Yellowstone Wildlife

The photo above sums it up! Wow. The more we drive through Yellowstone National Park, the more incredible encounters we have. This place is one giant zoo without fencing. Our first day in the park, we were calling out wildlife spottings with all the ferocity of a...

Welcome to Yellowstone!

As prairie and grasslands finally gave way to hills and mountains, and I was burning up my camera shutter like a Japanese tourist on meth….I knew that our quest, the highlight of our two-week minivan excursion had finally come to pass: Yellowstone National Park....

Little Big Horn

I was sweating slightly as I walked up the hill. Dead men once fell on each side of me. The air held a sharp coolness but a perfect blue sky was letting in enough sun to keep me comfortable. In all directions, brown grass swayed across the landscape and the smell was...

Bear Country USA

There is something both magical and terrifying about grizzly bears to me. In fact, if I could choose any one particular gruesome death-by-animal, it would definitely be a grizzly. Sure, there are a few other animals that can hold their own against a squishy-fleshed...

The Badlands

Roadtrip Day 3. As the seas of corn on each side of us reluctantly gave way to mile after mile of prairie, some small signs of life started to appear. Here and there, rusty old oil wells dotted around the prairies slowly pumped away trying feebly to free us from the...

American Roadtrip

Update: We took another Great American West Roadtrip in 2014, and that post has way more thoughts and pictures. I can sum up the first two days of our family road trip with one word: Corn. I had no idea so much existed in this universe, let alone in between my state...