Ten days, 3026 miles, and 912 pictures later…

Posted: August 9, 2009 in photography, vacation

Day One – 7/30: Phoenix to Salt Lake City, UT.

Lake Powell, taken from the passenger seat of the car on the way to Salt Lake City the first day of our road trip.

Lake Powell, taken from the passenger seat of the car on the way to Salt Lake City the first day of our road trip.

Day Two – 7/31: Salt Lake City, UT to Teton Village, WY; exploring Jackson Hole, WY.

The famous Antler Arches in Jackson Holes town square.

The famous Antler Arches in Jackson Hole's town square.

The Grand Tetons at dusk, with haying process in the foreground.  Picture taken from Rt. 22 west of Jackson.

The Grand Tetons at dusk, with haying process in the foreground. Picture taken from Rt. 22 west of Jackson.

Day Three – 8/1: Driving Grand Teton National Park, WY; and exploring Jackson Hole, WY.

The Grand Tetons, picture taken from Teton Park Road.

The Grand Tetons, picture taken from Teton Park Road.

A moose, pic shot from a road bridge using the zoom lens.  Moose Junction turn-off, Grand Teton National Park.

A moose, pic shot from a road bridge using the zoom lens. Moose Junction turn-off, Grand Teton National Park.

Day Four – 8/2: Motorcycling through Grand Teton National Park, WY; scenic highway to Dubois, WY.

We rented a Harley 2009 Street Glide for a couple of days.  This was my view from behind Calvin.  Tetons are in the background.

We rented a Harley 2009 Street Glide for a couple of days. This was my view from behind Calvin. Tetons are in the background.

A herd of buffalo, along Hwy 191 in Grand Teton National Park.

A herd of buffalo, along Hwy 191 in Grand Teton National Park.

Day Five – 8/3: Motorcycling scenic highway to Hobac, WY. Driving to Yellowstone National Park/Old Faithful Inn.

The Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park, South Entrance road.

The Lewis River in Yellowstone National Park, South Entrance road.

The Old Faithful Geyser, pic taken from a secluded balcony at the Old Faithful Inn.  Seemed nobody knew about that little spot, though you could see it from the geyser if you put your back to it.  Which, well, nobody did because they were too busy actually looking at the geyser.

The Old Faithful Geyser, pic taken from a secluded balcony at the Old Faithful Inn. Seemed nobody knew about that little spot, though you could see it from the geyser if you put your back to it. Which, well, nobody did because they were too busy actually looking at the geyser.

Day Six – 8/4: Exploring Yellowstone, driving to Cody, WY.

Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, on Geyser Hill near the Old Faithful Inn.  Actually, its a much more impressive geyser than Old Faithful!

Beehive Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, on Geyser Hill near the Old Faithful Inn. Actually, it's a much more impressive geyser than Old Faithful!

upper falls

The Upper Falls along Yellowstone River, zoomed way in from where we were standing, up on the road. Check out the perspective when compared to the teeny people standing on the right hand side of the falls.

Day Seven – 8/5: Exploring Cody, WY – Buffalo Bill Historic Center, and the Cody Rodeo.

Calvin looking at the Woodruff Gallery gun display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY.

Calvin looking at the Woodruff Gallery gun display at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY.

A cowboy watching the proceedings, at the nightly Cody Rodeo in Wyoming.

A cowboy watching the proceedings, at the nightly Cody Rodeo in Wyoming.

Day Eight – 8/6: Driving to Snowmass Village, CO.

Brush Creek, along I-70 going toward Aspen.  Nicest rest stop we ever did see!

Brush Creek, along I-70 going toward Aspen. Nicest rest stop we ever did see!

Day Nine – 8/7: Exploring Snowmass Village, Aspen, Independence Pass, CO.

Me, contemplating my demise should I take a mis-step.  This was at the Grottos Day Use area along Independence Pass just past Aspen, CO.

Me, contemplating my demise should I take a mis-step. This was at the Grottos Day Use area along Independence Pass just past Aspen, CO.

Calvin, modeling for us his favorite beer (Fat Tire), on The Deck at Snowmass Village.

Calvin, modeling for us his favorite beer (Fat Tire), on The Deck at Snowmass Village.

Day Ten – 8/8: Driving from Colorado, through Utah and Monument Valley, back home.

I didnt actually take any pictures on the drive home.  This picture of Monument Valley is courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt.

I didn't actually take any pictures on the drive home. This picture of Monument Valley is courtesy of Wolfgang Staudt.

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Comments
  1. jen says:

    beautiful! can’t wait to hear all about it.

  2. Wow, your photos are really good. Makes me want to do a road trip!

  3. crisitunity says:

    Your photos are wonderful! Easily as good as postcards.

    That antler arch creeps me out, to be honest. All I can see is hundreds and hundreds of dead deer.

    • Laura says:

      Nah, they shed the antlers, then the boy scouts in the area collect them, and they’re sold at auction. You can read about it in the pic of the plaque that I took, here.

  4. Kimmothy says:

    We took our motorhome on a trip out west from FL when I was a youngster and one of the places we stayed for a few days was Vale, CO. Even though that was a million years ago I remember it as being one of the most beautiful places I’d ever seen. My parents talked about moving there seriously for a little while but of course we never did. I wish we would’ve gone to Yellowstone; it looks amazing.

    • Laura says:

      Heh. We looked up houses in Vale and Aspen last night on Realtor.com. Suffice to say, we ain’t moving there anytime soon. It was fun to look at the most expensive houses and drool, though. $60m in Aspen, $46m in Vale – buys you a LOT of house.

  5. Taoist Biker says:

    *too busy slavering to speak*

    Crisitunity, deer/elk/moose/etc shed their antlers every year. I imagine most of those are shed antlers from the massive elk herds that winter nearby.

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