Travels with the Blonde Coyote

«Don’t you get lonely?»  is one of the most common questions I get from people curious about my life on the road. The short answer is no, loneliness is not one of my problems and never has been. I’ve been a loner all my life.

Occasionally, I can talk my friends and family into copiloting on my road trips, but if I always waited around for somebody to join me I’d rarely go anywhere. Besides, going solo is great for one of my favorite things about traveling: meeting new people. When you’re not insulated by what’s familiar, you’re more likely to seek out new things.

Last week, driving «the Loneliest Road in America» also known as Nevada’s Highway 50, I met all kinds of people: Great Basin tourists, veteran park rangers, genuine cowboys, life-long Nevada residents and even a few fellow vagabonds. How do I meet these…

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Travels with the Blonde Coyote

Now that you know there are 450 million acres acres of public land in the United States that are free for camping, how do you find a sweet spot? Some states, like Wyoming and Utah have vast tracts of public land while others, especially those east of the Mississippi may only have a few pockets of free space.

The best resource I have on the road is my National Geographic Adventure Atlas. Not only does it mark all the developed (usually fee) campgrounds in National Parks, State Parks, Recreation Areas, National Forests and on BLM land, it also shades in National Forests and BLM lands, where you can camp almost anywhere, for free.

National Forests and BLM land are both almost always marked with large brown conspicuous signs that say: «Entering Public Lands» or «Entering National Forest». Once you’re sure you’re on public land, watch for dirt roads…

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The WordPress.com Blog

Now that you’ve been snapping away, you’ll want to build your photographic following. WordPress.com has an excellent photo blogging community, which you can tap into by following these tips and tricks.

Tags, topics, and phloggers, oh my!

Tags work to connect your blog to the larger WordPress.com community, so you can see others who are writing, or photographing, the same subjects as you. By tagging your post as «Photography» or «Black and White,» your posts will be included in the respective Topic page so that other viewers can find your site. If you haven’t added tags to your posts before, you can learn how to do so here.

However, tags can be used for more than just bringing traffic to your site, but as a networking tool as well. As your photo blog grows, taking some time to look at other photo blogging sites can both help you to…

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Travels with the Blonde Coyote

When I think of southern Colorado, I think mountains, specifically the San Juan range, which is home of some of my favorite summits. But SoCo has its fair share of desert too. The land wedged between the San Juans and the Sangre de Christos is shielded from rain by the mountains, creating an arid landscape in the midst of snowcapped peaks.

Much of this space, north of Del Norte, west of highway 285, is no man’s land: public lands held by the Bureau of Land Management. These public lands belong to you and me. In these places, this country is still free. 

I had heard that somewhere in this desert is an arch in volcanic rock. Arches, like those in Arches National Monument, are most commonly formed by freeze and thaw cycles in sandstone, a sedimentary rock. Volcanic rocks don’t often weather this way, but there are always…

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The WordPress.com Blog

NOTE: This feature is currently unavailable while we move some things around.

Are you curious to see how your friends are using WordPress? Give the new and improved Friend Finder a try to connect with your Twitter, Facebook, and Google contacts who have WordPress sites!

After authorizing WordPress.com to use your Twitter, Facebook, or Google account to find your friends (don’t worry — none of this account information is saved!) you’ll see a list of people you know who have WordPress sites.

Click Follow and each time your friend publishes a new post it will show up in your Reader under Blogs I Follow.

If you have multiple blogs, make sure to set the Primary Blog in your Settings so the correct blog is shown to friends when they find you.

If you’re interested in finding more cool blogs to follow, browse our collection of Recommended Blogs and try…

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