Last fall, when my seasonal contract with Yellowstone Association was up, I headed for South Dakota. When I was a kid, our next door neighbors headed west every few years in their tiny Shasta trailer and brought back Native American jewelry for my Mom and us girls. I still love wearing the exquisite coral colored stone and silver earrings I received 40 years ago. One of the places they raved about was Badlands National Park, so I wore the earrings as I explored the park.
When I drove in, my first thought was “What is all the fuss about?” Read the rest of this entry »
Bless me father, for I have strayed. It’s been 5 months since my last blog post…
Since leaving the Badlands in October, I traveled to Nashville to work for Amazon again, then followed the Natchez Trace south and veered off to Texas where I’ve been volunteering for 3 months. Despite the fact that I was gifted with free hi-speed internet service here, I have not felt moved to post about my travels. I thought about it a dozen times or so, but never felt ready to write until now. Read the rest of this entry »
Come October in the Western states, a lot of things shut down for the winter like Forest Service campgrounds and recreational sites. When I discovered that Rocky Point SRA located in Belle Fourche, SD between Billings and the Black Hills was still open, I prayed for an opening. Turns out there were plenty.
Belle Fourche means “beautiful fork” and the Belle Fourche River is important to Indian mythology. Read the rest of this entry »
This summer, I filled in for a few weeks at the Yellowstone Association Forest Store on Earthquake Lake, Montana. The Forest Service run Earthquake Lake Visitor Center is 27 miles northwest of the town of West Yellowstone and the busiest park entrance. In August 17, 1959, a massive 7.5 magnitude earthquake ripped through this popular recreation area, endangering hundreds and killing 28 campers.
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While workcamping in Yellowstone Association bookstores this season, we were encouraged to read books off the shelf during slow times so I picked up Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage, a historical accounting of Thomas Jefferson’s orders to send Meriwether Lewis and William Clark across uncharted country to discover a watery trade route from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean. Read the rest of this entry »
Bear spray…check. Water bottle…check. Hiking boots…check. Here are my top 5 favorite hikes in Yellowstone National Park. While I didn’t do any backcountry or overnight hikes, there are trails for every fitness level and type of adventurer around here. Read the rest of this entry »
Note: This is a personal blog post and in no way represents the opinions, interests, or intentions of Yellowstone Association. This is solely my opinion which may change at any time.
Last winter I applied to work at Yellowstone Association (YA), the non-profit organization that contributes to education, preservation and research at Yellowstone National Park. A friend who is a NPS Ranger gave me a great recommendation after I’d already applied online, and I was thrilled to get an interview and subsequent job offer. Read the rest of this entry »