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[Grand Teton National Park, WY] For our final day in Grand Teton (and on this trip), we had booked a 2-hour floating trip on the Snake River. We met in the hotel lobby at 8:20 am and got on a bus, which took us to Pacific Creek landing. There, our group of about 40 people boarded two WWII pontoon rafts. These were used in WWI in Europe, when all the bridges were… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park] Today was our last day in Yellowstone, and Mother Nature finally smiled upon us with our first fully sunny day since we got here on Monday. And it was not too soon, as we were waiting for the weather to clear in order to hike Mt. Washburn, the park’s most popular trail. The hike was not too strenuous – 1400 ft elevation in just over 3 miles. What made… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park] Today’s plan was to sleep in, then go for a horseback ride at 1 pm. We’d been getting up early all throughout this trip, so it was about time we didn’t wake up to an alarm – we are on vacation, after all! We had a late breakfast at our hotel, where I had the best pancakes ever – huckleberry pancakes. They were crispy on the outside, nice and… Read More

[Yellowstone National Park, WY] Yellowstone can be roughly divided into three areas – North Yellowstone (where we were yesterday), the hydrothermal area around Old Faithful, and the canyon of the Yellowstone river. Having seen the North, we decided to tackle Old Faithful and the three hydrothermal basins around it today. The Old Faithful Visitor Education center posts the next eruption time for Old Faithful, +- 10 minutes. When we arrived around 9:20… Read More

[Great Falls, MT / Gardiner, MT / Yellowstone National Park, WY] Never ever have I been so happy to spend the night in a hotel room! We were all happy when we woke up on Monday morning and could make coffee, catch up on social media and just chill in our hotel room! The rest of the girls got ready for their flights, while Laura and I researched brunch. This turned out… Read More