Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip
Week 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtripWeek 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Grand Teton National Park | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Week 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtripWeek 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtripWeek 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtripWeek 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Our cabin in Pray, MT near Yellowstone was quintessentially western with a loft upstairs for the bed that felt like a tree house! We had horses, cows, sheep, and spectacular views of the mountains. You could watch storms roll in from miles and miles in the distance and fog blanket the landscape. I had never seen so many stars.

People told us that Yellowstone is wild and raw in its beauty and the geysers did not disappoint. There is truly nothing like them anywhere else in the States, or most parts of the world. It’s unreal to go from grasslands to mountains to natural cauldrons of boiling water and sulphur bursting from the earth—all within a few miles of each other. Midway Geyser Basin with the Grand Prismatic Spring has colors that appear to belong on other planets. Huge rings of the most brilliant aquamarine, ochre and orange…it will leave you awestruck.

Yellowstone gets all the hype, but Grand Teton National Park has the most stunning mountains we’ve ever seen. They’re majestic and regal with their soaring peaks and jagged silhouettes that tower in contrast to the grassy plains around them. We stayed at the Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa in Jackson Hole and loved both the hotel and the location: super walkable, bike-friendly, and with hiking trails immediately outside our room. The rooftop hot tub didn’t hurt either.

During our stay in the Tetons, there was a solar flare that brought the Northern Lights into Wyoming. That’s the electric green and purple you see in the photos. We couldn’t imagine a better backdrop for viewing the shifting colors. It was one of those trip-affirming moments where you can’t even believe this is real life.

Week 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

With the hype of Yellowstone comes city-style rush hour traffic and mega tour buses, mostly filled with foreigners just looking to take a selfie (we’ve never seen so many selfie sticks in one place). Unfortunately, Yellowstone is a trophy and Facebook photo op to them and they were completely disrespectful of the land. We saw people smoking cigarettes, getting dangerously close to bison, littering, spitting, and a few even harassed our dogs. It detracted from our quiet enjoyment of the park, and it also made for hostile park rangers who (somewhat understandably) seemed to view every tourist as a problem. We wondered what Yellowstone was like pre-iphone.

We had to regularly drive our very much non-off-road car on rocky, dusty roads, which coated our brakes in dirt and made them squeaky. We figured better safe than sorry and took the car to a mechanic. After half a day of sitting in a crappy Albertson’s parking lot with no internet or cell service and Honey and Barley whining about the injustice of it all, we learned that we have 75% of our brake pads left (plenty). As we were leaving the auto shop, we noticed a Whole Foods-like market down the street with free wi-fi and outdoor seating. It really is time to get Verizon.

Week 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

veggie sausage quinoa & kale / chickpeas greens & toast “croutons” / massaged kale superfood salad

Week 6: Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks | picklesnhoney.com #PHroadtrip

Share

Leave a Comment

  1. The night view look magical! I would find it super hard to go to sleep next to a sky like this….

    It’s perfect!

    Enjoy Amanda!

    xx
    Marina

    1. Amanda says

      The sky is definitely magical without all of the city buildings and lights obstructing it. You could get lost in it. 🙂

  2. Grandma Kiki says

    Amazing! Setting sun and stars in the same sky takes your breath away! As a young girl I traveled to 46 states on road trips with my parents. Wonderful experience and would love to repeat it today…and add Washington and Origan this timeI love the photos! Enjoy and keep photos coming!!

    1. Amanda says

      Wow, how fun that you were able to travel so much with your parents! We’re about to explore Washington and Oregon in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

  3. Kait says

    I’m not sure why but this one brought up all the feels (and the accompanying tears). Partially tears of joy for you and this amazing adventure and partially those of sadness for Yellowstone. I probably would have lost my shit…or passive aggressively “whispered” to Bren how rude everyone was (like when I go “UGH TOURISTS” while walking through NYC…just fulfilling the stereotype folks).

    Your writing in this post is STUNNING too. I can’t quite pinpoint it but it reflects deeply the shifts happening behind the scenes for you. So so much love and wisdom shining through. xoxo

    1. Amanda says

      Yeah…I think if I lived in NYC I would avoid some neighborhoods/streets at all costs because of tourists. It’s like trying to take the T home in Boston when there’s a Red Sox game–a surefire way to get all fired up.

      Thank you, as always, for the very sweet comment and compliments on my writing. xo

  4. Those photos are all so gorgeous! O my goodness!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Rebecca! Both Yellowstone and Grand Teton really lend themselves to awesome photos.

  5. Totally know what you mean about Yellowstone, which is why we went in early June before the crowds. Much better time and way less people, but still, I know those dangerous tourists! This has got to be my most favorite stretch of your trip yet. It holds such a special place in my heart. And your photos! They just keep getting better! Love <3

    1. Amanda says

      Early June would have been better for sure. A few people at Yellowstone commented that it was good we were there early in the season and I just kept thinking “um, what’s it like in July/August?!” It was already so, so crazy. A local guy said the best time to come is in winter via snow mobile, which kind of sounds like the best idea ever. Perhaps a return trip!

      1. Haha I know right! You couldn’t pay me enough to be there during peak season! And snowmobile?! Sounds so rad! Cold. But rad!

  6. Jennifer says

    I think this is the most photos I’ve seen in one post!

    I’ve been to a few national parks near where my parents old house (southern Utah/Arizona/Nevada) and there has been some ignorant tourists. They’ll be everywhere. I’ve heard stories from my in-laws (who visit many parks including Grand Tetons and Yellowstone) about how park rangers claim that people have died from going too close to cliffs, or ignoring signs.

    1. Amanda says

      haha SO many photos! And this was after quite a few passes to cut them down.

      I’m sure it’s true that people have actually died from not paying attention or not heeding warning signs at NPs. Yellowstone was one where they were very explicit about not approaching bison, for example, and we saw several people still decide to get out of their cars to photograph them up close. This was after a couple of people were gored by bison earlier in June. Really dumb!

      1. Jennifer says

        My in-laws did a similar one, I guess there is a specific amount of space they suggest you keep away from bears. They ended up walking a path that a brown bear was really close to, so what does my father-in do? Pulls out his camera and take lots of photos. Later on the bump into a ranger and mention to him they saw a brown bear, which is rare to see them in such high altitudes. To prove it to the ranger he pulled out his camera to show the pictures. The ranger asked how close they were, so my father in-law pulled out his biggest camera lense and swore he used that one. For the record, he didn’t use that one. XD

    2. Lisa says

      Hi Jennifer! I read your comment and couldn’t help but ask..i’m planning a trip to Southern Utah in October, am curious which NPs to see! They are all so beautiful and i only have 8 days! Flying into Las Vegas. any info would be appreciated! 🙂

      also, love the Yellowstone pics! That is next on my list!!!

      1. Jennifer says

        Ugh! I wrote a long post about all the different places and then I got a timed out message when I tried to hit send. So I will try and make it more to the point:

        Snow Canyon State Park/Red Cliff National Conservation Area: near Saint George Utah, and I use to go on a few trails, but honestly I can’t remember which park is which. These tend to be less popular places so you get more secluded hikes. I am pretty sure there are some dinosaur fossils which are cool to see since you can pretty much just walk right up to them. There are also petroglyphs nearby that are pretty much open to the elements, which again, is a really cool experience.

        Zion National Park: This is the most popular national park in the area. I would recommend checking it out next. There are lots of nice places in the area. You would be going in the off season so you can probably drive in the park (during peak season aka summer, they have trolleys which you will want to use during the summer) Driving is nice because the roads are pretty cool, hand carved tunnels, and the like. Trails in this park tend to be shorter, but they are beautiful.

        Bryce Canyon: There is a lot to do, but I haven’t been often since the drive is a little long (and I always had a dog with me) It is worth it to drive around the main loop to see the main sights, and there is hiking as well. At this point you will want to plan ahead, decent healthy restaurants start to get sparse. I love this place because there is lots of wild life and I almost always would see a Pronghorn Antelope.

        Cedar Breaks: Fairly small. It is near a college town and a ski resort. It might be snowing by October (not sure, but I know snow stays on the ground until June) It is a nice place to visit, and there are lots of different sights to see, but I am not very familiar with it.

        Lake Powell: This is a fun place, but I went with a friend who had a house boat. It is more about water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing, kayaking, etc. There are some hikes, but they aren’t very well labeled, and they can disappear depending on the water levels. There is a spa nearby if that is your thing.

        North Side of the Grand Canyon: This is a fairly travel-able distance. Maybe 3-4 hours away? I liked the place, and I would plan on spending the night there if you visit since it is such a drive. If you have been to the south side, I would still check out the north. It is VERY different, though I am not sure what their seasonal hours are.

        Capitol Reef, Canyonland, Arches, Moab: These are a little bit too East for me. You can visit, but I think the drive might be 5 hours (from Saint George so probably longer from Las Vegas) They are totally a place you could visit, but you may want to spend more time in the West and get a closer examination of those places.

      2. Amanda says

        Awesome awesome info! Thank you for taking the time to share your insider notes with us!

  7. Casey says

    These photographs are absolutely stunning. You are inspiring my fiance and I to do something like this one year when our sone has graduated from HS (5 years). I love the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone, they are my favorite places in the US.

    1. Amanda says

      Thank you, Casey! Definitely take an extended road trip when the time is right in a few years. It’s an incredible experience…I think it may even be life-changing. 🙂

  8. Amanda… I am just DYING over these photos from Yellowstone/Grand Teton. I went there about 10 years ago with my family, and being from a non-mountainous area (read: Connecticut), we were all blown away by the majestic mountains always lurking in the horizon. Looking through your photos really takes me back!!

    1. Amanda says

      I know exactly what you mean about coming from a non-mountainous area. The mountains are that much more incredible! Aaron and I were talking about whether people from the middle of the country freak out over seeing the ocean like we do with mountains/desert. (I bet they do)

  9. Rosanna says

    You should consider having your pictures shown at an art gallery!.. Amazing shots full of spectacular views with backgrounds that you can only imagine in a painting!.. Congrats Amanda! Not only you develop recipes but you are a natural photographer!

  10. Melissa says

    My partner and I just finished a two-month, around the US road trip, and we kept a photo blog that included all our favorite vegan restaurants and food stops along the way. I stumbled across your blog today via a recipe and love your photos and posts. It’s fun to see where we overlapped in a few places! We were overwhelmed by the people in Yellowstone as well, and loved the Tetons. Have fun on the rest of your trip!

    Here’s our post on Yellowstone:
    http://mothertruckinusa.com/posts/2015/yellowstone

    1. Amanda says

      This is AWESOME!!! I’m giving you guys a big ol’ fist bump for your epic 2-month road trip! Your photos are beautiful and it’s kind of crazy the parallels our trip has followed. I’m about to get totally lost reading through your posts. <3 Joshua Tree is on our list so now I'm even more excited to visit since you deemed it worthy of moving. We're in a similar boat--part of this trip for us is being open to trying on new lifestyles and seeing if a different one feels right.

      1. Melissa says

        I think you’ll love Joshua Tree! Get in touch when you’re headed this way if you want any recommendations for eating, hiking, etc. It would be fun to meet up over a slice of vegan pie!

      2. Amanda says

        Yes! Thank you for the offer on recommendations. We’ll need to plan a vegan pie meet up!

Cancel

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

css.php