Road Trip 2012: Part I

Tim and I recently returned from an 8,000 mile road trip across the country. We spent six weeks exploring new places, visiting friends, and attending family weddings. It was quite an adventure, one that was most definitely documented with thousands of photographs. Here is Part I of the highlights:

Wallowa Lake State Park – Northeastern OregonHells Canyon National Recreation Area – Northeastern Oregon 
We found vegan smoothies in the middle of nowhere (near Joseph, Oregon)Bruneau Dunes State Park – Bruneau, IdahoChilling in a big green rocking chair near Arco, IdahoCamping at Craters of the Moon National Monument – near Arco, IdahoHiking in solitude at Grand Teton National Park – WyomingSunset on the Teton Range – Grand Teton National Park

Posing near Lower Falls in Grand Teton National Park (it was cold there!)Old Faithful Geyser – Yellowstone National Park – WyomingBison rolling in the dust – Yellowstone National ParkColorful, steamy pools in Yellowstone National ParkDevil’s Tower National Monument – WyomingPrairie dog near Devil’s Tower!!Quick drive through the Mt. Rushmore area (see George Washington in the background?)Badlands National Park – South DakotaThunderstorm in Badlands National Park
Statue of the Green Giant in Blue Earth, MN (I think he looks like a green David Hasselhoff)

There were plenty more highlights during the first half of our trip but posting all the photographs would make for an incredibly long and boring post. Trust me when I tell you that we saw grizzly bears, hiked to serene mountain lakes, made a delicious stir-fry on our camp stove, and broke down and bought a tiny sleeve of Oreo cookies in Yellowstone National Park when we realized how long we’d gone without a treat.

Come back soon for Part II highlights! Maybe I can entice you with cupcakes, the Mississippi River headwaters, rainbows, a penguin, waterfalls, and vegan doughnuts?