Glacier National Park. May 2015. Stop 5 - 4 days

Morning light

Breakfast

7 miles in at Upper Quartz Lake

Cabin on Bowman Lake

The adrenaline kicked in knowing we were miles from anyone. With grizzly’s, wolves, and mountain lions roaming around.

Magic forrest

Best Americano and baked goods in the middle of nowhere.

Red rocks

The clouds created interesting light.

The trees in glacier almost looked fake they were so symmetrical.

It felt like what I would imagine the alps to feel like.

Hiking

Their was still quite a bit of snow in the upper elevations. The rivers and streams were raging.

The far side of Two Medicine Lake looking to the West.

Two Medicine Lake from the camp ground.

Sunset from Camp

We stayed in Glacier for 4 days. The sun only came out for a day and the evening of our last day. After the first day and a half we almost left because all our stuff was soaking wet. We couldn’t make a fire and we were sitting in our car in torrential down pours. We decide to stay for the planned time with hopes of better weather and it payed off. It would have sucked to have driven all the way there from Vermont and not see any of the mountains. We took advantage of the sunlight and crammed in a two hikes one of them 13 miles. We adapted to being loud instead of quite yelling “HEEEYY BEAR” every once and a while. It was a truly refreshing experience, it made me feel wild and free. Glacier was one of my favorite places on this trip. I wish we could have stayed longer. I loved the wild west feel combined with the alpine meadows and colored mountains. There was a slight resemblance of Vermont in there too. Highly suggest making the trip there if you have never been.   


Yellowstone National Park. Stop 4. May, 2015. - 4 days

After a few days of rain in the Tetons it was nice to see it snowing as we drove into Yellowstone.

Mammoth hot springs.

looked like an apocalyptic planet

shelves

This trip to Yellowstone was really about seeing animals for us.

Juvenile Great Horned Owl

Bald Eagle

Elk

Buffalo

Black Bear

Down by the river

Sleeping Buffalo staying warm in the sun.

Hannah looking for a bear.

I took this photo of us on one of our hikes in the Lamar Valley

Hiking on Buffalo trails in the Lamar  Valley.

It was nice cooking over the fire every night.

A rain storm rolling by in the distance.

Theres a faint rainbow on the right if you look closely.

Dusk

Early morning sun on our last day.

This was our second trip to Yellowstone. We stayed for for 4 days. We saw so much wildlife it was overwhelming. I wish we could have stayed longer. I learned about a ridge in the Lamar Valley that the animals use to travel on. If I had more time I would have planned on finding a covered spot to watch for wolves, grizzlys, and mountain lions. Yellowstone is one of my favorite places I have ever been. So much biodiversity and so much crazy stuff to see and learn about. I ended up buying a topographic map for future planning. I will be back, hopefully soon. 



Grand Teton National Park. Stop 3. Roadtrip May, 2015. - 2 days

From the car in Wyoming.

Southern Wyoming.

Hiking

Arrowleaf Balsamroot

Momma grizzly and cubs.

Sage Grouse.

We hiked in the rain.

Hannah took this one of me.

Misty mounatins

Most of our time in the Tetons was overcast and rainy.  The clouds lifted on the last day.

I ventured down to lake to get a few night shots.

It rained the whole time we were at the Tetons. Everything was soaked and we only caught brief glimpses of the mountains on the last evening. We were there the year before and the weather was nice so it wasn’t as disappointing as it could have been. Again, looking back on these images I wish I would have taken more. We went into Jackson to get groceries and went to this little cafe. I remember getting a bison meat pho soup bowl. I wish I had taken more photos of that sort of thing and the camping/travel experience. I was thinking landscapes… It’s good to know that you evolve and learn from your experiences. Hopefully getting better as you progress. The next stop was Yellowstone for four days and the weather was looking much dryer.  


Rocky Mountain National Park. Stop 2. Roadtrip May, 2015. - 2 days.

Our first view of Rocky Mountain National Park.

Fern Lake.

One of the ridges above Fern lake.

Steller’s Jay.

Stones Peak from Cub lake.

A female brown bear.

Juvenile Moose.

Coyote.

Evening from the campsite.

Nymph Lake.

Dream Lake.

Reminded me of Vermont.

Emerald Lake.

The old Park Theater in Estes.

A storm over the Rockies as we headed to Wyoming.

Colorado was a challenge for us. The snow level was still too high to go where we wanted too. The camping conditions where rough with a night time temp of 28 degrees Fahrenheit with light snow. We stayed at Rocky Mountain National Park for two nights. I got to see some cool places, but I want to go back and spend more time there. Looking back on these images, I would have shot more photos of our experience camping rather than just landscapes/wildlife. As the trip progressed I kept this in mind. Of all the places we went, I got the least amount of photos I liked in Colorado. Due to weather and lack of motivation. A very beautiful place none the less. Next stop Grand Teton National Park. Trois breasts. 



Badlands National Park. Roadtrip May, 2015. Pt. 1. - 2 days.

A big horn sheep greeted us as we arrived on the first day.

We set up camp and decided to go for a walk. The sounds of birds were over-whelming and the breeze was warm and inviting.

I took this awkward selfie about a mile into the walk.

Hannah looking for birds that burrow in the walls of the canyons.

It’s crazy to think that this place is ever crumbling. Eventually it will be all prairie.

The sun was getting low so we decided to head back.

This one was out of focus, but I still liked the feeling it gave.

We stopped and watched a small group of deer graze in the distance.

Our tent just after the sun went down.

Throughout our trip we saw these two planets form a triangle with the moon.

The moon rising behind our campsite.

We woke up and took a short hike to watch the sunrise.

Had to have my coffee when we got back to camp.

We packed up camp and drove to this spot to start our day hike.

Another shot from the beginning of our hike.

I thought these textures looked cool with the bit of green to contrast.

We hiked over 9 miles that day.

The hiking was flat and the grasslands seemed to stretch on forever.

This formation stood out to me. I believe it was an older formation that had eroded over a long time.

Coyote tracks.

See Pt. 2


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