Category archive - Yellowstone National Park

Photo: Beartooth Mountain Highway, Montana

Photo: Beartooth Mountain Highway, Montana

 

Beartooth Highway, Montana

Sunset and fall colours on the Beartooth Highway, Montana

 

This high mountain highway that passes through the heart of Montana and Wyoming’s wild west is often labelled as the “most beautiful drive in America”. Also known as the Beartooth All-American Road, the 68 miles of dangerous curves and switchbacks is wild, rugged and well…rather high: all of which promise fabulous views!

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Highlights of My Travels in 2011

Highlights of My Travels in 2011

 

I’ve had such an incredible year and now 2012 is approaching so fast it’s making my head spin.

The first half of 2011 was pretty quiet for me on the travel front, but the second half certainly made up for that!  I travelled to some of North America’s most spectacular places this year, I redesigned my blog and my readership has increased dramatically over the past six months. So thank you so much to all of you who have made that happen!

There were some very definite highlights from my travels, so these are the places and experiences that had special significance and are the best memories of my adventures in 2011.

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On The Road: American Road Trip

On The Road: American Road Trip

 

I feel like I have been driving forever.

Since that first nerve-wracking drive through Anchorage over two months ago I have driven nearly 4000 miles (6400 km) through Alaska and the western states of the USA. I was sure I would never get used to that uneasy feeling of driving on the right-hand/wrong side of the road, and yet now I feel as though I could do it in my sleep.

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Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

 

“On the ragged edge of the world I roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home”

from ‘The Nostomaniac’. Robert Service.

I am awake long before my alarm sounds at 4am. Rising at 4am is not something I do well. In fact, I actively try to avoid any kind of anything before 7am. But today is different: today I plan to see wolves in the wild in Yellowstone National Park.

I know you can’t plan these things but there’s nothing like a little positive thinking to start the day. Actually, I prefer to start the day with coffee – several even – but the town of Gardiner near the north entrance of the park is eerily quiet at 4am and sadly coffee is but a distant dream.

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Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

 

I have to admit, my initial impressions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming / Montana were far from enthusiastic, and as we drove around on our first day in the park I got to wondering what on earth all the fuss is about.

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