The Sound Of Rain

The sound of rain on a spring evening.

Bighorn Sheep Rock Climbing In Colorado

We spotted some rock climbing Bighorn Sheep on our way to Estes Park, Colorado.

Driving Up Old Fall River Road In Rocky Mountain National Park

Driving up the Old Fall River Road in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.
Opened in 1920, Old Fall River Road earned the distinction of being the first auto route in Rocky Mountain National Park offering access to the park’s high country. In the minds of many park visitors, the relatively subtle old route remains foremost. Unlike Trail Ridge Road, which is well known for being the highest continuous paved road in the nation, the Old Fall River Road is a much more “motor nature trail.”

Primarily gravel, one-way uphill and punctuated by switchbacks, slower-paced, 11-mile-long. The old road quietly leads travelers from Horseshoe Park (a short distance west of the Fall River Entrance) through the park’s wilderness to Fall River Pass, 11,796 feet above sea level. The journey to the alpine world at the top of Old Fall River Road is relaxing. The experience is one to be savored.

Mississippi “Cruisin’ The Coast” October 2010

From Ocean Springs to Bay St. Louis, the 14th annual “Cruisin’ the Coast” was a fun time. Beautiful weather and cool cars is a combination that can’t be beat! Cruising along Highway 90, Beach Blvd, right along the Mississippi Gulf Coast just does not get tiring! The hospitality of each venue from Bay St. Louis, Pass Christian, Long Beach, Gulfport, Biloxi, D’Iberville, and Ocean Springs is as memorable as the thousands of classic cars, muscle cars, and hot rods. Enjoy the view from our 1930 Model A hot rod! Y’dstoti!

Y’dstoti In Our Model A Ford Street Rod


Whether I’m the “Mapreader” or the “Nagivator” — you’ll get an idea of how we navigate in our 1930 Ford Model A. It is true that I don’t have room to hold an atlas! I use paper maps from AAA and fold, and re-fold, them along as we go so I can see what I need to see. Plus I have the Garmin on, but no destination entered so it just shows us where we are. This time we’re in eastern Oklahoma traveling on scenic Highway 10, and later in the Ouachita National Forest. Absolutely beautiful landscape! On the Oklahoma Mountain Pass Scenic Byway, the “Three Sticks National Forest Monument” represents land, wood, and water. There is an abundance of one of the things you don’t see on the interstate — shade!! Y’dstoti!

The Mapreader’s Navigation Tools

See my “navigation tools” I use to help travel our back road routes. A combination of vintage tools and high tech electronics, a sense of adventure and a smidge of common sense all add up for fun travel adventures! See it scenic. Drive the back roads! Y’dstoti! Check out our new blog at

Extreme Ydstoti – Virginia Hwy 619 – Bristol Bound After a wonderful visit to Mountain Rose Winery in Wise, Virginia, we were off to the Bristol NASCAR race. Our map showed Highway 619 was paved through to Fort Blackmore. We thought we could take that as a scenic drive through the Jefferson National Forest, see High Knob mountain, and make it to the track in time. We usually try to stay on roads with a center line, but that’s not always possible. This little road trip coined our newest phrase — “Extreme Y’dstoti”….!!!