Glacier National Park – The Crown Jewel

This trip to Glacier National Park had been a long time in planning so you can imagine my disappointment when I fell and broke my arm just days before we were to go. After the orthopedic surgeon took a look at the x rays, confirmed the fracture, and laid out the treatment plan, my first…

Ichetucknee

William and I discovered the most relaxing river float in existence. It’s located just 20 miles north of Gainesville, Florida and the river is fed by a natural warm spring. Florida is known for its State Parks and this is a real gem. It’s pretty simple to do. Just check in at the ranger station…

Appomattox Court House

While driving the roads of Virginia this month we just happened to pass by this National Historic Park so we absolutely pulled over to see what this was all about. What a surprise to learn that we had happened upon the place where on April 9, 1865 Robert E. Lee, commanding general of the Army…

Spring Break in St John – Part Two

As far as William and I are concerned, any trip to the islands must include a boat tour. After breakfast this morning we all drove over to the National Park Dock in Cruz Bay for our private boat tour with Salty Badgers. When we booked our boat tour, we specifically asked for Adam to be…

Spring Break in St. John – Part One

Back in January my daughter Melissa showed me pictures of the place she had rented in St. Johns in the US Virgin Isles. She had been here several times and couldn’t say enough about how wonderful it was. She asked me to help her find airline tickets for everyone in her group and the more…

3 Days on the Road east of Yellowstone

We left Yellowstone National Park at the East Entrance near the Wyoming town of Cody.  We were excited to see Buffalo Bill’s Western town as we had visited his birthplace in LaClaire, Iowa and learned so much about him at the Buffalo Bill Museum.  He was an American Soldier, a Pony Express Rider, a bison…

Day 3 at Yellowstone National Park

Today was our last day at Yellowstone National Park.  We had such an exciting drive from Old Faithful Lodge along Yellowstone Lake to the East Entrance.  Just as the sun came up we saw this female elk.  It’s amazing that these wild animals come right along the side of the road and don’t dart away when…

Day 2 at Yellowstone National Park

On our second day at Yellowstone we headed out to the Lamar Valley.  This valley in the North Eastern part of the park is home to wolves, bison, and elk.  We hadn’t gone but a few miles before we saw our first elk.  The elk were all over the lawns of the Historic Fort Yellowstone…

First Day in Yellowstone

Yellowstone is a very large national park; to be exact it is 2,221,766 acres.  At 3,472 square miles, that makes it larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined. Yellowstone was our first National Park, established in 1872. Here is the famous Arch that stands at the park’s North Entrance.  Theodore Roosevelt actually laid the cornerstone of this arch….

Grand Teton – Day Two

Our destination this morning was Jenny Lake.  Because we were up very early, we caught the first sun on the mountain. We arrived in the Jenny Lake parking lot at 7:00 AM and hardly anyone was there which was exactly what we were hoping for.  I loved this picture of Jenny Lake with the Teton…