Fall and Winter Plans, and a Request

Christmas comes early in Yellowstone. No, I’m not referring to the weather. It isn’t getting that cold at night yet fortunately, I’m referring to the annual August 25th Christmas celebration that most of the lodges and stores participate in in the park. There is a story behind it, it’s not entirely a marketing gimmick. The […]

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Hot Springs and Jenny Lake

Thursday, August 20 (continued) At Mammoth Hot Springs on the north end of Yellowstone, I stop by the grill for a quick lunch and peel off layers down to my tee-shirt and jeans. It’s hard to believe it was 25 degrees when I woke up this morning, Bertha’s thermometer says it’s 72 now but Mammoth […]

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More Hiking and Campgrounds

Tuesday, August 16 As of today there are six weeks and one day until the 100 mile Hike Club concludes, and my coworkers and I are feeling that deadline fast approaching. I’m at 62.5 miles right now which isn’t bad, but if I keep going at my current rate I won’t hit 100 in time, […]

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Campgrounds and Storm Point

Thursday, August 13 (continued) After two fun hikes in the Tower Junction area, Jayne and I are feeling pretty hungry and we stop in at the quaint Roosevelt Lodge for a late lunch. The menu is limited and prices are a bit high since it’s in a national park, but it tastes fine enough. I […]

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Exploring Tower Junction

Thursday, August 13 The campground is still a study in grays when I pull out this morning. The sun is just now officially rising, but because Old Faithful sits in a bit of a valley it’ll be a little while before the first rays can top the ridge to the east and cast things in […]

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Top 10 Things to Know About Full-timing

Eons ago, when I’d been on the road for almost three months, I wrote an article called “Top 9 Things to Know About Full-timing“. Looking back now I still think I did a reasonably good job on it, but it was always my intention to revise it once I had more experience. So here it […]

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Going On A Trip (Game)

I had such grand plans for my day off today. I was going to get up early and go hiking in Lamar Valley with Jayne and then write up a post about it this evening complete with pretty pictures. Then I got sick and hardly slept last night. I had to text Jayne and cancel […]

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Making the Most of an Extended Work-camping Stay

Sometimes I get customers at my checkout line who think working at Yellowstone National Park must be about the neatest thing ever, but sometimes their comments are at the other end of the spectrum – how sad it must be to live in a park but have to work all the time. The truth is […]

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Lake Views

Tuesday, July 28 All day at work customers are coming in bundled up and the mood is subdued. A cold front swept through Yellowstone yesterday and even in the afternoon the temp is only grudgingly pushing 50 degrees on the thermometer. Sluggish clouds hide the sun, and people spend more time in the buildings at […]

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Homeviews

As I was perusing my photo albums yesterday I realized that in many places I’ve camped, I had a picture with a black frame around it: a photo taken from inside Cas looking out. I made a sort of mini-album of these pictures and others with one big rule in mind, the picture had to […]

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