If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 27 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 5 grand prizes!
  • The hunt BEGINS on 3/14 at noon MST with Stop #1 at LisaTawnBergren.com.
  • Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer).
  • There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt. You have all weekend (until Sunday, 3/17 at midnight MST)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books and learn new things about them.
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the CLUE on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #27. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

It is my honor to host historical fiction author Karen Barnett. She and I (and her pal, Ranger Bear) have taken several road trips together, visiting National Parks along the way.

Here’s a brief summary of her soon-to-release (June 18) third installment in Karen’s Vintage National Parks series, Ever Faithful
Vibrant historic Yellowstone National Park comes to life in this romantic mystery about a man hiding the truth, braving the west to become something more–and the woman who must confront his deception.
Photo credit: Library of Congress

Don’t Feed the Bears
Karen Barnett
Ever Faithful: A Vintage National Parks Novel

Today most of us laugh and shake our heads at the idea of feeding marshmallows to bears from the back of the family station wagon. And yet, for Yellowstone National Park, this piece of history is not so far in the past. The park officially banned bear-feeding in 1970, and for good reason. Not only was it bad for the animals, but every year there were multiple injuries caused by what the public viewed as innocent fun.

Photo credit: National Park Service

Fortunately for me, one of the joys of writing historical fiction is being able to safely bring these memories back to life without risking wildlife or park visitors. Since I’m a park-ranger-turned-author, I’ve found the research fascinating. In my current series, The Vintage National Parks novels, I’ve enjoyed writing about the early days of Mount Rainier (The Road to Paradise) and Yosemite (Where the Fire Falls) National Parks, and in Ever Faithful (releasing June 18), I finally get to tell the story of Yellowstone.

Did you know at one time, there were official bear-feeding stations set up around the park? Most of the park hotels hosted “lunch counters” for the animals, where staff would pile food scraps from the restaurants to lure bears close for viewing. Hundreds of visitors would gather on benches to watch the grizzlies and black bears partake of these free meals, the animals scuffling to snatch the best tidbits. Rangers offered educational lectures at these stations, just like they do today at Old Faithful and other popular sites.

It wasn’t until the 1960s and 70s that public opinion shifted and the park made a conscious effort to re-educate both people and bears. Problem bears were trapped and relocated. Problem humans were ticketed.

Photo credit: National Park Service

Today the scene in Yellowstone is much different. Photographers gather at road turnouts in Lamar Valley with high-powered lenses to catch distant views of grizzlies in their natural environment, and you’re much less likely to see one chomping on marshmallows.

Most of us agree that it’s better for bears and humans, alike.

And we can still enjoy it in old photos—and in story!

Karen Barnett, author of the Vintage National Parks novels, worked as a ranger and outdoor educator at Mount Rainier National Park and Oregon’s Silver Falls State Park. When not writing, Karen enjoys photography, hiking, and public speaking. To connect with Karen, find her at www.KarenBarnettBooks.com or https://www.facebook.com/KarenBarnettAuthor/.

Here’s the Stop #2 Skinny:

You can order Karen’s book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD, or at your local bookstore!
Clue to Write Down: time
Link to Stop #3, the Next Stop on the Loop: Karen Barnett’s own site!

But Wait! Here at Frontier Faith & Fiction I’m offering my own giveaway–my June 4 2019 release, The King’s Mercy, one copy each to three winners! To enter:
  • Follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram 
  • Let me know in the comments on this post that you did so (and leave me a masked email address to reach you if you are a winner) 
  • I’ll let Random.org do the drawing on Monday, March 18, and contact the winners via the email in your comment.

    Happy hunting and enjoy the rest of the loop!

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This