California to Catskills // Audrey's Farmhouse // A+C

California to Catskills // Audrey's Farmhouse // A+C

It takes guts to be gentle and kind. The Smiths

You might want to grab a beer and get comfortable because this is a long one : ) This couple, and their pup Apollo, have a place in my heart forever. I was lucky enough to photograph their wedding(s)…yes you read that right. They were married twice, once in a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony in Alyssa’s hometown in California and again in their beloved Catskills close to where they live now in NYC. Both weddings were just magical from start to finish and I’m really wishing they could have gone for number three because I just want to do it all over again. I’ll start with the Catskills and then keep scrolling to see California.

Venue: Audrey’s Farmhouse

Wedding Coordinator: Modern Kicks

Videographer: Birdhouse Weddings

DJ: Matt Adams

Florist: Gloria B Collins

Hair/ Make-up: Ai Sachiko

Cake: Cheese from Talbott & Arding

But before the Catskills there was the magical California coast on the most perfect sunny day.

Upstate New York // At Home Session // T + A

Upstate New York // At Home Session // T + A

And I could easily lose my mind, the way you kiss me will work each time. Vance Joy

I really love shooting at home sessions. They let you be relaxed in your own space, your furry family members can be there and there is COFFEE! Because Teslie is the creative culinary genius behind Foods For Thought (she is also an amazing yoga instructor at Anatomie) we incorporated her baking some healthy treats and feeding them to the love of her life/taste tester. The best part about these kinds of sessions is that they really work as a time capsule for a particular moment in your lives together. As your life and your love grows it’s so nice to look back at the moments that got you where you are…together.

Berkshires Wedding // Berkshires // T + N

Berkshires Wedding // Berkshires // T + N

Well you send my life a whirling, Darling when you’re twirling on the floor. Who cares about tomorrow? What more is tomorrow than another day. When you swept me away. Yeah you swept me away. Avett Brothers

It was all hands on deck when this couple who lives in California, decided to get married back east in the Berkshires at the groom’s parents home. You could feel the love that everyone put it in to every last detail from the flowers grown in Nick’s Mom’s gardens to the mismatched lampshades collected and strung everywhere. It was all just beautiful and so thoughtful. Oh and did I mention there were donuts? So many donuts. And a pot shop? with doritos? and a fire pit with s’mores and a canoe for a bar. It was one kick ass party. Even Grandma was doing vodka shots off of a wooden canoe paddle.

Venue: Private Home

Coordination: Tiffany Riva

Dress: Made With Love, purchased at Love and Lace Bridal

DJ: JTD Productions

Hair: Allure Traveling Beauty

Make-up: Alexis Dillich

Scotland Wedding // Scotland Adventure // N + B

Scotland Wedding // Scotland Adventure // N + B

If my last words were not I love you you’ll ken it was because I didna have the time. Diana Gabaldon

It’s no secret I love Scotland so ending 2018 on the Scottish coast at sunset in the ruins of a castle from the fourteenth center with Nicolle & Brian was beyond my wildest dreams. And then we got up before the sun to wander the streets of my favorite city, Edinburgh. Every moment with these two was just an absolute joy. We connected immediately and it felt like exploring with old friends. Their wedding this summer will be closer to home but filled with the same magic these two create just by being together. I really love them and can’t wait.

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Handsome Hollow // Catskills Wedding // S + A

Handsome Hollow // Catskills Wedding // S + A

When the evening pulls the sun down, and the day is almost through. Oh the whole world is sleeping, but my world is you.

The Paper Kites

What if it rains on your wedding day? What if it pours through the morning, noon and night? Well if you are Stephanie and Andy and are freaking madly in love with each other and the outdoors you enjoy every single magical second with smiles on your faces upturned to catch every rain drop. You run through the grass holding hands. You throw your wet shoes off and tear it up on the dance floor. You have a dirty hem and a muddy good time and no one will ever forget it. In the words of Stephanie ‘We love sun. We love rain. We love all of it.’ If you can’t tell I fell hopelessly in love with these two forever.

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Venue: Handsome Hollow

DJ: Jay McElfresh

Florist: Farm Hand Flowers

Hair & Make-up: Le Shag

Dress: Inbal Raviv

Cake Artist: Grounded Catering

Scotland Wedding// Scotland Adventure // M + A

Scotland Wedding// Scotland Adventure // M + A

Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, the hills of the highlands forever I love.

Robert Burns

I am in love with Scotland. It’s been a 15 year love affair that just grows stronger and deeper every time I set foot in this magical country. Walking the highlands or wandering Edinburgh I just feel it’s my place in the deepest parts of soul. I have no idea why or how. It just is. So being able to photograph this wildly in love couple who had been living on different continents for a year while planning their wedding was just beyond my wildest dreams. We jumped a cattle gate and walked through a field of chest high thistle, we watched the fog float down the sheep covered hills, we woke up before the sun and watched it rise over Edinburgh Castle and we strolled down Circus Lane in full bloom. It’s something I will never forget and I am so honored Maggie & Alex brought me there to capture it all.

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Adirondack Wedding // Jimbo's Club at the Point // J + S

Adirondack Wedding // Jimbo's Club at the Point // J + S

There’s only us. There’s only this…No day but today. [Rent]

Nestled on Brandt Lake in the Adirondack Mountains is Jimbo’s Club at the Point, a summer camp that turns into a killer place to get hitched in the off season. This wedding was so much fun… SO MUCH FUN. Everyone was smiling and laughing and dancing. The energy was incredible. The light was magical. And that was all before they brought out the ice cream cones.

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Venue: Jimbo’s Club at the Point

Florist: Chatham Flowers

Dress Designer: Elizabeth Dye from True North Bridal

Hair & Make up: Heather Powell & Rachel Skliutas from Alexandria’s Beauty Salon

Art Inspired Engagement // Hudson Valley // A + C

Art Inspired Engagement // Hudson Valley // A + C

For you I’d even try to turn the tide. Johnny Cash

I have a soft spot for these two lovebirds and their pup Apollo because I photographed not one but their TWO weddings…one in California and one in New York but it all started here with this session. I don’t know if I have ever told them this but I instantly thought they were just the coolest, an ER doctor in NYC and a sculptor who works at the Museum of Modern Art; so our first phone call I was so nervous everything I said sounded so dumb. I got off the phone and said to my husband I’m so sad I just completely messed that one up and they will never call me again. But somehow they did! And allowed me into their lives and I just fell in love with them and their friends and family. Their wedding blogs are going to be something so keep an eye out for those but in the meantime here is one of my favorite engagement sessions ever that I can’t believe I never blogged. And to Alyssa & Chris, thank you so much for trusting me with this and overlooking my nervous stammering on our first call!!! I really wish you would consider marrying each other for a third time <3

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Basilica Hudson Wedding  // Hudson Valley // D + K

Basilica Hudson Wedding // Hudson Valley // D + K

When the lights go down till the sun comes up you are not alone.

Basilica Hudson is hands down one of the coolest venues EVER to shoot. I love every inch of this place and the way the light filters in is just magic. Add in an amazingly sweet couple and their crazy fun family and friends and you get one killer party. And all that was before the bride’s cousin who was on the The Voice started belting out some Luther Vandross for their first dance and there was not a dry eye in the damn house.

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Venue: Basilica Hudson

Wedding Coordinator: Jeanne Stark Hudson Valley Ceremonies

Videographer: Ben Pliss Media

DJ: DJ Freddie / NRG Parties

Florist: Lydia Castigila Catskill Flower Shop

Dress Designer: Randy Fenoli from Kleinfeld

Cake: Hudson Valley Dessert Company

Catskills Wedding // Ommegang Brewery  // Alyssa & Nick

Catskills Wedding // Ommegang Brewery // Alyssa & Nick

You're already home where you feel love. [the head and the heart]

After the initial call I had with Alyssa I hung up thinking damn I hope they hire me because I just felt this instant connection.  The first time we met (at Little Peck's- my fave spot) we talked for an hour before we even got to talking about the wedding!  We loved the same music and good quality socks.  We loved being outside and we loved hoppy beer.  Alyssa & Nick are so kind and generous in spirit.  They are both just people you want to be around and when they look at each other other... watch out.  Their connection is so real.  So it was no surprise their wedding day was everything I had imagined it would be and somehow even more.  It was all sunshine and smiles and friends and the best cocktail hour playlist.  AND I got to work with so many of my favorite ladies on the planet.  Ahhhhhhh take me back to Ommegang with these two.


Hair: Ash Pardee of Fire & Ash

Make-up: Leah Francesca

Dress: La Poesie Dress from True North Bridal

Design: Mary Elise Rees Event Design

Flowers: Poppytree Floral

Donuts: Cider Belly Donuts

DJ: Mark LaValley

Catskills Engagement // Kaaterskill Falls // Andrew & Daniel

Catskills Engagement // Kaaterskill Falls // Andrew & Daniel

And the mountains said I will find you here. They whispered the snow and the leaves in my Ear. I traced my finger along your trails and your body was the map, I was lost in it... the glaciers made you and now you're mine.  [Great Lake Swimmers]

From the moment I met Andrew & Daniel I loved them.  But I am fairly certain they have that effect on everyone they meet.  Their kindness, their connection and their happiness is infectious.  They drove up from NYC on the most gorgeous, perfect fall day and we hiked to the waterfall.  It was one of those magic evenings where time stood still and you wished you could just bottle up the air and the smell and the sunshine and the feeling and bring it home with you.  We got to the top of the falls just in time to watch the sunset over the mountains and then hiked out in the pitch black laughing all the way because not one of us had remembered our headlamps or flashlights (thank the universe for cell phones with lights).  I am quite literally counting the days until I can photograph their wedding day in Lake Placid.  It's going to be filled with magic for sure.

Hudson Valley Wedding // Nostrano Vineyards // Emily & Jonny

Hudson Valley Wedding // Nostrano Vineyards // Emily & Jonny

We came for salvation. We came for family. We came for all that's good that's how we'll walk away. We came to break the bad. We came to cheer the sad. We came to leave behind the world a better way.  Avett Bros.

A Brit and a blonde meet at Coachella and the rest is history.  These two music lovers live in LA with their son Lochlan and I couldn't have loved their wedding day more if it was my own.  Dead serious that is how much I loved every minute with them and their family and friends.  From their tear filled but also hilarious vows celebrating their love and overcoming their struggle with infertility to their ridiculously amazing cocktail hour playlist featuring only bands they had seen live to the way they looked at each other from their first look to their last dance...that is the reason why when I downloaded their raw images the night of the wedding I immediately named their folder Emily & Jonny 4-Ever. It was that good.  Definitely 4-Ever good.

Venue: Nostrano Vineyards 

Dress: Vintage 

Caterer: Simply Gourmet

Cake: Cakery on a Stick

Wedding Song: Salvation Song by The Avett Brothers

County Fair Engagement Session // Upstate New York // Julie & Greg

County Fair Engagement Session // Upstate New York // Julie & Greg

this is love: to fly toward a secret sky // rumi

When Julie & Greg first said they wanted to do their engagement session at the County Fair I was all in.  I'd never shot anything at a county fair, or even been to a county fair actually- so challenge accepted.  I was away in the Adirondack Mountains the week before so I had a lot of time to think about this one and I just knew I wanted something different than what I had seen in the past.  I wanted to capture the earthiness of the fair and avoid that bubble gum quality.   We met up and hit the demolition derby which was SO COOL before we started shooting.  These two were just such an absolute blast to hang out with and the constantly changing light and motion was so fun to play with.  I may have had a few moments of panic as I was furiously changing settings every half second but so worth it because I really, really love these images and this couple and the county fair!  Also the funnel cakes.  Fair food is something special : ) 

Colorado Engagement Session // Andrea & Tyler

Colorado Engagement Session // Andrea & Tyler

To the ends of the earth would you follow me?  There's a world that was meant for our eyes to see. Lord Huron


In August, my husband and I rented a camper van and adventured around Colorado shooting and hanging and hiking and drinking really killer beer.  It was awesome. I was so pumped when Andrea & Tyler, whose wedding I will be photographing in New York next year came to our campground so we could explore together and create some images with those breath taking Rocky Mountains.   They are on a year long adventure of their own living in some of the most amazing places around this fine country together.  So glad our paths crossed in beautiful Colorado.  I think all four of us are madly, deeply and truly in love with Colorado. 

Waiting for Charlotte...

Waiting for Charlotte...

Well I've known you for just a little while, but i feel i've known you- I feel i've seen you when the earth was split in fives. Sufjan Stevens

These two lovers are getting ready for the biggest adventure of them all...parenthood.  They are going to rock and it was so fun to watch them together and see the joy and anticipation and excitement while they wait for their little girl.  There is something so crazy about those last weeks and months, it's like you have always known this person living inside of you and yet you have never seen them and then that moment when you see them and the world is never the same.  You are never the same.  Baby Charlotte you are one lucky girl to have such amazing parents and I can't wait to meet you.

Ash & Dan at home

Ash & Dan at home

You are the one thing that I know.  {Drew Holcomb}

I really dig marriage.  Not just weddings (I absolutely love weddings too) but I think there is something so powerful and amazing and challenging and worthwhile about promising someone you will always be there and then actually doing the work.  So these at home sessions of married couples are something I am really excited about.  Ash & Dan opened up their home to me and let me just hang with them while they did all the ordinary stuff that makes up their life.  I loved it.

Thena & Matt

Thena & Matt

Well you still make sense to me.  Your mess is mine.  {Vance Joy}

December weddings in killer locations with couples who totally get it...that is as good as it gets.  Thena and Matt were so incredibly kind and sweet to each other and focused on all the things that really matter.  This day just rocked in every way. This was also my first time shooting at F.E.A.S.T at Round Hill in Washingtonville NY.  Roaring (real) fires in gorgeous old fireplaces and beautiful artwork and the friendliest, most helpful staff...I loved this place and hope to get back soon.


Venue: F.E.A.S.T at Roundhill

DJ: Nick Ruggiero

Florist: Tom's Greenhouse

Dress: Badgley Mischka from BHLDN

Cake Artist: The Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie


Waxes Go West // Part 2

Waxes Go West // Part 2

Our Family Adventure  //  Part 2

Glacier National Park, Montana

After days of hiking in the dry heat and cooking sausages late night over an open fire we knew we wanted food that someone else cooked that did not involve Bry building the fire.  Also the new Harry Potter book had just come out and Addie needed a book store.  Bozeman, Montana seemed like a great stop on our way to Glacier where we could accomplish both of these things.  If you are ever in Bozeman please have breakfast at Nova Cafe.  You won't be sorry.  And no one will mind if you look like forest monsters who have not showered in days.  This was the best breakfast we have ever eaten and just an all around awesome town.  If you missed Part 1 of our cross country road trip you can find it here.

From Bozeman we headed to St. Mary on the eastern side of Glacier and our next campsite.  By this time the kids were settled into the routine of setting up camp and everyone knew their jobs.  As we pulled in to the campground tired, filthy and starving the attendants led us know they had free hot showers AND a pizza delivery service by way of 4-wheeler that would deliver pizza right to our tent.  I don't think we have ever been so happy.  This made up for the fact that we ran into a black bear right outside the campground  (luckily we stopped in time and he was unscathed) and the fact that our tent site was in a berry patch.  We had been warned to be especially careful around berries to avoid snacking bears and now here we were with berries literally hanging over our tent.  One of life's greatest and pizza make almost anything ok.

We woke up to a cold and rainy day but this place has so much magic even the clouds just made her more beautiful.  It was also our 14th wedding anniversary which was pretty awesome. We drove Going to the Sun Road through the park and stopped and hiked around again and again and again because every stop was even more gorgeous than the next.  We saw bears every single day we were there- and I even got a picture of one. Of all the places we went on this trip Going to the Sun Road was the most magical for me.  Glacier is so wild and rugged and felt the most desolate.  There were far fewer tourists due to the road being impassable for buses.  This is a place I will return to.  This is a place I hope my kids return to someday and remember me.  It is also a place predicted to be completely without glaciers by 2030 due to global warming.  Glacier National Park will have no glaciers left.  Let that sink in.

Hiking with Kids.  I included this first picture because people often say to us that our kids must be so cool- I think they are pretty great but they are still kids.  The reality is that hiking with your children is hard and they aren't always into it. They get tired and cranky.  This was a trip Addie and Abe both had reservations about and anxiety about before we left.  My daughter loves everything planned...where we will be sleeping, when and what time we will be eating.  She doesn't love to come across wild animals without a lot of warning.  My son loves to spend his summer swimming with his cousins and he was worried about missing soccer camp and time with his friends.  All of us had to stretch our souls a bit and deal with being uncomfortable.  To see what a tired cranky kid looks like see the image below : )

Banff National Park, Alberta Canada

From Glacier we were headed to the place that was the impetus for our whole trip.  Bry has always wanted to go to Banff National Park in Canada and we we couldn't wait to see that turquoise glacial water.  We crossed the border relatively quickly at a remote crossing and made our way north...way north to the Tunnell Mountain Campground.  Our tent site was amazing with a killer view AND wood is free at Canadian National Parks.  How cool is that?  However, there was a water issue and the showers and bathrooms were locked and unusable.  Not cool considering the water temperature in the lakes.  Oh and it started pouring.  So that was fun too.  And then Addie got super sick and had to be taken to a hospital but when I googled "closest hospital" it said "Closed for the Weekend".  Luckily, we found a clinic and I ran in like Shirley McClaine in Terms of Endearment screaming for someone to help my kid who was at that point puking all over the car.  Did I mention we had to pay for everything with cash since we were in another country?  After many bags of IV fluids, 3 different kinds of anti-nausea meds and an IV of Demerol I found out that healthcare is SO, SO much cheaper in Canada and Addie was on the mend.  My nerves, however, were fried. Bry scored us a hotel room since she was a bit out of it and it was still pouring and our tent waited patiently for us to return.  Just another day on the road y'all.

We spent two days recuperating and had to really scale back the hikes we had planned.   We were all just so happy Adeline was ok.  And really how can you be sad with two healthy kids and a view like this?  We were still able to see and hike around Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Peyto Lake and drive the Icefields Parkway.  

Moraine Lake looks every bit as amazing in person as it does in pictures.  It also involves a scramble over floating logs to get to the famous rock pile which you can climb up to enjoy the view.  Abe looked at it like his own personal American Ninja Warrior course and sailed over to the other side.  I struggled with the slippery logs and poor Addie slid completely off and plunged her leg into the glacial water.  We laughed a lot about that but when her foot went numb it was less funny.  That water is cold.  

If you take a look at a map you will see that Banff is quite far from our final destination which was the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This was a long haul.  We drove through Canada much of the way and it amazed us all how incredibly flat the great plains are.  F L A T.  You can watch complete storm systems miles away.  Between podcasts (Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History was our favorite) and storm watching we were quite entertained.  We stopped at a motel in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and then another in Minnesota. Easily one of the coolest parts of the journey was looking at a map and picking a random town as a stopover and just driving around.

So we get to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan and it's raining. It keeps raining.  And I had chosen a primitive campground with no water- so no showers or flush toilets- just pit toilets in very wet outhouses.  But the water of Lake Superior was more than warm enough to swim in so all was well.  Who needs to shower anyway? And the next day the sun came out.

Our last night we toasted to our adventure.  We were all sad and also all very dirty.  It was the absolute best month of our lives and as anxious as the kids were to see our dog (shout out to Caroline- the best dog watcher in the whole world) they were also in awe of all we had done and seen.  For kids who had been a little nervous about the adventure they were so adaptable.  They were so damn fun to be around and they never complained.  They may have been tired and hungry and cranky but they never once asked if we were there yet.  They didn't fight.  They didn't have cell service or tv or a bed or a toilet that flushed for weeks at a time but we had them and their undivided attention for a whole month and that was everything.  

Waxes Go West  //  Part 1

Waxes Go West // Part 1

Our Family Adventure

Part 1

We had dreamed, plotted and planned this trip for a little over a year.  There were a few things we knew right away.  1. We did not want an RV.  We were not going to be taking our living room with us.  We were tenting almost exclusively with a few motel stops and if it did not fit in our old Nissan X-terra it was not coming.  2. We wanted to take a month and we wanted to find that right mix of planning and happenstance.  We wanted room to change course and find magic but we also didn't want to be wandering around at midnight trying to find an open tent site.  3. We wanted to trap our 11 and 13 year old children and make them hang out with us for weeks so the lack of cell service, electricity and all their usual comforts was a plus. 4. We wanted to end up in Banff.  

Our first day started with breakfast in New York, lunch in Ohio and a late dinner in Wisconsin.  Then a whole lot of Minnesota before we reached our first planned destination on day 2.  We drove into the park at sunset.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

It was hard to leave the Badlands.  It was magic and I've never seen a night sky so pitch black and full of stars.  Bry and I sat in camp chairs after the kids had gone to sleep and opened a bottle of wine and watched the sky explode in shooting star after shooting star.  Our tent was all alone in this vast land and it felt like being in a snow globe of stars.  Before we left we had asked the kids if there was anything that was a must-see our daughter surprised us with her only request: Mount Rushmore!  Mount Rushmore?  I had been ready to drive right on by but I'm so glad she wanted to see it.  The smile on her face was well worth the trip.

Back on the road it was on to Wyoming; Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole.  But thanks to some expert advice from my Aunt and Uncle who had done the same trip we knew the drive through the Wind River Valley would be as my Uncle Monty said "spectacular".  And he was so right.  This endless sparse valley was unlike anything I had ever seen.  We drove by an active forest fire right outside of Dubois, Wyoming and were close enough to have the car fill with smoke and see the flames.  We stopped in town where all the fire fighters were resting in shifts and everyone was asking how close it was getting. 

Grand Teton National Park & Jackson Hole, Wyoming

There were definitely more than a few people who thought we were crazy to drive and tent the way we did but they were all people who had never done it.  Every person we asked who had made a similar trip said it will be the best time of your life.  They were right.  This country's vastness is meant to be experienced by and on its trails and roads not in an airplane.  Watching the flatness of the great plains make way to the sparse and rugged mountains and then watching the Grand Tetons rise in the distance.  I can tell you friends there is nothing like it.

We hiked around Jenny lake, we climbed to Inspiration Point, we drove old dirt roads and we stopped for bison crossing.  We sat in the river and watched the sunset and read books and did nothing at all. We walked around Jackson Hole and did some of the tourist things. We white water rafted on the Snake River and we did some laundry.  Then it was time for our happy hour ritual the night before we moved on to our next destination...drinks and maps.  

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming & Montana

We decided the best plan of action for Yellowstone was to wake the kids up at 3 a.m. (yes 3 a.m.) and make it to Old Faithful by sunrise to beat the crowds.  We hate crowds.  All of us introverts agree crowds ruin everything.  So we packed our sleepy kids up and brewed some very strong coffee and set out in the dark only to stumble upon an entire field of Moose.  Big giant ones and cute little tiny ones.  Bry rolled his window down and chatted with them.  We woke the kids up.  The moose just kept eating and occasionally looked up at the crazy guy carrying on a conversation with them. Then we pulled in to Old Faithful and heard someone yell "5 minutes till she goes off!"  We ran and made it just in time to watch her with only a handful of other people...not the thousands that would be there for the rest of the day.  It was like a private show just for us and the lack of sleep was well worth it.

If we are friends on Facebook you probably already know the crazy story of how I thought I would give the kids a treat by putting a roof over the head for a couple nights but it turned out what was sold to me as as early settlers cabin with no water or electricity was actually a chicken coop filled with mice surrounded by snakes.  My kids can tell you their own version of our midnight exodus from the coop in our pajamas in search of lodging.  They LOVE to tell this story.  It is pretty funny and also how we ended up with my favorite tent site of our whole trip.  If you have never been to Yellowstone you are missing out on life.  When I tell you this place defies description believe me.  And then go.  We saw bubbling cauldrons of turquoise water and felt the air change and fill with sulphur.  It's like being in one of Addie's post apocalyptic novels she loves so much.  But we also hiked the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, had campfires and counted stars, watched an insane lightening storm over a valley, swam in the Yellowstone river with bear markings all around us, watched a white wolf swim across that same river, saw bison, pronghorn, elk, coyote and bear, and did a sunset drive through the Lamar Valley that Abe says was the best thing he has ever done in his life.