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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: 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.






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…


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: 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.

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