Rocky Mountain

Today we woke up in Estes Park, CO. We spent most of the day in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The skies were overcast, but I was still able to get some interesting shots.

Once again, my penchant for all things flowing water is evident..

waterfall

flowing water

cascade

waterfall

waterfall

As we made our way up into the mountains..

altitude

..there were many opportunities for nice shots of the mountains..

mountains

alpine flowers

alpine valley

mountains

mountains

..and some wildlife..

mallard

chipmunk?

blue jay?

I wish this one came out better.. she was about 8 feet from me.. oh well..

doe

It was quite scenic at Sprague Lake..

dock

After a long day in the park, we headed down out of the mountains back into town for dinner..

estes flowers

And located the doggie park so Ike could run around like an idiot with other dogs for awhile.. (sorry, no photo)

Another day, another sunset…which we tried to capture back up in the park, but the clouds didn’t cooperate..

sprague lake sunset

..not too bad. Tomorrow, we start the trek back east. First stop, North Platte, NE.

Colorado

Nothing too exciting today. We drove from Cheyenne to Estes Park, Colorado.

We stopped in Ft. Collins for breakfast..

waffle house

Once we got to Estes, we walked around the town looking in the shops and admiring the scenery..

estes park

estes park

estes park

estes park

Again, another city, another sunset..

sunset

Tomorrow we head into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Cheyenne

This morning we woke up in Casper, WY. We slept in a little later than the past several days.. driving around two large national parks for 4 days wore us out a bit. Happily we only had a relatively short drive today from Casper to Cheyenne.

We stopped a few times along the way to snap some photos of the scenery..

high plains

wildflower

Ike is becoming quite the well-travelled puppy dog..

ike

Once we got to Cheyenne, we found out there wasn’t much to do. There’s an Air Force base here that was home to one of the first ballistic missle groups, but they don’t give tours anymore.

There’s also a big Union Pacific railroad depot in town..

union pacific

union pacific engine

union pacific engine

..but they’re renovating the museum, so that’s closed too.

In a park near our hotel, they have a Union Pacific Big Boy on display..

big boy

big boy

..said to be one of the largest steam locomotives ever built.

They had an old west shootout in downtown Cheyenne..

shootout

shootout

Tonight we’re at the Hitching Post..

hitching post

Another city, another sunset..

cheyenne sunset

..tomorrow, Estes Park, Colorado.

Early Morning

This morning we decided to get up at 0445hrs and try and get some photos of the mountains at first light. We weren’t disappointed..

mountain at dawn

mountain at dawn

mountain at dawn

Then, after going back to sleep for a few hours we headed out for Casper, WY.

We stopped for lunch in Dubois (doo-boys, not doo-bwah), WY..

bernies

We went a little out of our way to see the hot springs in Thermopolis, WY..

hot springs

hot springs

It was ok.. difficult to photograph.

Then we continued on towards Casper.. What a pretty drive..

butte

Except for the road construction.. and in Wyoming, when they say road work, they mean it..

road work

So tonight we’re in Casper (no photos, sorry). Tomorrow it’s on to Cheyenne.

Jackson Hole

We woke up in Grand Teton National Park, in Jackson Hole, WY.

Ike slept well. He got his own bed..

ike's bed

We spent the night in a cabin pretty much on Jackson Lake, with a good view of the mountains.

We ate breakfast in the lodge and then drove south through the park towards Jackson, WY for lunch.

Along the way both down and back, there were almost as many different places to capture images of the mountains as there were waterfalls in Yellowstone..

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

mountains

There were more bison, too..

buffalo

buffalo

bison

..and of course, bison and mountains..

bison and mountains

bison and mountains

..and some other beautiful scenery..

sagebrush

big sky

rocky beach

After dinner, I made good on my promise to Ike and took him down to the lake for a swim..

swimming dog

As the sun sets, we’re enjoying the view from our cabin..

setting sun

Tomorrow it’s off to Casper, WY.

Yellowstone

I didn’t have net access last night in Yellowstone, so this entry covers both 7/10 and 7/11..

Woke up this morning in Cody. Had a few bugs on the front of the car..

bugs

From Cody it was off to Yellowstone. What a beautiful place. We saw all kinds of things, like bison..

bison

.. including on the road ..

buffalo on the road

At least he was in the correct lane.

The roads here are pretty wild..

mountain road

I’ll admit it, I’m a sucker for waterfalls. This place is full of them..

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

waterfall

It’s not all waterfalls and bison, however.. There are elk..

elk

..and hot springs..

hot spring

mammoth hot springs

hot spring

..and waterfalls running from hot springs..

hot spring waterfall

..and geysers..

geyser

..including, of course, the most famous geyser, Old Faithful..

old faithful

old faithful

It’s Friday night, and we’re now in Grand Teton..

jackson lake

jackson lake

We’re here tomorrow night too, so more from Grand Teton then.