Old Bedlam

This building, “Old Bedlam,” is the oldest structure still standing in the state of Wyoming. Built in 1849, Old Bedlam was a cornerstone of activity at the military outpost of Fort Laramie which lies along the Oregon Trail. The outpost is now a national historic site and, for those of you who like your history,…

A Windy Total Solar Eclipse

Yesterday a large portion of the United States had the privilege of experiencing a total solar eclipse. An event rarely experienced by so many. I had never been in an area during an eclipse that experienced the “totality” effect. Totality is when the moon completely and perfectly blots out the sun. Jennifer and I made…

Canyon of the Yellow Rock

This is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone in Yellowstone National Park. This canyon is where the world’s first official national park got its name. This vantage point is near the top of Uncle Tom’s Trail. The full trail is a steep 500′ drop of 308 steps straight down into the canyon. The trail no longer goes all…

Osprey Falls

Osprey Falls is a hidden gem located on the northern side of Yellowstone National Park. It isn’t as well-known or easily accessed as some of the more popular geological attractions within the park. Osprey plummets over an ancient lava flow 150′ into Sheepeater Canyon. Is “sheepeater” not the best name for a canyon? I get…

Tetons

The early morning clouds part to reveal the majestic, jagged peaks of the Grand Teton Mountain range in Wyoming. The Tetons gained National Park status in 1929, but the park as we know it today wasn’t whole until 1950, after almost 50 years of fighting between the locals and the National Park Service. It is an interesting story…