National Park Road Trip 2021

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Somewhere in the midst of a dark covid winter- when the thought of ever leaving our living room again seemed like a far-off dream- my husband and I thought driving across the country to see the National Parks was a great idea. Planning the trip was what kept us going on those endless days of quarantine when we barely ever left the house.

We’re both teachers. We thought if we ever survived pandemic teaching, this would be the perfect way to put it all behind us and find better days out there on the road…


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We made it to Montana!

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park, Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

As soon as we drove over the state line, we noticed the smoky, hazy skies approaching. My heartbeat quickened, and I kept refreshing my wildfire app. This is the heart of wildfire territory, and I was nervous, to say the least. But we trusted in the local communities and all the emergency service personnel working so hard in these areas. Everyone reassured us: if there is danger, you will see road closures and evacuations. Otherwise, you are safe to go. So on we went to Glacier. …


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Looking for hot springs? Come to Idaho! We found several worth writing about and well worth the trek out here if you ever get the chance.


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Let’s be honest. If you had asked me to come up with a list of the Top 10 places I wanted to visit someday, Idaho never would have made it to the list. It wasn’t until friends of ours visited last summer and told us how beautiful it was that we even considered adding it to our road trip. I’m so glad we did.

We are in Stanley, Idaho, which hosts the Sawtooth Mountain Range, and it is BEAUTIFUL!!

Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

Today we went on a hike from Stanley Lake to Bridal Falls. It quickly became…


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Our road trip brought us through the rocky mountains and high desert plains of Wyoming today.

Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

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Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

This wasn’t my first time in Colorado, and I hope it’s not my last. A family reunion brought us here, and the mountains made me want to stay forever. We stayed in the hip town of Breckenridge, high up in the mountains at 9,600 feet. It took my breath away in more ways than one!


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There is nothing glamorous about the early days of a road trip, especially when you are headed out west and just trying to make good time. Long nine-hour days on the road, one after another, are not my favorite part of this adventure.

Luckily, we had good friends to stay with on the first night who “treated us like kings” as my sons report. “Don’t get used to it,” I told them. This is a road trip.

The highlight of today may be going to breakfast at The World’s Largest Truckstop right off the highway in Iowa.


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Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

Just because we are crazy, we decided to drive 3 hours east to the Cape Cod National Seashore before heading out on our National Park adventure out west. My dad’s health has not been well, and we wanted to get him out to the fresh ocean air. It was healing for all of us.

I’m feeling very grateful for JFK, who back in 1961 decided to preserve miles and miles of freshwater ponds, woods, wetlands, and amazing coastline beaches into this protected sanctuary that we were able to play in this week. …


Remembering the Losses and the Gains

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It’s been one year since many schools in our country closed their doors due to COVID-19. One year since news of coronavirus spread through the streets and schoolchildren were told to pack up their backpacks, board yellow school buses, and head for home.

After School play dates were canceled; this was no time to play.


Bringing Joy and Connection Back to Students

Students having snack in “The Clearing”- Photo by Alissa Alteri Shea

We could all use a little joy and magic, especially in the midst of a pandemic. That is exactly what we found when my first-grade class went down to The Clearing, a newly created outdoor classroom in the woods behind our school.

Alissa Alteri Shea

Teacher, Traveler, Writer. Believer in justice for all. Most importantly, Mom of two boys.

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