Summer trip to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Mt. Rushmore

This trip has been planned since this time last summer and the time finally came. We went there with the Lenzen family and spent time with three other families at Yellowstone. A broken foot and a ear infection were the two issues that we had. Ruby is one tough cookie and Kyle was an animal carrying her to Inspiration Point. The bottom line is that the weather was terrific and we had a great time!

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We took our time getting to Yellowstone by leaving a few days ahead of time. We stopped in Alexandria, MN then Medora, ND, and finally to Livingston, MT before entering the park. Once ‘there’ we spent four days in the Madison Campground at Yellowstone, another four days and Colter Bay in the Tetons, two days in Spearfish, SD.

Medora Campground
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Livingston KOA
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Time in Yellowstone
Our view from the campsite
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The first day in Yellowstone we headed over to Old Faithful
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There she blows!
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The springs are so cool (and hot)
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On day two we visited Artist’s painters pots and Uncle Tom’s trail
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Bandits!
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This valley was incredible!
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The falls from afar
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Dragon’s Mouth Spring – This thing really does roar
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Bison!
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Yellowstone Lake
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We enjoyed plenty of time in this river
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A nice warm third day
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On our way to the Grand Prismatic Spring
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I cannot get over how colorful this wonder is
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One last night at the river
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Grand Tetons

The lake just down from our campsite
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View of the mountains from our campsite
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Day two – Up at Jackson Hole
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Going back down
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Up on the chairlift
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Day three – Tetons
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The Lenzen crew
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The girls helped us start a fire on the beach. Later that night the stars were unreal! We met a couple of college students from China and a couple from New York the Mrs shared a story of surviving the first tower falling on 9/11, incredible stories.
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Jackson Lake Dam
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Our journey to inspiration point – Kyle gave Ruby a piggyback ride all the way up!!
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7,007 feet up
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Mt. Rushmore 
Spearfish, SD (Chris’ Campground)
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Some geocache fun
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A beautiful drive
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A fun restaurant named after one of our own
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One week until Sturgis
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Mt. Rushmore
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Minnesota is the 32nd state in the union
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This was so much fun to study
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Wall Drug
You have to stop right?
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