Where I live in south Florida you can always hear the distant humming sound of cars on the freeway no matter where you are. Don’t get me wrong, this sound of whooshing cars relaxes me to no end! I’ve grown up listening to it after all. But while I love the sounds of home, I have never experienced anything quite like the profound silence I was met with when standing in the valleys of Yellowstone and Grand Teton. Completely free of noise pollution or distractions, I can officially say that I now understand the cliche saying of being “one with nature”.
When you’re surrounded by soaring mountains, valleys and forests, hot springs, geysers and herds of magnificent bison you begin to forget about life’s problems and start realizing how small you actually are in the grand scheme of things. It’s a humbling experience and I think that’s what nature does. It peels back all the built up layers and exposes you in ways you’ve never been.
Turns out it’s true what they say: a walk in nature is medicine for the soul.
And if that’s the sort of thing you’re looking for, search no further!
Yellowstone has all the goodies, at least in the way of nature: mountains, valleys, rivers and lakes, not to mention the incredibly cool bubbling mud pits, geysers and acidic hot springs (super dangerous, not the relaxing spa hot springs you see on instagram). The parks amazing geothermal activity stems for the massive super volcano beneath it and almost half of the worlds geysers can be found within the park.
If none of this is enough to convince you, here are 26 photos to fuel your wanderlust and inspire you to visit Yellowstone and Grand Teton for your next trip!
YELLOWSTONE AND GRAND TETON PHOTO DIARY
This last photo of my brother perfectly describes a Floridians reaction to snow. We got to experience the first snow fall of the season and we had to pull the car over to play in it- I mean, how could we not? when your home state is in a never ending summer, snow feels like something out of a fairytale.
It was definitely one of the highlights of the trip, along with the stunning hike around Jenny Lake in Grand Teton and all the wildlife we saw in Yellowstone, including elk, bison, and bears (oh my!).
Yellowstone and Grand Teton are amazing all year long, but i recommend going in off season (Autumn) to avoid the crowds. When I went there was hardly anyone there, plus I got to enjoy the colorful leaves!