Buzzed by Condors at Pinnacles NP

Pinnacles National Park is not one of the more famous parks in California. Completely overshadowed by famous destinations like Yosemite, Death Valley, and the Redwoods, Pinnacles barely registered with us when we started thinking about our route through the state. Judging from the blank looks we received from family members at Thanksgiving when we mentioned … Read moreBuzzed by Condors at Pinnacles NP

Captivated by the Mountains at Grand Teton National Park

Now, Iā€™m not saying that we quit our jobs, gave away most of our belongings, moved into an RV, and traveled across the country in 6 months just so I could take the photo above. However, as we were planning our journey of American discovery, there were definitely certain camping locations that were on our … Read moreCaptivated by the Mountains at Grand Teton National Park

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 ā€“ Upper and Lower ā€“ that send unbelievable amounts of crystal-clear water thundering down the deep canyon. The … Read moreYellowstone Part 3: Dramatic Canyons and Waterfalls

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 moreYellowstone Part 2: Prolific Wildlife and Scenery in Northern Yellowstone

Finishing Our Exploration of the Bitterroots

We finished off our time in far western Montana with a short stopover in the very southern end of the Bitterroot Valley, at another national forest campground located along the East Fork of the Bitterroot River. Our main goals were more hiking and more R&R before hitting another stretch of urban visits. Goals achieved!   … Read moreFinishing Our Exploration of the Bitterroots