Find the Best Hiking Trails with AllTrails

Trail along Bierstadt Lake hike in Rocky Mountain National park

Trail along Bierstadt Lake hike in Rocky Mountain National park  – just after sunrise.

You can find the best hiking trails with AllTrails! This app is the hiker’s friend! So –  I stumbled on this great app for hiking that I never knew existed. Then, I found it also has a corresponding website HERE . It came in extremely useful on our recent vacation, so I wanted to share with you! I just used it to find some great trails to hike in Colorado, like the trail above in Rocky Mountain National Park. The photos in this post were just a few of many I got to take along the trails. If you are a fan of hiking and the great outdoors you will love it. It comes in both iPhone and Android versions. Just so you know – I get no benefit for telling you about this. Just want to share a great tip for an app!  [Read more…]

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone, Montana

Grizzly Wolf Discovery Center West Yellowstone Montana

Grizzly sow 101 – Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone, MT

We discovered the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center this week when we stayed in West Yellowstone, Montana. It was a delightful discovery indeed, because it was an amazing place with a chance to see grizzly bears and wolves close-up! This is a not-for-profit wildlife park and educational facility. [Read more…]

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road

Elk herd at dusk - Trail Ridge Road

Elk herd at dusk – Trail Ridge Road

Rocky Mountain National Park’s Trail Ridge Road is one of the highest paved roads in the U.S.A. Colorado also boasts two of the others on the list-  Pikes Peak and Mount Evans, both over 14,000 feet. At 12,183 feet at its highest point, one of the things that makes this drive so spectacular is the tundra landscape and the wildlife. The sweeping tundra and wide open spaces creates a  view makes it seem like you are on top of the world. It is a completely unforgettable experience! [Read more…]

Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park

Tundra along Trail Ridge Road - Rocky Mountain National Park

Tundra long Trail Ridge Road – Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the crown jewels of the national park system in the United States. Located about an hour northwest of Denver, Colorado, it is an easy day trip from the Denver area or a wonderful place to spend a week or even a month or more. There is just something about this place and its wide, sweeping wilderness. If you love the mountains, visiting Rocky Mountain National Park should be high on your travel list.  It’s 415 square miles of wilderness in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and boasts soaring mountain peaks, windswept tundra, wooded mountain paths, sparkling lakes, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife.

Nuthatch watching my camera.

Nuthatch watching my camera.

 

I’ve been blessed to have visited this place six times, and it never gets old. It has gotten into my soul. Every time we visit, I think of the many things I wanted to share with friends and family should they happen to come. So….here are some photos along with a few tips that we have learned over the years. [Read more…]

Best Spots to See Wildlife in Yellowstone

best spots to see wildlife in yellowstone - buffalo bull

We just returned from our third trip to Yellowstone National Park. For us the biggest and most exciting moments are always seeing the wildlife. Obviously we are not the only ones, because in the summer seeing the animals generally causes a traffic jam! Getting pictures of the animals is an like an achievement (all of the pictures in this post were taken by me!). One of the main questions that first timers to Yellowstone usually have is “what are the best spots to see wildlife in Yellowstone?”.  It helps to know the answer to that when you have not been there before, because Yellowstone National Park is a VERY big place (as large as some of our smaller states!) and especially if you are driving through and trying to squeeze it on a one day venture. Fortunately, some of the best places are the easiest to get to and are right on the main road. [Read more…]

Blogging Liebster Award!

Liebster Blogging AwardI am so thrilled! We were nominated for the Newbie Blogging Liebster Award! I owe this honor and thanks to Davina Nigel at Business Broken Down . So, what is the  “Liebster Award”? It is an award given to new bloggers by other bloggers, usually those new bloggers with fewer than 200 followers. The purpose of the Liebster Award is to discover and support new bloggers who are tackling the very huge challenge of building a blog, and to foster growth and support. It’s fun to read and discover these new worlds! [Read more…]

The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller

The Potter's Lady - book coverPersonal review of The Potter’s Lady by Judith Miller

Paperback – ISBN – 9780764212567

E-book -ISBN – 9781441269478

Just so you know, I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review, but all opinions here are my own.

The Potter’s Lady is set in the 1870’s West Virginia and Pennsylvania and is the story of first generation Irish immigrants who are working to buy and build a pottery business. The main character of the story, Rose McKay, has just graduated from the Philadelphia Design School for Women, but is struggling with feeling like an outcast as a result from being ostracized at the school. Eager to make a new start and use her talent, she convinces her family to invest in a pottery business over a brickmaking business that they are more familiar with. The family must then struggle to make the business work with the help of Rylan Campbell, and young man with a past to overcome. The plot involves a developing romance between Rose McKay and two of the male characters as well as relationship struggles with extended family and friends who deliberately cause trouble for the family. [Read more…]

Easy Tuna Pasta Salad – Gluten Free!

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I like tuna fish. Tuna salad, tuna pasta salad, and even Hamburger Helper’s version of “Tuna Helper” (my husband won’t touch that stuff with a ten-foot pole!). There used to be a restaurant in our area with a huge salad bar that included different types of pasta salad. One of my favorites that they served had a goofy name. “Tuna Skroodle”, as they called it, was a pasta salad with tuna fish, and I loved it. It was simple enough, just pasta noodles, tuna, cheese, green peas and seasoning. Well, the restaurant closed down quite some time ago, and I have been missing that dish. [Read more…]

Road Trip!

Highway 20 - Wyoming -road trip

Highway 20 – Wyoming

Road Trip! Oh Yeah! Freedom! That’s the feeling I have when we set out on a driving vacation, especially one headed northwest. The worries and cares are behind me (physically anyway), and adventure and new scenery is waiting up ahead. Don’t get me wrong, I do love to fly, and get the same enjoyment out of travel that comes with being on a plane and getting somewhere different in a few hours. But a driving vacation has a few perks that a plane trip doesn’t. [Read more…]

The Mountains are Calling

_MG_1044Lake at Glacier National Park -the mountains are calling

Grand Tetons National Park – Montana

The Mountains are Calling…

I wasn’t going to do it this year. I was NOT going to let it get me. Usually by March it is all I can think about – getting away to some exciting adventure somewhere. Hopefully, it would be one with mountains in it. I don’t know if it is the stress and demands of the teaching job during the year that contribute that, so that by the time summer comes I need to get away to somewhere exciting just to survive. [Read more…]

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