Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons

So I’ve not updated my blog in a long long while… and this is mainly because I felt overwhelmed by the prospect of writing an update about our trip to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons… with hundreds of photos, and long list of amazing experiences that felt a bit daunting! So I have decided to finally sit down and tackle this one! I’ll keep it short and sweet, and full of photos, then make sure I update this blog more regularly with our US adventure!

We drove from Seattle, all the way to Yellowstone and down through the Grand Tetons and back, exploring Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming camping through the ever-changing landscape.

Here are some of the highlights…

Tourist Sites:
Including all the obvious ones… Grand Prismatic Spring, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Canyon of Yellowstone etc. But what we actually enjoyed most was how easy it was to get off the beaten track and be completely alone in the middle of nowhere surrounded by quiet. Saying that… the Grand Prismatic spring with its deadly, super hot, acidic liquid was pretty impressive!! And the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was a nice easy hike with incredible views that looked like a painting.

Wildlife:
Considering we’re not huge wildlife photographers, I now have a large collection of the rear-ends of lots of different animals! But we did capture a few good shots of some incredible animals, from black bears, moose and elk to marmots, coyotes, and of course hundreds and hundreds of bison!

Coming from the UK, where the most dangerous animal is probably a badger, it was a bit of a shock to be camping in an area with black and grizzly bears. We had a couple of interesting evenings of near encounters, one which involved hiding in our car with a ranger walking past yelling “arm your bear spray!”! We were lucky enough to see a couple of black bears (both from a safe…ish distance!).

Black Bear - Yellowstone
Black Bear – Yellowstone
Hump of a black bear eating berries!
Black Bear eating Berries

 

Hiking:
We loved the hiking, both in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons… but a highlight has to be a 7 hour hike up to Lake Serene, through the snow line up to a frozen lake nestled in amongst the mountains. Along the way we spotted moose, marmots and navigated our way round a potential bear in a bush!


Driving and Adventure:
Two weeks on the road saw heaps of adventure, far too much to cover here, but I’ll finish with a few images. Highlights included the big skies of Montana, eerie Mormon Row with all it’s marmots, towns along the way, including a town that felt like it hadn’t changed since the 50’s, Craters of the Moon with it’s volcanic black earth, and of course miles and miles of road with nobody in sight! Not to mention some incredible BBQ food surrounded by real life cowboys, numerous smores by the campfire and camp-made bison burgers! 🙂


Right… now that epic trip is very briefly covered (and perhaps not done justice)… watch this space for some simpler ramblings of a Brit living in the US!

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