Shannon and the Grand Tetons
My wife and I were less than 60 miles from one of the world’s most scenic places, but didn’t go.
Less than 60 miles.
What were we thinking?
I’ve never been one to follow the big crowds, and I don’t do things just because they’re popular. To that end, sometimes I’m so stubborn I avoid something I might actually like. It’s true that the vapid often gets more than its share of attention, but occasionally something is popular because it’s really frickin’ cool to most people. I still allow myself to think I’m not like “most people,” and I could argue that recent posts here prove that (for better or worse).
But, boy oh boy, am I kicking myself for this one.
(clicking the pictures will not do much in this time)
Shannon and downtown Lander, Wyoming.
We were in western Wyoming for a week to celebrate our
ninth tenth anniversary. I was determined to avoid the crowds and see things the average tourist never sees. The altitude crushed my dreams of backpacking to remote locales; the first trail we hiked started at 9,300 feet and went almost straight up.
Not good for two born-and-bred Arkansans who, I’ll admit, weren’t in good shape despite their slender physiques.
What would have been the perfect thing to make up for that? Oh, I don’t know… going to arguably one of the most beautiful places in the world? In a car. With no hiking.
Let’s break down some facts about Yellowstone National Park:
- largest National Park in the lower 48 states
- home to more than half of all geysers in the world
- features waterfalls that will knock your socks way off
- grizzlies and bison and moose, oh my!
Its explosive underpinnings notwithstanding, Yellowstone sounds like an absolute wonder to behold.
We were at Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone’s southerly neighbor, but I didn’t want to do what everybody else was doing. Nope, can’t do that. Didn’t want to say, “Me, too! Me, too!”
Don’t get me wrong — we had a great time and I wouldn’t change it. That said, I’m going back some day, come what may, to Yellowstone National Park.
Before that, however, we’re headed west again, this time for New Mexico. I’ll post photos here as soon as I can.
In the meantime, below is one I snapped on the drive from Lander to Dubois. Click here to see all of our 2002 Wyoming trip. Does it include Shannon sitting on a Jackalope? Have I ever let you down?
(update: The trip above was our 10th anniversary. Our ninth is here.)