Sometimes when bad things happen you can turn them into experiences of a lifetime. I was relatively young when the plant I was working at as Quality Supervisor shut its doors after over 100 years of operation. I took my severance package and seeing that I was not tied down to returning at a given time I packed up the van and headed to Alaska from my home in New England. I took my elderly parents with me since they had both recently retired paying them back for all of the family trips they took us kids on when we were young. We headed north up through Vermont passing over the border to Montreal. You can click the links for more in depth posts on each attraction. In Quebec we picked up the Trans Canada Highway and headed west averaging 600 miles per day.
Instead of repeating the route south along the Alaska Highway we took the Cassiar Highway south. We passed by Bear Glacier and made our way to the charming communities of Stewart, British Columbia and Hyder Alaska.
A visit to my aunt and uncle in Cohoes, New York and then home. It was good to see New England and home after many months on the road but the memories of the trip will last a life time. My parents would both pass in a few years and I was glad I could give them this trip in their final years.
Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is America’s first national park and one of its crown jewels. This park has so much to see and do you could spend a week here every year and still find something new each time. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone with its waterfalls, Old Faithful and the bubbling mud pots and other geo-thermal features. In addition to the physical attractions Yellowstone is a prime location for viewing wildlife. Because of its national park protective status the animals are not hunted and are not nervous around people or traffic. Wolves, bears (both black and grizzly), and any number of ungulates are easily seen.
Yellowstone sits atop a supervolcano which means the fiery molten core of the earth lies dangerously close to the surface. This results in numerous geo-thermal features throughout the park,
Devils Tower is a butte composed of igneous rock in the Bear Lodge Ranger District of the Black Hills in Crook County, Wyoming. It rises 1,267 feet above the Belle Fourche River, standing 867 feet from summit to base. The summit is 5,112 feet above sea level. Devils Tower was the first United States national monument, established on September 24, 1906, by President Theodore Roosevelt. The monument’s boundary encloses an area of 1,347 acres.
The Leigh Creek Historical Marker is located in Ten Sleep, Wyoming and commemorates the memory of English nobleman Gilbert E. Leigh. Leigh, a lifelong big game hunter and outdoor enthusiast, went missing in the fall of 1884 during a hunting expedition, after a lengthy search his dead body was discovered where he had fallen from a cliff. A monumented was erected in his memory.