Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Top 10 Reasons to Lodge inside the Yellowstone National Park

It is dang near impossible to list 10 reasons to experience Yellowstone National Park, just go. There are 10,000 reasons why and if you took a poll, I am sure this estimate is easily attainable. I will however try to trim down staying at one lodge inside the park. Depending on the season, there are three lodges in Yellowstone, Old Faithful Inn, maybe another blog, I stayed there too, Yellowstone Lake, I had breakfast there, very fancy but seems incredibly nice too, prices might be higher but it looks worth it and Mammoth Hot Springs which I will share photos of and my favorites about staying in the park perks. There are additional places to stay within the park depending on the time of year.  I was there in May and some roads were still snow covered and inaccessible so those locations were not open for the season yet. Yes, snow covered in May. I also just read that Mammoth is closed for renovations, the link says, Opens: April 27, 2018 Closes: October 14, 2018. I would double check that by calling, most likely it is already booked for this season but you never know. I can provide a before the renovations. I thought it was great just the way it was.

Yellowstone National Park lies within three states, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, the majority is in Wyoming.

Mammoth Hot Springs is at the north entrance of Yellowstone National Park coming in from Montana. It has the Grand Roosevelt Arch. "For the Benefit and Enjoyment of the People". Thanks Teddy, Mr. President Theodore Roosevelt.

 Now you are in, where do you want to stay?

I chose Mammoth Hot Springs to bunk down for the evening because at the time we had no set plans for the night and it was the only available place. Yellowstone National Park is huge, you need to stay the night or two or three. I think it would be easy to stay the week and still have more to see. Hopping to the different lodges seems cumbersome and some people (my stagecoach driver) like to be settled but I think a night in each would be awesome. I do not recommend traveling like this to a National Park, we just got lucky someone had cancelled. Book ahead. We were in the 1913 wing.

The long white building in the back is the 1913 wing of the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, where we shared the experience with fellow travelers.

Those folks out there are getting ready to board a tour bus for wildlife viewing at an opportune time, early in the morning. Do not miss this chance, make reservations ahead, if only I had known. I am so jealous.

One of the coolest things is meeting new people. I met this guy on the front benches of the hotel and a common question is, Where are you from? He told me he was from Leavenworth. My first thought was πŸ‘€ the prison? He seemed nice.

The rooms are quite cozy, you get your own sink to brush your teeth and wash your hands.

The shower and toilets are down the hall and shared with all the rooms on your floor. πŸ‘€ Do not let this discourage you, it is fun. There is a men's and women's separate facility. You get your own robe to borrow and a fan. It is very pioneer, you are living the dream of back in the day, The fan of course is a perk with no extra charge.

There is a large selection of vittles, however the bison top sirloin is not so popular with some of the locals, the bison. I had the huckleberry ice cream for dessert. You would be hard pressed to find that in Delco. I loved it!

The full time residents are super friendly.

What is going on here with this gathering of professionals? Here comes Mary.

I have 25 photographs of this creature, you can see how overly impressed it is with me. It does creep me out a little when they turn their heads.

Not to seem partial, here is a link to all places to stay in Yellowstone National Park. I am sure they are all a memorable experience. All you really need to pack is your adventurous spirit, Yellowstone supplies the rest.

If you are going, remember to get on the bus and let the people who know, show you "For The Benefit And Enjoyment Of The People", Yellowstone National Park.

The First National Park

It is National Park Week get out and enjoy, they are all good. I am just starting at the beginning.

Now that I have opened up my archives (I took over 3,000 pictures on this trip), I will share at a later date, the landscape, where the deer and the antelope roam, the geysers and the other lodges I visited. Keep checking back.

Mammoth Hot Spring, this photograph does not do it justice, it glows at night.


Photographs in the lobby of the hotel.

Mammoth Hot Springs is also the home of one time Ft. Yellowstone. That will be a blog all its own. 

Warning: The Internet service is poor almost non-existent, so you are forced to communicate through conversation. 


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

How to Make Something Special

Don't do it everyday

Do it for Free

Get it for Free

Earn it


Acknowledge your people

Try it

Give it away

Appreciate it

Don't expect credit

Monday, April 23, 2018

Upcoming Events Week of April 23

April 24 Free Backyard Buffers and Rain Barrel Making Workshop at Collingdale Borough Hall presented by Pennsylvania Resources Council and Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative 6:30 p.m. registration is required.

April 24 Marple Historical Society and 1696 Thomas Massey House present the Eddystone Munitions plant by Kurt Sellers 7:30 p.m. at Marple Christian Church 725 Lawrence Road, Broomall, PA 610-353-3644 The manufacture of artillery ammunition in Eddystone, Pennsylvania during World War I is forever associated with the fatal explosion of April 10, 1917.  Numerous articles have been written on this tragedy.  Less known are details of the ammunition plant itself and its subsequent role during the war.    Don’t miss this chance, to discover some interesting historic facts about the Eddystone Rifle, the ammunition plant and what is there today!    There is no charge and refreshments will be served after the lecture. (Donations Welcomed)

April 24 Springfield Historical Society presents Neumann University professor Andrew Miller speaking on WW, highlighting how U.S. industries became involved supplying materials, shipbuilding, munitions and clothing manufacturing. The event is free and takes place at the Springfield Township Building 50 Powell Road. 7:30 p.m.

announces a presentation on artist M. Louise Baker, employed by the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology from 1908 to 1936. She traveled the world at the requests of archeologists to illustrate their finds. Dr. Elin Danien, research associate at Penn Museum will lead the discussion on Baker and her works. Ms. Baker lived in Nether Providence during her retirement. The talk begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Library located at 100 N. Providence Rd. in Wallingford.

April 25 – 29 Parks on Tap Azalea Garden (Fairmount)

April 26 -28 The Friends of the Swarthmore Public Library Spring Book and Bake Sale. Thurs. and Fri. 9-7 p.m., and Sat. 9 - 4 at Swarthmore Borough Hall.
April 26 - 28 Penn Relays 

April 26 Swarthmore Public Library shows the Great Courses video "A Skeptics Guide to American History," on Thursdays through May 3 - 10 a.m. - noon.

April 27 Arbor Day for all you tree huggers out there. Me too! 🌳 

April 27 - May 20 Cape May, New Jersey Spring Celebration 

April 27 - 29 Broomall Fire Company "Majestic Midway Carnival" across from the fire house Malin Road and West Chester Pike. Fri. 6 - 11 p.m., Sat. 3 - 11 p.m. and Sun. 1 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21 to April 29 National Park Week

 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

WASHINGTON – Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 21 through 29. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at

"Our National Parks are our national treasure," said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach. The lessons you learn from the land and the park rangers cannot be learned anywhere else on earth. As we head into the next 100 years of the Park Service, I'm looking at ways to improve infrastructure and visitor experience while conserving the precious lands for generations to come."

“There are 417 national parks and each one has a story to tell”. “There are endless options during National Park Week to discover someplace or something out of the ordinary. Whether one seeks relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, there is something for everyone in a national park.”

Following are just five of the fun ways you can celebrate National Park Week.

Try Something New
Introductory programs during National Park Week might just get you hooked on a new interest. Brush up on astronomy at a Night Sky Party in Saguaro National Park, go birding at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, take a photo workshop at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, make pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument, dance to Cajun music at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, or try your hand at surf fishing at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Save Some Money
There will be free entrance to all national parks during the weekends of National Park Week. The 118 National Park Service sites that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. There are also free or reduced rate annual passes available for active duty military families, fourth grade students, senior citizens, volunteers, and people with permanent disabilities.

Become a Junior Ranger
National Park Week starts with National Junior Ranger Day on April 15. Throughout the country, kids of all ages can take part in family friendly events and earn a park-specific Junior Ranger badge. Children can see a bald eagle up close at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, participate in crafts at Lowell National Historical Park, go on an archeology dig at Chiricahua National Monument, or test their global positioning system (GPS) skills in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Fill a Park Prescription  
The second annual Park Prescription Day will be filled with activities that showcase the physical, mental, and psychological health benefits of time in nature. Supported by increasing scientific evidence, many medical doctors now write prescriptions for the outdoors as an antidote for ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. On April 23, dozens of parks, including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Shenandoah National Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, TumacΓ‘cori National Historical Park, Prince William Forest Park, Hot Springs National Park, and park partners will host activities that include hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.

Go Wild on Earth Day
Spend some time outside on Earth Day, April 22. Attend a wildlife festival on the Natchez Trace Parkway, go for a walk on the wild side at Cabrillo National Monument, learn to canoe on the Niobrara National Scenic River, make an appearance at a drama festival at Chamizal National Memorial, listen to a concert at Buffalo National River, weave a pine needle basket at Fort Matanzas National Monument, or meet a Civil War soldier at Stones River National Battlefield.
Visit to plan your park visit. The site contains trip planning information and a calendar of events. Use #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque and #NPS101 on social media during National Park Week to join in the fun!
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

Personally, I do have a favorite but have never been disappointed in experiencing any of the National Parks, I have had the privilege to experience.  

The National Park Foundation Spring Poll Results
Top voted parks
Yellowstone National Park - 26.91% ✔ my pick
Yosemite National Park - 18.32%
Grand Canyon National Park - 17.48%
Glacier National Park - 13.20%
Zion National Park - 11.58%
Favorite park activities
Hiking - 81.28%
Seeing Wildlife - 79.30%
Photography - 71.64%
Relaxing - 66.78%
Camping - 51.90%
All of the above ✓ my pick 
and appreciating nature in its natural state
Note: Percentages add up to more than 100 because participants were asked to select more than one activity, if applicable.