The Book That Inspired Us To Travel This Year

I was recently asked to contribute to a wonderful communal travel blog called Travel Blogs.com.  (Catchy name, I know, but it does offer truth in advertising.)  

Editor Eric Daams asked me what book inspired Adam and I to travel this year, and I was able to quickly say:  A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson.

You can read about why this book prompted us to visit Yellowstone (pictured here) in a special Travel Blogs post, The Books, Movies and Documentaries That Inspired Us to Travel in 2008.  

See what else might inspire you.

The (Steamy) Heart of Yellowstone

Geyser Hill, Yellowstone National Park

Encompassing over 2.2 million acres and almost 3500 square miles, the geological wonder known as Yellowstone National Park is truly and absolutely huge. It takes up a large chunk of northwestern Wyoming, as well as a scoche of Idaho to the west and Montana to the north.

I point this out because in one eight-hour day, we did a loop around the center of the park, seeing only a fraction of this national treasure. To do Yellowstone properly, you need four days to a week; one day will only scratch the hot, ashy surface. [Read more…]

Mighty Grand Tetons You’ve Got There

The Grand Tetons and the Snake River

Gajillions of tourists flock each year to Yellowstone, but for our dime, it’s all about Grand Teton National Park.

True, you could scale a mountain face or tramp through a dozen hikes, discovering a little-seen waterfall or tracking a herd of tule elk.  But Grand Teton offers more passive pleasures for those, like us, who care to see nature unfold from a seated position. [Read more…]

Jackson Hole: The New Old West

Downtown Jackson Hole, Wyoming

It has been said that Jackson Holeisn’t really Wyoming, in the same way that Aspen isn’t really Colorado. But I can only say that in our late summer experience of Jackson Hole, glitz is at a minimum and hippies, outdoorsy locals, and affluent transplants easily breathe the same clean, dry air. [Read more…]

Wyoming, the Land of…Land

The Grand Tetons in northwestern Wyoming

We’re just back from a glorious trip to to northwestern Wyoming, and a curious change has come over us.

The stretching landscapes, gentle and rugged at the same time, were so breathtaking, the air and water so clean, the people we met so connected to the land around them, that for one of only a scant few times in the past seven years of G-Dubya Disaster, we feel truly proud to be Americans. [Read more…]