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Roots and Shoots

December 1, 2014

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Still a little jaded from jet lag I pushed myself out of bed this morning to get to the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots award at the Zoological Society of London, where Dr Goodall herself was attending. It’s an annual event which recognises the most outstanding projects run by schools up and down the country […]

Jinxed

September 10, 2014

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My first flight into Chicago arrived 15 minutes early, I kid you not. As I waited for the plane to finish its taxi to the gate I glanced at my watch. “Huh? 1705. Bloody hell, I could have made my 1830 flight, ” I seethed. We slotted into a gate at Terminal C. I thought […]

Glacier Final Day – kayaking

September 8, 2014

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Most people who kayak in Glacier National Park have hired the conventional looking canoes. But my kayaking experience was going to be far from conventional of course. B has a pack raft. This is an elite group of kayaking enthusiasts who can unroll their boat from their hiking backpack and inflate it in less than […]

Glacier Day 2 – Bear encounter

September 8, 2014

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The park is unusually full. We had planned on hiking to Grinnell Glacier, it’s the postcard pictures you see of this area. But we estimated the trail would stuffed and it would be like doing the conga, so we skipped it and re-thought our route. Instead we planned a hike to Swiftcurrent Pass. It is […]

Glacier Day One – bear sightings

September 8, 2014

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I’m full of the lurgie. I think the chilly temperature and constant rain has taken its toll. I’m running on empty but I refuse to let it get the better of me. I’ve stocked up on meds and post hike walks I’m drinking hot toddies determined to get over this and damn sure it will […]

Glacier Day 3 – Journey to the west side of the park

September 8, 2014

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The drive to the west side of the park is spectacular. You drive along the Sun Highway which was built with a terrific two mile fall down the cliff face. The Yanks are nervous about this route. It’s two lane traffic and the road is narrow for American standards. You also pass through the continental […]

The Fuzzy Ones

September 2, 2014

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There is no doubt that bears get a bad press. Less people have died from bear attacks than car crashes. But still when you are a city gal and find yourself in a remote part of the world with little to zero survival skills those stereotypes do loom large especially when a cigar-sucking local tells […]

Absaroka Mountain Range

September 1, 2014

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The drive to Franc’s Peak took well over six hours. We loaded up the car and planned our route with the help of Google Earth. Where we were headed the roads have not been publicly mapped yet. The route was extraordinarily pretty and we drove through dramatic landscape and various Rocky Mountain American towns including […]

Juxtaposition – Rifles and Recreation

August 28, 2014

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I’m still waiting on my rucksack to be delivered. It’s hot here in Bozeman and my sweater and hoodie are just not suitable day wear, so B and I headed into what looked like the toy town to shop. There are two main stores that people go to. The cultured, athletic and educated “folk” shop […]

Bozeman

August 28, 2014

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I may have defied the Itinerary Gods in Chicago, but my luggage did not. I arrived in Bozeman at 10.30pm waited with anticipation for my rucksack and nada! It never made it onto the plane. I was fuming. It was clear that staff at the airport assumed that there was no way on earth I […]