In May I was able to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming for a work/vacation trip.
The Regional NACADA Conference was held at the beautiful Snow King Resort. It was fun to be with be colleagues, even if I was pretty sick.
We were amazed by the beauty of the Tetons as we left the airport.
And two new friends Raquel and Elizabeth
We went downtown to eat and shop and of course had to get our picture under the antler arch.
I got a few individual pictures of the group too.
After the conference was over Angela joined me. She rented this cute car and we drove the 42 mile Scenic Loop. It was amazing!
First we stopped at Mormon Row to check it out for the sunrise pictures the next day.
Snake River Overlook. It is a famous for an Ansel Adams picture taken there in the 1942.
Here is the Ansel Adams picture
Here is my picture 72 years later.
I really enjoyed the varied landscape.
As we were driving we found a big field of horse, donkey, mules.
One of my favorite spots is Oxbox Bend Turnout
We then headed north to Yellowstone National Park. Where some areas still had quite a bit of snow.
As we were driving we saw a bunch of people pulled of the side of the road, the park ranger informed us that is was because a mama bear and her two cubs were out. So we pulled over too.
I got a picture of people taking pictures since the bear were so far away. A few elk also showed up at the field.
We missed seeing Old Faithful because of the timing but we did get to go to the Midway Geyser Basin which is home to two of the largest geothermal features in Yellowstone: Exelsior Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring. Both very beautiful.
The next morning we got up early to take night, twilight and sunrise shots at Mormon row. I still need a lot of practice for my night shots but I did get one with the big dipper and some good sunrise pictures.
And I got one with a bison
Kristi Jackson then joined us for the rest of the trip.
We went to Jenny Lake. It was a gorgeous place.
We saw some fun animals too and learned that marmots make sounds like a bird.
The weather was gorgeous and the quick boat ride across the lake was one of the most relaxing things I have ever experienced.
That night we went out and got some more pictures of this amazing mountain range.
We stopped at Oxbow Bend again for sunset
Monday we drove up to the Teton Village and rode the Ariel Tram up the mountain.
Here are pictures along the way.
And then we flew home. This is Jackson Hole from the air.
What an amazing trip. If you would like to see all the pictures from the trip, click here.