Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

In September, after visiting the Tetons, Chris, his parents, and I drove through Idaho and Montana to Yellowstone National Park, where we would be for the next two nights. We stayed at a little hotel just outside of the park in Montana, and each day was filled with adventures, snowy air, and a lot of buffalo.

 

Driving into the park, we almost immediately saw gazing buffalo near a creek. This was amazing! My aunt visited Yellowstone a couple weeks before I did and she showed me all her pictures, so I was beyond excited with I actually got to see these in person. There were some people who walked awfully close, as you can see in the first picture on the left, but I tried to keep my distance. They scared me, okay!!

It actually snowed while we were there. I know…SNOW. I am a Southern California native, so snow isn’t exactly my best friend (we haven’t had much time to get acquainted, you see, and I have only ever played in it one time, that I can remember). But seeing snow all over the ground was absolutely breathtaking.

These pictures were taken from the car window. Can you believe that?! My little iPhone 5 did that from a moving vehicle! They’re not the best, but I do believe they capture the beauty of it all. I have never seen anything like this in person. This was amazing.

While we were in Yellowstone, we visited the Old Faithful geyser and ate lunch at the visitors center nearby. It was pretty cloudy this day and cold out, so it was kind of hard to fully see the geyser erupt, but nonetheless it was such a cool experience. Even hearing it was awesome!

We also walked around numerous hot spring areas. This was so cool!! It was so neat to smell the sulfur in the air and feel the steam. Chris’s mom and I kept joking about how it was like a trip to the spa. It was around 40 degrees outside each day, but we weren’t even cold when we were standing in the steam of the springs. I truly loved this part of the trip.

We also stoppedΒ numerous times along the road to see animals, hot springs, and even rivers!! I love how adventurous Chris’s dad is. He always wants to fully take advantage of every place he visits. It’s as though he doesn’t get tired! I really admire this about him.

And on the final day, we visited the Mammoth Hot Springs. We ate Huckleberry ice cream (IT WAS AMAZING), wore our matching socks, and walked up and around the hot springs together. It sure was breathtaking to be so high up on a mountain and see nature’s beauty. I will never take this trip for granted, and I know I will never forget these moments, being around the hot springs and walking with Chris and his dad.

We love you Yellowstone! Thanks for a great summer getaway and giving us a taste of fall.

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Adventure is out there!Β 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

This September, I joined my boyfriend’s family and travelled to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. What an adventure it was! I have never explored national parks before, so this was a real treat. This post is dedicated to my time in Jackson Hole, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

I swear, the air here was just cleaner. As someone who struggles with allergies, I often find more comfort inside than out in nature, but that doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it when I get a chance to do so. As a young girl my family would take vacations to Lake Tahoe a couple summers in a row, and multiple times a year we would go camping in our pop-up tent trailer. But this experience in Wyoming was something entirely different.

We stayed at a hotel that had a lobby straight out of a storybook. I absolutely loved it!

The air was crisp and the sky was so blue. We took a stroll through the town of Jackson Hole and I felt like I was in a movie. There was country music playing everywhere, hunting merchandise, and a ton of huckleberry products. We ended up buying some chocolate covered huckleberries to try and they were pretty tasty!

We spent our second day in Jackson Hole hiking around Jenny Lake. We stopped by the visitor center before the hike and watched an informational video. This is something we did when we visited Taroko National Park in Taiwan, and I always think it is so fun to learn about the history and animals of the park before you explore it.

 

We even saw some animals on this day! We say pronghorn antelope on the side of the road. Seeing animals like this made me feel like we were on some sort of safari or in an animal park.

It was so chilly that we had to bundle up, but it was so amazing! I love being with Chris in nature — it feels so nice to be with your best friend while adventuring around the world together.

We hiked all the way through the trail in the forest to the hidden falls, but they were hidden quite literally by trees, so I couldn’t snap a good picture. But the experience was so awesome, even though the hike back to the car was tiresome.

On the second day we drove out of Jackson Hole but stopped on the northern edge of Jenny Lake to walk for a bit. This was the first day when we saw snow! I do not often visit the snow, so I thought this was just an awesome experience.

Little did I know that we would see even more snow (and animals!!) once we got to Yellowstone! But I will save that story for another post.

Thanks for reading! Where should I travel next? Chris and I are trying to plan our spring break and/or post-grad vacation, so email or comment some tips or destinations you recommend!