A Week in Yellowstone National Park

Originally Published July 1, 2013

I recently spent an entire week in Yellowstone National Park. Never being farther west than Ohio, I knew I was in store for the most breath-taking scenery I’ve ever laid eyes on. I just didn’t anticipate my expectations to be blown away as much as they were.
If you’re familiar with my blog, you’re probably aware of my great friend Jason and our very entertaining broventures. While hiking and photographing the Allegheny National Forest last November, he came up with this grand idea of visiting Yellowstone. I didn’t have much of a say about it. He pretty much made the decision for me. Seven months later, we were on a broventure of epic scale.

We rented a Dodge Caravan for the entire week. I can’t imagine a more perfect vehicle for this type of trip. With its stow and go seating placed in the floor, the entire vehicle was empty for our equipment, food, and sleeping space. Yes, we slept in the thing at reserved campsites. And what food did we eat you ask? Since we didn’t have coolers to keep food fresh, we went the canned route. That meant Spam burgers and beef ravioli. Dessert was where it was at though. S’mores with mini chocolate donuts in the mix.

After returning from the trip, I’m still at a loss for words when I look through the photos I took during that week. All the Spam burgers, nights of very little sleep, and early 4:00am mornings were totally worth it. Every bend in the road introduced another jaw-dropping view. I would have loved to had a voice recorder running the entire trip so I could tally how many times we said things like “Oh my God!”, “Holy Sh*t!”, and “That’s $%#@ing amazing!” It was a spectacular trip and one that I will never forget, and I’d like to thank Jason for suggesting insisting on it.

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