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2012 Western Road Trip: Rainy Days in a National Park

During our three days in Grand Teton National Park last spring, it rained every day. There were a few breaks in the rain, and those brief breaks taught us something that we will never forget: a rainy day in one of America’s most beautiful places is an amazing thing.

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All of these pictures were taken on our final evening in the park. We could not believe our eyes, it was so beautiful. And once again, these pictures don’t even do it justice. It was an amazing way to end our trip.

Or at least it was amazing until we woke up the next morning to this…

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There are no words for how beautiful Grand Teton is.

Overall, we really enjoyed our trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and we will definitely travel back out there again (at least we will after several years have passed and the memory of the LONG drive home is erased).

2012 Western Road Trip: Mormon Row

When Jason and I visited Yosemite National Park in 2010, we took advantage of a free photography workshop offered by Canon in partnership with the park. It was such a neat experience that opened up a new hobby for both of us. Admittedly, I don’t take pictures as much as I’d like to, and I know that the only way to become a better photographer is to take lots of pictures. Until I can make more time in my day-to-day life, I make the most of our trips for practice.

Given our interest in photography, we had read about Mormon Row in Grand Teton National Park. In the 1890’s, Mormon homesteaders established a community in Jackson Hole. What remains of these homesteads now make up the Mormon Row Historic District. This area of the park is big with photographers who come to take pictures of the barns with the impressive backdrop of the Tetons.

Jason and I spent about 20 minutes at the Moulton barn, just up until it started to rain. Here are some of our pictures:

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I can’t remember now whose photos are whose. I do know that the outhouse pictures are all Jason. He took a series of them 🙂

While most people would complain about rain on vacation, it made our stay in Grand Teton even better. You can see one instance of this here, and you’ll see more soon…