Spotlight Thursday – A Very Scary Bull Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my first solo road trip.  On my way to Mount Rainier National Park, I stopped in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  After a while, bison herds start to all look the same.  This herd was a little different since it was the only one during my visit that had calfs with them.  Without further ado, here is how I made a deal with a bull bison in Yellowstone National Park. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – A Grand Late Winter View of the Grand Tetons

Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Spotlight Thursday is from my very first solo road trip across the United States.  As part of that road trip, I made several stops along the way.  One of my favorite stops was a two-day visit to Grand Tetons National Park.  Grand Tetons National Park is 10 short miles south of Yellowstone National Park.  Unlike Yellowstone which became a national park on March 1, 1872, it took another 57 years for Grand Tetons to become a national park.  Grand Tetons protects the Teton Range and part of the Jackson Hole valley.   Continue Reading . . .

A Year with my America the Beautiful National Park Pass

“Your pass has expired.”  My jaw dropped.  I couldn’t believe it.  My America the Beautiful National Park Pass had expired.  It feels like just yesterday that I bought the pass and now it is expired.  I got over my shock and reached into my wallet and handed my credit card over.  Time to pay $80.00 for another park pass. Continue Reading . . .

10 Things to Know Before Visiting Yellowstone National Park

Every summer brings about interesting stories from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.  The year of 2016 seemed to be the record year for newsworthy idiots in Yellowstone.  I hate to call people idiots but if the shoe fits, I will explain while later.  I can clearly remember reading four articles about tourists doing dumb things in Yellowstone National Park in 2016.  I was astounded that I had read about four major incidents before June of 2016.  I have visited Yellowstone, twice.  Once as a four-year-old and later, at nineteen years old.  I loved both my visits to the park and would have never thought to do any of the things that have made the news in recent months. Here is a list of things to know before visiting Yellowstone National Park. Continue Reading . . .

Spotlight Thursday – Exploring Vedauwoo, Wyoming

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels and a spotlight on the location. Today’s Photo Thursday is from Vedauwoo section of Medicine Bow – Routt National Forest in Wyoming.  This photo is from my second trip to Vedauwoo.  Originally, I had planned to climb Pike’s Peak this weekend, but due to the smoke from the 2010 Waldo Canyon Fire, it wasn’t possible.  I made the four-hour drive from Colorado Springs, Colorado to Vedauwoo, Wyoming. I camped in the Vedauwoo campground.  I had the option of dispersal camping for free, but I liked having a bathroom nearby. I spent the weekend hiking and bouldering among the  hoodoos and outcroppings. Continue Reading . . .