National Parks of the States

Leaving Yellowstone for Teton

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Grand Prismatic Spring, a deer enjoys her morning overlook view, endless snow-covered high mountains at Teton.
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Jackson Hole, a very lovely and colorful tiny town where we stayed for two days before heading south to Moab.
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Live music and 5 star dinner at Genevieve. We enjoy it’s food and atmosphere so much, we ended having second night dinner there again.
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Rustic Inn, a wonderful resort where we stayed at for two nights (their breakfast was awesome too!)

Check in at Old Faithful Inn

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Valley view on the way driving to Old Faithful Inn, a cabin resides the great Yellowstone Lake.

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Group and group of bisons enjoy their easy lives in the yellowstone park, occasionally they come up and check out drive by tourists.

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The room in Old Faithful Inn where we are going to stay for 3 nights.

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The first night dinner we had at Old Faithful Inn. Bison Pot Roast with fried shallots; Prime Rib with mashed potatoes; Vegetable chow mein with fried tempeh.

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Picture time after a satisfying dinner. For this trip, I only brought one pair of white heels with me, but I carefully chose dresses and outfits can pair with it. It worked really good.

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Old Faithful Geyser blowing at dusk, our friends George & Qiqi.

Cowboy cookout, dusk at Yellowstone

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Me, after a 3 hour horseback riding.
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After a three hours horseback ridding in rain, hail, sunshine, most of people were exhausted and barely able to walk. I felt nothing and laughed at others’ struggle. Alan swore the fact I practiced Pilates and Yoga helped me. We rested a couple of hours then took the wagon ride for the “Cowboy Cookout”. It was a very cold evening, the steaks instantly became cold as soon as left the grill and landed on your plates. It was a strangest dinner I have ever experienced, at one hand, food was simple yet delicious, on the other hand, we were shivering from the cold and I ate as fast as I could try to finish the food before they turned cold, but no matter how fast I ate, it didn’t help much. As much as it sounds complain, I did enjoy everything we did, even the cold steak. It was rustic and authentic, a tender version of cowboy’s meal.

Pictures clockwise from top: The field where the cowboy cookout was set. The cooking area where the simple and delicious buffet meals were served: grilled steak, potato salad, cole slaw, a corn medley, corn bread muffins, beans stew and cobbler as dessert. The sun started to set, people who signed on horseback ridding for cowboy cookout wasn’t too enthusiastic ridding back on a full stomach, in the cold, but they made a beautiful picture! Mother bear and her cub were attracted by the smell of the food and the commotion, pictured them through my Sigma 18-250mm Lens on Canon EOS 7D. The bear mom and her cub was on the rocky hill beyond horses and wagons.

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The crowds huddled around the camp fire, my plate of grilled steaks and cobbler, I think it was cherry cobbler.

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Sceneries on our way back to our cabin.

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The sunset in Yellowstone and the full moon above the valley.

Yellowstone Canyon Area

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Just half hour went into the Yellowstone park, the traffic was blocked. Qiqi and I jumped off the car to find out what had happened. We thought maybe someone saw a bear. Surprisingly, it was a herd of buffalos including several new born cubs traveling on the road.

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The Canyon Frontier cabin we stayed. The pressure at shower was so strong, almost can punch holes in your body, ha.

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Landscape on the way to Yellowstone, a bull elk in the park, lower Yellowstone Falls.

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Dinner at Canyon Lodge dining room. Four of us all had burgers. The choice of food was limited.

Start of our national park tour of 2013

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Arrived Salt Lake City in the afternoon. Our friends George & Qiqi arrived one hour after us from TX. It was great seeing them after we did cruise in Alaska 2 years ago.

Pictures from top to bottom: Facial expression from those departure boards at SLC airport.

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We rented a SUV then drove towards Yellowstone Park. Stayed overnight at Idaho Falls which is a couple hours away from Yellowstone. We had a great dinner at a local restaurant “Jackers”.