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Wyoming in the Summer – Roadtrip

Grand Teton Sign

Roadtrip – California, Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Utah

Mr. A loved driving across the Nevada landscape and setting the cruise control at 75 MPH. This was his first real roadtrip where he did a lot of the driving for us. I enjoyed sitting in the passenger seat and soaking in the big skies and the distant mountains still iced with snow.

Although we enjoyed the whole trip, the star of the show was most definitely the Grand Tetons. We were able to swing a room at the Jackson Lake Lodge for part of our trip and it was great home base. It was everything a lodge should be and more.

Yellowstone Landscape with Wildflowers
Wyoming landscapes…sun, clouds, and terrain are quick to change.

My sons were both feeling crummy with colds when we were in the middle of our trip so the long hiking days we planned had to be adjusted. Instead, we drove one day up into Yellowstone National Park and did a quick circle tour of some interesting spots in the southern part of the park.

Castel Geyser Yellowstone

We walked on the boardwalks around the Lower Geyser Basin. It was a fairly active day and we got to see a couple of geysers spout that don’t regularly put on a show. In fact, we got caught in the spray of one geyser….that was a first.

Elk Thistle at Yellowstone

I spent time on the lookout for interesting wildflowers which were abundant during our trip. This Elk Thistle was interesting and beautiful as it grew alongside the boardwalk.

Brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls

Our one hike of the day was down the switchback trail to the brink of Lower Yellowstone Falls. The flow was at a near record high when we were there and it was roaring down the canyon. Amazing to stand right at the edge of where the water falls over the rocks!

It was a quick Yellowstone trip but we soaked in the wonderful landscapes and made some great memories. We headed back into Grand Teton Park and alongside the road near the Jackson Lake Lodge we spotted a mama grizzly bear and her two cubs. We stopped across the road and down a little to watch the cubs playing in the meadow. This was a first for our family….we have seen lots of black bears but these were our very first grizzly bears. We didn’t stay long since we really didn’t want to disrupt them but I have to admit very exciting to see this in the wild.

Jackson Lake Sunset

One night we drove up Signal Mountain and watched the sunset over Jackson Lake. As sunset grew closer, the group of us up there got larger. I was pleased that most of us were there to sit quietly and watch with cameras in hand. The one thing about going to national parks is that you realize there are many people visiting from outside the U.S. They have come clear around the world to see what we have in our own backyards. It gives you fresh eyes to think about what you have and need to appreciate.

Those clouds in the sunset photo above turned into thunderheads and by bedtime it was quite a show. We watched from our room window as the sky came alive and the thunder was louder than I have ever heard before…almost like explosions. It rained just a little and then the storm disappeared. Perfect Wyoming experience for the boys!

Jackson Lake and the Grand Tetons

When morning dawned, the skies were clear and the sun was warm. On our way out of the park we stopped to enjoy the reflection of the mountains in the lake in the early morning light. Breathtaking!

Yellow Salsify

When we stopped to take the reflection photos, I noticed these huge seed clouds at my feet. We looked them up in our guide and identified them as Yellow salsify. The flowers look much like dandelions but the seeds heads are much larger. I had my son put his hand in the photo so you could see how large they are.

Our road trip is over for the summer and we have packed in some great family memories. The boys enjoyed the wildlife and the great food we enjoyed on our trip. I packed breakfast and lunch but we ate our dinners in restaurants. The most memorable meal ended with fresh homemade huckleberry pie. I am going to dream of that slice of heaven for a very long time to come.

It is nice to be home, back to my garden but it is always refreshing to get out on the open road and see some new and exciting things. I have a couple more posts to share with other aspects of our trip so stay tuned.

12 thoughts on “Wyoming in the Summer – Roadtrip

  1. Stunning! Each photo. And your story makes it all the better. You were truly blessed with such variety. Bears, geysers, wildflowers, sunsets and lightning displays. That one of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone is so clear and an gorgeous it almost doesn’t look like it could be real! Thank you for this. Such wonderful memories in those spots!

  2. Amazing, amazing, amazing!
    Did you notice the rainbow in your 5th photo, off to the left?

    I want to go there!!!

  3. Wow! Beautiful pictures! We haven’t been to Wyoming yet, but hope to in the future. We have family Colorado we visit every other year and are hoping oneyear to make it into a bigger road trip. Thanks for sharing your adventure!

  4. grand teton is my absolute favorite place! i cannot wait to take my kids!

  5. hey I have been there! LOL – SMILE! Great Photos!

  6. Wow! These pictures are beyond beautiful! It sounds like an amazing trip. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. 🙂

  7. Wow! What gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing a bit of your trip.

  8. Wow! Stunning photos. Like Hodgepodgemom said, the one of the falls is amazing.

    My brother and his family were in Yellowstone in July and had a great time. Something to put on the vacation planning list!


  9. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! They look like postcards. Thanks for sharing.

  10. So amazingly beautiful! You really make me wish we lived closer to the mountains.

  11. Oh, so beautiful! We went on a long road trip through some of the same areas last year. Too fun.

  12. Beautiful evening photo of Jackson Lake! We just got back from Wyoming,and I’m just starting to post photos on my blog. There will be lots of wildflowers. We didn’t go to Grand Tetons this time, but we were at Yellowstone! Next time you have to drive the Beartooth Highway up out of the Northwest corner of Yellowstone. You will just love it!

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