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Get Your Kids Ready for Your Yellowstone Trip
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Get Your Kids Ready for Your Yellowstone Trip

Before you even board an airplane or load your car for a roadtrip, you can get to know Yellowstone National Park. A little pre-trip research goes a long way in getting kids exciting about an upcoming trip. When they get into the park, they’ll be able to teach you a […]

Backpacking the Yellowstone River Trail
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Backpacking the Yellowstone River Trail

Anders and I are getting ready for our annual mother-son backpacking trip, and I was reflecting back on last year’s trip in Yellowstone. We hiked along the Yellowstone River Trail from Hellroaring Trailhead to the Eagle Creek Campground near Jardine. We walked through wildflowers, biting insects, patches of trees and […]

Early Summer Wildflowers in Yellowstone
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Early Summer Wildflowers in Yellowstone

In the last weekend of May 2015, we took a walk along the Beaver Pond Loop, one of our favorite early season hikes. It’s about five miles, and other than a steepish hill for the first 3/4 of a mile, it’s pretty mellow. This year it seems like the wildflowers […]

Grizzly tracks on the Bechler river trail in yellowstone
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What should you do when you see a grizzly bear?

Last week we went to a talk about bear safety by Dr. Tom Smith. Dr. Smith is the expert in human/bear conflicts—grizzly, black, and polar. He is also a friend and someone my husband and I work with in our roles at Polar Bears International (PBI). The talk was sponsored […]

5 Yellowstone hikes for kids and families
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5 Yellowstone hikes for kids and families

We are lucky to live less than an hour from the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park and even luckier to get to spend lots of time in one of the world’s first national park. It isn’t easy picking 5 hikes in a park that is so full of wonderful […]

Trout Lake {Spring 2015}
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Trout Lake {Spring 2015}

Trout Lake is one of our favorite summer destinations. Around early July, the cutthroat/rainbow trout hybrids spawn up the inlet creek, with their backs and fins sticking out of the creek. The otters that call Trout Lake home, gather around whenever they need a snack. Heather had never been to […]

Lamar River Trail
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Lamar River Trail

The Lamar River Trail is a flat, easy trail and a great way to access the Lamar Valley on foot. Heather and I walked about 3.5 miles of it on our spring trip. Animals were everywhere—bison and pronghorn primarily. We even found some wolf prints, but no wolves. The trail […]

The Large Cabin
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Lamar Valley Cabins

There are a lot of places to stay near Yellowstone National Park, but the Lamar Valley Cabins are two of the best. Located in Silver Gate, Montana, just a mile outside the east entrance, the cabins are an ideal place for people who want to focus on wildlife watching in […]

Beaver Pond Trail {April 2015}
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Beaver Pond Trail {April 2015}

The bison are everywhere in Yellowstone right now! My friend Heather and I spent the weekend in the park and hiked several trails. Ostensibly, we were there to watch wolves, but we didn’t put a lot of effort into that, preferring instead to walk the trails. We didn’t get into […]

Hiking to Natural Bridge
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Hiking to Natural Bridge

Driving directions, trail info, and more can be found at the bottom of the post. We were supposed to go backpacking last weekend, Heather and I. And climb Electric Peak. We had the permit and everything. But, then it rained. A lot. And snowed in the mountains; it snowed on […]