Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park was the first National Park to be established. It amazes me that people in 1872 were concerned about preserving land for future generations to come. I visited Yellowstone National Park with my parents and grandparents back in 2005 and this year I decided it was time to visit again and focus more…

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Yellowstone NP: Artist Paintpots

The hydro-thermal features (hot springs, mudpots, and small geysers) in this area received their name because they reminded first explorers of an artist’s paint palette. It is a 1.2 mile walk around the paintpots.

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Yellowstone NP: Mount Washburn

Mount Washburn trail has officially made it on my list of top 10 favorite hikes. You start out with amazing views and by the time you reach the summit they become incredible. On a clear day, you can see Grand Teton mountain over 50 miles away. I didn’t get that lucky with the weather, but…

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Yellowstone NP: Mud Volcano

My second day in Yellowstone, I woke up early and headed towards Mount Washburn. However, I got distracted by a park sign that said Mud Volcano. So my dreams of summiting Mount Washburn got postponed for an hour. I really like the Mud Volcano area. It is completely different from the Upper Geyser Basin’s hydro-thermal…

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Yellowstone NP: Upper Geyser Basin

My first adventure on my second trip to Yellowstone was walking Upper Geyser Basin. I highly recommend picking up a copy of the Old Faithful Trail Guide booklet from the Park Ranger desk at the Old Faithful Visitor Center. The booklet has great information about the thermal features in the area and includes a trail…

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Grand Teton National Park

I was awe struck when I first caught sight of the Grand Teton range from U.S. HWY 26. One instant I’m driving along looking at a forest of pine trees and the next I was looking at mountains so massive I literally thought I was seeing a mirage.

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Grand Teton NP: Taggart Lake

I love Taggart Lake! It is not my favorite hike, but it is definitely my favorite lake (as of August 2017 – still have lots of exploring to do yet). I got very lucky with the weather and the water was calm, perfect for getting a photo of the mirror reflection of the mountains in…

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Grand Teton NP: Jenny Lake Trail

*It is not safe to hike alone in bear country* The Jenny Lake area offers a plethora of activities. Moose Ponds, Cascade Canyon, and Lake Solitude are a few of the hikes that start from the Jenny Lake Trail. You can also connect to String and Leigh Lake Trails from Jenny Lake.

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Grand Teton NP: Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain in Grand Teton National Park is 7,727 feet tall. Signal Mountain Summit Road is a steep road that leads to the top. At the summit is a parking lot, overlook, restroom, and what appeared to be a cellular tower. It is also the only place in the park where I had 5 bars…

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Grand Teton NP: Colter Bay Village

I was impressed with how Colter Bay Village at Grand Teton National Park is laid out. There’s a convenience store with a few gas pumps at the main entrance, a campground,  RV park, cabins, tent cabin village, horse corral, general store, activities booth, launderette, 2 restaurants, visitor center, marina, and a beach for swimming.

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