After getting off the Appalachian Trail earlier than expected in July of 2015, We were instantly thrown back into fast paced society and had to come home to deal with the death of a loved one. With tons of instant stress, family, and dealing with things we had left behind for four months, we were scatter brained with no time to really contemplate what had happened to us during our time on the AT.
We needed a Reset…..
Again we decided to pack up our van, grab our dog, and hit the road to visit more of the greatest National Parks that the North West & West coast had to offer.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.”
― John Muir, Our National Parks
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
1st View of the Rockies (right outside Boulder,CO)
Amazing camp site in the valley of the Great Mountains.
Elk grazed our camp site every morning we were there
We really didn’t “Tourist” around much in the park. A great campsite, good conversation, and relaxation is all we needed…
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
We are connoisseurs of “Classic Park Entrance Signs”.
The majestic Jenny Lake is something everyone should take in for a moment…
The mighty Tetons hiding in the clouds. There was still snow on the peaks in July.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
The awe inspiring “Grand Prismatic Spring” (pictures do it no justice)
Bubbling clear blue “Thermo Pools” fill the park with a sulfuric smell.
“Old Faithful” is truly one of the greatest sights in the world (See Video Below of it erupting)
We stopped for a bit to watch a heard of “Wild Bison” roam the plains of Yellowstone. (I really need a new Camera)
Muir Woods National Monument, California
We hopped over to San Fran to meet up with our good friend Caron before crossing the amazing “Golden Gate Bridge” to visit Muir…
The amazingly tall Redwoods in Muir were no match for Caron’s “Big Red” hair
Sequoia National Park, California
This one has been here for some time.
Snuggles is a real “Tree Hugger”
The Man! General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.
Becoming an Official Junior Ranger of Sequoia National Park.
Yosemite National Park, California
The “Tunnel View”, Yes it really does look like every picture you have ever seen of it…. Without the frame.
Massive Granite walls line the sides of the beautiful valley. Like you are in a “Cathedral of Nature”
Me and Bowie making Dinner on the outskirts of the park
Below is a video I put together documenting our July/August National Park Tour. Enjoy!