My Trip to Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

One of my favorites of the photos I took in Yellowstone

I happened to be in Salt Lake City in September 2013 and realized I was only 5 hrs away from Yellowstone National Park, a place on my “bucket list”. So I rented a car (a first), drove alone to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and rented a small room for 2 nights.

On the way there, my phone’s talking GPS took me into Idaho then through some very tiny towns crossing into Wyoming. Along the way, the signal was completely lost. Thank God I had a paper map with me, but I really had no idea where I was, so it was pretty tricky!

Yellowstone and Grand Teton

(On the way home, I took a more scenic route and used MAP only.)


This is where I had breakfast both mornings in Jackson Hole. Lotus Cafe. I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Grand Teton National

I didn’t spend a whole lot of time in Grand Teton National Park, but here are some pictures I took:


1239464_10201963238425274_1424352171_n 1174598_10201963242385373_1534047243_n 1016201_10201963263065890_1989879322_n

I spent one entire day in Yellowstone. WOW! Hot water everywhere, boiling white mud, roaming buffalo. Here are some photos I took:

DSCF0537-005I became obsessed with boiling mud. I must have taken 30 minutes of video.


Did you know about Yellowstone bacteria? So many rare bacteria being studied – some eat oil, some eat plastic. These bacteria may one day save the earth!

DSCF0523 DSCF0519 DSCF0511 DSCF0503 DSCF0485

DSCF0461DSCF0471 DSCF0462 DSCF0463 1176383_10201963253625654_352545264_n 1176225_10201963248025514_1448906075_n


So glad I went!! And here are some pictures from the drive back to Jackson Hole:


What a great day.


More Fall Hiking – Virginia

import from goflex 2554

Inside Shenandoah National Park, the Skyland area has the highest points in the park. I stayed overnight at this Skyland Lodge and spent a day hiking on the area trails. They have horseback riding for those who would enjoy. The restaurant served oatmeal made with whole oats and sprinkled with pumpkin seeds that I was able to eat on the restaurant patio with amazing views.

import from goflex 10366
Stony Man Trail

import from goflex 10362

Another Fall hiking pleasure – happening upon a wild apple tree. I found this one in a Virginia State Park:


Fall Hikes. Getting Out There! Utah, California, Virginia

Fall is such a great time to get out and do some walking and hiking. These photos are from some of my Fall hikes.


Okay, that one (above) was more of a picnic. I made apple pie from scratch and brought it into the mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley just off the Blue Ridge Parkway here in Virginia. Solo picnic, so serene. Then, I did walk some trails.


Below: hiking into Bryce Canyon (Utah) fall 2013. The toughest hike I’ve taken!

10660284_10204829662724090_8817841171659189233_n1229868_10201946129877571_2111844487_n 1240524_10201946090836595_659324_n


Look closely, see the people walking UP that zig-zag trail? Yeah, that was the way back up out of the canyon.


View from one of the trails. _____________________________________________________________

Below, Hiking in Sequoia National Park ~ fall 2013:


5 mile hike to a view of Sequoia Lake:



On a less ambitious day, (below) I went to a place called Ivy Creek Natural Area outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. 216-acres with lots of trails.


Just wanted to post a little bit about fall hiking! 🙂