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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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Silver Dollar City | A Weekend Adventure

At some point mid-August, my friend Eileen and I realized neither of our families had plans for Labor Day Weekend. And we’ve been talking about taking the kids on an overnight playdate for months. So it came together — as the best plans do — just that easily. Silver Dollar City. Labor Day Weekend. Done. […]

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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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