hidden gems.

on day six of our road trip, we left yellowstone national park and made our way to salt lake city, utah. where we spent the weekend with our friends, ashley & drew.

instead of dreading the long hours in the car between destinations, we began to look forward to them. some of the most amazing things we saw were not “penciled” into our itinerary, but places we stumbled upon.

one of those places was jackson hole, wyoming.

we had to stop. no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

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our lunch spot.

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where the bar stools are horse saddles. and I thought it was the best thing, ever!

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local brews.

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and before we left this amazing little town, we stopped for beer at their local brewery. and ..

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iced coffee, of course.

and it was off to salt lake city ..

[which we ate & drank our way through].

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first night: dinner at the {red iguana}. famous for their mole. and now I know why – yum!!

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to begin the next day: take-out breakfast quesadilla [if I had the choice, I’d start every day with this]. from the {blue plate diner}.

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then we made the short trip to park city, UT.

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our dinner spot: {no name saloon}.

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scrumptious buffalo burgers.

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our friends + hosts for the weekend: drew & ashley.

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I truly felt as if we were being let in on a secret when we arrived at the {sundance resort}. it is so quaint & tucked away. and a place I will never forget visiting.

[the area is owned by robert redford, and is where the sundance film festival got its start].

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we enjoyed cocktails at sundance’s bar: the owl bar.

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the next morning: breakfast at {ruth’s diner}.

and two pictures of downtown salt lake city before we headed off to colorado ..

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and just in case you’re new to the party, here’s a quick recap of our trip [orrr what I’ve shared on the blog so far]: day one we drove through the entire state of south dakota [and made a couple stops] before we reached our first destination, mount rushmore. {read more}. minor detail: we got engaged on the first night of our trip. {read more}. on day two we left south dakota for wyoming. where we set up camp at devils tower. and it hailed. {read more}. on day three we made it to montana just in time to cook dinner over a campfire & go to bed. on day four, we explored little big horn battlefield before heading off to our next destination. {read more}. and then on day five & six, we were in complete awe of yellowstone national park. {read more}.

there’s still eight more days of trip left. [in blog terms: 3 ish more posts].

happy monday.

I turn 26 tomorrow.

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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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bloggers do brunch.

on saturday, I had brunch with some of the most amazing ladies – iowa bloggers, from the {midwest style bloggers}. at {americana}, in downtown des moines.

[if you blog & are in the midwest ..join MSB now].

 bottomless mimosa brunch, count on seeing me. fruit purees to add to said mimosas ..good luck getting rid of me. see ya again soon americana ;)

mimosa + peach raspberry strawberry mango puree.

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ironically enough, I was a bad blogger ..and hardly took any photographs. I was so wrapped up in the mimosas convos!

this is what a blogger brunch looks like:

champagne + social media.

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and there was a giveaway ..

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THAT I WON!!!!

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can you believe this swag bag?

the amazing sponsors.

{vita coco}. {health warrior}. {favery}. {kendra scott}. {waiting on martha}. {ellie}. {bauble bar}. {BH cosmetics}. {may 28th}. {gigi new york}. {lulu’s}. {jami}. {ps I made this} {energy bits}. {sole society}. {sephora}. {sunglass warehouse}.

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and my giveaway prize: a thursday friday tote. you’ll be seeing much more of this.

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who is up for brunch this weekend? I promise to take more photos.

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I need your help.

obviously now soon a lot of my time will be spent wedding planning. I do not want to turn this into wedding blog. mostly because I refuse to spend that much time planning. but are you interested in seeing the process? weekly? monthly? I’d love to hear your feedback. 

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cannot wait to share [J] & I’s time at yellowstone on the blog tomorrow.

happy tuesday.

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