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Complete 2012 Western Road Trip


Over a year later, I have finally finished my recap of our 2012 road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Thank you for hanging in there with me as I wrote these last posts about our trip. I couldn’t start writing about this summer’s adventures without closing out last spring’s fun.

So here it is, in one post, our complete 2012 Western Road Trip!

The Badlands

Mount Rushmore

Devils Tower

Arriving in Yellowstone

Mammoth Hot Springs

Our First Grizzly Bears

More Wildlife and the Hayden Valley

Sulphur Caldron and Mud Volcano

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

The Lamar Valley

Evening Wildlife Watching

Artist Paintpots

Baby Bison!

Lower Geyser Basin

Old Faithful

Leaving Yellowstone

A Grand Visitor Center

Grand Teton Home Base

Mormon Row

Early Morning Drive

Wildlife in Grand Teton

Rainy Days in a National Park

2012 Western Road Trip: Wildlife in Grand Teton

One of the coolest things about Grand Teton National Park (and Yellowstone National Park, for that matter) is the wildlife. Since it rained every day during our time in the park, we spent more time in our car trolling for wildlife. We drove the Moose-Wilson Road more times than we could count, just looking for moose.


We were quite successful in spotting moose. Although in the marshy thickets they frequent, it takes some looking.



We saw this fox just down the road from the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center.


Again along the Moose-Wilson Road, we finally got a picture of this beaver. I wish we had taken a picture of its lodge. It was very impressive.


If you visit the park, definitely explore the Moose-Wilson Road area. If you’re lucky, you’ll see wildlife like we did. But if the animals are hiding that day, you still get to enjoy a beautiful drive.

2012 Western Road Trip: Early Morning Drive

You read that correctly – I’m still talking about our 2012 road trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. I never finished telling that trip’s stories, and I don’t want to move on to our most recent trip without wrapping it up. Oops!

When we left off, we had arrived in Grand Teton National Park and had done a little exploring of the park: stopped at a visitor center, got settled into our cabin, and drove out to Mormon Row to take pictures.

We woke up bright and early for our first full day in Grand Teton. We immediately changed and headed out the door, hoping to take some good morning shots of the mountains. We decided to drive up to the summit of Signal Mountain, a small peak (7,720 feet above sea level) in the middle of the valley. We made a good choice.

But what is a day in a national park without wildlife to kick it off? Good morning, Mr. Moose!





Just doin’ what I gotta do.

We enjoyed the view from the top of Signal Mountain all by ourselves…almost. When we arrived to the parking area, there was one other vehicle and group of four guys who were just about to leave. Where were they from? Wisconsin. What are the odds?

After Signal Mountain, we drove to a few different turn-outs to snap more pictures. Seriously, the scenery in Grand Teton is so incredibly beautiful and seems almost surreal. I loved it!



And pictures will never do it justice.

After our drive, it was back to the cabin to clean up and figure out what to do with the rest of our day. But not before one more moose visit.



Grand Teton is so cool!

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