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…]

Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center – West Yellowstone, Montana

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

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…]

Road Trip!

Highway 20 - Wyoming

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

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…]

Alaska’s Denali National Park

Tundra Landscape deep in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Tundra Landscape deep in Denali National Park, Alaska.

Alaska! There is no place quite like it in the rest of the United States. In the heart of Alaska lies one of the the largest national parks in the country – Denali National Park. With more than six million square miles of incredible wilderness, Denali is larger than the entire state of Massachusetts.

Visiting Alaska had always been one of those “trip of a lifetime” dreams my husband and I had dreamed about for years.  We could never justify the expense, and it always seemed out of reach. Then, at age 48, my husband had a sudden heart attack and had to have quadruple by-pass surgery. When you realize how quickly life can end, it changes the whole perspective about justifying the expense. [Read more…]

Discount Coupons for Summer Fun with US Family Guide!

I admit to being a coupon addict in my past years. I even had my husband clipping coupons for me. Hey – when you are raising five kids every penny counts! Because I love going on vacations, finding coupons and discounts for that kind of thing is like gold to me. I would also figure if I saved $5 on the admission to a place, that would go toward lunch, souvenirs or even gas to get there. photo_17And when its summer and school is out for the kids, finding things to do for the day or a weekend can stretch the budget. Well, I today I discovered  some opportunities (coupons!) that I want to share with you for some savings through US Family Guide.  I am a member of their network, and they have some great savings for this summer on family attractions, water and theme parks around the USA. For my Texas family and friends, here are links to coupon guides for some major Texas cities this summer: [Read more…]

Niagara Falls – Behind the Rainbow

IMG_6380-Niagara_edited-1Waterfalls!! They are one of my favorite landscape views. The “granddaddy” of waterfalls in the USA in terms of sheer power and volume is Niagara. It is a very popular spot for vacations, and with good reason. Located next to Buffalo, New York, Niagara Falls is on the Niagara river, which divides the U.S. from Canada. It’s also actually three waterfalls in one. The American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and Horseshoe Falls from a horse shoe shape, with most of the falls area within United States territory. On the United States side, the area is a state park (said to be the oldest state park in the US). We visited Niagara Falls in July 2013 and had a great time. All of the photos here are ones I took when we were there. [Read more…]