one afternoon we went for a drive. one where you keep the map close but you hardly reach for it. we drove through the national elk refuge and through the tiny town of kelly before turning off on to a gravel road. a few miles down, we ended up at historic mormon row. near the turn of the 19th century, leaders of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints sent families from utah and idaho to establish new communities and support their expanding population. one hundred years later, mormon row was added to the national register of historic places. 

we walked around the homesteads, watched the horses and bison wander about, and admired the moulton barn before heading back. i will forever be missing these views.



hour of happiness. 
the patio of our cabin. 
red wine and chocolate. 
looking out into the wild. 
but mostly, just him. 



we woke up early on a thursday morning to make the drive up to yellowstone. or yosemite as i jokingly referred to it as until i couldn't keep it straight anymore. we packed for a day trip and it's a good thing too, considering the main road to old faithful was closed. we drove around yellowstone lake with the most breathtaking view of a mountain range in the distance. we stopped to admire the fields of yellow and the mini geysers that line the road. at one point we made a wrong turn and ended up at the grand canyon of yellowstone. we got out to stretch our legs a bit and walked into the woods when suddenly the canyon appeared. i was continuously blown away by how many surprises this place held. a few hours later, we arrived at old faithful. we grabbed lunch and watched the crowd gather outside. we hurried to get a seat and watched old faithful do her thing. on the drive home, we got caught in stand still traffic for over an hour, all because a bison wouldn't cross the road. we caught the sunset over jackson lake and the tetons. we listened to our favorite songs. and we spotted a herd of elk and stopped to watch them wander. this day was one to remember for sure. 



on top of rendezvous mountain sits corbet's cabin. a great place to escape the cold during winter months and enjoy their made to order waffles. we ordered hot chocolate with peppermint schnapps and two waffle sandwiches. his- peanut butter and bacon. hers- nutella and strawberry jam. we braved the weather and toasted our waffles on top of the world. 



the moment i knew we would fall in love with jackson hole wasn't when we had pinky's pizza for the third time in a week or the cozy cabin we enjoyed staying in... it was the moment we rounded the corner into the grand teton national park. suddenly, a snow covered mountain range was before us. we had no idea just how beautiful wyoming could be. we stopped at the entrance on the way in, and then several times in the park, also on the way out and then every day afterwards. i would gladly live in a tiny log home with this as my backyard.