If you haven't seen on my Instagram, I took a trip to Yellowstone National Park two weeks ago. After a killer week back at work and our awesome Demo Day (congratulations to my awesome students on graduating!!), I've finally got some time to upload some photos and share a bit!
"So, this was my vacation with my in-laws, and let me tell you, the Suttons vacation hard core." Guys, there was hiking or white water rafting on the agenda every day, sometimes more than one hikes! Thankfully, the ten of us split into "gung ho" and "relaxed" groups, which meant I still got to have a good time after wearing myself out on day one with our hike to Bunsen Peak.
I will say, I got to see an entirely different side to Yellowstone than I had during my visit in 2010. My family had done a lot of the easier walks and sightseeing, but with my in-laws, I saw the park from mountain tops and valley lows. It was beautiful. Great expanses of the outdoors with no skyscrapers in sight and everyone visiting was there to enjoy it. It did my city-living soul a lot of good.
|Looking down from Upper Falls|
There were ten of us from the Sutton family on this trip. We all stayed at a house in Gardiner, which is a small town outside of the north side of the park. There's not much in Gardiner, but we did check out The Flying Pig for some white water rafting, and Caleb and I visited The Lighthouse restaurant for a date night during our week with the family. The staff at The Flying Pig was excellent, and thanks to a lazier river than usual, we had a pretty relaxed trip down the Yellowstone River. There were a few rapids, and we all got wet, but nothing that made me nervous. The Lighthouse restaurant was the most charming version of kitsch I've ever encountered. All the food was delicious (I'd go back for more), but the nautical paraphernalia in the land-locked state of Montana, the perky foreign staff, and the mix of soundtrack pieces floating over the speakers made for a very quirky date. Nothing like chowing down on truffle macaroni and cheese to the tunes of early 2000's Enya.
|Driving into Gardiner|
|A little library in the small town of Gardiner|
Even though it's off centered and crooked, I love this picture I took of an elk through a telescope.
|Gallatin National Forest|
|Our girls trip to Gallatin|
Over all, it was a thoroughly exhausting and fulfilling trip. We returned sunburned, sore, and completely depleted of all energy, but it was worth it. We had a blast, we laughed a lot, and got to enjoy creation's most glorious canvases. It was very, very hard to return back to our apartment in downtown Atlanta after being around so much calm and beauty.