Round ‘Em Up: The Ground Rumbles & The Dust Flies

In 1956 a small herd of bison was reintroduced into the park and has grown and has grown to the point where it has to be carefully managed. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls, and park crews drive the thundering herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Up to 20 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls are selected […]

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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge: Dragonfly Festival

With its wide variety of habitats ranging from the Pecos River and saline sinkholes, to ponds, Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal place to find dragonflies. Straddling the Pecos River the Refuge consists of an assortment of water habitats. Numerous seeps and free-flowing springs, oxbow lakes, marshes and shallow water impoundments, water-filled sinkholes, […]

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Black Hills: Step Back in Time to the Wild West

An isolated mountain range located in the western edge of South Dakota, the Black Hills is full of scenery, rich history, and tons of family fun. Nestled among the prairies of the upper-Midwest, you’ll find majestic granite spires, pine covered peaks, and unique rock outcroppings. While discovering off-the-beaten-path treasures, the inherent thread of Wild West […]

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Hummingbird Capital of the United States: Ramsey Canyon Preserve

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Paton Center for Hummingbirds, Patagonia Lake State Park, Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area, […]

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My Top 10 List of Birds

Green jay © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Everyone has lists and seldom do any two lists agree. But lists can be interesting fodder for discussion, argument, and sometimes agreement. Some readers will wonder why I omitted some extra-popular beauties like the cedar waxwing, wood duck, blue jay, northern cardinal, meadowlark, bluebird, and painted bunting. Sorry, but sometimes a bunch of bling—I’m looking […]

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Top 2 Places To Visit in 2017

You’ve seen lists of the top travel destinations for 2017. Some lists include such exotic spots as Croatia, Zimbabwe, Uruguay, Finland, Dominica, Rwanda, Costa Rica, and Azores. But, like us, you travel by RV—and not air or sea. There’s an incredible variety of places around the U.S. and Canada to enjoy in your RV. It’s […]

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