|Suuuuure okay no problem.|
|The Flaming Gorge (northern Utah, southern Wyoming) was so utterly silent that when I stepped|
out of the car, I thought something was wrong with my ears. Our footsteps sounded SO LOUD.
So, TLR and I live on opposite coasts of the country and don't get to see enough of each other. We planned this vacation kind of haphazardly. About a year ago, we basically opened our calendars, stuck a pin randomly into the last week of September 2011, and promised each other that we'd get together then. About five months ago, TLR sent me an e-mail saying that her favorite airline was having a special deal on fares to a list of cities, did any of the cities appeal to me? I was like, "Gah, I don't know, I've never been to Salt Lake City, how about there? I can get us a rental car with my airline miles." We agreed: Salt Lake City, last week of September. Then, literally a week before our trip, I was like, "Huh, I wonder where Salt Lake City is, exactly. Here, I'll look at a map. Hey, TLR, did you realize that Salt Lake City is driving distance from Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone?"
|The colors in Grand Teton National Park|
I'm being as selective as I can with these pictures, and it hurts to leave so many out.
|Love TLR's framing here.|
|Can you even believe the size of those peaks.|
Grand Teton National Park is in western Wyoming. A bit north of Grand Teton is Yellowstone National Park, which encompasses an ENORMOUS stretch of land in northwest Wyoming and also a little bit of Montana and Idaho. The pictures I'm going to show you are the barest fraction of the range of natural landscapes we saw at Yellowstone. I'm trying to keep this post from getting out of hand, but it's almost insulting to these parks to show so little!
|Hiking down to the bottom...|
|... of this waterfall.|
|Here's how it looks from far away.|
We saw antelope, a wolf, and many many bison.
|See that steam venting out of the ground?|
Hi, I'm just an innocent rock, and an innocent pool of water.No really, I'm not boiling or anything. *flutters eyelashes innocently*.
|Double double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.|
|Gloopy glops in blobby bogs.|
|Nearby, Old Faithful geyser blows off some serious steam.|
After Yellowstone, we wound our way back down to Salt Lake City, through beautiful Idaho. The gentleness of the landscape was almost a relief to my eyes; like I said before, the dramatic gorgeousness in Wyoming was almost overwhelming. We could see the far distant Tetons from the other side (the western side) as we drove south through Idaho. Beautiful.
Back in Salt Lake City, we visited the Great Salt Lake.
And then, what did we do? Did we get back on the plane? Hell no! Because you know what else is driving distance from Salt Lake City? Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon, both in southern Utah.
But I'm already worried about how much I'm monopolizing your blog readers, so I'll save that for next Monday. On Thursday, I hope to have time for a post about what I've been reading lately -- including a book about choosing the right college for some of the stressed out high school students (and parents) out there.