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1: The Roths | What a beautiful view! | Our amazing family adventure July 13-30,\2011 | Camping | Trails | Adventure
2: In memory of Mama Cat 1997-2011 | Sabrina
3: We want to come, too!
4: Montana | North Dakota | Wyoming | New Mexico | Texas
5: Colorado | Utah | 17 days 8 National Parks 5,530 miles 15 states | Our summer vacation was an amazing journey through western America. Camping, hiking, rafting, climbing....just having a great time with each other.
6: North dakota july 13-14
7: Buffalo, Native peoples, and intrepid settlers are common motifs as you cross North Dakota. | North Dakota "Legendary" 1889
8: Theodore Roosevelt National Park North Dakota July 14
9: "I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota" Theodore Roosevelt
10: Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument Crow Agency, MT July 15
11: The Battle of Little Bighorn was fought June 25, 1876. Lt. George Custer and the 7th Calvary faced aproximately 1500 Native American warriors lead by Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse. Custer and 258 of his men lost their lives here along with several dozen warriors. The goal of the site today is to promote unity and peace; there are monuments to both the Calvary and the Native American partcipants. Facing the 7th Calvary obelisk, from the "Spirit Warriors" memorial, is a "sprit gate" welcoming the calvary dead into the sacred circle. | Camping on the river - July 14th
12: July 15th - after leaving Little Bighorn, we begin the journey to Yellowstone.
13: Beartooth Highway
15: Beartooth Highway | The Beartooth Highway is the section of U.S. Highway 212 between Red Lodge, Montana and Cooke City, Montana. It traces a series of steep zigzags and switchbacks, along the Montana-Wyoming border to the 10,947 ft (3,337 m) high Beartooth Pass.
16: Snow at 10,000 feet! You know what that means....snowball fight!
17: Madi demonstrates the effects of high altitude on a bag of marshmellows.
19: Lake Creek Falls Elevation: 7,329'
21: July 15-18th Yellowstone NAtional Park Established 1872 Can anything really prepare you for the land of beauty and contrasts that is Yellowstone? I think not. The original National Park may very well be the best, its scope and majesty a marvel.
22: Mule deer | Yellow bellied marmot, coyote, pronghorn | You are driving on the "loop" when you see a crowd of people staring and pointing. A bison ambles down the road. A sideways glance reveals a black bear....Yellowstone reminds you that you are a visitor, this is their home... | Chipmunks are cool - so are snakes!
23: Yellowstone Wildlife Sightings! | Elk | Snowshoe hare, black bear
24: American Bison
25: Never forget: Bison have the right of way!!
26: Old Faithful - as seen from the viewing area. For some people. Old faithful is synonomous with Yellowstone - and it is an incredible sight to behold. As you will see on the proceding pages however, Old Faithful is just one of the many volcanic wonders at Yellowstone.. This by no means detracts from the awe and wonder produced by this ancient, reliable wonder. | July 16th Yellowstone's thermal features
29: Too few people walk this trail and miss an outstanding perspective from which to enjoy Old Faithful. | "Observation Hike Trail" is a 1.1 mile loop that takes you to a high bluff overlooking Old Faithful. | Old Faithful at rest
30: The Upper Basin | These features are adjacent to Old Faithful and are worth exploring | Beehive | Seconds before an eruption. the throat emits a gurgling sound and the basin then fills with water. The pool begins splashing which triggers an eruption. After the eruption dies down, the basin drains and emits a sucking sound as if a stopper were being pulled in a bath tub.>--->
31: Anenome Geyser
32: Mud Volcano | Dragon's Mouth Spring
33: Fountain Paint Pots | Mud Cauldron | Madi doesn't like the sulpher smell | Mud Volcano Area, also known for Black Dragon's Caldron, Sour Lake, Mud Caldron, Dragon's Mouth Spring, and Sulfur Caldron, is very acidic. Iron sulfide is responsible for the dark-gray, blacker brown-colored water, while hydrogen sulfide produces the "rotten egg" smell common to the Mud Volcano area. | Hydrate! | Celestine Pool | Mud Volcano
34: Great Fountain Geyser is located in the Lower Geyser Basin on the Firehole Lake Drive. Prior to an eruption Great Fountain's pool slowly fills with water and begins overflowing about 40 minutes prior to an eruption. This is seen in the picture below. | 1
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36: White Dome Geyser | Firehole Spring
37: Firehole Lake
38: Mammoth Hot Springs - Minerva Terrace
39: July 17 | Orange Spring Mound
40: Mammoth Springs is home to thermal terraces. The landscape is almost lunar, shaped by the calcium carbonate that is carried in the water (over two tons flows into Mammoth each day in a solution)...
41: Algae living in the warm pools have tinted the travertine shades of brown, orange, red, and green.
42: Lower Falls - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
43: Red Rock trail took us down to this lovely view of Lower Falls. At 308' it is the largest waterfall in the park. | July 18
44: Leaving Yellowstone July 18
45: Moose Falls | Crayfish Creek
46: Grand\ Teton National Park July 18-20
47: Jackson Lake
51: Grand Teton | July 18 | Our introduction to Grand Teton was a Mama Moose with her baby, hanging out at our campground. We splashed (tentatively) in the very cold Jackson Lake, marveled over the fields of vibrant wildflowers, and hiked to find inspration.
53: ...to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.-- Mark Twain | Jackson, WY
55: Mad River Boat Trips - July 19th Float trip on the Snake River followed by whitewater rafting, dinner, and more rafting | Ja Jackson Hole
56: “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.” ~Helen Keller | Whitewater Rafting
57: No such thing as too much fun!
58: Whitewater Rafting on the Snake River
59: "Lunch Counter" | Madi never stops smiling! | The Snake River was running unusually high for July, resulting in class IV rapids | "The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure." Richard Bach
61: July 20th -we Boat across Jenny Lake followed by hike to Inspiration Point, elevation 7200'
63: Grand Teton
65: Island in the Sky canyonlands national park july 21st
66: Sunrise Canyonlands National Park July 21
69: July 21 | hydration!
70: Moon Flower Canyon Moab, UT | July 22
71: July 23 | Natural Bridges
72: M | Muley Point
73: Moki Dugway Utah | July 23
74: 17 miles of dirt road takes you through the most iconic landscape in the West. | July 23
75: Monument | Valley
76: july 24
79: silverton, co to animas forks july 26
80: Animas Forks was founded as a mining town, and for a short time it was prosperous. Even so, few people could live here come winter, and when mining declined, so did the town. Today, it is a popular destination for people lucky enough to brave the road to get here.
81: July 26
85: Santa Rosa, New Mexico July 27 | The perfect solution to really hot weather? Really cold water!
86: Twins @ Rangers July 28
87: July 29 - impressive exhibit on the life and death of JFK - sniper's nest, Dealy Plaza are as they were in 1963
88: Getting Back To Nature | Be it ever so humble........ | Provo, UT
89: Mesa Verde | Yellowstone | Canyonlands
93: Memories are a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose.