Hiking Elk Creek Trail, Cody, Wyoming

One of the first hikes I ever remember going on with my dad was on the Elk Creek trail. We were camping down the road, and he and I went for a short, probably couple mile, hike. While my adult self would love to say this is where my love of hiking started and onlyContinue reading “Hiking Elk Creek Trail, Cody, Wyoming”

Can you Ever Go Back Home? Returning to Cody, Wyoming

It has been 19 years since I called Cody, Wyoming home. In many ways, both Cody and I are the same and completely different. While the streets were as familiar to me as they were nearly 20 years ago, so many things lining those streets were new or changed or no longer there. We stayedContinue reading “Can you Ever Go Back Home? Returning to Cody, Wyoming”

Star Gazing in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming

Going off-grid in the Bighorn Mountains for a weekend was literally and figuratively a breath of fresh air. Even though we do our share of exploring and adventuring, we balance work, camper maintenance, raising a toddler, laundry, grocery shopping, and all the general life things, so going to the mountains where we had nowhere toContinue reading “Star Gazing in the Bighorn Mountains, Wyoming”

Feeding the Fish at the Historic DC Booth Fish Hatchery, Spearfish, South Dakota

When I attended Black Hills State University, one of my favorite quick afternoon getaways was a trip to the DC Booth Fish Hatchery. Between my memories of visiting and Will’s love of fish, stopping at the fish hatchery was high on our list of priorities while we were in the Black Hills. During our weeklongContinue reading “Feeding the Fish at the Historic DC Booth Fish Hatchery, Spearfish, South Dakota”

Adventures in Wind Cave National Park and Needles Highway, South Dakota

We have now visited 2 national parks centered around caves and not visited either cave. Traveling with Daisy is posing some limitations on our explorations in national parks, but we would not have it any other way. Wind Cave National Park is one of the lesser known and visited parks in the U.S., but sinceContinue reading “Adventures in Wind Cave National Park and Needles Highway, South Dakota”

A Crowded Visit to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

We ended up heading to Mount Rushmore on Flag Day. Whether the holiday contributed to the crowds or if it is just that busy this year we will never know, but we found ourselves standing shoulder to shoulder at several points during our visit and, quite frankly, we were simply not prepared for that. WeContinue reading “A Crowded Visit to Mount Rushmore, South Dakota”

Exploring Badlands National Park, South Dakota

When we started planning our westward adventure, I was most looking forward to our visit to the Badlands. We had planned on boondocking just north of the park along the rim of the Badlands. However, as we made our way west in the midst of some of the hottest temperatures on record, we opted toContinue reading “Exploring Badlands National Park, South Dakota”

Quick Stop at Fort Abercrombie, North Dakota

Since Will and I met, we have made a point of hiking on the North Country Trail when possible. We started on the trails around Pittsburgh but have hiked it in New York and Ohio. And now we can add North Dakota to that list. North Dakota could have eluded us, but when we stayedContinue reading “Quick Stop at Fort Abercrombie, North Dakota”

Beating the Midwest Heatwave at Big Stone Lake State Park, Minnesota

We knew we would have to face the heat at some point, but we were not expecting it to be in early June in Minnesota in the middle of a record-setting heatwave. But after the ice storm in Texas, I cannot say we were surprised. Keeping Cate cool is a chore, and once she getsContinue reading “Beating the Midwest Heatwave at Big Stone Lake State Park, Minnesota”