My husband, Brad, was lost hunting at fourteen years old. Really lost. Feeling the heebee jeebees from behind, he turned to find a wolf staring at him on the trail — five feet away.
“And then what?”
“I raised my gun.”
“And then what?”
“It walked off.”
That was it.
If you want to see a wolf in Yellowstone, don’t get lost hunting. Stop at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone.
The animals at the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center are unable to live in the wild, so are rescue wolves, bears, eagles, etc. Without the stress of hunting and protecting a territory, these animals can be viewed at their most relaxed states.
And you will also be in your most relaxed state. Believe me, when you see a wolf or grizzly in person, you won’t have composure to admire it’s coat and wonder what’s on it’s mind.
The Discovery Center does an excellent job of education, offering talks throughout the day, like the “Bear Spray Demo” we heard.
The naturalist demonstrated bear spray, shooting blanks from her holstered demo can so we could see how far the spray travels (not far enough for me). She explained that we should be patient if a bear charged us because, after all, it could just be a false charge. She also advised, “Do not run. A bear is a predator. If you run, a bear has to chase you.”
If you run, a bear has to chase you.
Finally, she showed how to windmill one’s arms, slowly backing away from a bear. She mentioned that someone she knew survived a bear encounter by doing this for seven hours until the bear turned and walked off. Got all that?
Meanwhile, the bears entertained us by playing in the habitat behind the speaker, wrestling, splashing and ignoring ravens who stand around criticizing them.
Would you pay $400 a night for a tent? I did and I feel foolish.
Guess it’s not the fashion to be negative, but I feel duped by a false-positive review of Yellowstone Under Canvas. Sometimes, it’s just not helpful to endorse whatever you review. Plus, based on this review, I gave up a night at the fabulous Old Faithful Inn to try this place. I reserved the Deluxe Tent with a bathroom and companion tipi (the Under Canvas term for teepee). My only option also included breakfast, so $401.12 later, I had booked one night in a tent. Continue reading Yellowstone Under Canvas: $400 Tent Overpriced by $267.12
Starbucks got me to the Old Faithful Inn in 2005. I scooped up a last-minute cancellation and immediately called Brad, my husband, at work.
“We got into Yellowstone!”
“It’s Tuesday, Julie.”
“Better come home!” I told him. Continue reading Loyal to Old Faithful Inn
An enormous pedestrian, retail Village surrounds Whistler/Blackcomb, making it more a Canadian Mall of America than a ski resort. Restaurants, bars, shopping (it has a Lululemon!) and even a library await you at Whistler. Try to remember to ski. Continue reading 6 Reasons to Choose Whistler/Blackcomb
Skip Ski School for Your Kids (unless you don’t know how to ski yourself)
Ski school is expensive and violates the number one reason we take family vacations: bonding. Continue reading Skiing with Young Kids
Ah, teens. They ski faster than you, take more risks than you, and are wittier than you. They can also imitate your cadaver-like stiffness on the slopes. Aren’t you glad to be able to laugh at yourself? Continue reading Skiing with Teens
It’s 8 degrees in Minneapolis. When I step out the front door, the cold air burns my nostrils and the glare off the snow makes me squint. My breath forms a cloud that lingers in front of me. When the cloud blows away, I see her: my older sister, Lisa, is lying face down in the snow. Continue reading Best Tip for Skiing with Kids
I probably should stop skiing Continue reading Why ski?