Pauline Baird Jones, writer, author, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor
Our son strolls past a geyser.

From the hubs:

I consider Yellowstone my “home” National Park. Located just a 100 miles east of my hometown of Basin, Wyoming, Yellowstone was an important part of my childhood. Almost everyone in the Big Horn Basin of Wyoming refer to it as The Park as if it is the only park on earth and belongs to us. My family visited it several times a summer. It was the first place I saw a bear, a geyser, and [was] my favorite vacation destination. It was one of the reason I was interested in geology since grade school. I have other favorite National Parks now and some are in other countries. I have other favorite places. But Yellowstone is still my first love.

And now back to Perilous Pauline:

I, too, considered Yellowstone “our” park. I used to think it was odd, all those people from all over driving so far for “our” park. It was kind of a shock when I realized it belonged to everyone. What can I say, I was kind of dreamy as a kid and wasn’t always paying attention. While I still love “our” park, I do have a let-me-live-and-wish-they’d-die relationship with the bears. I touch on my very natural phobia in my blog post about camping. So I don’t have the cosy relationship with “our” park that the hubs has. But I do feel a possessive pride and love driving through it as long as no one asks me to sleep there.

If you’ve never had a chance to explore Yellowstone Park, check out the hubs photos on his Flickr page. No question Yellowstone qualifies as the scenic route in our journey and an amazing one at that. 🙂

Do you have a “park” that you thought was all yours? Have you visited “our” park? What’s your favorite National Park? Do tell and when you do, you’ll be entered into the drawing for my $10 AnaBanana Gift Card of great smelling-ness. Winner is announced the first blog post of the new month.

Pauline Baird Jones, author, writer, romantic suspense author, science fiction romance author, steampunk, humor

(Pause for announcement: I’m excited to have The Collections now available for sale. These are three collections of my short stories that were included in anthologies. They are Project Enterprise: The Short Stories, The Romances and The Mysteries. Click on the link for updated “for sale” information.)

Here’s hoping all your journeys are scenic!




Pauline Baird Jones’ Scenic Route: Yellowstone

9 thoughts on “Pauline Baird Jones’ Scenic Route: Yellowstone

  • October 26, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I know what you mean about Yellowstone being yours. I live within 100 miles of the shrines of Texas history (the Alamo and Goliad) and there are always a lot of visitors, especially at the Alamo. They have so many now that they’ve had to close the street that ran in front of it to vehicular traffic. To be sure neither are natural parks but I still have a sense of fierce pride and protection of them.

    Bears! A few years ago when I visited the Sequoia National Park I saw a smaller one walk across the road. I got a couple of pictures then I wanted to get out of my car and go up to it and pet it! I can’t believe I thought that and it’s a good thing I didn’t!

    Yellowstone is on my list of national parks to visit and I would love to hike it. From everything I’ve seen and heard, it’s an amazing place.

    • October 26, 2012 at 11:33 am

      Yes, VERY good thing you didn’t pet the bear!!! I think cartoons and such have a lot of answer for! They sort of get us looking at animals as if they interact like we do. =8-0

      Yellowstone is truly remarkable. It has so much to see in such a small area. The hubs has been a geyser gazer for years. Had patiently photographed geysers that casual visitors will never see. And just flat out beautiful scenery!

      We love the Alamo and Goliad. There is a special aura about places where people have sacrificed for freedom and such.

  • October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    OMG would LOVE to visit Yellowstone. It looks incredible. Hubs photos are outstanding. Sighhhh…so beautiful!!!

    We had a couple provincial and national parks that are a couple minutes to a couple hour drives and we love to adventure to them. Mactaquac provincial park is our go-to camping spot nearby but Fundy National Park is a huge tourist draw. Gotta love and preserve our parks.

    • October 26, 2012 at 11:28 am

      Yellowstone really is pretty remarkable. How wonderful that you have such great stuff close to you! Texas has some awesome stuff, but there really is no place like home.

  • October 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    And I’d love love love to see Yellowstone. Maybe some day.

  • October 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Oh, Pauline, Pauline. You take me back. There’s a lot less people in Australia, a lot more places where it really is (for a time) ‘your’ park. I could name a whole raft but let me just say this one. Karajini. Take a look. Say oooooh. It’s a truly amazing place.

    • October 26, 2012 at 11:27 am

      That is so fabulous! I keep hoping that someday I’ll make it down there, but as I get older, I find I’m staying closer and closer to home. I wish we had transporters! If you ever get close to Yellowstone, let me know and I’ll head home and say hi!

  • October 24, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone. I’ve had my own bear sitings/encounters in Colorado though. Congratulations on your short story collections! 🙂

    • October 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm

      Oh, many thanks, Diana! Yeah, I hear there are bears in Colorado! LOL! Me, I try to avoid sightings and other encounters by being a hermit. (grin) But Yellowstone is amazing, no question about it.

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