Lest anyone think otherwise, this bad boy owns the road when he gets on it. And – you guessed it – this is from Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, where the bison frequently take to the road and get really irritated by stupid touron drivers really quickly. I think Yellowstone is one of my favorite places in the entire US – certainly in my Top 10 list and probably in my Top 5 list. To me, a visit there always gives me a fresh shot in the arm of all things related to the American West – wood bison, gray wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, bald eagles, badgers, elk, deer, geysers, mountains, fumaroles, glass mountains (obsidian), stupendous waterfalls, amazing canyons, on and on.
We always go when it’s best to avoid crowds, so we generally aren’t impacted by buffalo-jams and the like. Sometimes we even have the place pretty much to ourselves, which is just a matter of knowing where to go and when to do so.
Photo info: American wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming May 2021 Apple iPhone 12 Pro
One morning in January many years ago, Cindy suggested – completely out of the blue – that we take a road trip down to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and observe the snowy owl irruption that was taking place down there at the time. Now – mind you – Cindy is not one for the beach scene, so this suggestion was completely uncharacteristic of her. After picking my jaw off the floor, I readily agreed to the jaunt, and we had a fine time down there in the off-season – and actually saw one of the beautiful creatures from a distance.
This image was captured with an iPhone 5S, looking through a high-powered spotting scope.
Photo info: Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus) Ocracoke Beach Ocracoke Island, North Carolina January 2014 Apple iPhone 5S
There is a hidden fleet of century-old ships on the Potomac River in Maryland – a fleet so vast that it’s hard to visualize. And yet this fleet of ships can’t really be seen at all… because it’s entirely underwater. This is the infamous Ghost Fleet of Mallows Bay, where some 230 vessels – widely regarded as the “largest shipwreck fleet in the Western Hemisphere” – were towed, burned, and sunk after Word War I. You can read more online about Mallows Bay via Google here, and see dozens of videos about it on YouTube here.
We visited Mallows Bay with our kayaks back when information about it was difficult to find, and the resulting video that Cindy created is one of her most popular, with over 138K views.
The only shipwreck still largely above the water is the remains of the SS Accomac, a Chesapeake Bay car ferry dating back to 1928, which was towed here and left to rot sometime after 1964.
However, virtually all of the other wrecks here are completely covered and hidden at high tide, which poses a severe danger to any boat that ventures close enough. Why? Because the last remaining timbers and metal bolts from the burned wooden ships are literally inches under the surface of the water, just waiting for the unsuspecting. You can see some of these in photo below.
There are still a few of the deteriorating wooden hulls that can be seen and approached, but given they are in such a terrible state of rot, they should not be climbed upon.
Below is a photo of one of the keels of the wooden ships, and the many metal bolts that are covered at high tide. The bolts can – and will – rip the bottom out of any watercraft that ventures through them at speed when they are covered with water.
Once we finished our tour and headed for the shore, Cindy discovered a huge moth drowning in the water, which she rescued. Once the moth had dried out, we placed it in a bush along the shoreline.
All-in-all, Mallows Bay is a wonderful place to crawl through and slowly explore with a canoe or kayak. Highly recommended.
Photo info: All photos taken with an Apple iPhone 5S Video taken with a Sony waterproof digicam