Sandy Shuptrine has been spending 'mud season' in Jackson Hole since 2003 where she resides with her family, on the banks of the San Juan River near Bluff, volunteering for the BLM. There she met Mark and Ellen. Ellen's prose continues to pull her onto the slickrock of Comb Ridge searching for early spring wildflowers and soaking up the dramatic 360 degree vistas into four states. Sandy's dreams of actually finding time to write seem easily diverted by the daily routines of a volunteer river ranger. Ellen's books have provided a readily accessible venue for enjoying the familiar desert landscape at any time. She would have dearly loved getting to know Ellen better and perhaps having her as a companion hiker or river runner on occasion.