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Park Pride

Posted in Photography, Travel, Wildlife by leahyetter on March 7, 2017

I hadn’t planned on writing again about my visit up to Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Teton National Park but I was inspired by the company, Cotopaxi, to share a little bit of my Park Pride. And since it’s still chilly and I’m in the thick of calving, it’s nice to revisit a warmer time!

Cotopaxi is a company focused on spreading positive vibes and encouraging people to live actively and get outside. They’re also a benefits corporation focused on giving back. A percentage of every sale goes to various organizations that support global health initiatives, and their hiking backpacks help provide the most aid.

Now, the actual date of the 100th Anniversary of National Parks was August 25, 2016 but hey, we can continue the celebration, can’t we? I think so. In fact, last month, Yellowstone marked it’s 145th anniversary.

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We went Yellowstone in late May last year which was a great time to see the newborn Bison calves.

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©Leah Yetter Photographer

We hiked on paths around the Geysers and they were breathtaking. Not just because of their beauty, but because they wreaked of sulfur!

©Leah Yetter Photographer

The wildlife is certainly wild, but also quite cute.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

And of course, there is always Old Faithful. Incredible to experience.

I was thrilled with Yellowstone but I think my favorite part of the trip was The Grand Tetons.

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The word majestic doesn’t even do them justice. And neither do photographs. You must go and visit them for yourself.

©Leah Yetter Photographer

Where the antelope run through tall sagebrush,

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where the water of Schwabacher’s Landing reflects the peaks,

©Leah Yetter Photographer

…and where wildflowers line many hiking paths.
The Grand Tetons stole my heart. If you want a refresher on our adventures in Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, go ahead re-visit my posts.  (start here for Yellowstone and and here for Tetons) Who knows, maybe they will inspire you to hit the road and visit a National Park this year! 🙂

I do want to mention that I am a cheerleader for State Parks as well. When you are on the road, headed for a National Park, instead of RV’ing or camping at a side of the road camping facility, park your RV or camp in a tent at a state park instead. It can at times be less expensive and most always be more enjoyable. I traveled Wyoming in 2014 for a project with the State and 9 times out of 10, folks were headed to Yellowstone. And all of those families had planned their route to Yellowstone by locating and staying at State Parks along the way. They said they wouldn’t do it any other way. I have to agree!

Cheers and happy exploring!

Please not that this post was inspired by Cotopaxi. This is not a paid advertisement for the National Parks Services or for Cotopaxi. Opinions and photos are strictly my own. I’m just sharing my #parkpride. 🙂


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  1. Ester said, on March 7, 2017 at 5:42 am

    Beautiful pictures!


  2. timbreblue said, on March 7, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Lean, these pictures are breathtaking. I wish I were free to travel more and see some of this, but your posts are aorta like being there! Love you, kiddo!



    • leahyetter said, on March 9, 2017 at 10:25 am

      Thank you, Aunt Merg! I get a little travel in here and there but not like Dad & Debbie! Those globetrotters.
      Love you!


  3. Robert Karolak said, on March 10, 2017 at 8:09 am

    Hi Leah, We were there a few years ago and visited all the places you did…. It was breathtaking and the best way to appreciate God’s gift for us and be connected to nature. Your artistic photography and creative writing says it best. Thank again for your mission and posts!


  4. Shyne Rollon said, on March 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Hello! I’ve recently just found your blog and I immediately fell in love with the beautiful pictures of nature and wildlife. I’ve never been there before, but it sure looks amazing! I’m putting that on my bucket-list, that’s for sure! Thank you so much for this blog. Maybe someday, my family and I could visit that place. My mom LOVES nature, so I’m 100% sure she’ll also love the place.


  5. Wyatt Johnson said, on April 30, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    Breathtaking photos…. Such an amazing job with the photography. Way to have pride for our park! Keep up the good work in representing the Tetons so well! Thank you!


    • leahyetter said, on May 11, 2017 at 10:28 am

      Thank you, Wyatt! I had the good fortune of visiting the Tetons twice in one summer last year. Talk about gorgeous!


  6. Victoria Bennett Beyer said, on May 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    That second picture is really stunning! I can’t get enough of it!


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