Our New Year goal last year was to blog more (and stay caught up), but we didn’t anticipate what a crazy year 2017 would be. In 2018, we hope to stick to that goal by blogging about the National Parks we visited in 2017 over the coming weeks and those we visit in 2018 as we visit them.
Back in June, we visited Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks on the way to our wedding in Colorado. A couple days before our wedding, we visited Rocky Mountain National Park with family.
We wanted to bring our dog to Colorado for our wedding, as any millennial dog parent would understand, and therefore needed to drive from Washington to Colorado. We decided to take the “road less traveled” (which might not actually be true because Yellowstone is BUSY), and took the long home way which went through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Even though we didn’t have a lot of time to experience the parks, the views from the car were enough to hold us over until we can make it back out for a longer stay.
We entered Yellowstone from the west, and took a classic picture with the sign. Not but five minutes into the park and we stumbled upon our first buffalo! They are such incredible animals. We were keeping our fingers crossed for bears, too, but those had to wait for Alaska (which totally delivered!).
We decided to bypass waiting for Old Faithful (until next time) and continued on past beautiful Lewis Lake. Dogs are not allowed on most of the trails in National Parks (the ONE negative, in our opinion), but they are allowed in parking lots, campgrounds, and many picnic areas. Kona had fun posing on the snow (in June!).
We drove out of Yellowstone to the south and then entered into Grand Teton National Park. Grand Teton is one of our absolute favorite parks, and we were so glad so that we could catch beautiful Cunningham Cabin while it was still light out.
One of the days we were home in Colorado, we were so excited that some of our family members wanted to check out Rocky Mountain National Park. We entered the park from Estes Park, drove along Trail Ridge Road, where we were greeted with lots of snow, and made our way to the Alpine Visitor Center. We warmed up with some hot chocolate and headed back to Estes Park, seeing lots of wildlife on the way, including big horn sheep, elk, and two moose (not pictured).
Despite the fact that these visits we all too short, we’ll take any time in National Parks that we can get! Until next time!