Day 16-18: Canyonlands National Park, Utah - Salt Lake City, Utah - Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Unfortunately after a little more than two weeks of awesome hikes, adventure, and camping, we arrived in Salt Lake City where I had to drop Melissa off at the airport. She was one of the best road trip companions I could ever ask for and I'm glad that she agreed to put up with me for as long as she did. Despite never ceasing to give me a hard time (okay, I probably deserved it), I learned a lot from her about road tripping and life in general.
Melissa summed it up nicely: "After two weeks of camping, I'm shell shocked by the number of people... it was great waking up at sunrise, eating breakfast, hiking and exploring until dark-time, making dinner on a campfire and sleeping until sun-time.... Light guided our days and activities. Photographing the wonders of four great states takes work - constant work! A couple days we tried for sunrise, sunset, and stars! At times I had to remember to take in the sites, smells, and sun "now" instead of trying to capture it with pictures. Some tourists are so trigger happy they forget the now! ...They try to capture what they see instead of enjoying real images, pictures cannot come close to capturing."
After dropping Melissa off at the airport, I checked into the Holiday Inn where I had a free nights stay (due to living there for 3 months in Oklahoma). It was great getting to take a thorough shower as well as do two weeks worth of laundry. Later that night, I headed back to the airport and picked my dad up at the same airport I had dropped Melissa off. This was the only night we stayed at a hotel the entire month-long road trip, and honestly, I didn't sleep that great on the bed since I had been used to my sleeping bag on the ground. Excited for the next two weeks of road tripping with my dad though!!
There were a ton of these beautiful birds just hanging out in the fields.
This was also the point in the trip where we finally went from desert dry climates to trees, forests, and moisture-filled climates! It was a refreshing change!
We decide to pass by Bear Lake and take Route 89 up north, following the Snake River. Unfortunately I got stopped in Alpine, Wyoming for going 7 miles an hour over the speed limit and got a speeding ticket. Needless to say, I'm not a fan of Alpine, Wyoming anymore.
Rather than getting to Teton National Park late and not getting a campsite, we decided to spend the night at East Table Creek Campground along the Snake River. Caught several trout out of the river and ate them for dinner! We were one of the only people in the entire campground, so it was quite peaceful.
The next day, we woke up, and drove to Teton National Park! First up close glimpse of the Tetons:
Spent most of the first day doing more fishing and enjoying the park, so I didn't take many pictures besides a couple with my iPhone. Caught several trout though, the biggest of course my dad caught. Lots of little marmots running around too! My dad might have yelled "baby beaver!" the first time we saw one. And I might have believed him.