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

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