Yellowstone National Park for Strangers

Imagine the warm glow of a wilderness campfire after a long day exploring some of America’s best backcountry terrain. Or, the pastel palette of a sunrise sky on the morning before an afternoon float along a raging river.

The American West is full of places, on the map and off the beaten track, that turn imagination into reality. Yellowstone National Park is the most iconic destination for rookie travelers and die-hard thrill-seekers alike.

If you’re a stranger to the majesty and beauty of the mountains, valleys, waterways and great heights of America’s oldest National Park, here are the most compelling reasons to get acquainted.

It’s a bucket list check mark

Of the 58 National Parks in the United States, Yellowstone is the best. Don’t take it from me. Just ask any of the 4.25 million people from all over the world who visited the park in 2016. Boasting some of the most diverse backcountry on the planet, Yellowstone is a top destination for people looking to check a box (or two) off the old bucket list.

A big draw for visitors of all stripes is the sheer amount of things to do and see. Whether it’s a day trip to Old Faithful, an hour of horseback riding, a few days backpacking and paddling, or a whole summer watching wildlife, there are countless itineraries and destinations for everyone.

Yellowstone National Park spans Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. Chances are, there’s an adventure appropriate for you in every one of them.

It’s itinerary friendly

The logistics of what to pack, where to stay and how to coordinate getting from landmark to landmark can be daunting. For strangers, the sheer size of Yellowstone National Park can be enough to opt for a smaller, more negotiable outdoor experience. The reality is, Yellowstone is very manageable if you take the time to plan and stick to an itinerary.

Hiring a guide or joining a guided adventure tour is good advice for newcomers looking to maximize miles while minimizing hassle. For those seeking a getaway from civilization, group travel might seem counter-intuitive. The truth is, an experienced leader can take you farther off the map than you’d be able to get on your own. Yellowstone terrain is impressive but massive and dangerous. If you’re faithful to your plans, adventure companies can help you realize them by providing necessary gear and delicious meals, saving you enormous time and energy for experiencing the best of what the park has to offer.

It’s a lesson in humility

Yellowstone’s major geological features are the result of its 3,468 square miles mostly situated on a volcano. Its thermal features are unmatched. Nowhere else in the world is it possible to visit as many different types of hot springs, geysers, and mud pots. If you’re no stranger to that, then consider its delicate ecosystem of animals and plants not found anywhere else in North America.

Yellowstone National Park changes from season to season. A summer visit may be unrecognizable to the returning visitor the following winter. The scenery may seem a green paradise of forest, meadows, and flowers in the spring. The same spot in autumn might be blanketed in early snow, in the company of grizzly, moose, elk, and bison. Respecting the flora, fauna, and animals is a practice in humility. Remember, you are in their backyard.

Don’t be a stranger. Plan an adventure vacation of a lifetime in Yellowstone to witness Mother Nature in all her wildness. It may be your best chance to experience a top-notch National Park, untamed and teeming with natural life, spectacular landscapes, and unbelievable adventure.


the artist’s way assignment – an introduction

the artist's way assignment

the artist’s way assignment

ready to re-imagine creativity? the red light has turned green, the door has opened.
this week, adventureclubinteractive is signing a contract based on The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.
every day – three morning pages. every week – one artist date.
fancy to follow along?

week one- adopting the pivotal tools

the morning pages

-no wrong way to do them

-overcoming perfectionism and self-censorship

-teaches you that your mood doesn’t matter

-they are non-negotiable – never skip or skimp

-put anything on three pages every day

-send and notify the world of dreams, dissatisfactions, hopes

the artist date

-scheduled time you uphold and defend against other plans or distractions

-inner artist is pampered, nurtured and listened to

-teaches you that details matter – pay attention, experience, observe

-to occur weekly – go somewhere, do something different

-keep it between you and your artists; no tagalongs

-receive and notice the world through insight, inspiration and spontaneity

eight ideas

Sand-made merman

when you have an idea and nowhere to put it- where does it go?

this morning, on a california beach, poseidon was found, lounging over a pitchfork, gazing inland. what brought him there? who put him there? what’s the point?

who cares?

here are some things we’ve been thinking about lately that might be as meaningless as a god in the sand. but if they’re meaningful it’s because we bothered to shape them, type them, and tell them. and i guess that’s the point.

1. a backyard like no-man’s land.
i once wrote an unimportant blog post  about being a good neighbor.  i summarized hearing my neighbors’ conduct their lives through the fence. the key word is hear. i hardly know them, rarely see them, but i moved in when their first baby was first born and have lived next door to that baby becoming a kid and a new baby being born. the cycle of 2 a.m crying out the neighbors’ side window (alongside my bedroom window begins again. during the 2 p.m. hour, i hear the older one being threatened with time out or taking music lessons to the squeal of his baby brother crying…out the side window… again.
there’s a two year old on the other side of the fence (a year younger than the three-year old opposite) and he just got a little sister (a month older than the newborn opposite) both families on both sides of the fences are in full force on sundays. parents and grandparents on-site. i am sandwiched between generations of families sound happy… and together… and it feels like life in the middle is going nowhere, stuck in the middle of what life is very much about. that’s how it feels. but I don’t know how i feel about it. – CC

2. bath tub crayons
go buy kids bathtub crayons tomorrow . keep them in the shower because it is true that a lot of good ideas happen in there and- who wants to forget anymore!? -SE

3. does unrequited love have real world applications?
it’s like being inside a book that no one is reading i suppose. dreaming about old loves. and of a slim pride I have in journal writing, I’d say it’s mostly of my having tracked and recorded these dreams quite faithfully for a couple of years. i recently re-read these accounts in chronological order and was convinced of what i’ve always suspected: i’m trying to reconcile something in real life- subconsciously conjuring people from the past to help me reconcile. but what are they telling me? does dreaming in-love make sense in the real world? -CC

4. a spontaneous pop up party
give party guests about two hours warning that there will be a spontaneous, impromptu party. each guest much bring a dish to share and a gift to give.  both dish and present must not be purchased; something already on hand.  for the party host- all decorations and entertainment must already be in the house- no shopping.  who knows who will come and what it will be like? -SE

5. a writer
“if that’s what I was to become, needs a sniper’s awareness of landscape + a sinister impulse to show reality its own face + a hunter’s sense of hearing + a bedridden personality type + a consumptive’s reading habits + an interior life like an iron lung + an open mind in regards to lumbar support + a visceral connection to the written word + a keen interest in capitalizing on the tragedies of your time + a capacity to live without exterior validation + an irresistible curiosity that gives you the moral right to eavesdrop or stalk almost anyone on planet earth” – Steve Toltz, Quicksand

6. i’m not vain, but i’m desperately clinging to my “prime”
i look at my gray hairs without fright. i accept that they keep coming. i was thinking about the age i reached puberty, which was more or less normal. i thought in exaggerations. what if all my hair was already gray and what if i had been one of those late bloomers in my teenage years? think how short my “prime” would have been. do we fail to recognize ourselves in our “prime” and then it’s too late-  we’re completely bald or wrinkled, feeling sorry about irretrievable of age? -CC

7.  idea for a story
main character goes out everyone day of his life and picks up a rock along the way.  he does this every day of his life, always coming home every day with a rock…  the rocks signify something, but what?  every night before bed he removes the rock that arrived in his pocket and places it in in his dresser drawer. his dresser drawer is full of rocks.  one day it falls through the floor.  this could be the beginning or the end of the story.  -SE

8. bullet proof coffee

famished for fiction book club- december 2014


december 2014 book club read

the adventureclubinteractive december book of the month is The Stranger by Albert Camus. click on the book to peruse more about the book and the club. already read The Stranger? which translation did you read? perhaps you’ll read a different one this time! adventureclubinteractive  encourages you to explore beyond the book club shelf and browse other recommendations that are constantly being updated on the adventureclubinteractive goodreads page.

sentence exchange v. 12.2014


our sentences, your photographs

SentEx-let's say no more

sentence exchange v. 12.2014:

1. why does captain crunch cut the roof of your mouth?

2.  don’t you think you’d be safer down on the ground?

3.  definitely not 14.

4. in an age of distraction, maybe nothing could feel more luxurious than paying attention.

5.  the work of the artist is to turn dreams into responsibility.

6. i’m making a map out of you.

7. go hang out with go-getters!

8.  enable the impossible.

9. we’re looking for him and his fingerprint.

10.  this propaganda gets under your skin.


what is the sentence exchange? 

please submit your completed masterpieces via email: by the end of the assignment week. we look forward to posting your work on our blog for public view!

the monsterpiece assignment

 photographic masterpiece

art is a prejudice. what one sees is only what one’s own two eyes can see.
objectivity is impossible for artists, photographers, humans- because the same thing is seen differently by each, always filtered by feelings, attitudes, what we know and what we think we know.

when was the last time you saw a monster? when was the last time someone pointed out a monster that you were unable to see? what do you mean when you describe something as monstrous? how do you depict someone as monstrous? what is a monstrosity?

adventurous monsterpiece

you may be quick to rank the monsters, wild things and what’s hiding under the bed as the illusory concerns of children (as though you couldn’t be bothered with the ranks of those things…) but YOU are an adventure seeker and an artist and YOU understand that illusions are real and that- always– there exists within us our own creative child.

don’t be prejudiced against monsters. don’t deny their existence. don’t judge them. don’t file them away then pull them out for halloween or the full moon or the dark of night. (or do all of the above if that’s all how you see it!) this week’s assignment is about monster photography. any and all responses to the theme: monsterpiece– should be conveyed photographically. whatever you photograph and submit should represent how YOU see monsters. sharing your representations- your masterpieces- will allow EVERYONE to see how you see monsters… and then they can decide for themselves…

cookie monster?cookie monsterclick for photo credit

she-monster? monsterclick for photo credit

daily adventure check list.

check list

living an adventurous life does not usually happen in an instant.  it is a constant and consistent effort to move towards the daring, the uncomfortable and the exciting.  adventure is a mindset, it is a habit, it is a choice.

this week we urge you to be consistent in your adventures by completing a certain number of tasks daily.  but how can adventure be formulated into a list you ask?  freedom through discipline.  freedom through discipline, our adventure seeking friends!

adventure check list:

1.  take a photo everyday.  this photo should be interesting, exciting, thought provoking-something that you are proud to display.

2.  write.  a paragraph, a story, an anecdote, or even a well crafted sentence.

3.  find yourself in an uncomfortable situation.  express your opinion.  challenge the status quo.  frighten yourself.  impress yourself.

4.  submit your work!  there are countless writing competitions and photo contests out there.  go find one!  in fact, find one every day and go for it!  because, why not?!  put yourself out there! someone has to win and it might as well be you, adventure seeker!

post a record of your completed check list every day and make adventure become a habit.  share your experiences with us at