Feedback from the Glacier Crew

Feedback from the Glacier Crew

We love hearing from our readers whether it’s via the contact page or as a comment on a post. Bill (who has his own blog) shared this: Greetings from Glacier National Park. Someone on the staff here discovered your blog the other day and showed me …

Close The Lid! Pit Toilets Explained

Close The Lid! Pit Toilets Explained

We’ve been at a lot of campgrounds lately with pit toilets. Sometimes, if the place is extra-classy, they’re referred to as ‘vault’ toilets. Secure storage for your shit. There seems to be some confusion on how to use them. Let me explain; it’s simple, really. …

Mt. Rainier: The Mountain with Sound Effects

Mt. Rainier: The Mountain with Sound Effects

The thing I love about Mount Rainier is how it reveals itself. It’s just not visible all the time even / especially when you’re right next to it. It hides. It’s shy or something. And then BAM! there it is. Other times it’s more like …

Peaceful Mt. Rainier

Peaceful Mt. Rainier

Peaceful…that’s a joke of course. There are signs everywhere warning you that Mt. Rainier is still an active volcano. It’s a little unsettling to bed down for the night or set out for a hike after reading signs that warn you of potential geothermal activity …

Writing haiku in Glacier National Park

Writing haiku in Glacier National Park

Inspired by a boardwalk nature trail with haiku on the panels, we returned to our campsite to compose our own silly haiku. You remember haiku from elementary school? Those three-line poems with five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, and five in the …

Snowed under in Glacier National Park

Snowed under in Glacier National Park

One of the great things about mountain parks like Glacier National Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is that they give regular people easy access to the tundra. What, you don’t want to hike 8,000+ vertical feet or over 10+ miles just to get a …

11 More Crazy Yellowstone Pictures

11 More Crazy Yellowstone Pictures

Man, we took a lot of pics in Yellowstone! Here are my favorites — I didn’t get through them fast enough to add to Lisa’s post.

Who Named it Craters of the Moon National Monument?

Who Named it Craters of the Moon National Monument?

When you visit Craters of the Moon National Monument, your first thought is that the person who named the place didn’t know too much about the moon. One wonders if he’d ever even looked at the moon. This is because the place he (most likely, it …

Yellowstone Wildlife, Human Edition

Yellowstone Wildlife, Human Edition

Yellowstone is a zoo without fences. People treat it like a zoo too. They’re crazy here. They’ll walk right up to a buffalo almost, assuming it’s tame, gentle, pet-able. Insanity indeed. Here’s what we saw.

Yellowstone National Park: Beautiful Insanity

Yellowstone National Park: Beautiful Insanity

There’s no place on earth like Yellowstone National Park. I love the smell of sulfur drifting from the geysers, hot springs, and mudpots. I love walking around the geyser basins’ alien landscape. The stinky steam has a calming effect on me, like a spa trip. Which …

Spring Babies in the Tetons and Yellowstone

Spring Babies in the Tetons and Yellowstone

June is spring in the Tetons and Yellowstone. There’s still plenty of snow on the ground and new snow threatens regularly. Night temps dip into the 30s. There are spring flowers, fresh green tips on pine trees, and squirrels shoving as much food into their …

Grand Tetons Photography: Easier Than We Thought

Grand Tetons Photography: Easier Than We Thought

There are so many awesome photos of the Grand Tetons. They’re amazing mountains. And then there are the ones with that barn, that perfectly shaped and aged bar in the foreground. Others have snow and fog and buffalo as well. There are a lot of …