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Ogden / Park City, UT, Oct 4, 2019] While I was stuck inside working on Friday, B went for a walk along historic 25th street and saw a lot more of it than I did! Cute storefronts, quirky shops and funky bars eventually led him to Union Station. This train station was the junction of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads and its name reflects the common appellation of train stations… Read More

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[Ogden, UT, Oct 2-3, 2019] A work trip for the professional organization I am on the board of brought me to the small town of Ogden, UT – population 85,000. It was the first permanent settlement by people of European descent in Utah and was established in 1846. Up until the 1980s, Ogden was the second-largest city in Utah after Salt Lake City and as such has many historic buildings. Right next… Read More

[Manzanita / Cannon Beach, OR, Jul 5, 2019] Trying to figure out what to do with a couple of free days in the Portland area was not hard at all. I’ve been to Portland a couple of times before, so this time I was expanding to good day trips outside of town. The Columbia River Gorge is an excellent such trip, but I had done that in the Fall of 2013. One… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY / Grand Teton National Park , WY/ Jackson Hole, WY] As we went South towards Grand Teton today, we made one last stop in Yellowstone. The West Thumb area is a smaller caldera within the larger Yellowstone caldera, and it’s named that because it’s an offshoot of Yellowstone Lake that looks like a thumb. As we walked along the boardwalk, I noticed a couple of trees just a… Read More

[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