By: Peggy L Henderson
Growing up in Germany, we usually had a white Christmas. When my family moved half-way across the world to sunny California, Christmas no longer included snow. It was replaced with warmth and sunshine. To this day, I miss a white Christmas.
This year, a few weeks before Christmas, I received the most wonderful gift from a friend, which fulfilled two of my greatest wishes – to experience winter in Yellowstone, and to have a white Christmas. While I didn’t actually spend Christmas in Yellowstone, the week before was close enough.
For everyone who knows me, I love Yellowstone! It’s why I wrote a 13-book series time travel/western historical series set there, after all. In all my years of visiting the park, this was the first year I got to visit and experience it in winter. I returned three days ago from the most amazing trip I’ve ever had, and came away with a greater understanding of why I chose to write a time travel series set in this amazing place.
When I was asked before why a time travel and why Yellowstone, the second part of the question has always been easy to answer. The first part – the time travel part – was a bit harder to pinpoint. “The premise always intrigued me”, was my standard answer.
Experiencing Yellowstone in winter suddenly made it clear to me what the answer to that first part of the question is. Nothing beats the solitude and quiet of a winter experience in the park, when there are few people around, and when one can stand and gaze out at the magnificent landscape and features without standing elbow to elbow with other people. It’s easy to imagine what it must have been like to be the first person to experience this magical place when you’re surrounded not by people talking on their cell phones when they should be enjoying the natural splendors before them, but by the peaceful sounds of nature.
for this wonderful gift I received to see Yellowstone in winter, and to have a magical pre-Christmas winter-wonderland experience.
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Peggy L Henderson
Western Historical and Time Travel Romance
“Where Adventure Awaits and Love is Timeless”
Award-Winning and Best-Selling Author of:
Yellowstone Romance Series
Teton Romance Trilogy
Second Chances Time Travel Romance Series
Blemished Brides Western Historical Romance Series
Wilderness Brides Historical Romance Series