S: 2011 National Parks Trip
FC: 2011 National Parks Trip
1: We went though nine states on this trip!
2: We stopped at the Navajo Bridge in AZ to stretch our legs. We were about an hour from our next destination Knab, UT where we met Rob and Karen who continued on with us to Zion.
4: Here we were waiting to go through the one mile one way rock tunnel that was really cool. | We walked the Emerald pools trail and saw some pretty spectacular views and the pools were amazing. | Mikayla and I cooling down while waiting for everyone else to finish walking the Emerald Pools trail.
5: Tim and Rob left really early to hike Angels landing and these switch backs they came across are known as "Walter's Wiggles."
6: Bryce has some amazing views. It was the perfect temperature where it was warm and yet there was still snow on the ground. | UTAH | Eggster
7: It was a nice day to have a picnic and eat a meal that wasn't fast food. | Saying goodbye to Eggster | Steller's Jay | The birth of Eggster | This is the bird Mikayla gave a granola bar to.
9: HooDoos | More beautiful views of Bryce Canyon | That is Rob coming out of the little tunnel.
10: We had so much fun on the alpine slide and zipline we went on them again and again
11: Park City, Utah | It was a cold day and it was the first day US Olympians were able to train on the long jump into the air pumped pool.
12: I caught the Bald Eagle out of the corner of my eye while we were driving to The Grand Tetons in Wyoming. To see a Bald Eagle in the wild was one highlight of many on our trip. We pulled over and were just amazed to see this the Bald Eagle in the wild like that. | It was exciting to cross into Idaho just for a few miles on our way to The Grand Tetons. It was a neat way to sneak in another state on our trip.
13: This was our first stop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It was neat to see animals in the wild. | Bottom's up | This is when the four of us, Rob and Karen met up with Craig and Nina, Topher, Cathy, Trevor, and Danielle for a few days.
14: We are at Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park. Here we hiked and we were able to see a moose real close who was just off the hiking trail. It was truly an amazing moment.
15: The first day we were there the Tetons were covered with clouds. Eventually the clouds cleared and we were able to see how beautiful they are. We got the picture of the buffalo and the Tetons in the back ground looking for moose. The black bear we saw on our way back to the hotel from Jenny lake.
16: Can you believe it was June? The park rangers told us they had gotten over 700 feet of snow that winter and still had 100 feet on the ground and it was summer.
17: After taking the air tram we got to play in 100 feet of snow and have hot cocoa in a small building at the top of the mountain. The view was truly amazing.
18: Grand Tetons | Once the clouds finally cleared, we could see just how gorgeous the Grand Tetons really are at any angle.
19: Jackson Hole Wyoming | The arch the girls are under is covered in antlers that fall off the elk to grow new ones for the year. Not only did we get to see a lot of moose but several of them had a calf with them. This was the closest we were able to get on our trip and it was truly amazing.
20: Entering the south entrance into Yellowstone National Park. Some of the views were worth stopping for.
21: This Chipmunk was quite entertaining while we were waiting for Old Faithful to go off. | Would you believe that I did not get a picture of Old Faithful? Craig took this one
22: These are just some of the geysers we saw on this walk near the Old Faithful lodge. | Below is the Morning Glory Pool that has been contaminated by others. It used to be clear so you can see the bottom
23: This is the Riverside Geyser along the Firehole river. This geyser usually erupts anywhere from 5 1/2 hours to 7 hours. We were lucky enough to see it at the right time. Its eruption time last about 20 to 30 minutes.
24: Here the buffalo were just soaking up the sun. | This is how close we got to a buffalo while we were picnicking in the woods. | If you look real hard you can see what we believe is a wolf | This is what the girls did while we were setting up the cabin. | On our way out of Old Faithful we had seen a lot of buffalo grazing the grass. Some had their calf's with them.
25: Here the buffalo were in the road on our way up to Firehole Falls. It was very pretty there.
26: A petrified tree in Mammoth Yellowstone. | We also saw some mud pots on that day. The mud pots were so cool. | That makes the fifth state we had been to at that point. We even got to see an antelope and a cool sign.
27: We could not believe that we got to see a black bear like this. Tim and Rob got a closer look and took these amazing pictures.
28: Yellowstone had waterfalls that are absolutely gorgeous and amazing to see in person. Especially when it isn't so cold out.
29: To the right is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
32: Leaving Yellowstone | We were not ready to leave Yellowstone but it was time to move on to our next stop Greybull, Wyoming.
33: These are some of the things we saw in Shoshone National Forrest | It was a beautiful drive
34: We stayed in the Historic Greybull hotel. We really enjoyed this hotel. The owners were very nice and we felt at home. They also had Huckleberry ice cream that was very yummy. One of Ashley's favorites on our trip.
35: Another beautiful spot in the mountains of Wyoming.
38: The Devil's Tower was our last stop in Wyoming. We got to walk around it and it is truly an amazing sight. | Devil's Tower
39: This was the first time we have seen a black widow with a yellow instead of red. This was also our first prairie dog sighting on our trip.
40: Our first stop in South Dakota was to see Mount Rushmore.
42: Crazy Horse 10K