There you have it. Photographic evidence that I was in Wyoming. We passed through the land of jackelopes after we had spent some time visiting Amy’s family in Denver. We joined my dad as he drove through Denver on his way to my brother’s wedding.
Along the way we visited both Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Given that it was Father’s Day weekend, the parks were surprisingly deserted. Normally you hear about multi-hour traffic delays in the parks due to the massive crowds but not this time around. They had a long, late and difficult winter in that part of the country so maybe that is what was keeping people away. Either way, the weather was mostly agreeable for our one-day visit and we were able to see most of the highlights on our way through the two parks.
After attending my brother’s wedding in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana we went to Helena to visit with my family. Helena’s valley and the surrounding mountains were incredibly green this year thanks to the wet winter. We took a number of drives up into the surrounding forrest and the wildflowers were absolutely stunning. I spent almost all of my summers as a kid in Helena and I don’t ever remember it being that green.
The winds of cheap airfare carried us from Helena, Montana to New York, New York (via Los Angeles, of course) and from there we bussed it up to Boston just in time to catch the Fourth of July fireworks on the Charles. Our three days in Boston were spent visiting with friends, eating at some local favorites and preparing for the next leg of the trip. We even took advantage of the last few days that remained on my Community Boating membership.
From Boston we continued on to Los Angeles to visit with Charles, one of my travel junkie friends. Charles was kind enough to let us crash at his place in West Hollywood and we made good use of the time by picking his brain on potential travel destinations. He has completed two round-the-world trips and dozens of shorter trips abroad so he is basically a walking Lonely Planet. Aside from the normal travel brainstorming and talk of recent changes to airline award programs, he was also able to give us some practical first-hand advice for the Cook Islands – our next destination!