Friday, May 16, 2014

Happy Birthday to Me!

I cannot think of a better way to celebrate my 30th year of life than waking up beside Matt in a tent and spending the day exploring the majesty and wonders of Yellowstone National Park.  Life is good.  Oh, happy birthday to me!
The Lower Falls from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  5/25/2013
A eruption in the Back Basin at Norris.  5/11/2014
Different water temperatures lead to a wide variety of colors in the Norris Front Basin.  5/12/2014 
Standing in the steam cloud of Grotto Geyser.  It was a nice and warm place to be on a brisk spring day.  5/4/2013
Frozen Lake Yellowstone with a backdrop of snow-capped mountains.  5/11/2013
When the bison are on the road the rest of the traffic has no choice but to come to a stop.  Its pretty remarkable to have these massive creatures only a window pane away.  They are so big.  They're like dinosaurs, only mammal.  5/11/2013
Our silhouettes from the boardwalk on one of the pools of boiling mud at the Artist's Paintpots.  5/12/2013
The Lower Falls from a distance from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  5/25/2013
A hairy woodpecker on dead wood near the Artist's Paintpots.  5/12/2013
The strange landscape of the Front Basin at Norris.  5/12/2014
Pretty, pink-striped Springbeauties blooming along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  5/25/2013
Matt and I could both watch the bubbles at the Artist's Painpots for hours on end.  It never ceases to be amazing.  I mean, its boiling mud?!   5/12/2013
Matt is an all around fab-tab-ulous cook, even when he is cooking out of a cooler.  5/25/2013
An eruption of Grotto Geyser.  5/4/2013
The highway clings to the cliff in the Golden Gate Canyon near the park entrance.  5/5/2013
A golden-mantled ground squirrel digging around near the Artist's Paintpots.  5/12/2013
The Lower Falls from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.  5/25/2013


  1. Happy birthday to you!

    I wish I could take the family to Yellowstone. I have always wanted to go. It's so far from here, though. I wonder if we'll ever make it. (I went to see the giant redwoods in Sequoia National Park as a kid, and would love to take my kids to that, too.)

    We don't travel much, but life is good at home, so it's not a big deal. :) It's great to see your pix and do some armchair travelling.

    1. I like arm chair traveling, too. And your kids don't seem to be lacking for nature exposure, despite the distance from YNP or Sequoia! :) Thanks for the birthday wishes!

  2. Happiest of Birthdays to you dear Beth! We are so lucky to have you as part of our family!

    Love, Momma S.

    1. Well, I couldn't have asked for a better family to marry into! You guys are incredible. Thanks, Sharon!

  3. Happy Birthday! Yellowstone looks to be a really fantastic place to visit. Matt looks super organised with his cooking ingredients there!

    1. He calls that "Matt's Cooking Show" when he has all the ingredients lined up and ready to go in their own little containers. He does it at home and in the woods. Thanks for the birthday wishes! We had a great day. Yellowstone rocks my world.

  4. Happy birthday! The pictures are all gorgeous, but the first and the last goodness! It almost looks unreal, as if something that majestic just could not possibly exist.

    I am so excited because my husband and I are soon going to be embarking on an epic road trip. We are driving from the Southeast to Portland, OR, then to Glacier National Park. We had plans to go to Glacier years ago but it just so happened to be a particularly bad year for fires and we changed our plans last minute.

    1. Mrs. GV - you really need to check out Beth's pictures from Glacier National Park from last year on this blog; they are spectacular!

    2. Thanks, Mrs. GV, for the birthday wishes and the photo compliments. The National Parks are pretty easy places to take stunning much beauty in every direction. I hope your road trip is a smash! Glacier was outstanding when we went last year. I wish it was a little bit closer to me though! But, I have Yellowstone just a couple hours away so I shouldn't be so greedy! :)

      And thanks to my Anonymous commenter! I'm glad you enjoyed the Glacier photos. That place is unreal in its glorious loveliness. I will link some here for Mrs. GV to check out if she wants.

      Scenic Point :

      Ptarmigan Tunnel:

      Grinnell Glacier:

      Avalanche Lake:

      Trail of the Cedars/MacDonald Creek:

      Hidden Lake:

      Highline Trail:


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