POTW: Smoke on the Water

Smoke on the Water...looking west across the calm waters of Lake McDonald inside Glacier National Park. Stella and I kayaked Lake McDonald in mid-July during our Great Montana Adventure. The haze was from the various wildfires that have inundated the west this past summer. Though a bit on the warm side, you could have not … Continue reading POTW: Smoke on the Water

Responsible Outdoor Recreation: Leave No Trace

By Stella J. Raasch What comes to mind when you think of the great outdoors? Initially, you may think of the classic John Candy movie, "The Great Outdoors." Next, your thoughts will likely gravitate toward notions of open space, fresh air, beautiful surroundings…and trash! Since the advent of COVID, flocks of people have migrated to … Continue reading Responsible Outdoor Recreation: Leave No Trace

POTW: Phelps Lake ~ Grand Teton National Park

Phelps Lake ~ Grand Teton National Park: looking down from the overlook. The Phelps Lake Overlook trail is not an overly challenging hike, roughly two miles out and back from the Death Canyon Trailhead. However, I will say that getting there is part of the adventure. We entered Grand Teton National Park from the Granite … Continue reading POTW: Phelps Lake ~ Grand Teton National Park

POTW: Kayaking Bear Lake

Kayaking Bear Lake: located on the Idaho/Utah boarder, Bear Lake is often referred to as the "Caribbean of Rockies" for its turquoise-blue colored waters. This is Stella's favorite place to paddle. We are now a few days into our latest western adventure and have had the opportunity to kayak and paddle board, as well as … Continue reading POTW: Kayaking Bear Lake

POTW: Jackson Lake Adventures

Jackson Lake adventures: there is definitely something special about the Tetons, Jackson Lake and Grand Teton National Park. The allure is so great that we keep heading back year after year, both in the summer and winter. This picture on Jaskson Lake was taken almost four years ago to the day, and we are headed … Continue reading POTW: Jackson Lake Adventures

POTW: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

The Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is one of the least visited National Parks; however, if you are in the neighborhood it is worthy of a visit. Known as steep, deep and narrow, the Gunnison River has carved it way through the volcanic rock to reach metamorphic rock below, creating the canyon as … Continue reading POTW: Black Canyon of the Gunnison

SCOTT Scale 940

Stella purchased her new Trek Dual Sport 3 Women's bike last October. After owning my Trek 6500 for 22 years, I figured it was time to upgrade my bike as well. Initially, I had a particular Trek in mind, but the availability for the particular model of interest would not be until late July or … Continue reading SCOTT Scale 940