Yellowstone Discovery: Lamar Valley

Located in the Northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park nestled between Tower Junction (YNP) and the gateway town of Cooke City, MT, travelers will discover The Lamar Valley. Dubbed as America’s Serengeti – the Lamar Valley is home to dense herds of bison, elk, antelope, Grizzly and Black Bears, wolves and more. Set against the […]

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Yellowstone Discovery – Mammoth Hot Springs

Located at Yellowstone’s northern entrance you’ll Mammoth Hot Springs – an otherworldly wonderland of travertine castles and bubbling steaming hot springs. Mammoth is known for it’s elegant travertine terraces and sweeping views of the neighboring Absaroka and Gallatin Mountain Ranges. “No human architect ever designed such intricate fountains as these. The water trickles over the […]

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Yellowstone – Northern Entrance

Yellowstone is celebrating 150 years in 2022 as the world’s first national park! To commemorate this momentous occasion – American Nomad is blogging through Yellowstone. In our previous entries overviewed the park and its geology…today we are starting our Northern Discovery of Yellowstone with a stop Yellowstone’s original gateway town of Gardiner and a stop […]

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Yellowstone: History of Fire and Ice

Thanks for joining us on this virtual tour of Yellowstone – stay tuned as we blog through the park…Today we are learning more about Yellowstone’s sizzling history of volcanism. Yellowstone is a land carved by a history of fire and ice, from million of years of volcanism to glaciers, wildfire, erosion and rebirth. Yellowstone is […]

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Happy Birthday Yellowstone

March 1, 1872- March 1, 2022 Happy 150th Birthday to Yellowstone National Park! Yellowstone is my favorite place in the world. I was blessed to live and work in the park during college and I lived in the Greater Yellowstone region for over five years. Yellowstone holds a piece of my heart and I can’t […]

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Down the Blue Ridge Parkway

Continuation from ‘Shenandoah Adventures’ After a hearty breakfast at Big Meadows Lodge my mom and I set out for the next leg of our Blue Ridge Adventures. We drove south on the Skyline Drive, the road bending and breaking as we followed the crest of the Blue Ridge. The brilliant sun blazed against the blue […]

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park

Saturday, August 7th My mom and I stopped by our favorite regional coffee chain Bixby for a coffee fix before hitting the highway a day trip to stunning Sleeping Bear Dunes National Park. I fell in love with the scenery of Sleeping Bear Dunes after seeing photos on a National Park travel page.  The images […]

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