A few weeks ago I flew out to North Dakota to meet up with Dakota so we could drive home! He had his last day the night before so he loaded up his truck, picked me up from the airport, and we headed towards Montana. We made a stop in this beautiful canyon and turns out it was Buffalo Bill Dam! There was a visitor center and everything so we got out and explored around. It was so pretty and really cool to learn about the history of how it was made.
We drove through Billings and there wasn’t much to do other than get gas so we just grabbed some snacks and continued on to Cody Wyoming! It was such a quaint little town with lots of old buildings. It looked like a movie set for an old cowboy film. There was some sort of art festival going on so there were buffalo everywhere all jazzed up in different ways.
Naturally I wanted to look at all of them and we found one buffalo that wasn’t an art piece and just hanging out next to a bench. There were no signs on or around it so I propped myself up there and made Dakota take a photo of me riding a buffalo! I was pretty thrilled about it 🙂
The next morning we got some breakfast and headed towards Yellowstone National Park. It has been on my bucket list to go there so I was really excited! We started at the north entrance and drove through the entire park! It was such an unreal drive.
Even though it was raining and gloomy it was still beautiful. There were trees everywhere just surrounding you in beauty and little streams and lakes – you couldn’t help but feel like you were apart of something amazing.
We stopped at a little gift shop in the middle of the drive to get me a trading pin for my lanyard and just to get out of the car. There was a ton to look at but my favorite was definitely the Indian headdress we found. It was big and beautiful and only $3,500. Needless to say, we didn’t buy it.
After a few hours of driving and a million stops to take photos we made it out and we were heading towards Jackson Wyoming.
We drove in and were super excited to get out of the car and we’re starving so we dropped our stuff off at the hotel and headed for some food. Something we always do is look up places to eat that have been featured on Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives so that we know we are getting a delicious meal. This time we chose Pinkie G’s Pizzeria!
It was a super cool restaurant with wood fired pizza. YUM! The food was great and the location was really neat too. It was right in the middle of town and it was in a garage! Almost the entire front entrance was a giant garage door that they open and close. It was decorated with cool memorabilia and photos and overall had a cool industrial look to it. I’m glad we have fun little traditions whenever we go somewhere new.
The next morning we woke up early grabbed some breakfast and headed to Utah. We stopped for gas on our way out in a tiny town and noticed this sign next to the door of the building.
I couldn’t help but laugh! The funny part is they are probably serious about it to haha. Most of the towns we drove through had a population of no more than 150 people! I can’t even imagine living in a place smaller than Saint George.
We also made a stop in Provo to see Dakota’s sister Carli and on the way there we stopped and saw a beautiful waterfall! I don’t think there was a single part of this drive that I didn’t love!
It was a nice surprise after a long day on the road so of course I made Dakota pull over so I could get some photos. It’s a good thing he loves me 🙂 After visiting with Carli we strapped in for our final four hours!
It is so great to finally have Dakota home! We may not have everything figured out yet but at least we have each other.