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I'm currently exploring the USA by RV for good times, delicious food, off the beaten path. The Wandering Road was inspired by the often-frustrating lack of current information for locations that aren’t the largest cities. My goal for the blog and social media channels is to be a trusted guide to where to eat and what to do on my readers’ next Great American Road Trip. Since I grew up rural and my career has been spent in agriculture, I am particularly fond of highlighting small towns, local farms and hidden gem destinations in my writing.
I’m day late for #NationalBisonDay but oh so stoked that the northern entrance to Yellowstone is officially reopened! Spent today cruising around Lamar Valley and I have to say it feels like coming home. THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard post-flood to make this possible. It is mind blowing to see how the river has shifted. . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #discoveramerica #yellowstonecountry #explorelivingstonmt #livingstonmontana #yellowstonenps #gardinermt #bisonofyellowstone #bison #lamarvalley
Hobbes passed away on October 18. It was sudden and the grief has been intense. He was everything to me. (And Ben, too.) That little dog was my shadow for the last 10.25 years. My home office co-worker, my road trip co-pilot. I lost count of the number of flights he took with us, not to mention the miles logged in the RV. Eventually, I hope I can get to a place where I can remember the good times, like this photo from last fall, taken when we were dry camping outside of Crested Butte. But right now I just feel like I’m missing part of myself. Hobbes, I love you forever. “Dogs die so soon. I have my stories of that grief, no doubt many of you do also. It is almost a failure of will, a failure of love, to let them grow old — or so it feels. We would do anything to keep them with us, and to keep them young. The one gift we cannot give.” - Mary Oliver
It’s about time I share some photos from our most recent route! I was a little intimidated about visiting Banff because all reservable campsites in the park seemed to be booked up months and months in advance. But the good news is that Banff and Jasper National Parks have plenty of first come, first served campsites, too. We were able to snag a last minute spot at Tunnel Mountain for one night, which was SO close to Banff Town, where we worked for the day. Then we headed to Waterfowl Lakes campground, a beautiful, spacious spot that is perfectly located for exploring the Icefields Parkway. We moved down to the spot in this photo (📍Protection Mountain Campground) for the night to check out what all the fuss is about at Lake Louise. It felt forever away from the hectic energy on the shores of that blue water. . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #mybanff #banff #banffnationalpark #lakelouise #protectionmountain #parkscanada #myparkssummer #explorecanada #windowtotheworld #rvlife #fulltimerv #roadtrippers #homeiswhereweparkit #thorchateau
✨ There’s one week left to experience #WishberryHollow in Livingston! The fairy migration ends August 14. ✨ @beckyannehickey and I have loved being a part of this community-driven art installation the last two years. Swipe through for a few of the amazing fairy dwellings you can spot at Myers Riverview Park right now. The last photo is a sneak peak of our entry - inspired by the @livingstonfarmersmarket and the iconic Miles Park bandshell! THANK YOU to @eubank.creative for coordinating this event and to @montanabanksy for the extra magic! 🧚 . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #yellowstonecountry #explorelivingstonmt #livingstonmontana
Yellowstone’s charming and adventure-filled gateway towns are open for business. It’s a rare chance to experience Montana’s famous hiking trails, live music, and local food without the usual summer crowds. There are endless opportunities for adventure and fun in this part of Montana, even without access to Yellowstone National Park for the time being. I shared some recs to help RVers visit my favorite place in a new article for @roadtrippers - link in bio! 📷 credit: @adriannamosscreative, taken in Paradise Valley. . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #yellowstonecountry #explorelivingstonmt #livingstonmontana #keepparadisevalleyafloat #roadtrippers #visittheusa #rvlife #gorving #rvliving #homeiswhereyouparkit #fulltimerv #thorchateau #boondocking #montanamoment #onlyinmontana #paradisevalleymontana #absarokabeartoothwilderness #gardinermt #cookecitymt #yellowstonenps
One week ago today, I took this photo at Slough Creek. Isn’t it crazy how much can happen in just seven days? I miss Yellowstone so much already. 😩 Our community is still reeling from a week of record-breaking floods. (Anyone else tired of living through unprecedented times? 🙋🏻♀️) Of course, this all went down at the very start of the summer season, too. Worst timing ever. You can support local rebuilding efforts in by texting Flood22 to 41444 to donate now or click this link: https://find.pccf-montana.org/SWMT-Flood-Relief-Fund. Were you planning a trip to southwest Montana this summer? Even if the park’s north loop stays closed, there’s so much to do and see! Nothing beats a Montana summer. Check out local resources like @explore_livingston_mt, @visitgardinermt, and @yellowstonecountry… and I’m always happy to share my recs, too. 😎 . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #yellowstonenps #yellowstonepledge #yellowstonecountry #sloughcreek #explorelivingstonmt #livingstonmontana #keepparadisevalleyafloat #mylastpictureinyellowstone
It was a beautiful day for a bison jam. Took a little drive into the park and spotted our first red dog of the season - swipe right to see why binoculars were needed. 🦬 🥰 PSA: the @followyernosebbq stand is now open at the Gardiner Sinclair! That must mean that summer is really, truly almost here… . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #bisonofyellowstone #thatswy #yellowstonenps #yellowstonepledge #yellowstonecountry #lamarvalley
Texas Girls Weekend™️ in 3…2…1! - Live music at @neighbors_tx in adorable @visitbastroptx, a sweet small town just outside of Austin. - The @hyattlostpines, which is a pretty ideal situation if you ask me: spa, lazy river, and longhorn cattle mascots. After checking out a ton of options, I’m so glad we picked this spot! - A magical experience at @tikitatsu_ya, a tiki oasis in #austintexas that somehow surpasses the hype. Get reservations or arrive early to try to snag the awesome seats at the bar. . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #bastroptx #texastodo #365thingsaustin #visitbastroptx #trueaustin #austintexas #texastravel #tikitatsuya #tikitime
A scene that I will never forget: the oh-so-snowy ceremonial start to the 50th run of @theiditarod in @visitanchorage. Congrats to Brent Sass and his team for the victory, Aqayauq Reitan for carrying the Red Lantern, and all the finishers for completing an epic quest. Attending the Iditarod’s start was a bucket list goal for me… and now I have another: who wants to go to Nome for the finish?? (Paging @jessicabmorse …) . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #iditarod #iditarodnation #iditarod2022 #visitanchorage #furrondy #travelalaska #alaska #anchorage
Sunset at @blackcanyonnps. Have you visited this, dare I say it, underrated park? We referred to it as the slightly emo little brother of the Grand Canyon. The colors on the steep canyon walls are just so moody! We enjoyed camping in the park and hiking along the rim trails before exploring the nearby town of Montrose. (I really need to finish that blog post about our fall RV route though Colorado…) . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #discoveramerica #blackcanyonnps #montrosecolorado #coloradoadventure #colorado #findyourpark #coloradolive #visitcolorado #colorfulcolorado #coloradosunset #sunsetlover
A few scenes from around Jackson, WY during our visit a few weeks ago… 1 - I LOVE @tetontiger. The street ribs, dumplings, and duck lo mein were the perfect apres snowshoeing meal. 2 - that soda shop ambience at @jacksondrug. 3 - the miso butter lobster shrimp and grits at @jhkitchen was 🤯🤯🤯. 4 - the @milliondollarcowboybar, legendary for a reason. If you are planning a trip to Jackson Hole, I also recommend the happy hour at The Local, stopping in at The Rose for the best cocktails (early in the night, before it turns into a club, haha), and Picnic/Persephone Bakery for coffee and breakfast every.dang.day. . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #wanderingroad #discoveramerica #JacksonWY #thatswy #jacksonhole #jacksonholewy #thewest #staywildjh #onlyinjh
🌋 Undoubtedly one of my coolest experiences of 2021 was seeing the erupting Kilauea volcano at @hawaiivolcanoesnps. This 17-acre lava lake in a giant crater glows red at night. It’s absolutely 🤯. If you are planning a visit to Volcanoes NP, I highly recommend the ~3.5 mile Kīlauea Iki hike. This trail takes you through a *mostly* dormant crater that last erupted in 1959. Hint: go counter clockwise for a less steep loop. Be prepared for changing weather: we got caught in a major monsoon when we hiked it in November. And keep an eye out for nēnē, the state bird of Hawaii. 😍 . . . . #wanderingroad #roadtripusa #discoveramerica #BigIslandHawaii #hawaiivolcanoesnp #hikehawaii #findyourpark #hilife #hawaiilife #visithawaii #gohawaii #Kilauea #kilaueavolcano