Fallen Pine Bough & Pinecones – Wordless Wednesday

Old Faithful – Yellowstone National Park

5/21/22 We finally made it to Old Faithful and we were rewarded by an awesome eruption that was 50-100 ft high and last 3 & 1/2 minutes. It was sunny and snowing and about 41°F. Old Faithful video in real time - the tiny flashes of light in the video is sun reflecting off snowflakes … Continue reading Old Faithful – Yellowstone National Park

Fountain Paint Pots – Yellowstone National Park

5/21/22 Yellowstone Day #1: After visiting the West Yellowstone visitor’s center and purchasing Junior Ranger workbooks for $3 each, we opted to head to Old Faithful first. We got distracted and stopped to look at bison across the river… bison across the river we were really pretty far away from the bison we saw this … Continue reading Fountain Paint Pots – Yellowstone National Park

Rainbow Point Campground (Site B20) – West Yellowstone, Montana

We kicked off camping season 2022 with a weekend getaway to Yellowstone National Park! We stayed at Rainbow Point Campground. It is located on the banks of scenic Hebgen Lake, in southwestern Montana in Custer Gallatin National Forest. We had electric hookup, but no water hookup, no sewer hookup, and no dump site at the … Continue reading Rainbow Point Campground (Site B20) – West Yellowstone, Montana

Camas National Wildlife Refuge – Hamer, Idaho

This wildlife refuge was a bit disappointing as the “wetland” was completely bone dry. It just wasn’t very pretty or well maintained in appearance. We saw red-winged blackbirds, peregrine falcon, a pair of sandhill crane, 2 pairs of Canada geese, magpies, and a pair of pronghorn. All in all it was not a wasted trip, … Continue reading Camas National Wildlife Refuge – Hamer, Idaho

Craters of the Moon National Monument – Idaho

Our first day trip since we moved to Idaho, was to visit Craters of the Moon National Monument back in September 2021. It was really very windy the day we visited. I hope y’all enjoy the photos. Plains Sunflower snow??? no. My plant ID app thinks it might be Cottonweed. climbing a hill of black … Continue reading Craters of the Moon National Monument – Idaho

Sequoia National Park – California

To conclude our weekend getaway to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks we spent about half a day visiting General Sherman, the biggest tree in the world (by volume). Thanks to the nice family behind us in line for taking our photo! We enjoyed some rock scrambling, gawking at the trees, and the kids took … Continue reading Sequoia National Park – California

Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

On our drive to the bottom of King’s Canyon, we stumbled upon a turn out marked “Boyden Cavern”. We wanted a little leg stretch so we took the exit and noticed a sign reading “tours”. Unbeknownst to us, guided tours were being offered every half hour for $15/adult and $10/kids over age 5. We were … Continue reading Boyden Cavern – Sequoia National Forest – California

King’s Canyon National Park – California

You won’t believe this, but we recently accidentally stumbled across the perfect Christmas in July thing… I know it’s August now but we did this trip in July so it still counts. Did you know that “the Nation’s Christmas Tree” is the General Grant tree in King’s Canyon National Park? General Grant - The Nation’s … Continue reading King’s Canyon National Park – California

Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Bend, Oregon

Our trip to Bend, Oregon checked off 2 of our family bucket list places to visit: Crater Lake and Lava River Cave. We had visited Newberry National Volcanic Monument in May 2019, but were unable to tour the cave due to having very recently visited Pinnacles National Park – California. To avoid the spread of disease … Continue reading Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument – Bend, Oregon