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Yellowstone National Park in winter; no crowds, stunning wildlife!

American eagle feasts on carrion near the Madison River

Yellowstone National Park: A wonderland where animals are spectacular, crowds non-existent!                         On this trip to Yellowstone National Park, we approached West Yellowstone from the northwest on Hwy. 287 (coming down from Whitefish/Glacier National Park, MT) along the Madison River, where several fly-fisherman and [...]

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Winter adventure in northwest Montana; Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish!

This old railway locomotive is available for overnight stays at the Isaac Walton Inn in Essex, MT.

Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort in Whitefish make for exciting winter times! We spent six days in Whitefish, in northwestern Montana, beginning on Super Bowl Sunday, for skiing and catching up with old National Ski Patrol pals. The area had been hammered by a big snowstorm just before our arrival, which continued the first [...]

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Bucket List updates: N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states!

View of the rugged Oregon coast, looking north.

Update your travel Bucket List: Suggestions for N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western states… Last week, we urged updating your travel bucket list for 2017, with suggestions for S. California and the US Southwest; this week we present N. California, Pacific Northwest and Western States ideas. Plan now for a coastal tour of California, Oregon [...]

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The Mighty Rocky Mountains; Montana, Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies!

Hidden Lake is about a 3 mile hike from Logan Pass, offering stunning views.

As I noted in last week’s feature, we’re on a journey of exploration: California to Nova Scotia, Canada, via the Trans-Canada Highway and a return through the USA’s East Coast, Midwest and historic Rt. 66.  We will log about 9,000 miles in 69 days, towing a tiny Scotty teardrop travel trailer.  We will camp about [...]

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Reader shares his thoughts about winters in Montana, and the 1959 Yellowstone Earthquake!

Quake Lake in Montana, looking west to the side of huge mountain that slid in the earthquake of 1959, killing 29 campers at its base.

After my last blog post and article in the Record, about Yellowstone, Glacier National Parks and Montana in the winter, reader Gene Beley offered these thoughts; outdoors readers will find them of interest!  Gene writes: Tim, that was a very good article you wrote about your Montana trip, “Room to Roam”.  My sister and brother [...]

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Montana’s Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, scenic, cold and uncrowded in winter!

Old Faithful Geyser erupts at dusk, to a crowd of two, my spouse and I!

        Last January,  we headed to Whitefish, MT, to join a group of ski patrol friends to ski at Whitefish Mountain (formerly, Big Mountain), tour into Glacier National Park and make our way south to Yellowstone National Parks.  I suggest such a winter trip should be on the bucket list for any [...]

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Grand Teton National Park: Monumental mountains, abundant wildlife and wild rivers make for great vacations!

The tram pulling into Jackson Hole Ski Resort can whisk visitors to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes - right into the heart of the Teton Range!

  The Grand Teton rises majestically in front of large herd of bison in early summer! Old Faithful Geyser thrills Yellowstone visitors with eruptions every 60 to 90 minutes that can reach 150 feet! With a neighbor like Yellowstone Park just to the north, it takes a big country to match up to that grandeur.  [...]

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Wyoming and Montana, two of our most scenic and inspiring states!

The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make for cold nights!).

The tram at Jackson Hole Ski Resort will whisk visitors from valley to 10,100 feet in 14 minutes! Old Faithful Geyser, erupting every 60 to 90 minutes, never ceases to amaze visitors! The Grand Teton frames a herd of bison in Grant Teton National Park (yes, snows on the peaks in early summer can make [...]

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Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful, hundreds of thermal features, stunning mountains make this year your time to visit America’s oldest national park!

A large herd of bison are framed by the Grand Teton range, just south of Yellowstone Park last summer.

A large herd of bison are framed by the Grand Teton range, just south of Yellowstone Park last summer. Deep blue hot spring on Firehole Lake Drive offers wonderous viewing for young and old; it is right off the roadway! Boardwalk around thermal features at Firehole Lake Drive offers easy and handicapped access. Quake Lake, [...]

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Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake in winter, cold and uncrowded! Part I of III installments

We were headed to Whitefish, MT, to join an old group of ski patrol friends to ski at Whitefish Mountain (formerly, Big Mountain), tour into Glacier National Park, then make our way south to Yellowstone and Teton National Park.  We met up on Super Bowl Sunday and the 15 of us hung out in beautiful [...]

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