When you travel anywhere with a toddler and a man, you are bound to have a few issues. This trip had its share, including an episode with a cowboy in Wyoming and another episode that involved me carrying RW kicking and screaming to the car in Yellowstone National Park...in front of hundreds of tourists. Discipline is rough when you're spending roughly five hours out of every day in a car.
Overall, though, things went freakishly well. We had no breakdowns (of the vehicle), almost no bad weather, no illnesses. We saw some of America's most beautiful places. We got to enjoy each others' company. We spent quality time with some family.
A quick rundown:
The states we visited were Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan, Ontario, Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
The national parks we saw were Hot Springs, Mammoth Cave, Badlands, Mount Rushmore, Devils Tower (a national monument), Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Mount Rainier, Olympic, Redwood, Yosemite, and the Grand Canyon.
Here's a small selection of photos from the first half of the trip. Stay tuned for more photo-filled posts as I finish downloading all the images.
We are so lucky to have been able to do this. So so lucky.
|Somewhere between 'roughing it' and 'luxurious' in Tennessee.|
|Lion's Head, Ontario, Canada|
|Badlands National Park, South Dakota|
|Devils Tower, Wyoming|
|Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming|
|Elk National Refuge, Jackson Hole, Wyoming|
|Madison, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming|
|Lower Falls, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming|