Natalie Rohman

A Chicago Girl Paving Inspiration

Where the Buffalo Roam

Hello from the Grand Tetons everyone! I know it has surely been a while since I have updated you all on my whereabouts, that is if you don't already follow me on Instagram (link above), and I have had quite the adventure out west. It's summer and a breathtaking getaway to a mountain range was the perfect escape. 

My family and I went to the Jackson, Wyoming area, and Yellowstone for a week. It was definitely a trip to remember for a lifetime. Words and pictures cannot do the views justice, but I hope they suffice.  If you know me, then you know I'm really outdoorsy at heart. I love waking up in the morning to birds, views, and no makeup or judgment in sight. It's humbling to get to live in the beauty that remains in the States and to appreciate all it has to offer. 
Waking up to the view above of the Grand Tetons was something I wanted to get used to all the time. I needed to be out there before I go back to city college life. The air, while rather smokey and hazy from the forest fires in California and Oregon, was rather fresh and I never really felt the altitude like my sister did. 

Our major plans were to really just explore and see wildlife around the parks. We rented a Chevy Suburban and went on our way from Salt Lake City, Utah. It was about a five-hour drive and the view in the car of the mountains already had our jaws open the whole way there. Once we saw the Grand Tetons, we just about broke our jaws then. 

The main city near the Grand Tetons (and the closest Starbucks) was Jackson Hole. It's a very cute little town with shops and restaurants. Of course, we ate some bison. It's a bit touristy and ol' western looking but has charm and character I've never seen before. 
My younger sister Emily and I are posing in front of a vintage tour bus that has run for almost 50 years or so. This year was the last run for it! So, it was special to be taken around Yellowstone and have our tour guide Jackie educate us about the wildlife, trees, rocks, rivers, lakes, and so on. 

For food, we mostly ate at our lodge we stayed at which had a restaurant and gift shop, a small convenient store and gas station, and then our small cabins that we slept in surrounding the area. It was like a large campground resort in a way. We had burgers, sandwiches, pizza, and quesadillas! Pretty great meals at the Signal Mountain Lodge. I would highly recommend staying there. 
The first day we took a ski gondola up 10,000 feet to view the Grand Tetons. The pointy one in the back is it. What a great way to start off our trip and also get to eat waffles 10,000 feet up in the air! I would recommend the bacon and peanut butter waffles all day. 
Did we see wildlife? Of course! We saw so much that we didn't expect to see! On the gondola, we saw a moose, we saw many bison in the fields up close, we saw elk and deer, bald eagles, a black bear and her four cubs, and my personal favorite—five beavers. The buffalo and the beavers were massive. The elk's horns were huge. The black bear and cubs were just phenomenal to watch in the woods. The eagles were majestic. I felt almost like I was watching a nature documentary the entire time. Italics because italics

It was nothing like seeing these animals in captivity at the zoo. They could roam free and this was their turf. It made me kind of upset when I would see some people getting way too close to animals to take pictures. We need to help preserve these majestic animals and it got me thinking about how much we actually affect nature. We don't even stop to think about it. I want to keep living in a world with animals and ecosystems. I want rivers, oceans, and lakes to share with my kids. My dad said, "don't wait until you're 55 like me to come to see the earth's beauty". He couldn't be more right and true. 

We ended our trip with a Snake River float tour. Nothing like extreme white water rafting. That was probably my favorite thing we did. It was so peaceful to float along a river and through the forest that's been there for thousands of years. Like a dream. 
I know I didn't go into much descriptive detail about my trip—no need. However, I can't stress how much I want to urge people to go and continue to visit and support our national parks. You can actually donate to The Wilderness Society to keep our nature's beauty conserved and able to be shared on for generations. It has truly made me realize how much waste I use and contribute to the planet, destroying our o-zone and ecosystems little by little until there are none left. 

We need to take it all in and not treat our beautiful earth like trash. It does us so much good and we need to protect it. 

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