Saturday, March 5, 2011

Day 9-Road Trip to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park

Well, its been a while since I've written. Unfortunately, the reason I haven't written recently is because my grandmother passed away. I had to return back home to Louisiana for the funeral. While I was down there, we were sorting through old photographs that my grandmother had. One thing that I saw were lots of pictures of my grandparents with my aunts and uncles on camping trips. My dad's family was large, he is one of eight. The only way they could afford to go on vacation was to go camping. I got my love of the outdoors from my dad, and I hope to pass along this love to my kids one day.

Ok, so Day 9 of our trip. We packed up our car so we could head over to Canyon Village, where we would be staying the night. We took the road that cut across the park, and along the way we decided to hike a trail. We chose to hike to Grebe Lake, which was a 6 mile round trip hike. This hike took us through part of the park that had been burned by the fires in the 1980's. We didn't see much wildlife besides chipmunks. Once we made it to the lake, we stayed only for a few minutes thanks to the swarms of mosquitoes. 

Grebe Lake

We drove to our campsite and pitched our tent and cooked some lunch. By the way, the Easy Mac cups 
 that are supposed to be microwaved to not trans late well to the stove top.

We decided to drive north of the campsite. It was a beautiful drive.

As we were driving near Antelope Creek, we saw some black bears near the side of the road!!

We continued our drive and some some more volcanic rocks, the columns on the cliff side in the next two pictures.

We made it to the petrified tree, which was a redwood to be exact. There were a lot of people there, and kids trying to climb the gate around the tree.

After we saw the tree, we went over to Tower Falls.

After checking out the falls, we decided to drive back to camp.

When we got back to camp, I decided to play lumberjack and chop some wood.

Here is our campsite.

Next time, our last day in the park.