Adventuring

Adventuring: I Left My Heart Out West

At the end of April, my adventure-mate and I went on an epic trip to Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana.

We climbed mountains, witnessed wildlife in their element, set foot on snow every day of the trip (which is huge for this Floridian), and were in non-stop awe.

As soon as we got off the plane, we got into the rental car and drove to Ogden, UT to climb to Malan’s Peak, wasting no time! It was quite steep and a good portion of the trail towards the top was buried in about 2-3 feet of snow. With no snow shoes, it made for a challenging hike, but we were determined to make it to the top. And what a reward it was!

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We stayed in Idaho Falls that night and got up early the next morning to head to the magnificent Grand Teton National Park. In early Spring, this park is mostly closed, but there was a road open to foot and bike traffic only.

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We explored around Jackson Hole a bit and then headed off to the condo we stayed in for the week in Big Sky, MT.

The rest of the week consisted of both of us fighting off a nasty cold by hiking as much as possible.  We hiked up to Lava Lake, blowing our noses every 10 steps. We got to the (frozen) lake at the end and were in such amazement that any uncomfortable-ness we had felt due to being sick just completely faded away. With a view like this, what else could possibly matter in that moment?

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We spent 2 different days in Yellowstone… and we could have spent another 3 weeks just in that park. We explored the prismatic springs, Old Faithful, the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, experienced a Yellowstone traffic jam, and went on a few incredible hikes in the Park.

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My favorite hike was up to Storm Castle Peak. This was a gorgeous hike with stunning views of mountains and the Gallatin River the entire way up. And then we reached the top and it took my breath away.

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I left pieces of my heart everywhere we went out there. Truly magical, special places that I am so grateful I got to experience.

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