Friends and Groceries

June 25, 2015 | 30

Last week was quite busy socially. Met up with Bob Wells of CheapRVLiving after work on Tuesday, he dropped by the Old Faithful area and we had lunch. After hiking the Clear Lake Loop with Jayne on Thursday we went up to Canyon Village for ice cream and dropped in on Kirsty and Art, people…

Clear Lake Loop

June 22, 2015 | 22

Thursday, June 18 Gee, hope I’m not late. Traffic is at a standstill, yielding right of way to the herd of bison coming down the road. Bertha idles while the cows and calves part around me, like the way a boulder parts a stream. In Yellowstone, we call these events bison jams, and they happen…

Grand Loop Road & Fairy Falls

June 15, 2015 | 34

Thursday June 11 Fog lays like a blanket over the campground as my neighbors and I climb into their big white truck, destination: Norris Geyser Basin. But a funny thing happens when we get to the end of the driveway. The road east between Old Faithful and West Thumb has been closed since the start…

Firehole Lake and Virginia City

June 11, 2015 | 26

Earlier this week after work I traveled scenic Firehole Lake Drive on a whim, a little one-way road between Madison and Old Faithful, about nine miles from where I’m living. I wasn’t sure what to expect…. that’s really one of the best parts of full-timing – the excitement of something new. I crave new experiences…

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…

A Walk Around the Neighborhood

May 22, 2015 | 45

Training time has come to an end, the summer season officially starts tomorrow – Memorial day weekend. I was intending to have this blog post up yesterday, but there was a special NPS sponsored training program up at Mammoth, almost two hours away from Old Faithful with all the road construction going on, so I…

Working for a Nonprofit Park Association

May 18, 2015 | 40

Most people who visit national parks never realize that the anyone other than National Park Service employees might be serving them. The truth is, while the NPS man the entrance booths, staff the ranger desks, and hold interpretive programs and talks, most other services inside the park are not provided directly by the government. Just…

Only Scratching the Surface

May 14, 2015 | 63

Yellowstone is big, very big. In my five days here so far, I’ve come to the tentative conclusion that as a visitor, you’d really want a good seven days or so to do this park justice. Some national parks you can catch the highlights in a day. Badlands was one, and even Zion you could…

Into Yellowstone

May 11, 2015 | 57

Friday, May 8 Today is another short driving day, from the Walmart parking lot in Billings, MT to the Conoco/Town Pump tuck stop in Livingston about two hours west. A good chunk of the day is spent at a rest stop midway between the two on I90. Why? Because it’s bad form to stay too…

Three Calls from Wyoming

February 6, 2015 | 24

Some of you might be wondering what I’m doing with all of my free time these days, only putting in 12-14 hours a week at Enchanted Rock. Seeing the sights around Texas? Exploring every inch of the park? Kicking back in my camp chair and reading in the sun? Well, something like that. While my…

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