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Family RV Trip: Day 15

Splash!

So I’m going to start this post off really exciting.  Ready?  This morning I started my day…   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 14

Bear-Hunting
(Abi and I searching for bears)
(Photo taken by Ashley Samuelson)

Today was a sad day.  It was the day we left Yellowstone National Park.

We did add a few more stops to our trip before leaving, though, hitting the Mud Volcanoes, the Lower and Upper Falls, and Tower Fall.  We also saw tons of bison before leaving the park, as well as pronghorns.

And then there’s the questionable bear sighting.  Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 13

A Snowstorm in June
(A park ranger trying to secure the American flag in the middle of a snowstorm)

The theme for today was bear-searching!  Above all other types of wildlife, we really wanted to see a bear.  They’re supposed to be abounding here in Yellowstone; everywhere we go, there are signs telling us how to “Be Bear Aware” and what to do if you meet a bear, and how to act when you’re on your hikes to prevent a run-in with a bear.  All of these led my sisters and me to believe these amazing, furry, terrifying creatures were everywhere!

In the morning, we went on a hike called “Elephant Back Hike,” which is, according to one of the park guides, a local favorite – traipsing up a mountain peak in the woods until you finally arrive at the pinnacle, where there’s a stunning view of Yellowstone Lake with the Absaroka Mountain Range in the background.  However, we did not see a bear, let alone any wildlife!  (We did see snow, though… Weren’t we just in the desert a few days ago?!)

We arrived back to the RV only to find out that my grandma and the dogs had seen a huge bison right in front of the RV!  After bemoaning our bad luck for a bit, we made lunch and saw… Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 12

Roasting Marshmallows over a “Fire”
(I’m ashamed to even call that a fire)
(Mom and Ashley are the two in the photo here)

Yellowstone National Park.  A favorite in the country, as the oldest national park in the United States.

This is where we arrived today.  As with previous posts, I’ll post a separate one just on our main adventures in Yellowstone, leaving this post with everything extra that happened during the day today.    Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 11/The Grand Tetons

Sun Shining on the Grand Tetons

Today our destination was the Grand Tetons!

First, however, we worried about where we were going to spend the night (after all, there aren’t any Walmarts in this area).  So we hurried over towards the Grand Tetons, driving through Jackson, WY – a very quaint, nice little city – until we reached the Colter Bay RV Park… just in time.  We claimed the second to last spot in the entire RV park.

Finally, we headed off to see the Grand Tetons.   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 10

The Waterfall at Nunns Park

So we (sadly) left Zion this morning with the intention of driving over nine hours up to Jackson, Wyoming.  Upon looking at the map, I realized that we’d be driving right past Provo, Utah, where a good friend of mine lived.  We decided this would be the perfect place to make a pit stop.   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 9

Entrance to Zion

Today we drove to Zion National Park, starting our day early with the hopes of having a lot of time to hike and enjoy the scenery.  On the way, I figured I’d work on editing a few photos on my computer… and was greeted with a black screen.  My computer wouldn’t start.  With my heart in my mouth for about an hour, I worked on trying to repair my laptop, and prayed to God that I didn’t lose any of my photos.

My computer finally turned on, and I immediately spent the following hour saving all my pictures to a memory card.  In the meantime, the rest of my family worked on planning out our day and figuring out what we were going to do.  This was what was decided:   Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 8

A Bit of Sedona

Today we strolled Sedona.  As in, walked up and down the town.  It wasn’t extremely exciting, as at 8:00 in the morning not much was open, but I’d like to think I added to the morning excitement!

I twisted my ankle.  Twice.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m naturally clumsy, despite being a figure skater, and if you didn’t believe me then, hopefully this post will convince you!  The first time, I was walking down the stairs of the RV, excited to go out to see Sedona, and then – BAM! Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 7

Incredibly Inviting
(The creek where we just had to go swimming!)

On this lovely Sunday morning, we woke up to the sound of blue herons fighting above our RV.  It was fine, though, since we knew we had to get going for the day.  The first thing we were going to do in Sedona was rent ATVs!

My mom, my dad, and my sisters and I all went to the Sedona ATV & Buggy Rental where we had two two-person buggies and a traditional four-wheeler ATV ready to go for us.  After getting a quick tutorial and a map, we were on our way!

This was my first time ever doing any sort of off-roading… Continue reading

Family RV Trip: Day 6

A Sedona Moonrise

This morning we woke up in the Grand Canyon and definitely packed our day full of sights, as I wrote in my previous post.  After we had our fill of this incredible location, we headed off to our next destination.

As we were driving, there was a significant change in terrain, which is crazy to me since we stayed in Arizona the entire time!  We started in a desert-type location where all we could see was sand in miles around.  We even saw a dust-tornado!  (Okay, so I just looked that up.  According to Wikipedia, they’re called either “dustnados” or “dust devils.”  Dust devils!  How cool is that?!)   Continue reading