Mike and I took a long vacation his year, and it was fabulous. Last year we were in Utah, and we just didn’t get enough of the West, so this year we headed out there again…
We were gone 18 days, drove over 6,000 miles, passed through 16 states and visited 7 national parks in total. It was a whirlwind of an adventure…and although, it was a TON of driving which I think we might pass on for next vacation…it was a lot of fun.
Arches National Park
We purchased one of those annual passes for the National Parks, and we visited:
- Badlands National Park
- Yellowstone National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Grand Canyon
- Bryce Canyon
- Arches National Park
- Black Canyon National Park.
Fountain View from our room at the Bellagio (26th floor) Las Vegas baby!
Attractions we got to see (not in order):
- Hoover Dam
- Las Vegas strip
- Colorado Mountains (annd Mike’s Grandma on our way through)
- Mount Rushmore
- Grasslands of South Dakota
- Titanic Exhibit (Luxor in Las Vegas)
- Tournament of Kings (Las Vegas)
States we passed through:
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, South Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana
This was the first thing we saw upon entering Yellowstone. Just a buffalo trotting down the opposite side of the road. Like, no big deal, guys. I’m just here, doing buffalo things…
Falls in Yellowstone
Animals we saw (some we’ve never seen before):
Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Elk, Moose, Prairie Dog, Buffalo, and deer.
This trip made our relationship stronger, we learned how to be more aggressive drivers (you gotta be in some urban areas), and it reminded us that life is short and you must enjoy it where you can. Life can be stressful, and it really shouldn’t be. Don’t let work (especially work) weigh you down. All the money in the world is not worth your heath or your happiness.
Badlands National Park
Morning Star Pool in Yellowstone
This is my favorite picture out of the whole vacation, guys. Lake Jackson in Grand Teton National Park.
I hope everyone is having a great summer and enjoying life’s little joys where you can.
Happy Writing and Vacationing!