Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful and the Geyser Basins

Our final day in Yellowstone National Park we explored the geyser basins around Old Faithful. We entered from the west entrance, completed the western leg of the loop road, and exited the park via the south entrance on our way to Grand Teton National Park. As we had been discovering throughout our time in the …

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Yellowstone National Park: Grand Canyon and West Thumb

Our first afternoon exploring the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park was incredible and left me excited for our full days of exploring the rest of the park. The weather wasn't fully cooperating but it didn't stop us from getting up bright and early, cruising into the park via the west entrance, and driving the …

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Yellowstone National Park: Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin

After an exhilarating hike outside Bozeman, we drove through the rain to the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park -- the first major stop on my birthday road trip. Despite arriving just after lunchtime, which is much later then we would typically arrive at any national park. we had no trouble entering and driving to …

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A Day at Channel Islands National Park

On January 31, Seattle-area news outlets reported that there had been 28 rainy days in Seattle throughout the month, tying records set in January 1953 and 2006. We’re pretty accustomed to clouds and rain after having lived here almost five years, but even this was a bit much for me! I don’t mind the rain …

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Opt Outside: Exploring the National Parks

Last year I asked for an annual U.S. National Parks Pass for Christmas, and it ended up being one of the most useful things I could have put on my list! I wanted to make the most out of having it. As we were plotting our travel plans for the year, we prioritized destinations where …

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