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. 


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.


while visiting teton village, we rode the aerial tram up to rendezvous mountain. the temperature dropped with every mile but the views just kept getting better. looking out over the snake river valley and gros ventre range, you almost forget that you're terrified of heights and ten thousand feet up. we had planned to hike a few miles. however, due to high winds, two kids with asthma, and the bear we saw charging down the mountain, our plans changed. we managed to walk around the summit until our fingers were frozen and hot chocolate was calling our names.