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Quite frankly, the Grand Tetons smack you in the face with their immense grandeur!  They are simply jaw-dropping!  Of course, you know you are in for something special when you first enter the gateway of Jackson Hole.  What a pristine little mountain town.  We only had a few days there so we concentrated on the grand landscapes, old barns and wildlife the Tetons are famous for!  We will definitely be back!

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The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is very remote and wild and I have always wanted to visit it.  A wedding in Michigan provided the perfect excuse :-).  Within this peninsula lies Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Resting against the rough shores of Lake Superior, it is a true gem for nature lovers.  One of the highlights for us was trekking 3 miles throught the woods to emerge on an amazing beach with towering sandstone cliffs!  Its name is Chapel Beach and it was spectacular!  We took photos past sunset ... and yes we did hike the 3 miles back though the woods, in the dark, as the light of a full moon danced through the trees :-).  It was a magical experience!

 

The water's of Lake Superior were so amazingly blue!!

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Miners Castle
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Chapel Falls
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Chapel Rock
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Tracks in the sand
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There were small hints of the beginnings of fall.
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Grand Sable Dunes
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Sunrise!
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I love scenes like this!!  If we hadn't stopped to see if the meadow was worth photographing, we would have completely passed it by.  I'm so glad we didn't ... it was magical!  Made it worth getting up for sunrise :-)!
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Photos and moments captured along the way!

 

Utah

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Bear Lake, Idaho
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Idaho
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Grand Teton National Park
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Someone decided to hitch a ride :-)
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Yellowstone National Park
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Buffalo Jam :-) ... seriously ... that is what they call it in the park
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A photo for you mom!  She has two westies also :-).
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Old Faithful and a little Americana
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
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Lunch in Yellowstone
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Though it may look like it, this bison is not attacking ... just moving downhill :-).
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Yes, that is hail ... a lot of it!
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Mountain Pass in Montana.  It was soooo cold up there :-).
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The prairies of North Dakota 
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Sunflowers in North Dakota
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This is our "Dare to be Different" photo :-).
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Here she is ... Salem Sue, the world's largest cow!!!  I love cows and was so excited to see this roadside oddity in North Dakota - how awesome :-)!!
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Old Barn in Wisconsin
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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The Chiricahuas, Arizona
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Of course none of our trips seem complete without Purple Bill and Greeny :-)!

 

Grand Teton National Park

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
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Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park
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Old Barn, Wisconsin
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Wisconsin
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Upper Peninsula - Michigan
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Chicago, Illinois
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Castle Rock, Colorado
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New Mexico
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Chiricahuas, Arizona
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Phuong is one of my dearest and oldest friends.  We met in North Carolina in High School (which was in the late 80's for timeline references) when I was a senior and she was a junior.  Seniors had the privilege of leaving campus for lunch and I would always sneak Phuong out with me.  We also loved to go to those rowdy high school parties together and we ditched our prom dates to hang out for the rest of the night together ... which was much more fun given who my date was :-).  We also would just get together and head out to the beach (a 2 1/2 hour drive away) on a moments notice just because.  We always had fun together - and I loved going to her house to have some of her mother's Vietnamese cooking, yum - and no matter how sad I might be Phuong always had a way of making me laugh ... she just has that kind of personality!

 

The one thing about Phuong is that her love of travel and adventure is only matched by my own - and perhaps her husband's :-).  This is one of those major things we have always shared in common.  The last time I saw Phuong was in 1999.  That was also a "Tina & Phuong Adventure Trip", along with some other people - spouses, etc.  On that trip we spent a month together in Kenya, a week of that living with the Maasai when I was initiated into their tribe.  We had such an amazing time, but I didn't realize when I said goodbye that I wouldn't see my good friend again for a decade ... and she only lives in San Francisco, go figure.

 

I was so super excited when she called and said she wanted to visit.  After picking her up at the airport we headed up to Flagstaff and the first place I took her was Snowbowl.  This was mid-April and it was still barren on top of the mountain.  We took a photo on the last day she was here and it was all green and beautiful.  Before arriving she asked what she should pack in the way of clothing and I told her to expect temperatures from below freezing to over 100 degrees ... I think she thought I was crazy, but she soon learned what those of us who live here well know :-).  She stayed almost 5 weeks and in that time we visited many areas of the state, she assisted me at weddings, she fell in love with our dog, Yoshi, and laughed a lot at the antics of our crazy bird, Ziggy.  We had many new adventures and a great time reminiscing about adventures gone by ...

 

Until the next big adventure Phuong ... hopefully it won't be another decade away :-)!  Love you always!!

 

The first day at Snowbowl.

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Having fun on the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon :-).
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Spring is the time for baby ducks ... love baby ducks - sooo cute!
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The Superstition Mountain Range at Roosevelt Lake.
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