2015 Summer Road Trip – Western Leg

This was the leg we all were waiting for, Yellowstone.  Erin had planned this over a year in advance and it was really cool!  We entered from the NE from Billings through Red Lodge Montana.  We then dropped down into the Lamar Valley and ended up for the first 3 days in North Yellowstone at Tower / Roosevelt Cabins.  The cabins were roomy with 3 beds and a wood stove.  We didn’t end up needing the stove as it was very warm.

Beartooth Pass

Looking NW from the switchback as the road angled up to the summit!

Beartooth Pass

Awesome canyon as we entered from Red Lodge Montana

Beartooth Pass

The road was narrow and speed limits were slow, which was worth it due to the amazing views

Beartooth Pass

Cool tundra-scape

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Summit

Beartooth Pass Summit

Amazing view atop Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Moonscape atop Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass

Looking south into Yellowstone from the summit of Beartooth Pass

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Beartooth Pass

Mountain Goat taking in the amazing view

Beartooth Pass Goat

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Goat looking at the stunning view; what you don’t see is the deep canyon after the foreground

Racecar on top of the world

Racecar on top of the world

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass Goat

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass mountain goat. He had a collar.

Beartooth Pass

Beartooth Pass amazing view

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Wild flowers in bloom on the Beartooth Pass summit

Wild flowers in bloom on the Beartooth Pass summit

Road Trip 2015 – Eastern Leg

This summer we did the “Road Trip Vacation” with the kids in our new car.  Now that the kids are old enough to remember we visited many of our national treasures.  We started off by visiting the Oregon Trail Ruts National Historic Landmark in Guernsey, Wyoming.  This is a neat little site that is amazing to see how the metal wheels of the wagons cut down into the sandstone.  Many many families looked for a new life homesteading the “wild west” in the 1800’s.

Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site

Oregon Trail Ruts State Historic Site

Cool old tree with me and the kids.

Cool old tree with me and the kids.

Oregon Trail Ruts

Oregon Trail Ruts

Cool old tree at Oregan Trail Ruts

Cool old tree at Oregon Trail Ruts

Our destination for the first night was Keystone South Dakota to see both rock art features, Crazy Horse Memorial Monument and Mount Rushmore!

Crazy Horse Memorial Gate

Gate at Crazy Horse Memorial plus Daphne howling at the moon

Crazy Horse Monument

Crazy Horse Monument

Crazy Horse Monument

Crazy Horse Monument

David Humphreys Miller

Henry Little Soldier by David Humphreys Miller

Woody Crumble

Woody Crumble’s Spirit Horse

Down the road from Crazy Horse was Mount Rushmore.  We ended up there after dinner time and it was sprinkling and overcast.  Made for a really neat view with some awesome lightning overhead for a little while!  Saw these very tiny Mountain Goats on the way into the park as a bonus!

Mountain Goat

Mini Mountain Goat baby at Mount Rushmore

Rushmore Mountain Goats

Mount Rushmore Mountain Goats

Rushmore baby mountain goat

Rushmore baby mountain goat

Mini Mountain Goat family at Mount Rushmore

Mini Mountain Goat family at Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore lightning

Mount Rushmore lightning

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Washington's Looking at You

Washington’s Looking at You

Turkey Vultures

Mount Rushmore Turkey Vultures

Mount Rushmore lightning

Mount Rushmore lightning

Keystone South Dakota was a cool little town with a quaint downtown with 2 rock shops. Only one was open, however.  There was an amazing antique / thrift shop with a bunch of unique stuff and a friendly shop keeper, and an interesting sign downtown…

Surgeon Supplies

Surgeon supplies documented on a sign in downtown Keystone, SD

Rock Shop Fence

Awesome fence at the closed rock shop.

The next day we headed to Sturgeon for lunch and then to Devil’s Tower and eventually to Buffalo to stay the night…see the next post for more about the second leg of 4 of our adventure!

Animals of our Road Trip 2015

We had a wonderful road trip this summer going through South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Colorado.  2100 miles over about 9 days.  We were able to see many different animals and babies.  This is a summary of the trip’s animal shots.

Young Black Bear

Young Black Bear

Yellowstone River Salmon Fly

Salmon Fly that all the fish loved on the Yellowstone River

Baby Goat at Mt Rushmore

Baby miniature Mountain Goat at Mt Rushmore

Goat Family

(Miniature) Mountain Goat Family at Mt Rushmore

Baby Goat

Baby Mountain Goat at Mt Rushmore

Baby and Father Goat

Baby Mountain Goat and dad at Mt Rushmore

Baby Goat at Mt Rushmore

Baby Mountain Goat at Mt Rushmore

Goat on Beartooth Pass summit

Mountain Goat on Beartooth Pass summit

Goat on Beartooth Pass summit, it was quite spectacular view

Mountain Goat on Beartooth Pass summit, it was quite spectacular view

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Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear in Yellowstone, check out the claws!

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Pelicans and ducks on Yellowstone River

Pelicans and ducks on Yellowstone River

Baby Deer

After returning, we discovered this baby deer in our driveway.

Elk sleeping

A little afternoon ciesta for this elk. Mammoth Hot Springs visitor center.

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Baby Elk

Cute baby elk and male Brown-Headed Cowbird.

Raven

The old raven in Yellowstone, he was huge

Birds at Yellowstone

American Avocet shorebird in the Yellowstone sunset warming up their feet in the thermal pool

Turkey Vultures

Turkey Vultures at Mt Rushmore

Coyote

Coyote chilling in the grass.

Yellowstone Coyote

Coyote along the drive in Yellowstone

Lamar Valley Bison

Our first bison we saw, in the Lamar Valley heading in from the NE entrance

Bison @ Mammoth Hot Springs

Bison @ Mammoth Hot Springs

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