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Bucket list travel updates in the Western United States for the new year, Part 2

Crater Lake's azure blue waters frame Wizard Island at the lake's southwest corner.

Western US travel “musts”, update your bucket list for the new year, Part 2 Over the last two weeks we have offered 12 ultimate travel destinations in California and half a dozen additional western state’s destinations, suggested month by month. Here are the final six suggestions for the western US: August, the Volcano tour: Take [...]

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Yellowstone Park retires Bombardier snow coaches; end of an historic era

Our Bombardier coach, and another, at the Madison Junction area.

At the end of February, another historic chapter in Yellowstone Park closed when Xanterra Resorts – the part concessionaire that runs facilities in the park under contract with the National Park Service – retired their fleet of 21 1960-era Bombardier snow coaches. The ancient fleet were sold on the US Government web site; I saw one [...]

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Yellowstone Park in winter; icy grip does not mar the wondrous scenery!

Bison, alongside road in Yellowstone's Mammoth Hot Springs area.

Imagine standing and watching the Old Faithful Geyser thunder into a dusky sky – just you, your partner and a lone coyote! Many of us of been there during summer months and joined thousands of tourists watching the sight of America’s iconic thermal wonder – what’s the difference? Add two feet of snow and 10° [...]

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End of an era for Bombardier snow coaches in Yellowstone National Park…

1960s-era Bombardier snow coaches, stopped at warming hut at Madison Junction on our way to Old Faithful, a few years ago.

A few years ago, we boarded a 1963-model Bombardier snow coach in West Yellowstone for a beautiful ride into the Old Faithful area and a three day stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge. Admittedly, these 50-year-old vehicles had their quirks, were noisy and expensive to maintain. But, these old machines made you feel like a [...]

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Epic western US travel destinations; update your “bucket List” for 2015

The Grand Canyon from Mather Point is a wonder of colors in the late afternoon!

        We central Californians are blessed by close proximity to the American West’s incredible spaces, all within a several day drive or closer. With so many spectacular destinations at your back door and a New Year, take the time to update your bucket list of western destinations.  Two weeks ago, we offered [...]

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Yellowstone Park: Winter splendor, no crowds make it a special place! (Part 3 of 3 part series)

A bull bison just off the Old Faithful boardwalk searches for something to eat Old Faithful Geyser erupts every 70 to 80 minutes; though in winter you might have the view all to yourself (vs. summer with thousands watching!) Snow coaches like these at Madison Junction, and snowmobiles, are the only transportation into Yellowstone Park [...]

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