After our three wonderful, phone-less, internet-less, days in Yellowstone, we started heading south.
Our initial plan trips had included a day at Grand Teton National Park. However, we had used that day to spend extra time in Yellowstone. So our time in the Grand Tetons included a quick stop along side the road to change Duck out of vomit covered clothes while the older boys balanced on a rickety wooden fence over a ditch, neither of which didn't make me very happy.
After gazing at the stunning mountains for a few minutes, we promised ourselves we would return and give this national park its due diligence.
But breakfast at Jackson Hole was calling very loudly, so we headed on to the charming town, complete with it's antler arches and excellent pastries.
That afternoon, we crossed into our final state: Utah.
We took a small unplanned stop at Flaming Gorge to let the boys go swimming, since we had made excellent time. The hot weather, red rocks, and water made for a great break from all the driving.
Our last night on the road was spent in Vernal, Utah.
The next morning, we back tracked a little to Dinosaur National Monument.
With the promise of fossils and petroglyphs, it was easy to see why our boys were looking forward to this stop. Even though none of us could have guessed that Duck's favorite part was going to be the shuttle ride to the viewing center.
The encased rock wall saturated with fossils was an impressive sight. The amount of preservation and detail awed my boys.
Getting to touch an actual dinosaur fossil was the cherry on top.
We then drove through the desert, stopping to view ancient petroglyphs (all while keeping a tight hold on the toddler who apparently had destruction of ancient history on his mind.)
With our last planned stop completed, it was time to head to Salt Lake City and our new home.
We hit the valley right at rush hour. As we sat there, stuck in traffic, with smoggy air partially obscuring the mountains from view, I had a small moment of tears, wondering if we had made the right decision. Everything seemed loud and busy and dirty and overwhelming.
Hubster, seeing my momentary distress, held my hand until we pulled up to our new address, a place we had only seen twice before.
We managed a quick family picture before the chaos of unloading and moving in began. One quick snap shot commemorating the end of the trip and the start of everything else.