The Beauty of the Open Range {Nebraska to Wyoming}

September 29, 2015
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Forgive me for spending most of the summer away from the blog. My carpenter (the Hubs) spent most of the summer working in another country so our home renovations fell by the wayside. Not to worry, though, he is home now and I’m already gearing up for next exciting renovation. Details to come!

In the mean time, I hope you will enjoy looking through these highlights of our most recent family vacation. What an awe inspiring trip. From the penning site of “My Western Home” (or “Home on the Range”) in Kansas, to the free range buffalo in the Badlands National Park, to the history of Wild Bill Hickok in Deadwood, South Dakota, to the open range of the Sunlight Basin in Wyoming, to Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, and finally to the Grand Teton National Park, we had a whirlwind two-and-a-half week trip.



“My Western Home.” Please excuse my son’s vampire teeth :-)


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“Home on the Range” cabin


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Badlands National Park


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Badlands National Park


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Badlands National Park

This was my second visit to the Badlands National Park, and I remembered very distinctly where we found the buffalo on the first go-around. Turns out we found the buffalo in the same place a second time! Mass amounts of buffalo. I took these pictures from the seat of our car, and they are not zoomed in any way. I could literally touch them had I tried.


Wild Bill Hickok's gravesite in Deadwood, South Dakota

Wild Bill Hickok’s gravesite in Deadwood, South Dakota



Stopping at Windlass Hill along the Oregon Trail in Nebraska reminded me to appreciate the journey of the way west. The hardships faced along the route are still vivid in my mind from the rough terrain, to the heat, to the lack of water.

Here we are at a lookout point just before crossing the mountains between Cody, Wyoming, and the Sunlight Basin. I was truly breathless while taking in the vast open range. All Ivan cared about was lying on the ground and driving his cars on a real road.


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Our lovely cabin in the Sunlight Basin



Thanks to my husband’s family, we were able to stay at their cabin in the Sunlight Basin where we thoroughly enjoyed exploring and living “off the grid” for a few days.

I wish I took blog worthy pictures of the Grand Teton National Park as that had to be the most beautiful part of the whole trip, but we only drove through it since the kids were reaching the end of their rope.

Now that we are back home and settling in, I cannot wait to start blogging again! We’ve got a master bathroom remodel in the works, and I’m looking forward to sharing all the details on my next post. Stay tuned!


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1 Comment

  • Reply Debbie Bryant September 29, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    So glad you had wonderful family time in the beautiful country.

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