Sep 25, 2014
Yesterday this amorous bull chased his ladyfriend through Jackson Hole's Gros Venture campground again. Mostly blinded by an eye infection, she stumbled over a picnic table and broke her leg on a fire ring, leading rangers to euthanize her.
Some reports have blamed wildlife watchers and photographers. But having witnessed a similar love romp ten days ago, I agree with Jackson Hole Wildlife Safari's owner Jason Williams. He wrote: "The big factors here are the rut, her disability and man-made obstacles. Though a tragic accident, I don’t see much that could have been avoided, except for shutting down the campsite and removing grates and tables."
Check out his full account, images and videos here.
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 10:45 PM
Sep 18, 2014
"Travelgirl Magazine" let me make bad science puns in its autumn issue!
The Canadian Rockies cradle one of the world’s largest dark sky preserves there. Peaks, ice fields and stunning lakes—often turquoise from glacial melt-water—also earned UNESCO protection 30 years ago. Now the region’s turning up its star wattage, as Colonel Chris Hadfield joins the festival line up.
The first Canadian to float freely outside the atmosphere, Hadfield spent almost five months captaining the largest spaceship ever built, the International Space Station. He shared the journey with a million Twitter followers, and his fame supernova-ed last year when he played himself offstage with a zero-gravity cover of David Bowie's Space Oddity.
Hadfield will strike a chord again in Jasper, giving the keynote speech (backed by his band, The Free Radicals). Other highlights include an outdoor symphony, deep-sky telescopes and a partial solar eclipse. After the gala, stroll—or take a carriage ride—to Pyramid Island. Trails, marked by scarlet votive candles, form a red carpet for astronomers. But nothing outshines the event’s star turn: constellations reflected on the tranquil waters of western Canada. —Amanda Castleman
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 10:18 AM
Sep 14, 2014
I ran my first Class II+ rapids in Jackson Hole today. As soon as the raft hit the first Snake River rapid, a little girl popped a molar. Talk about the best tooth-fairy tale ever!
|An autumn rapids trip with Jackson Hole Whitewater. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com.|
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 10:31 AM
Sep 13, 2014
|Four antler arches frame Jackson's town square. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com|
Boy Scouts get to collect racks in Jackson, WY – seriously! – while prepping for the world's only public elk-antler auction (75% of the proceeds go to the National Elk Refuge just outside town, with 25% for the kids).
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 8:49 AM
Sep 12, 2014
Sep 8, 2014
|The Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com|
So long, Willamette Valley. We'll miss your cooking chops, nuanced red wines and the abundance of good-hearted people willing to help pushstart our VW.
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 10:52 AM
Sep 6, 2014
|Landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu's Japanese gardens at Saffron Fields Winery's 10-month-old tasting room. Image copyright www.amandacastleman.com|
Posted by Amanda Castleman at 11:04 AM