US National Parks, Yellowstone

Winter in Yellowstone National Park (part I)

Eventually, I’ll sort through my thousands of pictures from all of my trips to Yellowstone National Park and organize them into a few (hopefully) coherent posts. It’s a daunting task for which I just haven’t found the motivation. So in the meantime, I’m going to take a more unique approach and talk about winter in Yellowstone.… Continue reading Winter in Yellowstone National Park (part I)

Travels, US National Parks

Lots and Lots of Lakes – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part II)

There are roughly 200 miles of hiking trails in Grand Teton National Park. I’ve hiked probably 20 of those miles. I have a loooong way to go, but I guess I have to start somewhere, right? Well if I had a choice, that somewhere would certainly be Jenny Lake. To camp at Jenny Lake, you… Continue reading Lots and Lots of Lakes – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part II)

Travels, US National Parks

Grandest of them All – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part I)

You’ve probably seen the Teton Mountains before without even realizing it; photos of the iconic range pop up all over the place. The rugged profile of the Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot Mountain is unmistakable. I'd recognize them from anywhere. Grand Teton National Park is located in northwest Wyoming, directly south of Yellowstone National… Continue reading Grandest of them All – Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (part I)

Travels, West Coast US

Come What May – Bellingham, Washington

I always brag that I grew up in the most beautiful place. And I did. But Bellingham, located in Whatcom County in the northwestern corner of Washington, is a close second. I'm fortunate to have spent the better part of 4 years there, and it's a place I'd gladly go back to. Do you ever… Continue reading Come What May – Bellingham, Washington

Montana

Up in the Mountains – Pine Creek Lake, Montana

Paradise Valley. Sounds like a place you’d like to be right about now, huh? I know I would. The Paradise Valley lies at the base of the towering Absaroka Mountains in southwest Montana, running most of the distance between the town of Livingston and Yellowstone National Park. Fun way to determine if someone grew up in southwest… Continue reading Up in the Mountains – Pine Creek Lake, Montana

Montana

Changing Times – Day hikes around southwest Montana

The summer of 2007 was a time of change for our family. My parents split up, so a family road trip wasn’t high on our priority list. Also, I was getting ready to head off to college so instead of a big two-week excursion, our summer was dotted with shorter trips – day hikes with… Continue reading Changing Times – Day hikes around southwest Montana

Canada, Travels

Vancouver Island, British Columbia (part 2)

(If you missed part I of this post, you can find it here) After spending the first half of our trip on the inland side of Vancouver Island, we headed out to the western coast! The coastline is dotted with provincial parks and preserves but, for whatever reason, my dad chose Juan de Fuca Provincial… Continue reading Vancouver Island, British Columbia (part 2)