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In August we returned to Montana and Wyoming for our fourth annual trip. Our two weeks were a mix of hiking, backpacking, running, fishing, geyser gazing, and sightseeing in the Beartooth Mountains, the Wind River Range, Yellowstone, and the Tetons. All our pictures with trip notes are posted here. This is the summary from our webpage:

In August 2012 we made our fourth annual trip to Montana and Wyoming for two weeks of outdoor adventure. For our first week we were again based at Two Rib Cabin with my parents in Cooke City, MT. Cooke City is a one road town nestled in the Beartooth Mountains near the Montana/Wyoming border and located five miles from the northeast entrance of Yellowstone. With unparalleled hiking, fishing, wildlife, and scenery at our fingertips, it made the perfect base for exploring the Beartooth Mountains and northern Yellowstone. Steve had the opportunity for several long runs in the Beartooths and his favorite was a run from Island Lake he dubbed the 26 Lake Hike (the Beartooth Plateau has around a thousand lakes!). While Steve and I did a loop hike past Beauty Lake, Norah enjoyed playing with Grandma. She also had fun fishing with Grandpa and we dined on the fresh trout she caught.

The main attraction of our second week was a five day backpacking trip in the Wind River Range. Last year was our first time visiting the Wind River Range and we were immediately hooked. This time we planned a trip out of the Big Sandy trailhead with camping at Big Sandy Lake, Deep Lake, and a day hike to Jackass Pass in the Cirque of the Towers. The scenery was amazing, the weather beautiful; we saw moose, short tailed weasels, pikas, and marmots; and there were no bugs. In short, it was an awesome five days!

Before returning to Billings after our Wind River excursion, we had a few days to sightsee in Yellowstone and the Tetons. During our first week we were in and out of Yellowstone for day trips and at the end of our trip we stayed at Old Faithful Inn for one night. We love all that Yellowstone has to offer: scenery, wildlife, and especially the thermal features. Steve and I enjoyed a hike along the north rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and we all liked the various pools and geysers we saw; the standouts being the Grand Prismatic (or the Problematic as Norah kept calling it) and the geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin. Two new geysers for us this year were Grand and Riverside Geysers. Last year a highlight was watching Castle Geyser erupt at night with a full moon and this year I had the chance to watch it erupt at sunrise. Pretty incredible!

Steve was able to fit in one last run in the Tetons and really liked his twenty five mile run through Cascade and Paintbrush Canyons (including seeing a mother moose and her baby and a black bear on the trail). Norah and I were a lot less ambitious and joined a ranger led hike to Inspiration Point. It was a pretty hike and I really enjoyed the ranger talk on the geology of the Tetons. The lack of foothills, the dramatic rise of the mountains, and the relatively small size of the range make the Tetons a very photogenic park. We made sure to stop at many of the viewpoints and overlooks, especially at sunrise and sunset, to take in the beautiful scenery.

All in all we really enjoyed our two weeks and look forward to another western adventure in 2013!
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A few favorite pictures:

Watching in awe as Castle Geyser erupts at sunrise in Yellowstone:



Cirque of the Towers from Jacka$$ Pass (Wind River Range):



Sunset from Oxbow Bend (Tetons)



A bird eye's view of the Grand Prismatic (Yellowstone):



Some fall color at Deep Lake (Wind River Range):



A steamy Castle Geyser prior to eruption:



Thistle with a view (Tetons):



Steeple and East Temple rise above Deep Lake:



Norah and Grandpa off to fish (Beartooths):



And for fun ... the family at Big Sandy Lake:



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Thanks for posting......beautiful photos.
Looks like a wonderful family vacation.
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Wow, I get older by the minute. You're little one is growing up big time in such a short time we've seen her here. Keep jumping Norah.

If you ever decide to give the Tetons a little more time let me know. They'll be a great Range for Norah before the Winds are because there is so accessible with relatively short approaches. I think I've mentioned before the range North of Moran is truly exquisite.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you're all OK out there after Sandy.


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Wonderful. Did Dr. Norah do any surgeries this time?

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If you ever decide to give the Tetons a little more time let me know. They'll be a great Range for Norah before the Winds are because there is so accessible with relatively short approaches. I think I've mentioned before the range North of Moran is truly exquisite.

Thanks for sharing. Hope you're all OK out there after Sandy.
For now we plan on this being an annual trip (we've gone the past four years), so I'm sure we'll make it to the Tetons area eventually. We'll be sure to get recommendations!

We were very fortunate and escaped Sandy unscathed (gas shortages now where we live, but that's nothing compared to what people have been going through south of us). Thanks for asking.

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Wonderful. Did Dr. Norah do any surgeries this time?
Ha!  This time she was all about making "Krabby Patties" and mud pies. :)
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Beautiful.

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Beautiful photos!  Sounds like a great trip :)

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