Off Trail Finale

September 15, 2015 | 58

Friday, September 11 My coworkers all decided today was the day to do Tomato Soup, so I eagerly tag along with. This isn’t a hike a person can easily try themselves unless they’re with someone who’s done it before because it’s entirely off trail, there is no worn path or markers to follow. In Yellowstone…

Twenty Miles

September 4, 2015 | 41

In the last week, I have added a whopping twenty miles to my hiking total for this season. For newcomers to IO, Yellowstone National Park puts on this little competition called the 100 mile Hiking Club. Employees have the summer season to hike 100 miles within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (includes the national forests and…

Mount Washburn

July 24, 2015 | 34

Friday, July 24 Today starts at the end. Well, let me refine that. The end of the hike. Jayne and I are doing Mount Washburn today, a famous Yellowstone hike that typically starts at Dunraven Pass, about five miles north of Canyon Village Junction at 8,859 feet. From the parking lot at the top of…

The Northern Range

July 14, 2015 | 28

Thursday, July 9 Three coworkers and I roll on up the road through a morning fog. Because of the hour, the traffic hasn’t gotten bad yet and we make good time, heading north from Old Faithful to Madison, northeast from Madison to Norris, east from Norris to Canyon, and then north from Canyon over Dunraven…

Purple Mountain

June 4, 2015 | 24

Thursday, June 4 What a lovely morning! The sun is shining and the temperature is already steadily climbing. Things have finally been warming up the past week or so, but we’ve been getting strong thunderstorms along with. I’m hoping today won’t be one of those days, because it’s my weekend and I want to go…

100 Mile Hiking Club – Mystic Falls

May 29, 2015 | 37

There’s a little yellow book sold in our shop titled “Day Hiking Yellowstone” by Tom Carter. It’s simple and unassuming, the black and white photos are not high quality and the pages are just folded in half with two staples to make the binding. It was originally published in 1978 and it doesn’t look like…

Dreaming of Spring

March 6, 2015 | 18

Tuesday, March 3 Today is both a work day and a jogging day. In the morning, Julie and I head out to clean the Clevis Multrums – the back country composting toilets. The park has just acquired a brand new gator, only one and a half hours of run time on it. It’s green and…

Making Small Changes

August 24, 2013 | 18

No small part of my decision to go RVing was because I loved the outdoors so much. To me, going RVing was synonymous with spending more time outdoors. I loved camping. I loved hiking. I loved the idea of getting to sit outside in my camp chair in the woods, in a field, along the…

Shoes and Ladders

September 4, 2012 | 14

The bathroom is scrubbed, the blinds wiped down (they were filthy!), the grass cut, and I’ve gotten ant control that seems to do a much better job of controlling ants. I also made a serious attempt at trying my fancy Reese hitch out, but failed a bit on that (note to self: put stabilizer jacks…

A Map and a List

July 6, 2012 | 21

All roads lead through Kansas City. Or at least that’s how it’s looking on my travel map for the rest of the year. My travel map. I’m actually going to be starting to travel, wow. Bluffton, SC to Madison, SD – through Kansas City. Madison, SD to Coffeyville, KS – through Kansas City. Coffeyville, KS…

3 Tips to Get Started Jogging

January 2, 2012 | 4

Ahh, a new year, full of possibilities. Last Monday I wrote a post about my take on resolutions and the one thing I didn’t cover was how I got started jogging. Before this, I’d never ran or jogged before in my life, unless you count playing as a child. It wasn’t something I had seriously…

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