Summer Vacation in the Wild West | Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana | Personal

I want to take a moment to interrupt your regularly scheduled wedding related posts to share with you images from our recent travels through Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana (otherwise known as the wild west).  And what a beautiful and wild part of the United States it is.  After leaving California we were pleasantly surprised to see a part of the country where every inch of gorgeous, inhabitable land did not have a house on it!

The whole area really blew my mind.  Yellowstone, with all its wildlife, thermal features, and Yellowstone Lake was amazing.  The Chief Joseph Highway and the Beartooth Pass to Montana was the most beautiful stretch of road I have ever driven in my entire life (no exaggeration).  Art was alive and well in the small towns we visited and the people were always kind.  We even took in a rodeo and a cowboy supper show!

This was also the first time I freed myself while traveling of the “big girl” camera and just shot with my Fuji x100s.  I can’t tell you how liberating it was to just go out and take pictures without fussing over a lot of gear and lenses.  I would venture to say that also made the trip more enjoyable for the whole family!

It is not lost on me what a blessing it is that we are able to travel and show the world to our children.  To me, vacationing together is some of the best memory making you can do as a family.  It’s also something I never take for granted and hope to be able to do for many more years to come.  I hope this post inspires you to go out and see more of the area surrounding you…you may be surprised what you find.  I know we were.

Day One: Drive across the Nevada desert to Twin Falls, Idaho
Day Two: Twin Falls, Idaho to Cody, Wyoming through Yellowstone Park
Day Three: Cody, Wyoming – Buffalo Bill Museum, Trolly Car Tour, Old West Shoot-Out, and the Rodeo
Day Four: Yellowstone Park Grand Loop
Day Five: Red Lodge Montana via the Chief Joseph and Bear Tooth Pass Highways
Day Six: Yellowstone to the Grand Tetons and a cowboy supper in Jackson, Wyoming
Day Seven: Jackson, Wyoming – Tram to the top of Jackson Hole, National Wildlife Museum, and exploring downtown Jackson
Day Eight: Jackson, Wymoming to Twin Falls, Idaho – The Idaho Potato Museum, the First Nuclear Power Plant Museum, Craters of the Moon and watching base jumpers in Twin Falls
Day Nine: Back across the Nevada desert to home!

downtown twin falls Idaho
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Yellowstone national park
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old faithful at Yellowstone national park
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buffalo bill wild west museum
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downtown Cody Wyoming
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Cody Wyoming gun show
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lower falls in Yellowstone park
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buffalo in the road at Yellowstone park
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Yellowstone national park
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Yellowstone lake at Yellowstone national park
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chief Joseph scenic highway in Wyoming
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Beartooth pass in Montana
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red lodge Montana
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the grand Tetons in Wyoming
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Jackson hole
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the bar-j cowboy supper in Jackson hole Wyoming
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the tram to the top of Jackson hole
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parasailing in Jackson Wyoming
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the national wildlife museum in Jackson Wyoming
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the million dollar cowboy club in Jackson Wyoming
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neon sign in Jackson Wyoming
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ebr-1 nuclear power plant museum
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craters of the moon national park in Idaho
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twin falls bridge base jumping
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old town wells Nevada
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sunset in northern California
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12 thoughts on “Summer Vacation in the Wild West | Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana | Personal

  1. OMG I love these photos! My absolute favorite kind of photography is nature photography and these turned out beautifully! I really love the photo of the buffalo stopping traffic lol …such gorgeous sights!

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