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S: Luethje Family Vacation 2011

FC: Luethje Family Vacation 2011 | Jackson Hole & Yellowstone Wyoming

1: Wyoming 2011 | What a beautiful view! | Our 1st family vacation with just us 4! September 16 through Septbermber 23. 2011

2: LIFE IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION. | RALPH WALDO EMERSON | 80 | September 16th Omaha to Rawlins, WY | Drew watching movies | Jackson playing Darrick's old Game Boy | I-80 in Wyoming

3: September 17th Rawlins to Jackson Hole, WY | Shoshone National Forest | US Hwy 287 under construction -29 miles of dirt road

4: ARE WE THERE YET? | 191 | Traveling US 191 into Jackson Hole's Teton Village | Grand Teton Mountain | Teton Village tram | Snake River-Teton Valley

5: Our hotel in the Teton Village -The Inn at Jackson Hole | housekeeping fun | PB&J for dinner | wedding gift basket

6: Fun in downtown Jackson, WY

7: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MEMORIES | Boys and wild animals

9: The famous Elk Antler Arches in Jackson Hole's town center | Good Times

10: Our little cowboy

11: Jackson Hole's Final Rodeo of the 2011 season | with Kelly Luethje and fiance Dana | with Mike and Royce


13: September 18th in Jackson, WY | breakfast with Mike and Royce (and more animals)

14: Teton Village | Big boys & little boys playing at the Teton Village playground

15: the view from our room of morning hot air balloon rides | playing in the pool at the end of the day

16: Our fun friends Royce & Mike


19: Grand Teton National Park

20: Getting Back To Nature | “I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it.” ~Rosalia de Castro | String Lake

21: Always a New Adventure | Hiking in Grand Teton National Park | String Lake | Jenny Lake

22: our picnic lunch near Jenny Lake in Grand Teton National Park (our first animal sitings) | Squirrel

23: Our picnic friends | Gray Jay | Least chipmunk

24: We hiked for 2.5 hours around Jenny Lake, toward "the Hidden Falls" The threat of rain, the shuttle boat closing for the night, and bears made us turn around before reaching our destination. It was fun anyway! | Precious Family Memories in Grand Teton National Park | Hidden Falls | Cascade Canyon | Inspiration Point

25: “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” ~ Helen Keller

26: Surviving our 3 mile hike around Jenny Lake, with the stroller | resting rock | 1st visitor center in the park

28: riding the tram up Rendevous Mountain elev 10,450 ft looking at Jackson Hole's Teton Village

29: views of the valley looking south over the Snake river from the top - quite windy | Southeast | Northeast | North | South | West

30: Getting Back To Nature | mountain top memorial to 3 lost ski patrol members | from top of mt | the pass itself | from the tram

31: Corbet's Coulier hike and cafe for waffles and beer

32: The wedding of Alistair Hoyt and Stephanie Schwarz | Dandi enjoying the flowers | exchanging rings

33: something blue | Steph's bouquet | musicians

34: the happy couple

35: September 19, 2011

36: Laxy Moose Ranch Wilson, WY

37: Platteview's finest - Royce, Jen, Al, & Mike

38: the young cowboys with new friend Lena

39: -horsing around with Mike and Dandi -collecting well wishing cards with mom

40: Having fun outside and with the photo booth | Royce & Mike | Al & Mike | Steph & Al

41: Darrick, Al, Royce, Aaron Ward, & Mike

42: our family with the bride & groom

43: looking Northeast | looking Southeast

44: Grand Teton National Park -Snake River and Grand Teton Mt | September 20, 2011

45: Picnic lunch at Jackson Lake in Grand Teton National Park | Darrick was always cold

46: Drew fell asleep on the drive in

47: South Entrance of Yellowstone -in Wyoming September 20, 2011

48: fly fishermen on Lewis River | Lewis Falls

49: Kepler Cascades -near Old Faithful | Lewis River | The South Entrance road of Yellowstone is very lush with the Lewis River, evergreen trees, and prairies. This area has not yet been affected by forest fires.

50: dusk | mid-afternoon | sunset

51: first hotel in a National Park | The Old Faithful Inn

52: Firehole Spring | Firehole Spring | Great Fountain Geyser

53: Firehole Lake | White Dome Geyser | The thermal features on Firehole Lake Drive | Thermal Features found in Yellowstone Hot spring: bubbly water Furmarole: steam vent Geyser: erupting water Mudpot: bubbly mud

54: Firehole Canyon Drive -our first bison siting

55: Firehole Falls

56: NO toilet or shower in the cabin

57: our cabin near Old Faithful | Old Faithful Lodge | "Budget Cabin" | Old Faithful Education Center

58: Bison Crossing -we are on their land | ELk grazing for breakfast | September 21, 2011

59: West Entrance of Yellowstone -in Montana | Madison River along the West Entrance Rode | Bald Eagle | The West Entrance road of Yellowstone has mountains to the south and a valley to the north; it has been affected by the fire of 1988.

60: Gibbon River and Gibbon Falls -between Madison & Norris

61: Happy Campers

62: Artists Paintpots -near Norris -the variety of colors are formed by different microorganisms decomposing

63: Jackson was the photographer (not bad)

64: Norris Geyser Basis and Steamboat Geyser

65: Golden Gate -near Mammoth Hot Springs

66: Fall colors: the trees and brush were starting to turn during our trip, even in the burnt areas. | herd of bison

67: Thermal features in the Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces (this area was a bit eerie) | Southwest view from Mammoth | Angel Firehole | Orange Mt

68: Fort Yellowstone is now Mammoth Hot Springs | the first building in Yellowstone -1886

69: it is located at the north end of the park, and is famous for elk strolling through

70: The landscape and wildlife along the North Entrance road. This area is the lowest elevation in the park and very dry.

71: The North Entrance of the first national park in the United States & Roosevelt Arch are located in Gardiner, MT. The arch was built in 1903, and reads "for the benefit and enjoyment of the people"

72: Calcite Springs -between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Village

73: The rode between Tower-Roosevelt and Canyon Village has been moderately affected by fires. It is getting some regrowth.

74: Sunset Lake tour on the topless tour bus; they were brought back to the park in 2007

75: Sunset at Lake Butte Overlook -Yellowstone Lake (Drew's lake)

76: Yellowstone Lake Hotel (full bathroom included)


78: September 22, 2011 Hayden Valley and the Yellowstone River

79: lush with wildlife limited trees grow in the valley soil

81: Dragon's Mouth Spring (Jackson's favorite because it bruped) | Mud Volcano in Hayden Valley

83: Artist Point on the South Rim Drive overlooking the lower falls (308 ft) of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

84: The brink of the upper falls (109 ft) in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

86: Our hike to the brink of the lower falls; it was a 600 ft decline with lots of switchbacks. Even Darrick was warm after this hike. | J the Bull | D the Bison

88: Inspiration Point over the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone | Our final picnic lunch and the only potty accident of the trip

89: Firehole Canyon Drive -wilderness and wildlife

90: petrified trees | Red Spitter

91: The Fountain Paint Pot thermal features in the Lower Geyser Basin area. Yellowstone is the home of approximately 500 geysers, over half the earth's geysers. | "Bobbie socks" on the trees from the sulfur | Fountain Paint Pot | Spasm Geyser

92: Abyss Pool | Seismograph Pool | Thermal features of the West Thumb area

93: Fishing Cone | Black Pool | Yellowstone Lake

94: Yellowstone lake is the largest freshwater lake in the continuous United States. It has 140 tributaries flowing into it. | tree tunnel

95: The Scenic Gull Drive along Yellowstone Lake | diving for dinner

96: September 23, 2011 Yellowstone's East Entrance Road. A large portion of this area was burnt in 2003. It currently contains 16 small active fires. | Sunrise on Yellowstone River

97: Active fires

98: 2 great friends 1 married couple 1 bluebird 1coyote 1 fox 1 gray jay 1 unita ground squirrel 3 least chipmunks 3 mule deer 4 eagles 4 pet horses several groups of antelope & elk multiple herds (& individual) bison bulls, cows, and sheep ducks, geese, and ravens 2 national parks 1 ski village 9 movies on the way out 7 movies on the way home uncountable trips to the potty and 2,458 miles of road traveled = a wonderful family vacation

99: the bison (not buffalo) -our favorite park animal

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