Stunning garden and mountain views at San Grato Park and Restaurant in Lugano Switzerland, Uncategorized

San Grato Parc Lugano Switzerland

San Grato botanical gardens are a mecca for park visitors and plant lovers – particularly in April and May, when the azaleas and rhododendrons form a fragrant carpet. The San Grato gardens are situated above Lake Lugano on the hills of Carona, between Monte San Salvatore and Monte Arbostora.  From Lugano, take a bus to… Continue reading San Grato Parc Lugano Switzerland


Dawson Pass, Glacier NP

This trail starts at the Two Medicine Lake campground and follows the shoreline, until you start a long, hard uphill climb for a rewarding 13 mile roundtrip adventure. We parked by the trailhead at the back of the campground and took the trail from that point. The trail starts level, has nice views of the… Continue reading Dawson Pass, Glacier NP


Rainbow Ridge North Rim, Grand Canyon

We traveled from Fences Point to our turn-around at Locust Point to complete a section of the larger 22 mile Rainbow Ridge trail. Stunning views are visible along the rim throughout the journey. I consider this an easy trek, as there is not a lot of elevation gain. Why North Rim? The North Rim offers… Continue reading Rainbow Ridge North Rim, Grand Canyon


Hermitage Point Trail from Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park

You've got to add Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park to your list of places to visit! If you've got the time, they are close enough together to experience the best of both parks. This 10 mile round-trip trail is easy and relatively flat. We saw beaver, swans, ducks, and soaring raptors on this family… Continue reading Hermitage Point Trail from Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park


Our Piece of Montana

We're heading back to Montana this summer. In addition to exploring wild places, we'll also be spending some time on our property. A big goal for this trip is to gain a better understanding of our property. Here's our game plan: Measure existing home site using survey stakes, options include colorful and wooden. Use plastic… Continue reading Our Piece of Montana


Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain NP

  Join us for what was the hardest trail we've taken. You'll find the rewards are well worth the journey. Jim and I love getting out into the wilderness, but we respect the wild and the creatures who call it home. Us, we're just visitors. We leave no trace by packing out everything we bring.… Continue reading Sky Pond in Rocky Mountain NP


Firebrand Pass in Glacier National Park

Pick up Jake Bramante's Glacier National Park Day Hikes guide at to find this awesome trail. We parked, then crossed railroad tracks to find the trail head for this fun adventure. This trail is 10.2 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 2,100 feet. It's east of the Marias Pass and really showcases the… Continue reading Firebrand Pass in Glacier National Park


Home Exchange to Switzerland

  This trip to Switzerland was our first home exchange through It's a fantastic way to see and experience the world. Today I'll share information and pictures of our Exchange home and surrounding areas in Seewis-Dorf, Switzerland. Seewis-Dorf is nestled in an alpine valley that is surrounded by beautiful mountains. The warm and wonderful… Continue reading Home Exchange to Switzerland


Swiftcurrent Pass is one of our favorite hikes!

Many Glacier offers lots fantastic outdoor adventures, but we LOVE Swiftcurrent Pass. Pack a lunch and plenty of snacks for a day filled with incredible views and lots of wildlife. Remember there is no prize for getting there faster, so take your time. Smell the flowers, skip stones over quiet waters, listen and look for… Continue reading Swiftcurrent Pass is one of our favorite hikes!