As we looked back on this summer’s travels, we noticed that it has a pervasive theme: wilderness. We certainly managed to get into some of the most astounding places in the USA in terms of wildlife. Picking a favorite is impossible and this has inspired us to begin our list of the best National Parks. However, “best” is such a vague term that it has to be broken down into pieces. Continue reading
After reluctantly leaving Grand Teton National Park we headed east toward South Dakota and Mount Rushmore National Memorial. On our way out of Wyoming we encountered a long stretch of road construction and marveled at the skill and planning needed to undertake such a project. Continue reading
Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Parks are set one right south of the other but the feel is very different between them. The Grand Tetons’ area is only about a seventh of what Yellowstone covers; however, it receives almost the same number of visitors that Yellowstone receives on any given day and although the Grand Tetons is also a civilized park with roads, gas stations and lodges; overall it feels much quieter. Continue reading
We have very mixed feelings about Yellowstone: we loved it…but we didn’t like it too much.
Our flight back from Wrangell to Seattle had an 8-hour lay-over in Juneau and we were excited about the extra time in Alaska. We took a city bus from the airport down to the harbor. Although we feel it gave us a true perspective of city life, we would have been better off renting a car at the airport for the day since the bus ride took an entire hour of our limited time. Continue reading