Yellowstone: More Than a Scenic Destination

Please follow this redirection to Kay’s Six Sentence Sunday offering.

Grab a stick and a marshmallow…the campfire’s this way. Did anyone bring more graham crackers and Hershey’s chocolate bars? I’m making double S’Mores…

Trip Around the World

Mega Author Blog Hop: Ticket to Paradise

 Tour rules:

1)  Have fun!!!

2)  Invite all of your friends!!! Spread the word!!!

3)  This tour starts:  Monday, may 16, at midnight (Arizona time)

4)  This tour ends:  Monday, may 23, at midnight (Arizona time)

5)  Meet and mingle with all the authors! Experience a new destination at every stop! Participate in every blog contest and be entered for chances to win multiple prizes! Every blog visited is another opportunity to win!!

6) Participation at every blog is recommended. But remember: the more you hop, the more chances you have to win. Every author is waiting to meet and interact with you, so please be sure to show every author some love!

7) Don’t forget to have fun!

THIS STOP: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, U.S.A.

Whether you’re a photographer, an artist, a writer, or just someone who wants to vacation in a peaceful splendor, Yellowstone National Park is a must-see. Bring the significant other, bring the parents, bring the kids….but above all, bring yourself for picnics, camping, nature watching, hiking, swimming, rock climbing and other extreme sports. You won’t want to miss nature’s marvels, from the smallest bird to the largest lumbering buffalo.

And while you‘re at it, don’t forget Old Faithful. Did you know, while Old Faithful is the most well-known geyser, it is not the only one in the area?


Yellowstone National Park is located primarily in the State of Wyoming, though parts of this park extend into Montana and Idaho, spanning an area of 3,468.4 sq mi. This was the world’s first national park, designated in 1872. Native Americans have lived in that area now known as Yellowstone for greater than 11,000 years.

When I needed a western cattle ranch location for my story Lifeline Echoes, I checked out a few states, but few places captured my imagination as well as the state of Wyoming. So I created a fictional small town in the western part of the state, not too far from Yellowstone Park. Elusive Echoes, the second in that series is due out in June of this year. My current WIP is also set in that fictional small town of Orson’s Folly, Wyoming.

Plan a trip: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

S’Mores anyone?

6 regular sized chocolate bars (Hershey bars are the classic choice, but use your favorite flat chocolate bar)
12 whole graham crackers, each split into 2-inch squares
24 large marshmallows

Roast marshmallows over the campfire, making them just as you need them for each S’more (these treats are best consumed hot or at least, warm). For each S’more place one roasted marshmallow and one small square of chocolate between two graham cracker squares. Give it all a little squeeze and take a bite!  Optional ingredient – caramel wrap (the kind used for caramel apple wraps) cut to fit the graham cracker and placed between marshmallow and chocolate.

Do YOU have a variation on S’Mores?

Says photographer, J.L. Gould of Yellowstone: “The experience of going to Yellowstone, solo, for so many weeks, seeing and experiencing so much beauty has changed me forever.” For some beautiful pictures of the park, check out the Photography of J.L. Gould in Yellowstone National Park. Ms. Gould is the talented photographer who inspired descriptions of the area and the photographs in Lifeline Echoes, which is set in Western Wyoming, quite close to Yellowstone.

So here’s what I want to know about all of you: What is your ultimate vacation fantasy?

Please don’t forget to check out Matrimonial Mayhem, the Astraea Press website exclusive charity anthology, with 100% of the profits designated for storm relief in the hardest hit areas of Alabama. I am honored to be included in this creative endeavor, with my story of the Heartsight characters’ wedding, Camp Wedding. Thank you for visiting. And now, please check out where Rachel Firasek is taking you on this world tour.


52 thoughts on “Yellowstone: More Than a Scenic Destination

  1. Theresa says:

    So hard to choose just one place! I would love a romantic getaway with hubby since we never had a honeymoon, but I’m not sure where I would pick for us to go. Maybe a secluded island hut with palms all around and sunshine!

  2. Sherry Gloag says:

    To answer your question. There are so many places I’d like to visit, I’d near a year’s equivilant of ‘backpacking’ (that is so not for me!) to enjoy all those places.
    I have had the good fortune to read Camp Wedding, and loved it. The anthology sounds fun and is on my to buy list.

  3. Shannon J. says:

    Well ultimately I’d like to go to Hawaii!!! But these are great pictures!
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

  4. tammy ramey says:

    there is a luxury train that goes from Vladvostock Russia across Syberia to Moscow then take another down thru Mongolia to China,then from there to Thailand and Vietnam and onwards from there until i either run out of money or i get so tired i just want to go home.

  5. Merriedth says:

    I think the best vacation fantasy would be…a nice cabin up in the woods, but in the cabin we have everything we need running water,windows for a nice cool breeze to cool the cabin and keep the air fresh and a huge kingsize bed to make all the fantasy’s come true…

  6. Tiffany Falick says:

    my husband is a USMC Veteran and was stationed in Australia and we plan to take the kids there one day. but for our vacation, just the two of us, we are going to Ireland (I’m Irish) and Germany (he’s German) 😀 I can’t wait!

  7. Kerry P says:

    Wow! Make a choice??? Either a tour of Great Britain with me, myself, & I or tour the US in a huge camper with my kids & hubby!


  8. Renee Rearden says:

    I’d love to visit Yellowstone, but my idea of a fantasy vacation is backpacking down the coast of Italy with my husband. Staying in bed and breakfasts in seaside villages sounds so romantic!


  9. Leanne says:

    My Ultimate fantasy trip would be a month long cruise, doesn’t matter where just had to be a fantastic cruise!

    LeanneG. FB like


  10. Betty Lewis says:

    If I could pick only one, it would be a toss up between Ireland or Egypt. But at this point, I’m ready to go anywhere, just to get away for a bit! It’s a good thing it’s only a month and a half til my vacation 🙂

  11. Calisa Rhose says:

    I enjoyed this. I love the book trailer. I’d read it. 🙂 Thanks!

    @the1940mysterywriter- I couldn’t comment on yours because of an error message that asked for my info, but offered no place to enter any.

    • the1940mysterywriter says:

      Hey, Calisa, that’s weird. WordPress now lists you as a subscriber to my blog, though. Maybe it got its wires crossed?

  12. Toni says:

    I would love to go on an extended tour of Europes castles. I recently went to Ireland and loved visiting the castles. They have always drawn me.

    tsteinerid (

  13. Tricia Schneider says:

    Oh, there are so many places I want to go because I love to travel! But, I really want to visit England. I’ve wanted to go there for as long as I can remember. Great post! 🙂

  14. Rhonda Helton says:

    I would love to take my kids here. this would be such an awesome place for them to enjoy and learn!

  15. MichelleMB says:

    My ultimate vacation would have to be Bora Bora – reading on the beach, swimming with the turtles 😀

  16. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    My dream vacation would be a quiet place on a beach where I could read and relax. It would have to be private so that I could recharge.

    koonie2888 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. alice priday says:

    i would love to visit yellowstone at some point it looks amazing 🙂 my dream vacation would be greece, venice and yellowstone, would love to visit all those places 🙂

  18. Sandy Nachlinger says:

    This blog tour is giving me a serious case of wanderlust! I’ve never been to Yellowstone but have always hoped to visit. Maybe this autumn? That would truly be a dream vacation. Thanks for a lovely post.

  19. Chris Bails says:

    there are many places i would love to visit. I would love to go south and visit north carolina, georgia, florida. a week long trip with unlimited funds. would take plenty of books and my nook and just sit and enjoy.
    thanks for the giveaway and would love to win so please choose me.

  20. JessS says:

    I’ve never had Smores before but they look soooooo good.
    I don’t really have an ultimate holiday but I’d love to go somewhere that’s a big city and go sightseeing and shopping and just relax, preferably at a really expensive hotel.

  21. katrina whittaker says:

    oh my !! Love your pics !! cattle ranch !! yeeeharrrrrrrr I loved Lifeline Echoes !!! cant wait for book 2 !!!! My dream holiday would be – Venice – Greece – for sure !! Paris !!! oh my !!!! to Many to choose from 😉 If I had to choose it would be Greece !! Loving the holiday tour !! thanks for the info and the receipes !!


  22. June M. says:

    My ultimate vacation fantasy would be a trip to Great Britian and Europe, taking at least 6 months to just go from place to place, wondering around, seeing all the historical sights and learning about the different cultures. If I ever win the lotto (yeah right) this is what I am going to do.

    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  23. Krysta Banco says:

    My ultimate vacation fantasy has to be a round trip to see all the 7 New Wonders of the World, with the Pyramids of Giza and a couple weeks in Ireland added in.


  24. Reanna says:

    I would love to go to Rome among other places…. I have driven through Yellowstone well a small corner of it lol when I was heading to Montana at 2 in the morning :)~ and it was pouring rain at the time 😦

  25. Alexandra Garcia says:

    I think I would like to go to Brasil. I’ve been there once and its was just… amazing? Seems like a poor description, I know, but I think it’s better to just go and enjoy it yourself… You won’t regret it! And the people… they are just amazing.

    Thanks for sharing your pictures^^ and for the giveaway!

  26. Amanda Woodward says:

    A getaway week in the Williamette region in Oregon especially the area around Newport .
    Camping shopping and learning glass blowing
    If you have never been therein is like a secret escape from the modern world.

  27. Diane Sallans says:

    I’m starting this tour late, but maybe I can make it all around & I love reading about new books! I’ve haven’t made it to Yellowstone yet, but it’s definitly on my bucket list!

    sallans d at yahoo dot com

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