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Yellowstone National Park

August 2017 – We spent three nights in the park, sandwiched between visits to Grand Teton National Park.  The scenery in Yellowstone was so amazing, it was hard to believe we were still on the same planet, let alone in the… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 2

August 2017 – We closed out our visit to Wyoming by returning to Grand Teton NP for the last two nights.  After the crowds of Yellowstone, we were grateful to escape to this quieter park and enjoy some hiking.  We… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 1

August 2017 – Flying into Jackson Hole’s tiny but efficient airport, we were already amazed at the scenery surrounding us.  We picked up our rental car for the next week and grabbed a late lunch in Moose before heading north… Continue Reading →

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake, Alberta

July 2017 – We spent our last full day in Alberta hiking & canoeing at Lake Louise and visiting Moraine Lake.  Since our cabin was only a mile away from Lake Louise, we walked uphill to the lake to avoid… Continue Reading →

Athabasca Glacier Walk, Icefields Parkway, & Yoho National Park, Alberta

July 2017 – We checked out of our room at Sunwapta and headed south to the Icefield Centre.  Across the street and up a drive is the parking lot for the Athabasca Glacier.  I had dressed in layers – a… Continue Reading →

Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

July 2017 – After an exhausting previous day and evening, the alarm came too early for us to get ready for Maligne Lake.  The promise of one of the best places to see wildlife in Jasper National Park was motivation… Continue Reading →

Driving the Icefields Parkway, Alberta

June 2017 – After a long day of flying (had to get up at 3am Eastern), we arrived at the Calgary airport at 12:30pm (Mountain Time).  The airport is super efficient and we were in our rental car and on… Continue Reading →

Everglades City, Ochopee, and Shark Valley

May 2017 – We spent three nights in the small town of Everglades City during our tour of the Gulf Coast.  It was very convenient to all the places we wanted to visit in and around the Everglades.  We stayed… Continue Reading →

Anhinga & Gumbo Limbo Trails – Everglades

December 2016 – We visited the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo trails on a short stop in the Everglades on our way south.  Entrance into the Everglades National Park is quite steep, at $25 per vehicle.  The entrance fee is good… Continue Reading →

Congaree National Park, SC

September 2016 – We were on our way from Savannah to Charleston, but we had to make a stop (granted, over two hours out of the way) at the only national park in South Carolina.  We were just a day… Continue Reading →

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