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Saturday, August 08, 2015

Old West Road Trip - Idaho/Wyoming

On our way from Utah to Wyoming we traveled through the southeastern tip of Idaho on the Pioneer Historic Byway. It was a stretch of  a scenic country highway that ran through small western towns and farmland.


We ended our day with a fun white water raft trip down the Snake River. The next two days we enjoyed the natural pristine beauty of  Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.


Look at the size of the dandelions.

Pretty view of Mount Moran (one of the Tetons). It was clear enough to see the snow at the top.

Jenny Lake


 And, of course - Old Faithful!

Here's pics of a couple of the hot springs, geysers, mud pots and steam vents. Each one different with some amazing colors.




Old Faithful Inn can be seen in the distance.


This was a beautiful ending to our 1st day in Yellowstone as we headed back to our hotel. Sunset over Grand Tetons.

On our second day back in Yellowstone it was overcast with a few showers. However, it didn't dampen the beauty nor our spirits as we looked forward to another day in this wondrous land.

It didn't take long before we spotted this big fella as he decided to cross the road. Totally awesome!

Mother Nature sure knows how to create a beautiful vignette. Don't you think?

We ventured up the east side of Yellowstone into Hayden Valley in search of more wildlife.





 Upper Falls at Artist Point. Isn't this place MAGNIFICENT? 

The more I see of Yellowstone the more thankful I am that this place has been preserved for all to see.

Lake Yellowstone - the color difference is from a geyser flowing into the lake. You can see the steam off to the left of the photo.

A beautiful variety of wildflowers can be seen everywhere, and I am thoroughly enjoying them.



Look how intricate this little wildflower is. It's indescribable!



A rebirth of the land after forest fires have raged through this area. Nature is truly amazing! 
Lake Yellowstone is visible over the tree tops.
 Yellowstone has captured my heart and soul! I do not want to leave!
As we drive the last few miles out of Yellowstone, I find myself making plans for the day when I will return.

The drive on to our hotel in Cody through the Shoshone National Forest proved to be a continuation of the beauty of Yellowstone. Absolutely, breathtaking scenery!!



 Shoshone River

Sorry that this post was so long but Yellowstone is so beautiful and it was hard to pick and choose photos. Onward to South Dakota!!

4 comments:

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Don't apologize for your post being long. I didn't want it to end.

What a beautiful trip you had. It all is breathtakingly beautiful and wonderful.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady

Leslie Kimel said...

Gosh, these are awesome pictures! I went to Yellowstone in 2011, and it was the most fun trip I think I've ever taken. We got to stay in the Old Faithful Inn, and we saw buffalo and elk and a lynx.

I can't believe the great pictures you got of the animals! That is so hard to do. All your pictures are just terrific. These posts are giving me wanderlust.

Lynn McIntosh said...

Your trip has been so wonderful - I love seeing your photos! They're all so beautiful! I haven't been out that way since I was a kid...it's so nice to see it still looking pristine.

Elizabeth said...

That looks like the kind of trip that could restore one's soul . . . beyond beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Susan.

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