I arrived to my new home on Thursday May 25th, with a week until my job started I figured now was the time to do some exploring! The mountains out here are something else, I'm still unable to access the trailheads of the Winds but I know as soon as those open up I'll be like a kid in a candy store. 19/20 of Wyomings highest peaks are located in the Wind River Range.
So while I wait for the snow to continue melting off, I decided to throw my gear back in my car even though I just unloaded it four days prior from my two week long road trip (guess I just can't get enough of the West) and head up to Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Park.
Grand Teton National Park
The Tetons remind me a lot of Swiss Alps. Primarily flat land then all of a sudden, BAM! Theres a giant jagged mountain range right in front of your face. Jenny Lake is beautiful all times of the day but if you get there at sunrise, it's a sight to see! The lake looks like it's a mirror was placed over it. While the lake runs parallel to the Tetons it's reflection is awesome for capturing a perfectly symmetrical photo. Tons of wildlife everywhere you go, from bears to elk to bison, they are everywhere! Even had the rare opportunity to see a wolf the morning of Memorial Day. Surprisingly I had the whole park to myself that morning, I didn't see a single person for the first 4 hours I was there. No complaints! Gave me the chance to skate down the roads without having to worry about traffic coming towards me or from behind me.
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone, out of this world. If you haven't had the chance to check it out, make sure you see it as soon as possible. Such a unique and wild place. The parks terrain changes extensively, the southern portion of the park was still completely covered in snow, even the majority of the lakes are still frozen over. The Western and Northern portion has so many geysers, there are over 300 in the park total. The Yellowstone River runs from the Southeast section of the park where Yellowstone Lake is located up to the North entrance located in Montana. Surrounded by mountains it would be quite a view from the middle in a boat. If you don't happen to have access to a boat like myself then there are more than enough places to pull over and view Yellowstone Lake. From thousands of bison roaming the park (at times only a couple feet from your car) to grizzly bears and big horned sheep you will have more than enough wildlife around you at all times. There are easily enough hikes and sights to see that you can spend at least three days there. Can't wait to get back up there again with it only being two hours from Pinedale!