Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park has been on my to-do list for a long time, and this summer, I finally checked it off.  According to the National Park Foundation, about half of the world’s hydrothermal features are in Yellowstone, and that’s what makes this park so spectacular. With my handy annual parks pass in hand, I visited this American must-see.
Yellowstone Visit

For most people, the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of Yellowstone is Yogi Bear. After that, it’s probably Old Faithful. I didn’t see Yogi, but I did visit the geyser.


On a more personal quest, I used this picture of my dad as a boy (the short one on the left) and found the Castle Geyser.


The geysers are spectacular, but if that’s your only stop in Yellowstone, you’re really missing out.  Here are some of the other views.

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Okay, the geysers are also a big part of the trip.



Here’s what the National Park Foundation says about Yellowstone:

Yellowstone National Park sits on top of a dormant volcano and is home to more geysers and hot springs than any other place on earth. Wonders abound at this truly unique national park, from sites like the Yellowstone Grand Canyon to wildlife like America’s largest buffalo herd, grizzly bears, and wolves. Approximately 50 percent of the world’s hydrothermal features are at Yellowstone National Park, creating an effect that makes the ground appear to be on fire. The most famous of all the geysers is Old Faithful, one of the most popular and recognized natural wonders in the United States.

Read more on its website.

You can see more of my pictures from Yellowstone on my Flicker album.


Idaho – Craters of the Moon National Park

img_0717This summer, I went on a heck of a road trip. Starting in California, the trail took me through Nevada, Idaho, Montana, into Wyoming, and to North Dakota. Armed with an annual parks pass, I visited four national parks and saw a lot along the way.  I’m still too exhausted from the trip to write much, but I thought I’d share some views from Idaho.

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What is the most scenic drive in North America?

I think I’m going to have to add this to my “will do” list. (Who needs buckets?!)

The Adventures of a Day Hiker

I’ve often wondered about what might be the most scenic drive in all of North America. The answer is obviously subjective. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of amazing scenic routes throughout the continent. I’ve enjoyed quite a few especially scenic drives on my travels. There are scenic byways that cling to lakes and rivers, overlook beautiful canyons, climb mountains, and parallel unspoiled coastlines. For me it’s the mountain drives that reign supreme. I really struggle to proclaim a clear winner when it comes to the title of Most Scenic Drive in North America. So, here are my three finalists:

The Beartooth Highway

The Beartooth Highway is a section of Route 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City in Montana. Cooke City is the nearest town to the Northeast entrance of Yellowstone National Park. The scenic byway is just shy of being 69 miles long. The road climbs more than…

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Disney World

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Wow! It’s been months since I posted anything. It’s almost embarrassing. But, it’s been months since I went anywhere new for me to write about. However, that slow spell is about to end. I’ll soon be travelling to Nashville and San Antonio and hope to have pictures and stories from both. But before all that, I’m at Disney World!

Being from California, I’ve explored Disneyland many times. I’m just an adult-sized little girl, so I love it. I’ve always wanted to go to Disney World. And, since I’m one of the luckiest people ever, my real job has sent me to Disney World to represent the company at a convention. Yes, I fully appreciate how awesome my job is.

My daughter flew in to join me for a couple of days, and we were able to get in a good amount of play in addition to my work duties. I’ll share with you what we learned about traveling to Disney World.

Disney World is divided into four parks and a couple resorts. We stayed at the Disney Yacht Club resort and visited Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and the Magic Kingdom.

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Parkfield: Preserving the Past for the Future

Parkfield is a hidden little treasure in California. My dad introduced me to it years ago. Here’s something he wrote recently about the special town.

The Real Western View

This summer we’ve been talking about places to go when you have a day off and need some fresh scenery.   Let me tell you about one of my favorite places on the map.

Parkfield is a quiet and quaint wide spot in the road located in the central coast mountains between Paso Robles and Coalinga. It’s famous as ‘the earthquake capital of the world.’  Geologists, as well as earthquake enthusiasts, love to visit Parkfield and scour the hillsides for evidence of tectonic plate shifts.  The earth shakes often here but at low intensity – as Californians well know, frequent small quakes are much safer than an occasional big one. So this is a good place to study earthquake activity.  Check the bridge south of town – it goes over the San Andreas fault, and you can actually see how far the earth has moved since the bridge was built.

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Week 5 of Food, Fitness and Friends

This week’s fitness tip from Germaine:


Four Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results

1.You’re not eating enough

Missing meals is not the best way to lose weight.

2.No training regimen at the gym

Don’t do the same workout every day.

3.Unrealistic expectations

Goals will not be reached overnight! Real results can take a year or even more. Don’t give up.

4.No accountability

Are you really putting in work or are you going through the motions? Be honest with yourself.

This week’s featured recipe:

Almond Butter Energy Bites

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Second Year of Every Kid in a Park Pass


The following press release came across my desk at work, and I thought I’d share it with my fellow travelers. Visiting the National Parks, forests, and waters is a wonderful way to see the natural beauty of our nation.

And if you’re following for the fitness posts, what better place to get out and get moving?

Fourth graders can obtain pass that grants free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for them and their family  

WASHINGTON – As part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them, the Obama Administration today launched the second year of the Every Kid in a Park program, which gives fourth graders and their families free access to federal lands and waters nationwide for a full year. Watch a video with highlights from Every Kid in a Park from last year.

Fourth graders can visit the Every Kid in a Park website to obtain a free pass that provides access to federally managed lands and waters – including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. The pass – which features a new design for this year’s students – is valid from September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017and grants free entry for fourth graders and up to three accompanying adults (or an entire non-commerical vehicle for drive-in parks) at more than 2,000 sites across the country.

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