Christmas Road Trip 2019

This year we stayed home for Christmas and Nathan’s parents came out to visit and spend the holiday with us. The day after Christmas we took them on a roadtrip to Utah and Arizona, sort of a redo of the trip we took before Noelle was born because we loved it so much. This time, everything looked completely different though, because of the snow. It was below freezing for the majority of our trip which limited the amount of hiking we were able to do, but we still had a great time. We went to the Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park in Moab, Bryce Canyon National Park and Zion National Park in Southern Utah, Horseshoe Bend in Page, AZ and Mesa Verde National Park near Durango Colorado on our way home. See some pictures below…ZB7A7090ZB7A7061ZB7A7089ZB7A7092ZB7A7100ZB7A7105ZB7A7108ZB7A7109ZB7A7110ZB7A7117ZB7A7120ZB7A7123ZB7A7131ZB7A7134ZB7A7137ZB7A7139ZB7A7145ZB7A7163ZB7A7170ZB7A7171ZB7A7195ZB7A7200ZB7A7216ZB7A7221ZB7A7225ZB7A7236ZB7A7244-2ZB7A7248-2ZB7A7248ZB7A7255ZB7A7314ZB7A7318ZB7A7320ZB7A7335ZB7A7338ZB7A7339ZB7A7340ZB7A7360ZB7A7363ZB7A7385ZB7A7386ZB7A7391ZB7A7407ZB7A7415ZB7A7420ZB7A7424ZB7A7462ZB7A7480ZB7A7489ZB7A7498ZB7A7507ZB7A7521ZB7A7539ZB7A7552ZB7A7565ZB7A7574ZB7A7575ZB7A7577-2ZB7A7584ZB7A7628ZB7A7634ZB7A7635ZB7A7653ZB7A7666ZB7A7710ZB7A7713ZB7A7718ZB7A7723ZB7A7730ZB7A7741ZB7A7753ZB7A7755ZB7A7775ZB7A7800ZB7A7802ZB7A7808

Wisconsin Family Vacation

This year, we decided to do a family vacation with Nathan’s family to Door County, WI which is right on Lake Michigan. All of us (21 total!) shared a big Air BnB together. We visited the maritime museum, went cherry picking, did some hiking, visited some lighthouses and took a ferry to Washington Island where we visited a lavender farm. We all had a really fun time together, and I was really amazed at how pretty Wisonsin and Lake Michigan were! Here are some pictures from our trip…








At the end of July we flew out to Pennsylvania to spend time with my family. We stayed for about a week and a half which was so refreshing, compared to quick holiday time trips. I always love being home in the summer and enjoying the yard where I grew up in. Noelle loved Grandpa’s garden and he would frequently take her down there to pick berries and feed them to her. We took a day trip to the ocean while we were there and Noelle enjoyed playing in the sand. It kept her entertained for several hours haha. The rest of the time, we had our whole family together at home which is not a frequent occurrence, and it was so special.




Grand Teton and Yellowstone

These two national parks have been on my wishlist for quite some time. We decided to do a road trip after finishing my first semester of school. We spent 3 days in Grand Teton National Park and 1 day in Yellowstone. Our first day there we visited Mormon Row which has a lot of old historic barns. We had driven through the night so we got there right at sunrise time which was so pretty. Grand Teton has a really majestic feel, and the mountains are a bit more jagged and rugged looking than in Colorado. We also explored Jenny Lake and did some hiking on the north side of it.

On our second day we visited Jackson Lake which is the largest lake at Grand Teton. We walked around Colter Bay and ate at the Ranch house restaurant there which had excellent food! Then we visited the Mentor Historic site which has some more old rustic looking buildings which were really pretty.

We spent day 3 in Yellowstone. We headed down towards the south end of the park to see some of the geysers, prismatic pools and Old Faithful. We could have spent several more days in Yellowstone as we only made it about 1/3 of the way around the park. Yellowstone doesn’t look impressive just driving around in the car (with the exception of seeing wildlife!) but it has some amazing features to see if you get out and walk around.

Our last day we went back to Grand Teton and hiked Paintbrush Canyon where we saw a moose! We also stopped at Oxbow Bend which has a great view of the water and mountains. Overall, the wildlife was saw was probably the coolest part. We saw bears, moose, bison, foxes, elk, deer and coyote. See some pictures below…

Grand Teton National Park:
















Yellowstone National Park: