one of my favorite hikes to date would be cascade canyon in wyoming. after a short hike up to inspiration point, you pick up the trail leading further into the mountains. we only made it a few miles before heading back down, but not before stopping to take in the view of the tetons. these moments were infinite.
take the boat ride across jenny lake. next, a short hike up a rocky mountain. make sure to take a few breaks at the waterfalls. keep an eye out for chipmunks. rest your bones at seven thousand feet. enjoy the view from inspiration point.
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.
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.