Yellowstone Part 2: Prolific Wildlife and Scenery in Northern Yellowstone

After nearly a week at Madison Campground, we relocated to the campground at Mammoth Hot Springs, close to the northern entrance to the park in Gardiner, Montana. Like many campgrounds in national parks, this one operates on a first-come, first-serve basis so we of course had no reservations. Considering how busy the park has been, … Read more

Yellowstone Part 1: Colorful Puddles and Persistent Crowds

Our slow-motion travel style has us spending almost three weeks (20 nights) in Yellowstone National Park, camping in several different locations within this gigantic and diverse park. Our initial stay was 6 nights in the Madison Campground, about 15 miles into the park from the West Yellowstone entrance and within relatively close proximity to the … Read more

Rough Riding with Teddy

Our slow travel schedule afforded us 10 days to enjoy Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota, which we split equally between the distinct north and south units, geographically separated by 70 miles. We did not make the effort to reach the Elkhorn area, which is actually the former “home ranch” of the park’s namesake, … Read more

Finding the Wild in the Black Hills

Although we are in the high summer season, and the Black Hills were filled with tourists in the weeks just after Memorial Day, we managed to find many, many locations of relative solitude and incredible beauty in this large wilderness. Custer State Park The focal point of our visit to the Black Hills was Custer … Read more

A Busy Week in St. Louis, Part 2

Our stay in St. Louis was seven days, which is pretty long for us, and it was completely action-packed. As I said in the prior post, the only way to keep my summary from blowing up the blog was to break it up a little. This installment features some history and lots of botanical photos. … Read more