Vacation 2011

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In June 2011, we took a two week road trip.  We traveled through 12 states ~ Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska.  Over the course of the next few months, I will post photographs of the trip and our sights and destinations. 

Please follow along as I recount the journey we had and enjoy!

**Check back daily for updates!  -  Newest Photos will be placed at the top**

The End....  Please check out the Vacation 2012, which starts June 3!!

July 2, 2011 -

The Badlands of South Dakota 

July 1, 2011 -

June 30th, 2011 -

June 29th. 2011 -

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June 27th, 2011 -

 The clear blue skys did not make for a good photo day - the sky looks washed out.

June 26th, 2011 - Our third day..

June 25th, 2011 - Our second day in the Teton/Yellowstone area.

This bear was right on the side of the road, probably less than 10 yards and at one point moved aggressively towards us.  Our tour guide David Klehn will remember this bear for some time to come :-).

Yellowstone Falls

It starts with an early morning wakeup to catch the sunrise...

... and the moon!!!

June 24th, 2011 - Our first full day at the Tetons, and Jackson Lake Lodge.  During the day, we ventured up into Yellowstone N.P.

Firehole Falls in Yellowstone

Can anyone tell me the difference between a Bison vs. a Buffalo?
The only way to truly appreciate the beauty of the Grand Prismatic is from a higher vantage point.  Unfortunately, the helicopter was not available that day :-)
Here is the overflow from the Grand Prismatic Spring. 

A picture perfect with T. A. Moulton’s barn from Mormon Row in the foreground .
Our first sunrise at Oxbow bend and Mt. Moran.

June 23rd, 2011 - We head out from Landers WY heading to Jackson WY, and the Grand Tetons!
Our first Sunset with Mt. Moran!  What an awesome sight!  Our weather for the entire stay was

This was our first glimpse of the Tetons!

This sunrise was captured at Landers, and I absolutely love this shot! It had rained all night, and i had thought I wouldn't get the shot.  At the last minute, the rain broke and the sunrise was awesome!

June 22nd, 2011 - We left Estes Park and Rocky Mountains N.P, and headed north towards our next stop - Landers WY. 

I loved the way this stump shot up out of the snow, and used it to frame up several shots.
On our way we traveled thru Loveland, CO.  This Statue of Liberty was situated in a small park next to Lake Loveland.

June 20th, 2011 - Our next stop was Estes Park, CO.  While there we took a few excursions into the Rocky Mountain National Park.

While in the Park, we witnessed a large variety of wildlife.

Estes Park is a town in Larimer County, Colorado, United States. A popular summer resort and the location of the headquarters for Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park lies along the Big Thompson River. Estes Park had a population of 5,858 at the 2010 census. The town is named after Missouri native Joel Estes, who founded the community in 1859.,_Colorado

Here is a evening panoramic of the Rockies from Estes Park.

June 19th, 2011 - Our next stop was Hayes, Kansas. 
During our stop, we ventured out to Victoria to visit St. Fidelis Church, "the Cathedral of the Plains".  The church in itself is awe inspiring, but the cemetery is unique as well, and worth the visit.

 June 18, 2011 - The first stop on our trip was St. Louis, Missouri.  

The Gateway Arch, or Gateway to the West, is an arch that is the centerpiece of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis, Missouri. It was built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. At 630 feet, it is the tallest man-made monument in the United States.

The city of St. Louis was founded in 1764 by Pierre Lacl├Ęde and Auguste Chouteau, and after the Louisiana Purchase, it became a major port on the Mississippi River. Its population expanded after the American Civil War, and it became the fourth-largest city in the United States in the late 19th century.



  1. Great shooting throughout, Henry.....I enjoyed viewing all the fine shots from your road trip last year.