Paul Driscoll

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Hail Columbia Gulch: Tales from a feral childhood


I enjoyed some time recently with an old friend who shared memories and photographs of her early childhood on a scratch-gravel South Dakota farm before it even had electricity. The photos in particular elicited powerful memories of my own. I was too young to remember when electricity was installed at my family’s summer place in the mid-1950s. I do recall the day when the much-anticipated telephone service arrived to Hail Columbia Gulch. (more…) Continue Reading →

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The Land Rover Defender: Discontinued but immortal


On Friday, Jan. 29, the final Land Rover Defender rolled off the assembly line in the Midlands town of Solihull, England. The demise of this legendary line of four-wheel- drive automotive workhorses marks a significant milestone in automotive history. The world seems just a bit smaller and a lot softer for it. (more…) Continue Reading →

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In Helena, a chance meeting with a fascinating wasp


I recently joined some work colleagues for a farewell celebration in the courtyard of one of Helena’s public houses along Last Chance Gulch. One of our party noticed that we were sitting under a deciduous tree that seemed to have been dead for several years. Presently, we were visited by a very large wasp, which several in the group found quite disturbing. (more…) Continue Reading →

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Road between wilderness areas earns wild reputation


Our neighboring, and often overlooked, state of Idaho is home to a nearly contiguous 3.4 million-acre area that comprises the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness and the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness. The areas are not fully connected, but only because they are separated by a narrow, 10-foot-wide, 95-mile-long road known as the Magruder Corridor. The Magruder has been described as one of the most remote, wildest roads in the Lower 48. (more…) Continue Reading →

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