Skipping Across Montana

After leaving North Dakota we faced a verrrrrry long trip across the gigantic state of Montana, the 4th largest in the nation, to reach our next major destination: Glacier National Park. Eastern Montana and the northern tier of Montana are very sparsely populated (as in: plan ahead, because the next gas station could be 50+ … Read moreSkipping Across Montana

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

Mandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Southwestern South Dakota — a place I had never visited and frankly never even considered as a vacation destination — has a dense concentration of places we have loved. Were it not for the thought of subzero winter conditions, I think Ken would be ready to move here in a heartbeat. After our awesome five … Read moreMandatory Visits in the Black Hills

Seeing Plenty More Heartland in Nebraska

Like our stop in Kansas, our visit to Nebraska brought us to a place I never imagined we would be tourists, and we ended up enjoying it much more than expected. Well, other than the fact that I now have the Counting Crows song Omaha permanently looping in my head. So let’s get right to … Read moreSeeing Plenty More Heartland in Nebraska

Spanning Millennia at Two NPS Units

Our travels through Eastern Tennessee gave us the chance to visit several of the national sites that are helping guide our journey, and these locations near Chattanooga preserve and interpret records of historic periods ranging from 10,000 BC to 1865. Russell Cave National Monument Tucked away down a small county road in the very northeastern … Read moreSpanning Millennia at Two NPS Units