Still alive and well in Gongqin, China. Recovering from a nose-throat-chest congestion thingy. I'd planned to wait it out, but allowed two students to steer me into a nearby clinic. A quick check by the doctor, three medications prescribed, and $5 later I was on my way. While China has a long tradition of natural healing therapies, it is also fully on board the western pharmaceutical train. Due to the…
Just sitting here munching on a bag of sweet and sour fish soup potato chips. Oh yes, Asia has the wildest flavored potato chips on the market. Nothing so mundane as barbeque or sour cream with onions.
I had a meeting at the Murie Center, in Grand Teton National Park, on Friday and Saturday. That's a story in itself. What a historic location, a place with an amazing and important story. We spent some time in a cabin that has seen 5 US Presidents and many more movers and shakers. Olaus and Mardie Murie were among the first environmentalists - the force behind creating the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and much much more.
World Traveling Worker, deep thinker friend and all around good-guy Greg Seats is reverting to email to update friends. Blogging attempts through the years seem to have a way of getting blocked over there. I'll post his emails up here from time to time if you all are interested.
Letter One 1 - August 29, 2010
It is an amazing time we live in. One day I'm kicking back in Southern California, and the next I'm immersed in…
My wife and I got married at the chapel at Mammoth Hot Springs, in Yellowstone, 28 years ago this week. We both got our seasonal start in Yellowstone in the 70's, pumping gas for YPSS.
We celebrated with dinner at the Mammoth Dining Room (where we had our reception 28 years ago) with our friends Dave and Nicholas on Friday night. That provided the fuel for the real celebration, when we got up at 4 and left Gardiner at 5 am yesterday to take a… Continue
The snow plow crews begin peeling back the snow from Mammoth on the first Monday after the first Sunday in March every year. It takes weeks for them to get the park opened. But once the roads are in decent shape from Mammoth to West Yellowstone they will open them to bicycle traffic, on weekends, for a few weeks before the roads open to cars for the season. During the week there is a lot of maintenance and construction traffic out there as folks scurry around to get the park ready to open. But… Continue
Added by Bill Berg on March 29, 2010 at 8:30am —
The World lost a good man Saturday night but we had him for 93 good years.
Harold was born on the Berg farm west of Atwater Minnesota and left us a few hours ago, with Helen and Bill at his side, in Englewood Florida. He said the town doctor used to say that “if you live long enough something will kill you”. Even Harold couldn’t buck those odds but he loved life, he lived long and well, and he lives on in our hearts.
He experienced the joy of growing up in a… Continue
A great Friday evening kicked off a fantastic weekend. A local tribe got together for an Indoor/Outdoor, Hello/Good-bye, Potluck Party for those Parkies that are leaving to go elsewhere for the summer and for those returning to Yellowstone for another season.
Dr. Luanne Freer is a fixture around Yellowstone and at Everest Base Camp. She spends her summers working with the medical services in Yellowstone Park but every spring heads up to 17,000 feet on Mt Everest to setup "Everest ER", a medical clinic in a tent to serve Sherpas and climbers.
Four folks and two good dogs had a great 2 night / 3 day trip into the Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area near the north entrance of Yellowstone Park. We started up in the slush on Thursday but got high enough to leave that behind. We built a snowcave in some gnarly weather, then woke up to a sweet day and great snow conditions on Friday, January 9th. Called it a day under clear skies and a gorgeous moon to wake up to more… Continue
I started Cool Workin' with a summer job in Yellowstone in 1972. My wife, Colette, started in 1974. We both worked for YPSS for our first jobs in the park. We hooked up out at Old Faithful in the winters of the late 70's and early 80's when I was a Winterkeeper at Old Faithful and she was a Ranger. Then I was a Winterkeeper at Lake and Colette worked construction through the winter. Along with work as a NOLS instructor and backcountry ranger work in… Continue
Sylvan Pass and Avalanche Peak, in Yellowstone, can be a spring treat. The road over Sylvan Pass and out to Cody opened up on May 2nd and we got up early to take a look at Avalanche Peak on the 3rd. We left Gardiner at 6ish, found PLENTY of snow at the trailhead (about 6 feet), started up at about 8:30, grunted to the summit in 3 hours and enjoyed some recreational gravity on the way back.
Interesting and great time of year. Out there… Continue
Added by Bill Berg on May 4, 2008 at 3:00pm —
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