Lee and her curious cat crisscross the country in a RV, living simply and sustainably.

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 »

A few months ago I spent a weekend with Moe, a contra dance friend from the east coast. She is now a National Park Ranger stationed in Grand Teton National Park. I can’t think of a better way to explore a park than with your own personal ranger as guide. Read the rest of this entry »

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I was really jonesing for a contra dance weekend and jumped at the chance to attend Bear Hug Contra in mid-September on Flathead Lake, Montana. About a 6 hour drive from Yellowstone and 90 minutes from Glacier National Park, I figured I could make a long weekend out of it and see Glacier while I was in the area. Friends told me how beautiful the Flathead Lake area was, but when I spied it from the highway to the south, I exclaimed out loud “Oh wow.” Even though nobody else was in the car.

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