After my first visit to Yellowstone, I told my husband that he was lucky that I had never been here before... because I would have either gone to work for the park services or become a geologist, and I never would have met him -- and I wasn't joking. For me, it truly was a life-changing experience.

In June 2010, we loaded up our three girls and trekked out to Yellowstone by way of the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, and Devil's Tower. We spent more than a week in the Yellowstone and Grand Teton area, and I truly hated leaving. You know how you're usually ready for a vacation to end... ready to just go home? Well, that didn't happen! I truly dreaded going home.

In preparation for the trip, we did some research and watched the Ken Burns documentary series on the National Parks, and I have to admit that I thought that some of the stories of people's powerful, emotional reactions to their first visit were a bit over-done... but when I got there, I was completely blown away. I was awestruck by the natural beauty and scenery. I was thrilled at the sight of all the wildlife, I was fascinated by all of the geological features. It's two years later, and I still have dreams about my trip. I now feel that, if anything the reactions of the people in the documentary were understated. I have a new appreciation for the word "majestic."

I cannot wait to come back!!

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