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Monthly Archives: June 2017

[Yellowstone National Park] Today was our last day in Yellowstone, and Mother Nature finally smiled upon us with our first fully sunny day since we got here on Monday. And it was not too soon, as we were waiting for the weather to clear in order to hike Mt. Washburn, the park’s most popular trail. The hike was not too strenuous – 1400 ft elevation in just over 3 miles. What made… Read More

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[Yellowstone National Park] Today’s plan was to sleep in, then go for a horseback ride at 1 pm. We’d been getting up early all throughout this trip, so it was about time we didn’t wake up to an alarm – we are on vacation, after all! We had a late breakfast at our hotel, where I had the best pancakes ever – huckleberry pancakes. They were crispy on the outside, nice and… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY] Did you know that there is a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone? I didn’t either. Everyone seems to associate Yellowstone with Old Faithful, so I was surprised to find out that there is a canyon in here. The 20-mile Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is 1000 ft deep and 3/4 mile wide. Trails and roads flank both sides of the canyon. Trails and overlooks allow access to the 109-foot… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY] Yellowstone can be roughly divided into three areas – North Yellowstone (where we were yesterday), the hydrothermal area around Old Faithful, and the canyon of the Yellowstone river. Having seen the North, we decided to tackle Old Faithful and the three hydrothermal basins around it today. The Old Faithful Visitor Education center posts the next eruption time for Old Faithful, +- 10 minutes. When we arrived around 9:20… Read More

[Great Falls, MT / Gardiner, MT / Yellowstone National Park, WY] Never ever have I been so happy to spend the night in a hotel room! We were all happy when we woke up on Monday morning and could make coffee, catch up on social media and just chill in our hotel room! The rest of the girls got ready for their flights, while Laura and I researched brunch. This turned out… Read More

[Glacier National Park, MT]  Waking up on Sunday was great because the half marathon was done but also because we were just done with our last night in a tipi. I am grateful for the experience and it was definitely a unique way to spend the night, but there were two majors reasons that a 4th night in a tipi would have tested all of us: The temperature. The tipi is open… Read More

[Kiowa, MT / East Glacier Park Village, MT / Whitefish, MT] Every time we have to get up super early in the cold to do a race, we ask ourselves, “Why do we keep doing this?” The answer we always arrive at is that we must be, in fact, crazy. 🙂 Today’s race started at 6 am in upper 30s/low 40s temperatures (that’s just a few degrees above freezing). Because there was… Read More

[Glacier National Park, MT] We woke up at the crack of dawn (around 6 am) in our tipi. It was cold, but we were bundled up in our sleeping bags and blankets. Olivia and I had toured the West side of the Going to the Sun Road on our trip in 2015. We took a red jammer car tour of it from West Glacier to Logan Pass. If you want to learn… Read More

[Browning, MT] It’s about 7:30 am on Friday, June 23. I’ve just spent my first night in a tipi! 🙂 Our 10-day adventure in Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks has finally begun! A group of 9 of us are spending several days in Glacier first running the inaugural Glacier Half marathon, then Laura and I are continuing on to Yellowstone and Grand Teton. We all made our way to Montana… Read More

[Los Angeles, CA] I am 10 days out of my upcoming trip to Glacier, Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, and I am already thinking ahead of how to pack for 10 days worth of travel in temperatures ranging from 30F (0C) to 80F (26C). It seems like it snowed in Yellowstone today! YIKES! I found that I have to go to the National Weather Service for a decent forecast, as weather.com… Read More