Glacier National Park

August 12-17, 2016 – Our preferred lodging in Glacier is Swiftcurrent Motor Lodge.  We were in the older motel area, which worked out fine for us – they have ceiling and box fans, enough space for our packs, and after a day of hiking our needs are minimal (mostly a bed and running water).  We…

Yellowstone National Park Hiking

July 23-27, 2016 – We’re fortunate to live a day’s drive from Yellowstone National Park.  We decided to take advantage of this fact, booked a room at the (new) Canyon lodging, and headed out.  Our preference is to try to find more out of the way hikes, or at the very least start hikes early enough…

Last Day in Hawaii

May 30, 2016 – For our final day in Hawaii we headed over to Kona.  We prefer the northern and south-eastern sides of the island, but were pleasantly surprised by the beer and pizza at the Kona Brewing Company.  After lunch we drove back up to the beach by Waimea.  About a dozen people were…

Black and Green Sand Beaches

May 28, 2016 – Sometimes you just want to venture out for breakfast and see what the local area has to offer.  We found a little spot serving a more traditional breakfast – rice, Portuguese sausage, and scrambled egg, as well as coffee.  Tony definitely enjoyed it, Louisa would have liked some sort of sauce (but…

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Round Deux

May 27, 2016 – Happy 10th Anniversary to us.  We started the day with breakfast at the room – bagels, fruit, granola bars, juice, and coffee.  Today’s plan was to drive into Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  This time we followed the curving Crater Drive down to the ocean.  There’s a small parking lot, and it’s possible…

Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park

May 26, 2016 – One advantage of the Air BnB spot is we’re about 10 minutes from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.  We arrived early and had no problem finding a parking spot by the Kilauea Iki Crater trailhead.  We started counter clockwise, and were almost immediately headed downhill.  After a bit of a walk through the rainforest…

Headed to Hilo

May 24, 2016 – We definitely enjoyed our time in Waimea.  The area is beautiful and quiet, and had great food – just what we were looking for. We stopped by our go-to coffee shop for a final bagel and coffee breakfast before heading towards the rainy (read: lush but humid) side of the island….