RVer’s campsite railroad keeps passersby smiling

Jim Crowhurst’s garden railroad at the Thousand Trails preserve in La Conner, Washington, always puts a smile on the faces of other campers who pass by. Here’s a three-minute video tour of his layout, as told in Jim’s words. We recorded this in 2014. ##RVT840 Sign up to receive an email every afternoon of articles we’ve published in the past... Read More

Desert wildflowers are already beginning to bloom

By Bob Difley Spring is a snowbird’s delight – not only does the cold give way to the warmer weather, the desert itself changes “color.” Newcomers are amazed as seemingly “drab” desert is transformed by technicolor wildflowers. How is it possible? Hundreds of thousands of seeds lay dormant beneath the barren surface waiting patiently – sometimes for years – for... Read More

The planets – With spring come the mighty gas giants (and Mars)

By Chris Fellows, Serenity Mobile Observatory Without a doubt the most crowd-pleasing objects at the telescope eyepiece are the Moon and the large planets Jupiter and Saturn. I can’t tell you how many times I have heard “Oh wow!” and “So cool!” when someone first glimpses one of these objects with their own eyes. The reason is simple: These objects... Read More