National Parks

Lyndhurst, Virginia – October 17 – 25, 2022

We left Mammoth Cave on Monday, October 17, 2022 and drove to Charleston, West Virginia for a one-night stay at Cracker Barrel. Cindy likes those stays since she doesn’t have to cook dinner or, usually, breakfast. On this stop we did both AND Cindy bought herself, Ann, and Amber each their own Costco-sized package of …

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Mammoth Cave, Kentucky (Part 2) – October 12 – 17, 2022

So, after messing up and not getting a ticket for a guided tour of Mammoth Cave, I bought one of the few tickets left for the self-guided tour of the Historic Entrance of the original cave that was found by John Houchin who, according to legend, discovered the entrance while hunting for black bear in …

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Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky (Part 1) – October 12 – 17, 2022

Wednesday morning, October 12, 2022 we left the Sumner Crest Winery in Portland, Tennessee and drove a nice, short 81 miles to Mammoth Cave National Park in Southern Kentucky. The drive, though short, was beautiful as we enjoyed the leaves changing colors and raining down on us while we glided beneath them on the road. …

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Rocky Mountain High, In Colorado – September 16, 2022

Friday, September 16th was Cindy’s birthday and I did my best to make it a day she would remember. First, and this is big because I am NOT a morning person, I got up and made her a breakfast of fried eggs, sausage, (maybe) cinnamon rolls (I wasn’t quite awake), and hot tea. Afterward, we …

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Rainbow Point Campground West Yellowstone, Montana- August 25 – 27, 2022

The remainder of our time at Rainbow Point Campground just outside of West Yellowstone, Montana was spent relaxing, walking Bella around Lake Hebgen, reading and writing. I also took the opportunity to use an axe for the first time that my step-son Jeremy gave me while we were in Redmond in June to chop some …

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Yellowstone National Park – Day Two – August 24, 2022

Wednesday, August 24, 2022 we returned to Yellowstone National Park, but not until around 3:30 pm in the afternoon. We wanted to drive over to the Lamar Valley area where we were advised that wildlife such as wolves, bears, bison and antelope might be seen around dusk. We entered through the West Entrance again and …

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Yellowstone National Park – Day One – August 23, 2022

Tuesday morning, August 23, 2022 Cindy and I were up and out the door at 6 am to get an early start on our first visit together to Yellowstone National Park. Cindy was here once when she was 6 or 7. I was here several years ago when I was working in the area. We …

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Rainbow Point Campground West Yellowstone, Montana- August 21 – 22, 2022

Sunday, August 21, 2022 we left Hellgate Campground outside of Helena and drove 172 miles to the more positively-named Rainbow Point Campground in West Yellowstone, just outside of Yellowstone National Park where we would be for a week. We got everything set up at our site, C-8, including the screen room so we could enjoy …

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Glacier National Park – East Entrance Going-to-the-Sun Road – August 10, 2022

After driving the Going-to-the-Sun Road from West to East on Tuesday August 9, 2022 so we could see the sun rise, we decided to drive it from East to West on Wednesday, August 10 so we could see the sun set. This meant starting later in the day, so we relaxed and recharged during the …

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Glacier National Park – West Entrance Going-to-the-Sun Road – August 9, 2022

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 we were up at 4:30 am and out the door at 5 am so we could be at the West Entrance of Glacier National Forest by 6 am when the Going-to-the-Sun Road opened after being closed since 10 pm the night before for ongoing construction. We wanted to be driving eastbound …

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