From May 23rd through June 8th we embarked on a most epic of all epic road trips with another family of five. Four adults. Five kids ranging in ages from 5 to 13. In a 15 passenger van.
Our route took us from our hometown, to south central Colorado to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, CO, Black Canyon National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Jackson, Wyoming, Teton National Park, and Yellowstone National Park.
That's four national parks, one national monument, several days in Gothic, Colorado outside of Crested Butte and a total 5,080 miles.
Much of the trip was spent camping. And each and every time we opened up the back doors of the van it was like a yard sale spilled out on to the dry, dusty, mountainous west landscape. And the amount of food and various other rubble that littered the van floor is unspeakable.
But it is the new friends and old that we met along the way that is burned into our memories.
And the hikes in the snow in June.
And the wide open spaces.
And calves. And Old Faithful.
And the wolves. That some of us saw on an early Sunday morning near Teton National Park. And the wolves we ALL saw one Thursday evening in Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
And being together. In nature. Doing what we all love to do most.