american beauty.

the majority of day four & all of day five of our trip was spent at yellowstone national parkhands down one of the most breathtaking places in our country. [based on my opinion].

we entered the park through the northeast entrance. and our campsite was near the south entrance. little did we know, it was 86 miles away. going a maximum of 35MPH, that’s when buffalo weren’t in the middle of the road.

but I’ll just shhhhh and let the pictures do the talking.

[warning: so many buffalo shots. sorry I’m not sorry].

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me: why is traffic going so slow?

[J]: a buffalo is leading the way.

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he was totally giving us the evil eye.

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absolutely insane. I loved waiting on the buffalo. hence the 100+ pictures.

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mammoth hot springs.

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norris geyser basin.

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old faithful.

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we got to old faithful a mere 3 minutes before she began to erupt. and overheard the couple in front of us say, “we waited an entire hour for this”. great timing on our part.

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yellowstone lake.

[right next to our campsite].

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it rained both of our nights spent at yellowstone. which always makes it more interesting in a tent.

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tower fall.

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and we hiked to the bottom. to play in the river.

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[we loved our merrell barefoot trail gloves. the best purchase we made for our trip].

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the grand canyon of yellowstone.

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thee most beautiful waterfall.

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sulphur caldron.

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mud volcano.

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west thumb geyser basin.

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they were puttin’ off a lot of heat!

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and then on the way out of yellowstone [south entrance], you immediately enter the grand teton national park ..which is equally as breathtaking.

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next up: our road trip to & our time spent in salt lake city. [including a town we’re dying to revisit].

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happy wednesday.

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history buff.

just in case you’re not sick of hearing about [J] & I’s trip yet ..

on day one, we drove from des moines to mount rushmore. making a couple stops along the way. {read more}. then, that night we got engaged. no big deal. {read more}. on day two, we left south dakota & headed to wyoming to set up camp at the base of devils tower. which we explored on day three {read more}.

after hiking around devils tower, we got in the car and continued our road trip to montana.

and set up camp. just in time to watch the sunset.

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the next morning it was breakfast over the fire, as usual.

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and off we went to the little bighorn battlefield.

which is incredibly amazing. and oh so important to our country’s history.

the reader’s digest version: it took place in june 25-26, 1876. and was the U.S. army battling against the native american tribes, who were resisting pressure from the government to relocate to reservations.

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the memorial of “custer’s last stand”.

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the native american memorial.

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after some inspiring history, it was time to get back on the road ..

destination: yellowstone national park.

but what we didn’t expect ..was to have some of thee most beautiful scenery along the way.

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sweet little towns, tucked in the valleys of massive mountains.

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and winding roads, going up the side of said mountains. [I drove].

but with thee most breathtaking scenery.

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around each turn, we said “it can’t get any prettier than this” ..so we’d park the car, get out, and snap a couple photos. but without fail ..it always got better.

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friends.

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and without question, one of the most entertaining parts of our trip ..just so happened to be when there was an “open range”. and road signs would say “caution: animals on the road”. and you would come around the corner, and see this ..

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I guess when you’re driving hours & hours across the country, it doesn’t take much to entertain you. just beautiful scenery & cows on the road.

cannot wait to share our time at yellowstone. next week.

are you sick of trip recaps yet?

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alcohol + camping go hand in hand.

it’s day three already. on the agenda: hike around devils tower! & then [J] & I are off to our next destination ..

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I’m excited to have lisa of {two martinis} here today. she’s sharing not one, not two, but three drink recipes with you. and while we’re on the topic .. I must say I was on the fence about bringing booze on our excursion [very unlike me, I know]. basically when I drink I can get a little careless, and the last thing I want is to wind up face to face with a bear. but after reading lisa’s camping story ..I headed straight to the liquor store. [drink responsibly, especially in the woods. but do drink]. does anyone know if there are hyenas in montana?

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Hey everyone! This definitely isn’t Chelsea, because as we all know, Chelsea is enjoying her summer by taking a very extended vacation and camping across the country.

Not that I’m jealous or anything.

Nope, who would be jealous of a 16 day vacation?

Not me, that’s for darn sure. I’ll just stay in my apartment and watch Bravo TV marathons.

Sigh.

Anyway, this is Lisa and I blog over at Two Martinis. I must confess, I’ve had a very limited experience with camping.

It involved me and hyenas.

(I am clearly thrilled to be spending my honeymoon sleeping in a tent.)

And do you know what I wish I had while I was camping? (Besides a flashlight, which also would have helped helped.)

A cocktail. Or seven. And of course cocktails are hard to come by in the Serengeti Plains, but Chelsea should be able to get her hands on a few of these, and I hope you will be able to enjoy some of these drinks too, whether you’re camping or not!

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Moscow Mule

(Fun fact, I originally started enjoying this beverage after Chelsea posted about her love for them on this very blog!)

  • 1 half lime
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 4-6 ounces of ginger beer

Squeeze the lime into a glass, add some ice cubs, the vodka, and top it off with the ginger beer. Enjoy!

Mimosa

  • Sparkling wine
  • Orange juice

This drink is so easy, even I can’t mess it up! Add equal parts sparkling wine (or champagne!) and orange juice. You could also use pineapple juice instead, to mix things up a bit.

*Fun fact: Did you know you can make a virgin mimosa by using ginger ale instead of champagne?

Sweet Moscato Strawberry Mix

  • Pink Moscato
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Ginger ale

Put a couple of strawberries in a glass and add equal parts Moscato and ginger ale to it for a super-delicious drink.

Now that you have the recipes, go and get your day drinking on!

(And stop on by to my blog at Two Martinis to say hello!)

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oh my goodness. they all sound great to me. 

[J] & I will be “THOSE” campers – sipping moscow mules at our campsite. in the middle of nowhere wyoming. that’ll be us! I hope I packed the red solo cups ..

[thank you lisa].

go shower her with blog love!

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