Yellowstone Part 3: Dramatic Canyons and Waterfalls

The focus of our final stop in Yellowstone was the Grand Canyon area, where the Yellowstone River has carved a deep gorge through relatively soft volcanic rock. The centerpiece of the canyon is the set of waterfalls – Upper and Lower – that send unbelievable amounts of crystal-clear water thundering down the deep canyon. The … Read moreYellowstone Part 3: Dramatic Canyons and Waterfalls

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 moreYellowstone Part 1: Colorful Puddles and Persistent Crowds

Appreciating Volcanic Geology at Devils Tower

Our last stop before leaving the Black Hills area was Devils Tower National Monument. Unfortunately for people who care about grammar, the lack of an apostrophe in the name is “correct” since that is how the location was named in the statute designating the monument. While this is not a huge site, with just a … Read moreAppreciating Volcanic Geology at Devils Tower

Breaking Into Spelunking at Mammoth Cave

Although we had never visited a true underground cave system before, we knew that our travels through Kentucky had to include a stop at Mammoth Cave National Park. Not only is it one of the oldest national parks, but it has also earned worldwide fame for being the largest cave system in the world by … Read moreBreaking Into Spelunking at Mammoth Cave

Key Largo By Land: Windley Key State Park

A tiny state park combining botany, geology and Florida history? Sounds great! Windley Key Fossil Reef Geologic State Park packs a lot into a small area.     Located just north of Islamorada, the park is located on a small key that features some of the highest elevations in the Keys — which is not … Read moreKey Largo By Land: Windley Key State Park