Moraine Park accepts RVs up to 40′. Generator restrictions apply. All five of the campgrounds are on the far edges of the park, so you may be better off going into the bordering National Forests and finding some dispersed camping areas for free. Only one campground at Moraine Park is open year-round. Campfires are only allowed in metal fire grates.

Continue reading “Rocky Mountain National Park”

Fulltiming / Vandwelling Maintenance

Vehicle maintenance is more important than ever, and now you have to deal with house maintenance on top of that. It’s not just oil changes and tire rotation; your vehicle’s owner’s manual has important maintenance that needs to be done after 30K miles, 50K, etc. Sometimes it seems that most vehicles don’t get this very necessary work done. Continue reading “Fulltiming / Vandwelling Maintenance”

Stuff to do in Washington, D.C.

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

Other National Monuments

Other National Historic Sites

Other National Memorials

Other National Historic Landmarks

Other

Stuff to do in Wyoming

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

National Historic Landmarks

  • Ames Monument
  • Expedition island
  • Fort D.A. Russell
  • Fort Phil Kearney and associated sites
  • Fort Yellowstone
  • Heart Mountain Relocation Center – Yet another place we stuck the Japanese during WW2
  • Hell Gap Paleoindian Site
  • Horner Site
  • Independence Rock State Park
  • Jackson lake Lodge
  • Lake Guernsey State Park
  • Lake Hotel
  • Medicine Mountain
  • Murie Ranch Historic District
  • Oregon Trail Ruts / State Park
  • J.C. Penney Historic District
  • Sheridan Inn – Operated by Buffalo Bill Cody
  • South Pass
  • Tom Sun Ranch
  • Swan Lake and Cattle Company Headquarters
  • Union Pacific Railroad Depot / Wyoming Transportation Museum
  • Upper Green River Rendezvous Site
  • Wapiti Ranger Station
  • Wyoming State Capitol

National Natural Landmarks

  • The Big Hollow
  • Como Bluff
  • Crooked Creek Natural Area
  • Red Canyon
  • Sand Creek
  • Two Ocean pass / Parting of the Waters

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Bamforth
  • Hutton Lake
  • Mortenson
  • Pathfinder
  • Seedskadee (+ Cokeville Meadows)
  • National Elk Refuge

Other

Stuff to do in Wisconsin

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

  • Apostle Islands National Lakeshore – Which consists of 21 islands; and nearby:
    • Apostle Islands Maritime Forests State Natural Area
    • Big Bay State Park
    • Apostle Islands Maritime Cliffs State Natural Area
    • Sand Bay
    • Bark Point
    • Bark Bay Slough State Natural Area
  • Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

National Historic Landmarks

I have skipped a few here because they seemed boring and pointless. Houses and hotels, mostly.

  • Administration Building and Research Tower, S.C. Johnson Company
  • Astor Fur Warehouse
  • Aztalan / State Park
  • Harold C. Bradley House
  • USS Cobia – WW2 submarine
  • Dousman Hotel
  • Farmers’ and Merchants’ Union Bank
  • First Unitarian Society Meetinghouse
  • Fountain Lake Farm
  • Fourth Street (Meir) School
  • Hamlin Garland House
  • Greendale Historic District – One of three “greenbelt towns” built by the federal government during the Great Depression, as part of the New Deal
  • Thomas A. Greene Memorial Museum
  • Little White Schoolhouse – Birthplace of the US Republican Party
  • Man Mound – The only remaining example of some kind of prehistoric earthwork
  • Milwaukee City Hall
  • Namur Historic District – About Belgian settlers
  • Northwestern Branch, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers
  • Oconto Site – Burial ground and artifacts dating back  5-6000 years
  • Pabst Theater
  • Ringling Brothers Circus Winter Headquarters / Circus World Museum
  • Schoonmaker Reef – One of the earliest discovered fossilized reefs in the world
  • Second Fort Crawford Military Hospital
  • Silver Mound Archeological District
  • Soldiers’ Home Reef
  • Wisconsin State Capitol

National Natural Landmarks

  • Abraham’s Woods
  • Avoca River-Bottom Prairie
  • Baraboo Range
  • Bose Lake Hemlock Hardwoods
  • Cave of the Mounds
  • Cedarburg Bog
  • Chippewa River Bottoms
  • Chiwaukee Prairie
  • Finnerud Forest Scientific Area
  • Flambeau River Hemlock Forest / State Forest
  • Kakagon Sloughs
  • Kickapoo River Natural Area
  • Moquah Barrens Research Natural Area
  • Point Beach Ridges
  • The Ridges Sanctuary
  • Spruce Lake Bog
  • Summerton Bog
  • Wyalusing Hardwood Forest

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Driftless Area
  • Fox River
  • Gravel Island
  • Green Bay
  • Horicon
  • Leopold Wetland
  • Necedah
  • St. Croix Wetland
  • Trempealeau
  • Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge
  • Whittlesey Creek

Other

  • Eat some fresh Wisconsin cheese
  • These Wisconsin State Parks in general; and in particular:
    • Mirror Lake
    • Council Grounds
    • Devil’s Lake
    • Peninsula
    • Newport
    • Rib Mountain
    • Governor Dodge
    • Parrot
    • Lakeshore

Stuff to do in West Virginia

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

National Historic Landmarks

  • Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Martinsburg Shops
  • Campbell Mansion
  • Clover Site
  • Davis and Elkins Historic District
  • Elkins Coal and Coke Company Historic District
  • Grave Creek Mound
  • The Greenbrier – Hotel and emergency relocation center for the US Congress
  • Matewan Historic District
  • Old Main, Bethany College
  • Reber Radio Telescope – The very first parabolic radio telescope
  • Traveller’s Rest
  • Alexander Wade House
  • West Virginia Independence Hall
  • Weston Hospital
  • Wheeling Suspension Bridge – The world’s first long suspension bridge

National Natural Landmarks

  • Big Run Bog
  • Blister Run Swamp
  • Canaan Valley
  • Cathedral State Park
  • Cranberry Glades Botanical Area
  • Cranesville Swamp Nature Sanctuary
  • Fisher Spring Run Bog
  • Gaudineer Scenic Area
  • Germany Valley Karst Area
  • Greenville Saltpeter Cave
  • Ice Mountain
  • Lost World Caverns
  • Organ Cave System
  • Shavers Mountain Spruce-Hemlock Stand
  • Sinnett-Thorn Mountain Cave System

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Canaan Valley
  • Ohio River Islands

Other

  • These 36 West Virginia State Parks in general; and in particular:
    • Audra
    • Babcock
    • Beartown
    • Beech Fork
    • Blackwater Falls
    • Canaan Valley
    • Cedar Creek
    • Droop Mountain Battlefield
    • Hawks Nest

Stuff to do in Washington State

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

National Wildlife Refuges

  • Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually
  • Columbia
  • Conboy
  • Copalis
  • Dungeness
  • Flattery Rocks
  • Franz lake
  • Grays Harbor
  • Julia Butler Hansen Refuge for the Columbian White-Tailed Deer
  • Little Pend Oreille
  • McNary
  • Pierce
  • Protection Island
  • Quillayute Needles
  • Ridgefield
  • Saddle Mountain
  • San Juan Islands
  • Steigerwald Lake
  • Toppenish
  • Turnbull
  • Umatilla
  • Willapa

Other

  • These Washington State Parks in general; and in particular:
    • Atta Lake
    • Battle Ground Lake
    • Bay View
    • Beacon Rock
    • Sky Meadows
    • Gambrill
    • Shenandoah
    • Birch Bay
    • Blake Island
    • Crawford
    • Lewis and Clark
    • Lewis and Clark Trail
    • Mount Pilchuk
    • Mount Spokane
    • Peace Arch
    • Seneca
    • Mason Neck
    • Patuxent

Stuff to do in Virginia

National Parks and Quasi-Parks

National Historic Landmarks

National Natural Landmarks

  • Butler Cave-Breathing Cave
  • Caledon Natural Area
  • Charles C. Steirly Natural Area
  • Grand Caverns
  • Great Dismal Swamp
  • Luray Caverns
  • Montpelier Forest
  • Rich Hole
  • Seashore National Area
  • Virginia Coast Reserve

National Wilderness Refuges

  • Back Bay
  • Chincoteague
  • Eastern Shore of Virginia
  • Easter Virginia Rivers Complex (+4 sub-refuges)
  • Fisherman Island
  • Glenn Martin
  • Great Dismal Swamp
  • Nansemond
  • Potomac River Complex (+3 sub-refuges)
  • Wallops Island

Other

  • These 41 Virginia State Parks in general; and in particular:
    • First Landing – Where English colonists first landed in 1607
    • Natural Tunnel
    • High Bridge Trail
    • Occoneechee
    • Douthat
    • Hungry Mother
    • Sky Meadows
    • Grayson Highlands
    • Kiptopeke
    • Westmoreland
    • Pocohontas