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Month: February 2016

Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

Uncle Tom’s Trail-Yellowstone National Park

If you love waterfalls, do not miss Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park. You descend 328 steps on a steel staircase 3/4 of the way into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. When you get to the bottom you have an amazing view of Lower Yellowstone Falls.  Just remember you have to go back up! Since you are already at 8,000 feet elevation, you may want to take it slow. There are some benches along the way. The sign…

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Adventure Archives

Adventure Archives

I just found a new YouTube channel on the National Park Foundation’s Trail Talk Blog. It is called Adventure Archives and they have a lot of National  Park videos. Some of them were Find Your Park Expedition members/crew. I just watched their Mesa Verde video and it was great. If you like the National Parks and hiking, I think you will enjoy the videos.  

Future Trips

Future Trips

I have been planning three trips for the future, but I always have a list of places we would love to explore in my Midori Travelers Notebook/Journal. I try to research way ahead for our National  Park trips because lodging can sell out very quickly. When I plan, I map out routes, hikes, look up hotels, read guide books and get on the Trip Advisor forums and ask questions.  I also make an itinerary in my free TripIt account. Then…

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National Park Shirts

National Park Shirts

Craig and I love to collect National Park t-shirts and long sleeve shirts when we visit the parks. Not only are they great souvenirs, they are also great conversation starters. When people see our shirts, they always ask us about our trips. I love so many of the designs and fabrics now. If you get a shirt in one of the gift shops or visitor’s centers, a portion of the price may go to the National Park Service. Here are…

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More Than Just Parks

More Than Just Parks

  I wanted to let you all know about a project I just read about. More Than Just Parks plans to make short visual films about all 59 US National  Parks. I watched the Zion, Acadia and Joshua Tree videos this morning and they are all beautiful. If you love our National Parks, you will love these short films. The music is wonderful too!      

Yellowstone National Park Geysers and Thermal Features

Yellowstone National Park Geysers and Thermal Features

At Yellowstone National Park there are around 500 geysers and over 10,000 thermal features! There are more geysers at Yellowstone than anywhere else on Earth. One of the best walks to see many of the pools, springs and geysers is the Upper Geyser Basin right near the Old Faithful Inn. I love this map of the area: When we visited in 2014, Craig and I walked the whole Upper Geyser Basin, past Morning Glory Pool, through the woods to Biscuit…

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New National Park Passport Holder

New National Park Passport Holder

Craig made me a new Midori-like holder for our National Park Passport. He also made some inserts from Moleskine journals to put more stamps in!      

Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

One of our favorite parks we visited on our Grand Circle road trip was Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Since it was towards the end of the season, it was pretty empty and quiet. We stayed at the Far View Lodge inside the park. The Lodge is open from April to October.  While the buildings are old, they offer great views if you can get a view room. The Kiva rooms have been updated and are pretty nice. The…

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