American Wanderer Summer Camp: Exploring the National Parks

Mammoth Site and Cascade Falls

Sink hole preserved Mammoths

Cascade Falls 76 degree water year round natural hot spring fed

Harney Peak, Sylvan Lake & Mount Rushmore

Harney Peak the highest point east of the Rockies and west of the Great Pyrenees  

Fire tower on top our destination built by the CCC in the 1930's

Sylvan Lake of National Treasure 2 fame

Four Presidents carved in granite


Badlands National Park is a national park in southwestern South Dakota that protects 242,756 acres of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States.

Bighorn sheep

Wall Drug the largest drug store in the world. 

Vore Buffalo Jump

The rich cultures and fascinating history of the Plains Indians developed around the immense bison herds and grasslands and of western North America.

300 years of history, 5 tribes used this sight to capture Buffalo.

Devils Tower

Look closely for two climbers on their way up

Prairie Dog Town at the base of the tower


Sunrise at Devils Tower

Little Bighorn Battlefield

Ranger talk about Custers Last Stand

Last Stand Hill

Ernie LaPointe great grandson of Sitting Bull told us about Lakota history and culture what a great surprise and honor to meet him.

Sight where Custer died

Looking down at the river where Sitting Bull was camped.

Cody Nite Rodeo!

Campers perch and pose with a retired rodeo bull for the camera!

Every rodeo starts with a Salute to the FLAG! 

Cowboys on the bucking broncos!

Amazing skill...and he stayed on to the buzzer and beyond! 

Caught him...down, then up and away they go.

And don't forget the amazing Cowgirls who try their hand at roping too...


Yellowstone NP and the Irma Hotel

Anticipation is making me wait...

Cody Gunfighters Association puts on a wild west skit every night.  

Great show...the good girls and guys WIN!


Two campers brave Yellowstone Lake...believe it or was WARM!

Yellowstone NP - Wildlife and more...

A beautiful beast to behold the American Bison (a.k.a. Buffalo).

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble...and the aroma is unforgettable! 

Better know as a "Yellowstone Road Block"!

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone...Lower Falls.

A picturesque serene place of beauty.

Yellowstone NP - Geyser Heaven

Mule Deer Curious about the steam

West Thumb Geyser Basin along the shore of Yellowstone Lake

Check out the beautiful colors of the thermal mats

Legend has it the fishing boats passed by and dropped their catch into "Fishing Hole Geyser" and cooked their dinner!

Bubbling...gurgling...and more...

Old Faithful from opposite the viewing area on our way to see...

Riverside Geyser spew hot water and steam for a 30+ minute show!

Castle Geyser warming up for it's turn.

Inside the Old Faithful Lodge the stairway goes us three stories and an intricate architectural masterpiece.

The most famous pool in the park photographed from the air...Grand Prismatic Pool.

Say "geyser"!

A beauty to behold.

The best swimming spot in the whole park...Fire-in-the-Hole River...waters warmed by the geyser that flow into the river above. FUN!