Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and Colorado

Traveling is like flirting with life. Its like saying “I would stay and love you, but I have to go.”

 Heading to Yellowstone was an experience. I have learned to check out what roads are closed ahead of time, but good ol’ google maps forgot one road. Only 1.5 hours out my way, adding 3 hours to my drive.  I cant complain too much because the drive was spectacular!

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Yellowstone National Park was better then I expected. The most wildlife I have seen on this trip, by far. It reminded me of a conference my old job held last year. The CEO started discussing how they were going to put more emphasis on retaining women engineers. When it was over he put on a video for us to watch, but told us not to compare it with the retaining women speech. So naturally I did! The video was about Yellowstone and introducing wolves back into the park. The video was similar to this one:

It basically discusses how the wolves helped the ecosystem of Yellowstone. So are the wolves women engineers, the men are the elk, and the river is the company? I naturally had my eye out for wolves the entire time I was in the park.   Wolves were the only animal I didn’t see. I know they are out there though helping Yellowstone thrive, just like I know women engineers are still out there (even without me) helping the industry grow and thrive. Stay strong women, and try not to eat too many men!

There were buffalo EVERYWHERE! I even got suck in a traffic jam where around 50 buffalo just walked along the road. I was so excited to see a bear from a safe distance and with three cubs.

IMG_7307IMG_7245IMG_7242IMG_7145IMG_7075The springs in Yellowstone have the most vibrant colors.  It was a beautiful chilly day so the steam off the springs really displayed the heat. The walking paths are all flat wooden boardwalks, friendly to all. The most popular geysers have an online clock to check when the next eruption is predicted to happen. Old faithful erupts about every 1.5 hours. Needless to say, this park surpassed every expectation I had.

IMG_7187 IMG_7172 IMG_7166Jackson, which sits on the south end of the Grand Tetons National Park, is the cutest town surrounded by magnificent Mountains. I have declared this park my happy place.  I sat on a beach for about 40 minutes with the only sounds being geese and the melting of snow into the lake. It was so peaceful, I couldn’t help but smile. I would love to go back during the summer and rent a bike and explore even more. Wyoming has surprised me with its beauty. I hope to see you again soon!

IMG_7362 IMG_7350 IMG_7344 IMG_7331 IMG_7316Just when I thought I had seen it all, I arrived at Rocky Mountain National Park. I had definitely come down with a cold at this point, but I wasn’t going to let that keep from anything. There were Elk roaming everywhere. Only portions of the park were opened due to snow. I was getting an itch to hike since it had been a while. I headed to Bear Lake which was completely snowed over and then to Nymph Lake. I was so out of breath from these 0.5 miles hikes, I figured it was my cold. When I finished I realized I was over 9,500ft elevation walking in snow.  I think I would have been out of breath either way. IMG_7384 IMG_7404 IMG_7417 IMG_7429 IMG_7463My mom is visiting me again (I’m a lucky girl). Onto some more mother daughter adventures!

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