Baldwin Trip – Photo Roundup

This trip to visit trauma-informed communities in the Pacific Northwest and Canada has taken me through some beautiful places, with stunning scenery. Here’s a round-up of photos I’ve taken along the way so far. I’ve put them into photo “albums” on Facebook. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you’ll be able to access all of these albums simply by clicking on the links:

1. The drive from Portland, OR to Columbia Falls, MT (just outside of Glacier National Park): (650 miles; 11 1/2 hours of driving – Hannah and I only stopped to take photos during the first few hours of the trip, then it was “pedal to the metal” for the rest of the drive!)

2. Glacier National Park in Montana: Hannah and I got the chance to do some exploring and hiking on both the East and West sides of Glacier

3. The drive from Columbia Falls, MT to Canmore, in Alberta, Canada: (310 miles; 6 hours of driving)

4. Canada: Grotto Canyon hike, and the Bow Valley Parkway drive from Banff to Lake Louise through the Banff National Park:

5. Canada: Johnston Canyon hike, scenery from towns of Canmore and Banff, an early morning elk sighting, and sunset on Tunnel Mountain:

6. The drive from Calgary to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (400 miles, 7 1/2 hours)  I drove this on my own, as Hannah flew back home from Calgary – I sure miss my traveling partner and co-pilot! During this drive, the weather changed (multiple times!) from snow to sleet to torrential rain to sunshine, rainbows and bright blue skies:

That’s it for now. I’ll post some additional photo albums in a few days. Enjoy the virtual trip through the scenery!


Author: melaniegsnyder

Melanie G. Snyder serves as the Director of the RMO for Returning Citizens – a prisoner-reentry initiative that improves community safety by helping people transitioning out of prison get access to the services and treatment they need to lead whole, healthy and crime-free lives. She is a consultant to a number of newly forming prisoner reentry coalitions in other regions and states. Melanie is the author of Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity ( and has given a TEDx talk titled “Breaking Out of Prison Thinking” ( Melanie is a certified instructor for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Healing Communities model, a National Institute of Corrections certified Offender Workforce Development Specialist, and a SAMHSA-certified instructor for their trauma-informed criminal justice training. She is currently a Baldwin Fellow with the Lancaster County Community Foundation, focusing on trauma and trauma-informed care, and has conducted trainings on trauma, ACEs and related topics for numerous groups across Pennsylvania.

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