Heart Mountain

The Heart Mountain Interpretive Center and National Historic Monument is located about a fifteen minute drive outside of Cody, Wyoming, and if I hadn’t been specifically heading to it, I probably would have driven right past without even realizing it was there. That would have been a huge miss, because this was the most intellectually and emotionally moving place I visited during my entire four … Continue reading Heart Mountain

Plains Indian Museum

The story of the native people of the American plains is epic, and still unfolding today. This museum does a great job of providing a basic overview of the complex network of tribes, with exhibits that highlight their cultures, their traditions, their spiritual perspectives and values, and provides some context of their lives today. The label of “Plains Indian” is a rather broad brush to paint … Continue reading Plains Indian Museum

Whitney Western Art Museum

This was the first museum I visited which was wholly dedicated to western art, and it was a lot more interesting than I expected.  I don’t know what I was expecting, exactly.  There were three areas of particular interest to me that I’ll highlight here, but if what floats my boat doesn’t float yours, go visit this museum anyway!  There is a LOT of variety. … Continue reading Whitney Western Art Museum

Draper Natural History Museum

This is a fascinating museum that focuses on the natural history of the area around Yellowstone National Park. The exhibits are filled with the artistry of talented taxidermists. This would normally not be my thing, at all, but here the preserved animals are presented in a way that helps visitors understand how the whole ecosystem fits together. Famous animals are also preserved here, along with … Continue reading Draper Natural History Museum

Buffalo Bill Museum: Life and legend of Buffalo Bill and the West he loved.

If you are passing through Cody, Wyoming, you should definitely make time for a stop at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.  The Center is actually five exceptional museums in one, and is surrounded by impressive sculpture gardens.  I was planning to spend a day here, but after four hours of wandering through the incredibly well curated exhibits, I realized it would be a two … Continue reading Buffalo Bill Museum: Life and legend of Buffalo Bill and the West he loved.

Grand Teton National Park

Anyplace where I can see moose, elk, bison, eagles and either a very large coyote or possibly a wolf, all within a single day, is definitely a place I want to hang out for a while. I had seen the photos of Oxbow Bend, and the Grand Teton peaks, but I wasn’t prepared for the dramatic imposing scale of these mountains as they seem to … Continue reading Grand Teton National Park

Northern California

I made it to the West Coast!  It took me two months via a crazy route, but I made it. I’m not sure what exactly I was expecting, but I think I had California all wrong in my head.  My experience with the area was limited primarily to business trips through the LA and San Diego area, when I was rushed and driving from one … Continue reading Northern California

Life on the Road (So Far)

Today is the halfway mark on my four month trip around the lower 48 states.  It’s been amazing!  I’ve made it all the way to the southernmost part of the U.S., and to the lowest point in the North America.  I’ve watched dolphins play in the Atlantic, swam with fish in the Gulf of Mexico, descended into the depths of Carlesbad, hiked hundreds of miles, … Continue reading Life on the Road (So Far)

Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce really is this colorful.  I’ve wondered about that every time I’ve seen a photograph of the beautiful hoodoos there, and always assumed that photographers were over saturating their photos, but no.  I entered the area through the Dixie National Forest first, and literally had to pull over to just look at the rocks for a moment.  It was late afternoon and they were glowing … Continue reading Bryce Canyon National Park

Canyonlands National Park, UT

Canyonlands National Park is huuuge, comprising over 337,598 acres of dramatic landscapes.  The park is divided into three areas, and it’s not really an option to do more than one in a single day.  I spent two days exploring The Needles, and Island in the Sky. The Needles This place has it all.  Lavender canyons, giant mushroom rocks, super exclusive high clearance roads, 2,000 year … Continue reading Canyonlands National Park, UT