More About the Author
Please visit: http://www.yellowstonetreasures.com for lots of information about Yellowstone, including over thirty nuggets with pictures. You will also find a link to my blog on that home page.
My association with Yellowstone goes back to early childhood days when my parents worked in Old Faithful Inn. My love of Yellowstone Park can be traced to memories of waiting for geysers to erupt, visiting with rangers, attending slide shows and sing-alongs in the amphitheater, playing hide-and-seek in the inn, and watching as my father assigned passengers to the big yellow tour buses.
Knowing about my connection to and love of the park is what led a friend to ask if I wanted to collaborate to update the long-popular Haynes Guides to Yellowstone (which went out of print in the 1960s). Although the friend soon dropped out of the project, the momentum took hold, and I was hooked!
Taking extended field trips once or twice a summer, reading, researching, and writing throughout the other seasons, I took five years to create Yellowstone Treasures, which was released in January 2002. A second, fully updated, edition of Yellowstone Treasures was published in 2005, and further updated editions came out in 2009 and 2013. "I plan to keep updating and marketing it as long as I can or until I am 80 years old--whichever comes first!" is my promise to myself and my readers.
When asked whether I really walked all the geyser routes and hiking trails described in the book, my answer is that I hiked on all the trails I recommend, some of them several times. I could never be in the park without walking around all of Upper Geyser Basin. Once I started out alone in an October snowstorm, but was soon joined by a bison. In summers, together with many friends and family members, I explored trails that I now recommend and a few others I don't. I recommend those that are not too strenuous--they are ways to get away from crowds and enjoy the Yellowstone that not everyone sees.
My husband, Bruno Giletti, Professor Emeritus of Geological Sciences at Brown University, contributed the geological history chapter to Yellowstone Treasures and wrote many of the geological sidebars that appear throughout the book, as well as taking the majority of the colored pictures. For the fourth edition my friend Professional Geologist Jo-Ann Sherwin joined us to update our geological information that includes recent research on the park.
Along with constantly updating and promoting "Yellowstone Treasures," I continue researching and sharing my knowledge and love for the park by writing articles for the book's companion Web site, www.yellowstonetreasures.com. I have also completed two other books about Yellowstone; one, called "Yellowstone, Land of Wonders," is a translation (done with colleague Suzanne Cane) of a Belgian visitor's account from his 1883 trip and was published in 2013 by the University of Nebraska Press. The other is a historical anthology of early Yellowstone writings, "Magnificent Playground," to include watercolors that have never been seen in this country, painted by a nineteenth century Welsh visitor. It will be published by Granite Peak Publications. I live near San Francisco but make yearly trips to Yellowstone.