path TO a MAGICAL forest

‘Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary day, nature gives us a MAGICAL FOREST.’

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A rainy day called for a weekend adventure to Yellowstone National Park. I wanted a week or two more to explore all the nooks and crannies of the park. There’s so much vastness and so many cool things to see in the park. As I started down the mile loop to Artists’ Paintpots it started snowing and I felt like I was on a path in a Magical Forest. I was a kid again exploring my make believe play land. Only now, I’m an adult playing in my grown up play land.

In 1988 a fire burned a majority of Yellowstone Park. I remember driving up to Island Park and into Yellowstone and watching the fires burn. It was crazy and so much smoke. Over 9,000 firefighters were brought in to fight the fire. It’s healthy for a forest ecosystem to burn and naturally regenerate itself.


Lodgepole Pines affected by the fire of 1988.


Fires approaching the Old Faithful complex Sept 7, 1988.

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RAIN rain, DON’T go AWAY


I want to play in the rain, so rain rain, don’t go away, please stay today! I love when it rains and today was a downpour. Teton and I loaded up the car and went for a drive. I remember as a kid we’d always drive to Jackson or Yellowstone on rainy days. We’d laugh, talk and sing along to our favorite songs. I love the smell and sound of rain. It’s like nature is getting a fresh shower. The colors are more vibrant, the air is more crisp. Did I mention, I LOVE the rain?

Teton and I adventured to Mesa Falls. I’ve been coming to these falls since childhood. My great grandparents would snowmobile me into them in the winter, my grandpa would take me for motorcycle rides up to Mesa Falls. Each time I visit them I’m in awe of their beauty and massiveness. They are just off the road on your way to Yellowstone Park via the West Entrance. If you get the chance, take the scenic byway to see them. It’s worth the extra 20 minutes. We were at Upper Mesa Falls today, info HERE

Part of the fun of playing outside is being dry and warm. My favorites to bundling up. Oh and yes, I like layering and Puffys!

Rain Coat | Puffy Layer | Puffy Vest | Shirt | Pants | Teton’s Vest | Shoes 






West entrance of Yellowstone Park, Madison River

Jerry in the park. @jerryoftheday is one of my favorite Instagram feeds. No, not because they’re making fun of people, I don’t like that, but because it’s a feed about people trying to be AWESOME at something: skiing, a trick, a jump, anything but failing miserably. I couldn’t help but comment on the Yellowstone National Park tourists that recently put a bison calf in their car. To their credit they were sincerely worried about the small bisons’ safety. Full article HERE

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I feel bad for: 1) The little bison, it had to be put down because it never reunited with it’s herd 2) the concerned visitors. They thought they were doing a good deed but were fined. The name of the game: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Check out the park rules HERE  Wildlife are not domesticated animals, they are WILD. Take caution and don’t try to pet the moose or get a close up of the bear you see just off the trail.


North Entrance, Mammoth Hot Springs

I’ve witnessed too many times myself, tourist wanting to get that great shot with the wildlife. Take caution, wildlife in National Parks are not furry friendly animals. Look from a distance and get a tele-photo lens so you can enjoy the National Parks!


Fleece | Shirt | Vest | Pants | RainCoat | Hat | Puffy Skirt | Tent | Sleeping Bag | Sleeping Pad  | Camping Stove | Hiking Boots | Casual Shoes | Multi-Day Backpack