S: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone
FC: Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park | Summer 2011
1: CAMPING | What a beautiful view! | "Hey Kia, how about we just take off for a week in August. Head out west. Pack up the car with the bare essentials, make no reservations, and see where the trip takes us?" "Nick, you are the smartest, most brilliant fiancé EVER. Let's do it."!!
2: Wow, look at that | Toot your horn | Future Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Alton :) | So at 8:30 Sunday evening, we began our journey out west. 8 hours later, we had reached our first quest. | Population 6,200 ft.
3: This is one of the squirrels we met on our trip. | Nature sure is out today | That's pretty Neat | Sylvan Lake (the lake in National Treasure 2) was our first stop in the Black Hills. | The Black Hills
4: Four U.S. presidents, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln, are on the monument. Each represents a period in American history. Washington represents the founding of America, Jefferson represents the expansion of America (through the Louisiana Purchase), Lincoln represents the preservation of America, and Roosevelt represented America in the modern era.
5: The next two faces on the mountain? Only time will tell. But yes, more than likely.
6: "The best thing about taking a trip is pulling off to the side of the road and making peanut and butter and jelly sandwiches" -Tharesa Moberg
7: "Nick, you are amazingly handsome" -Kia Moberg | Our first camp site was at Center Lake in the Black Hills. There was a nice beach, it was a hot day, oh and we left our Pizza Makers and marshmallow sticks for the next campers to claim. Nothing like being Minnesota Nice.
8: Devils Tower from a distance | As it turns out, trapping prairie dogs in a state park is frowned upon. It took some expertise persuading, but we were able to get off with a warning and a promise to never come back to this area of the country again. We got off pretty easy if you ask me.
9: Devils Tower was pretty sweet. We thought about climbing to the top, but were on a schedule to get to our next campsite before dark. You know how those women like to keep to the schedule.
11: That same day we traveled 4 hours further west until we reached Big Horn National Forest. This was a wonderful place full of pretty cliffs, scenic photo opportunities, and a canyon trail we decided to drive through on bad judgment. Thank goodness we had a reliable vehicle, or we may still be in that canyon living off of fish and goat milk.
12: Our trip through the canyon in the Big Horns
13: Our FREE campsite in the Big Horn Mountains | Elevation 7,200 ft.
14: Every place we would stop seemed prettier than the last. We are slowly making our way to the Tetons. | Amazing views, with amazing company
15: You tend to forget about being in the car when you get to this part of the country. Around every corner or turn is another new adventure.
16: Grand Teton National Park
18: Jenny Lake Campground. We had to be here by 6:30 A.M to get a site. We stayed here for 2 nights.
19: Day one Hike up to the Scenic view and the waterfalls
20: Day two hike...18 miles round trip to Lake Solitude and back.
21: A fun hike to share with each other | The higher we climbed, the cooler the air was. | Snow | We began the hike at 9:45 A.M. We trudged through the Cascade Canyon with high peaks on each side.
22: Lake Solitude Elevation 9,200 ft.
24: Instead of paying $4 bucks to use the shower, we found an easy way to save some cash.
25: We saw many wild animals. Buffalo on the side of the road, a moose that almost bull- rushed a little brat of a kid, and this black bear that snuck op on us near our campsite.