Yellowstone is one of the few places that Derek and I had both been to, but had never been together. So we were so excited when Derek’s dad, Randy, decided that that’s what he wanted to do for his birthday weekend.
We drove up to Yellowstone on a Friday morning, and other then a quick stop in Salt Lake to grab lunch with Whitney, we drove the whole 10 hours from home. Whenever Derek and I go on a road trip, I think back to the time when we first road tripped together. That’s when I knew I wanted to marry him. I thought if I can spend this many hours in the car with him without getting annoyed or bored, I could easily spend the rest of my life with him.We stayed in a cabin at a place near the park called Island Park. It was perfect! We met up with the Derek’s family, who drove up the day before, and had dinner at a cute little cafe. We also met Jake’s girlfriend, Hattie, for the first time. And even though we felt sorry for her having to deal with our craziness, it instantly felt like she was one of us. We spent that night hanging out at the cabin, enjoying the hot tub and the beautiful stars. It was the perfect ending to a long day spent in the car.
We spent the next two days in the park, admiring the natural geysers, all of the pine trees, the wild life, and the cooler weather. It was so nice to spend some time in nature. We’ve been traveling a lot this summer, but we haven’t visited the mountains much, so this trip was much needed. In my option, the mountains are one of the few things that are always good for the soul.
On Saturday, we all spent a total of 12 hours in the same car driving around the park, and even though that seems like a very very bad idea to put someone in a car that long with their in laws, it wasn’t. We laughed way too hard and enjoyed each others’ company. Like I always say, I lucked out in the in law department. And days like that one remind me just how lucky I really am.
We spent Sunday morning in the park again and drove down to Idaho Sunday afternoon, to visit with and stay at Derek’s grandpa’s house. Derek’s family drove home Monday, but we stayed in in Salt Lake for the Paramore concert with Alyssa (which will be in a later post!)It was such a fun little weekend getaway. We made some amazing memories, had much needed family time, enjoyed the beautiful park, and loved every second of it. Until next time Yellowstone!
Onto the next adventure, Wren