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


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


Campfire


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!


Cheese!


Two campers brave Yellowstone Lake...believe it or not...it 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!