July/Aug 2015 National Parks Tour

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

img_18361st View of the Rockies (right outside Boulder,CO)

img_1871Amazing camp site in the valley of the Great Mountains.

img_1887Elk grazed our camp site every morning we were there

img_1872We 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

img_1971We are connoisseurs of “Classic Park Entrance Signs”.

img_1903The majestic Jenny Lake is something everyone should take in for a moment…

img_1907The mighty Tetons hiding in the clouds. There was still snow on the peaks in July.

 

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

img_1996Told ya…

img_1961The awe inspiring “Grand Prismatic Spring” (pictures do it no justice)

img_1933Bubbling clear blue “Thermo Pools” fill the park with a sulfuric smell.

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img_1994“Old Faithful” is truly one of the greatest sights in the world (See Video Below of it erupting)

img_1978We 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

img_2014We hopped over to San Fran to meet up with our good friend Caron before crossing the amazing “Golden Gate Bridge” to visit Muir…

img_2025img_2019The amazingly tall Redwoods in Muir were no match for Caron’s “Big Red” hair

img_2029Super Tourist!


Sequoia National Park, California 

img_2080This one has been here for some time.

img_2063Enormous!!!

img_2087Snuggles is a real “Tree Hugger”

img_2088The Man! General Sherman is the largest known living single stem tree on Earth.

img_2083Becoming an Official Junior Ranger of Sequoia National Park.


Yosemite National Park, California

img_2047The “Tunnel View”,  Yes it really does look like every picture you have ever seen of it…. Without the frame.

img_2036El Cap

img_2043Massive Granite walls line the sides of the beautiful valley. Like you are in a “Cathedral of Nature”

img_2051Me 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!

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