Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness

On a bit of a travel hiatus right now and actually staying put in Jackson Hole (no hardship there) for the summer! This gives me plenty of time to enjoy the outdoor wonderland in my backyard. Two national parks (Grand Teton and Yellowstone), the Bridger Teton National Forest  , 65 miles of multi-use paved pathways, and the Snake River provide endless opportunities for recreation. Continue reading “Wyoming | Wildflowers and Wilderness”

George Washington's Statue at the entrance to Boston's Public Garden

Boston’s Public Garden |An Urban Oasis

Just back from a quick trip to my favorite East Coast city (yes, I love New York but Boston is my home).  The weather was spectacular – perfect for enjoying Boston’s glorious Public Garden, established in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in the United States.

Swan Boats in Public Garden
World Famous Swan Boats

The Swan Boats were launched forty years later with foot propelled pontoon boats – the founding family still operates the enormously popular attraction.  Continue reading “Boston’s Public Garden |An Urban Oasis”

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Grand Teton National Park

I know where I will be on August 25, 2016: celebrating the US National Park Service’s Centennial (and my older daughter’s birthday)  in my favorite park – Grand Teton National Park.   Locals refer to it as The Park – as in I’m going biking/hiking/skiing/fishing/kayaking etc. in the Park. Come summer in Jackson Hole, the tourists go to Yellowstone but everyone else stays away from the teeming hoards and enjoys the spectacular beauty and relative peace of its neighbor closer to home.

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Snowy Range Medicine Bow Mountains

Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming

We took the long way home via the Snowy Range Scenic Byway which was well worth the 200 mile detour. The 29 miles of twisting roads devoid of cars through the Medicine Bow National Forest provided stunning vistas with plenty of geological and historical information along the way. The quartzite ridge atop the range gives rise to the Snowy Range’s moniker, although the it is covered with snow … Continue reading Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming

Rocky Mountain Road Trip | Jackson, Wyoming to Meeker, Colorado

We interrupt our regularly scheduled blog post to share our most recent adventure: a road trip from to Trappers Lake and the Flat Top Wilderness Area in Colorado. We left Jackson Hole first thing last Friday after three solid days of rain; the early morning departure rewarded us with stunning views of the Tetons and its mantle of fresh snow. Intermittent fog blanketed the valley as we headed … Continue reading Rocky Mountain Road Trip | Jackson, Wyoming to Meeker, Colorado