National park enthusiast, Gloria Wadzinski writes, photographs and shoots video to encourage travelers to try something new. A planner at heart, Gloria likes to be prepared for adventures so she helps other travelers by thoroughly documenting hikes, road trips and destinations, including everything they need to know to forge out safely and not miss a thing.
Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, and because life is change, added additional degrees and certificates from the Western Iowa Technical College, Front Range Community College and the Art Institute of Denver. Over a 40-year career, Gloria has won national accolades including CUES Golden Mirror Awards for a children's educational program and graphic design projects, and most recently a Folio Digital Award for the relaunch of a website about the national parks of Colorado.
What is Gloria's favorite national park? The last one she visited, so the answer changes several times a year.
In 1804, Lewis & Clark chose Sacajawea as their guide and interpreter. Read about her controversial life and the debate about where she is buried
A 36.8-mile Main Street (the world's longest) and a 23-mile diameter caldera (the world's largest) is Island Park's claim to fame.
Cell phone service is available in over 50 percent of the park. WiFi is available for purchase at the Mammoth Dining Lounge, Lake Hotel, and Grant Village.
This stretch of the Grand Loop from Madison Junction intersection to the exit for the Old Faithful area is the most popular and has the most geyser basins.
Firehole Canyon Drive is a 2-mile, one-way road off the Grand Loop south of Madison. The drive has a waterfall overlook and swimming area. Watch the time-lapse video.
See massive rock columns formed by lava flow 1.3 million years ago. They look like rock fence posts and can be found at Tower and Sheepeater in Yellowstone.