We get asked constantly.
Where does the inspiration for coffee mugs and wall art come from?
How did you guys travel and end up working in Yellowstone National Park?
How did we switch from Tropical and Caribbean wall art and coffee mugs to creating Yellowstone National Park images and mug?
It all began the Year After Covid:
It was our Adventure in Yellowstone National Park
Let me take you back to the year after Covid hit. My husband Gary, and I found ourselves quarantined on SV Angelsea our 28 ft sailboat and our home. We were in St. Martin when covid first started. Looking for a safer hurricane location we sailed up to Salinas, Puerto Rico.
Thankfully, neither of us contracted the virus, but both islands were under strict lockdown measures.
In St. Martin, we couldn’t even swim near our boat or leave it, except for essential grocery runs. Puerto Rico had similar restrictions, with closed beaches and restaurants offering only takeout. Despite the challenges, both islands did an incredible job of keeping the pandemic under control.
However, the confinement began to take a toll on our physical and mental well-being. That’s when an exciting opportunity came our way. A friend informed us that Yellowstone National Park was seeking volunteers to be camp hosts within the park. As a family with a history of RV travel, it felt like a dream come true.
So, we accepted the offer and became camp hosts at Lewis Lake campground in Yellowstone National Park.
Thanks to my family , we had access to a cozy Roadtrek RV.
We sailed our home, SV Angelsea, to the safe haven of Bonaire island, packed up our poodle, Jack, and flew to Minnesota to pick up our family RV. And just like that, our Yellowstone adventure began.
Let me tell you, Yellowstone was the perfect place to decompress from the chaos of Covid. The park’s beauty was awe-inspiring, and we made the most of our days off by exploring and hiking throughout the park. We even ventured into the stunning Teton National Park nearby.
Gary, being a professional photographer for the past 40 years, quickly fell in love with capturing the magic of the woods and landscapes.
As for me, it had been 50 years since my last visit to the park, but it felt like coming home and finding myself again.
After our camp hosting experience, our supervisor suggested that we apply for seasonal paying positions, and we never looked back.
Every summer brings a new adventure, and Gary now showcases his incredible photographs in his gallery.
But I wanted a way to express my own appreciation for the park as well. That’s when I came up with the idea of creating my very own mug gallery.
You’ll find collections of mug and coffee cups adorned with beautiful wildflowers, birds, and other images from the park. And of course, my love for dogs and sailing the tropics also shines through in some of the designs.
So, take a moment to browse through my Coffee Mug of Life Gallery.
I would love to hear your opinions, thoughts, and suggestions.
Leave comments below or come and see us in Yellowstone this summer.
Let’s connect and share our love for Yellowstone National Park together!
Safe travels and happy exploring!