Sunday, August 4, 2019

Grand Teton - The Mormon Row

We've just finished cleaning up and putting away the camping gear from our trip to Grand Teton National Park. And I can tell you that the weather and the mountains were 'Grand'!

We went to many of the iconic photo locations and found a few more on our own. Here are photos of the Moulton Barns and the Teton Range from Mormon Row

The Thomas Moulton Barn

The John Moulton Barn

The name Mormon Row comes from the members of the Mormon, or Latter-Day Saints, faith that came into Jackson Hole in the 1890's from Idaho to claim land under the Homestead Act. The life was hard, but the settlers persevered. Their success is seen in the barns built by the Moulton brothers and the Chambers Homestead.

History of settlement in Grand Teton National Park

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes

Indonesia is a land built by volcanoes. There are currently 130 active volcanoes, including many of the world's most active and most famous. The Indonesian islands are a part of the Sunda Arc, an important feature of the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. There have been over 1,100 documented volcanic eruptions across Indonesia within historic times.

From Kalimantan and our visit with the Orangutans, we traveled back to the island of Java. We stayed in the city of Malang. One of our outings was to Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

Mount Bromo is an active volcano that sets in the ancient Tengger caldera. Ash and steam were erupting from Bromo's crater while we were there. The large peak in the background is Mount Semeru. The ribbed volcanic cone in the foreground is Mount Batok. Semeru is another active volcano and the tallest in Java

- Bali
- the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Komodo Dragons
- Village Life
- Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest

Monday, April 29, 2019

Indonesia - Borneo and the Old Men of the Forest

From Labuan Bajo our group flew 850 miles to the northwest to Pangkalan Bun in Kalimantan (Borneo). From there we journeyed up the Sekonyer River by riverboat into the Tanjung Puting National Park.

Our transport and lodging for three days were the riverboats Sekonyer and Kumai. We cruised as a pair and tied up alongside at mealtimes. These were closer quarters than on the Felicia, but comfortable none the less.

The Kumai

Orang-utan is derived from Indonesian and Malaysian names that mean 'Man of the Forest'.

Orangutans are under great environmental pressure. We made three stops in the forest at rehabilitation camps where Orangutans that have been orphaned or rescued from illegal captivity are trained and re-introduced into the wild. Most of the adults you see in this post are re-introduced. The young in these photos are all born in the wild. Feeding stations are provided and this is where we saw the Orangutans

These are but a few of the images of Orangutans and other wildlife of Borneo we saw. There are more at

- Bali
- the Lesser Sunda Islands and the Komodo Dragons
- Village Life
- Indonesia - Land of Volcanoes