I returned home from Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons last weekend and it's been such a busy week that I didn't even have time to look at the pictures I took until just now. We spend the first part of the trip staying in a large log cabin in Montana that fulfilled all of my Western dreams. Yellowstone was one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. As we drove and hiked through the park the landscape continued to change, from snow-peaked mountains, to colorful hills, to deep canyons with cascading waterfalls, to pine tree forests, to vast meadows full of bison, and to vibrant, bubbling sulfur pots. The hills and mountains looked like delicate paintings and the techni-color and steaming hot springs and geysers looked like they were out of a fantasy land. We saw elk, bison, deer, antelope, and even a grizzly bear. I'm amazed by the beauty and power of nature in this world.
My week in Montana and Wyoming forced me to disconnect (we actually didn't have service most of the time) and that is something that I'm thankful for, since it allowed us all to enjoy the beauty surrounding us without the distraction of cell phones. I'll be sharing more pictures from the Grand Tetons later this week, but I really feel like pictures don't do the experience or the landscape justice. Yellowstone opened me up to a new part of the country I'd never explored before and I enjoyed every moment of it.