The Value of Off Season Travel

Off season travel—the period from early fall to early summer—is the time when you can discover the "great outdoors" is really a land for all seasons.
By Ted Sweeten
September/October 1980
Add to My MSN

Whether viewed during the summer or the off season travel period, the Grand Tetons are an inspiring sight.
PHOTO: TED SWEETEN
Slideshow


Content Tools

Related Content

Oakley's Birth Story - Part 2

After many weeks of prodromal labor and a baby who kept momma on the edge by constantly changing pos...

Amtrak to Celebrate Seventh Annual National Train Day

Learn about riding the rails with Amtrak on National Train Day this May.

The Off-GridGreen Myth, Part II

Sometimes being off grid doesn't necessarily mean that you're green.

A Break From The Backyard

How do you travel, with a family, and maintain some environmental dignity? We recently went explorin...

For a great many years, my family and I took our annual vacation between Memorial Day and Labor Day, those often hectic months that constitute "the tourist season."

Over the years, however, we came to feel that—because of this tradition—people who are hungry for the peace and comfort and grandeur that our continent's mountains, parks, and wilderness areas promise often trample the very "wildness" they're searching for ... almost literally burying it deep in the mud of their many footprints.

The answer, we've decided, is "off season travel." In this way, not only can we avoid crowds and traffic jams, but we've found that the rates—for everything from cabins to campsites—are often less, and the service is generally better. 

Part of the Tapestry

Despite the fact that mankind has come to divide the year into spring, summer, fall, and winter ... such seemingly separate time periods are each, in truth, only a part of one fine vestment that Nature—in her great wisdom—weaves to display Earth's beauty to its utmost. But one thread, no matter how brightly colored, cannot indicate the fineness of the finished garment. The only way to experience the full scope of such majestic variety is to become aware, over a period of time, of all the fibers which make up that incredible attire.

In other words, we should allow ourselves the space to look at the land in every one of its seasons ... and not just in the time of the tourist.

The summer visitor never has a chance to see certain aspects of the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. From early fall to early summer, after and before the crowds come, there is an opportunity to be alone in such popular tourist destinations and watch their beauty unfold ... for what sometimes seems to be our very own personal enjoyment.








Post a comment below.

 








Subscribe Today - Pay Now & Save 66% Off the Cover Price

First Name: *
Last Name: *
Address: *
City: *
State/Province: *
Zip/Postal Code:*
Country:
Email:*
(* indicates a required item)
Canadian subs: 1 year, (includes postage & GST). Foreign subs: 1 year, . U.S. funds.
Canadian Subscribers - Click Here
Non US and Canadian Subscribers - Click Here

Lighten the Strain on the Earth and Your Budget

MOTHER EARTH NEWS is the guide to living — as one reader stated — “with little money and abundant happiness.” Every issue is an invaluable guide to leading a more sustainable life, covering ideas from fighting rising energy costs and protecting the environment to avoiding unnecessary spending on processed food. You’ll find tips for slashing heating bills; growing fresh, natural produce at home; and more. MOTHER EARTH NEWS helps you cut costs without sacrificing modern luxuries.

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS, we are dedicated to conserving our planet’s natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. That’s why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.00 (USA only).

You may also use the Bill Me option and pay $17.00 for 6 issues.