Geysers to Bison: the Yellowstone experience

◊ 8.2.2017 ◊ West Yellowstone, Montana When anyone anywhere in the world thinks about U.S. National Parks, they probably think about Death Valley, or Yosemite, or maybe Arches. They might be familiar with the network of parks and also know about lesser-known Badlands or Capitol Reef. But if there is one name, one park that … More Geysers to Bison: the Yellowstone experience

Hiking the Tetons

◊ 8.1.2017 ◊ Moose, Wyoming For many of the National Parks we’ve been to, the very first glimpse is memorable. Driving out of the Zion-Mt Carmel highway tunnel into Zion and being left speechless by the great walls of sandstone lining the valley, walking to the edge of the Grand Canyon rim and seeing the … More Hiking the Tetons

Devils Tower: A story of our rock climbing feat

◊ 7.25.2017 ◊ Devils Tower, Wyoming One of our major climbing objectives of this trip was to summit Devils Tower; a bewildering rock butte protruding 1,270 feet above the prairie below. To see it in pictures is inspiring, then to see it appear on the horizon as you approach is truly exhilarating. (Stock photo below) … More Devils Tower: A story of our rock climbing feat

Climbing the Needles of South Dakota’s Black Hills

◊ 7.23.2017 ◊ Keystone, South Dakota Back in the West (or almost), we found a taste of home in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This national forest is comprised mostly of pines, and the granite outcroppings definitely reminded us of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Aside from Mt Rushmore and the Crazy Horse memorial, the … More Climbing the Needles of South Dakota’s Black Hills

The rugged beauty of Badlands National Park

◊ 7.21.2017 ◊ Badlands, South Dakota Badlands National Park is a rugged environment that supports a surprising amount of life. After driving straight through Minnesota and nearly all of South Dakota this was a much needed break, and it truly took us by surprise. Driving though the Midwest is pretty uneventful, being comprised mainly of … More The rugged beauty of Badlands National Park

Canada Eh?

◊ 7.15.2017 ◊ Quebec, CAN Our first Canadian experience of the trip! (and yes it included Maple Syrup!) From Acadia National Park in Maine we needed to drop Johanna’s mom off at the Montreal international airport. Sadly it was time for her departure back to France. The drive across Maine’s interior was beautiful and lush. … More Canada Eh?