We caught the brief spell of warm weather over Memorial Day at Capitol Reef National Park.
Five years ago I met up in Zion National Park with old friends to celebrate surviving 40 years on earth. This time we brought our families.
Reunion time! We explored a new (to us) part of Yellowstone National Park this time: Yellowstone Lake. We stayed in cabins near the Lake Lodge. It was 4th of July weekend, but we didn’t notice the crowds until we stopped at Old Faithful on the way out.
An amazing hike in the area is Storm Point Trail. I felt like I was in Ireland with grassy hills and steep cliffs along the water. And we saw a yellow-bellied marmot yawning on a rock.
Over the years I’ve seen a few bears in the distance, but never up close. This time we had front-row seats to a female grizzly foraging and crossing the road in front of us.
Here’s the video slide show –
And more photos –
This is our new favorite National Park. It’s a little more in the middle of nowhere, but it shares a lot of Zion’s beauty without all the crowds. We were there Memorial Day Weekend — which set a new record for number of visitors — and we still felt like we had the place to ourselves.
On behalf of my son, I apologize to all the lizards who now lack tails.