High Trestle Trail, Iowa

DesMoines River from mid trestle

Claire shrank


Busy on Father’s Day

Beer Garden on the trail in Slater

Mary and Joni, new trail friends

Entrepreneurs beside the trail. I picked green beans and corn to sell beside Coal River Road, Tornado, WV

Thunder and Badlands

We boondocked on a high ridge overlooking Badlands National Park.  Fabulous 360 degree views of badlands cliffs, prairie grasses, sounds of larks and a gentle cooling breeze. Until. Soon after sunset the sudden layered clouds lit up with sheet lightening covering 180 degrees of our view, and the radio screaming thunderstorm warnings with 70 mile per hour gusts and tennis ball! hail. Claire does not like hail. Claire REALLY doesn’t like hail.


  1. Despite some rockin’ and rollin’ and heavy rain, and at least once to head Turtle into the wind, we survived a South Dakota storm for the second time. (Tornado story elsewhere on newbohemians)

The late, after midnight, bedtime and newly chip sealed  Badlands NP roads nixed the bike ride we’d planned, and suggested a 4.75 mile loop hike. Beautiful. Its much better to get out of your vehicle, or even a bike and dive into the sounds, smells and strange but gentle beauty of the prairie.

Where is Claire!



First Harvest Host

  • We joined Harvest Hosts, since we were going to be out for several months in the motorhome (Turtle from now on). Harvest Hosts are businesses like wineries and farms, farm stands, that will allow you to park for the night. Most are in beautiful places. Of course you end up buying what they have to sell, so its a win win situation, and often we find we have something in common, like we did with the owner of Bear Butte Gardens.