The Tetons are so breathtaking to look at because of the geological forces at work in creating them. Many of the National Park roads we have driven on have been winding roads on cliff edges, even in parks not known for having mountains, like Mesa Verde and Arches. In Grand Teton, it is the … Continue reading Grand Teton – Jenny Lake – shuttle boats and waterfalls
Our first morning in the park, we headed to Oxbow Bend. This spot is famous for the way the Snake River reflects Mount Moran on a calm day, and for the animals that congregate there. We did get a calm morning to see the mountain reflected in the river, but didn't see much in the … Continue reading Grand Teton – Oxbow Bend and Taggart Lake
We drove from Rocky Mountain National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We were going to spend four days in Grand Teton National Park, but decided it would be good to spend our first night in a hotel in civilization before heading to the parks. It was a rainy day when we arrived in Jackson Hole, … Continue reading Jackson Hole and Grand Tetons
We woke up really early to head into Rocky Mountain National Park. We were headed to the Bear Lake trailhead, one of the most popular in the park, and reputed to fill its parking lot by 8:30am. We made it by 8am, and got a parking spot! The place was hopping and there were like … Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park – Snow in June!
This is the 12th National Park we have been to as a family - and I think it is my favorite! (A ranks it #5, but whatever!). Other than the sort of insane crowds (long lines to get in to the park, and full parking lots), it was amazing. The views of the mountains were … Continue reading Rocky Mountain National Park – The Alluvial Fan
After a few uneventful days in Boulder (we just relaxed, ran errands, and played at the local playground), we headed up to Estes Park, Colorado, just outside Rocky Mountain National Park. We took a scenic drive up there on the Peak to Peak Byway, and it sure was scenic! This trip to the Rocky Mountains … Continue reading YMCA of the Rockies
As I mentioned in my last post, due to temps approaching the 100's, we decided to jam a week's worth of activities in Moab into one 36 hour period. We will certainly have to go back someday to see what we missed, but I'm happy with all we managed to do. After spending time in … Continue reading Canyons and Dinosaurs in Moab
While in Colorado, I checked the forecast for Southeastern Utah, where we had planned to spend the following week. The temps were going to be around 100 degrees! Not really great for the long hikes we had planned in the national parks - especially with a four year old! Plus, we really enjoyed the tiny … Continue reading Arches National Park
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is known for its cluster of red sandstone buttes and mesas jutting up from the valley floor. You will also recognize it as the place Forrest Gump stopped running. I had reserved a cabin on the tribal park lands for one night, followed by a jeep tour the next morning … Continue reading Monument Valley – Totally worth the Cockroach!
As a follow up to this post and this post, here is our new tally of things we nearly hit on the road: C's hat - there was a small fly on the inside of my window so I opened the window to try to get it out, C gave me his hat to use … Continue reading Notes from the Road III