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Yellowstone, Part 2 | Bear Tracks and Nature’s Hot Tub

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. {day 3} Overnight rain meant a cold and damp morning, but we were up early in anticipation of a long day of hiking. We were scheduled to move on so we broke camp and loaded our gear. As the group gathered to […]

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Yellowstone, Part 1 | Heart Lake and Hiking in the “Heat”

Yellowstone is (arguably, of course) the crown jewel of the National Park Service. You’ll find it on lists of best, most memorable, most iconic, and most scenic destinations and hikes. It was established in 1872 as the first national park in the United States — before its home states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho were […]

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What I learned from my “Wear Color” phase

I wear a lot of black. Like, a lot. My sister once mocked me by customizing a black t-shirt for me bearing the phrase: I’m only wearing black until they make something darker. That was 15 years ago, and my tastes haven’t changed much. When I sat down to capture my Life List a few […]

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Glacier, Part 3 | Graupel in July & Going to the Sun

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. | day 5 | There seems to be a single day during each trip that stands out for its level of challenge. And while – at the time – it’s hard and we may momentarily question our motivation to do such physically […]

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Glacier, Part 2 | This Moose be the Place

This post is part of a series, click here for the full story. | day 3 | There are two little words that are music to the ears of backpackers everywhere. Two little words that relieve aching shoulders, soothe tired feet, and trigger shared smiles over early morning mugs of camp coffee and granola. Day […]

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