I meant to write a review in November 2017 after my three-day trip with Snowflake Tours to Grand Canyon, Bryce, and Zion National Parks, but it’s just as well I didn’t because…now I have the chance to write a review for my SECOND four-day tour with Snowflake to Yellowstone and Grand Teton this past week. On both trips, hands down, Chris was an expert driver with a true love and knowledge of the land. Whether sailing down long roads or curling around 12,000-foot-high mountains, Chris keeps focused on and aware of safety, roaming wildlife, and crazy drivers (for whom he has no tolerance). On the first trip, I was traveling with a friend, and Chris was always attentive to our interests and needs. We both collected National Park Stamps, and even if it was out of the way on his intended itinerary, Chris made sure to stop by Visitors Centers so we could stamp our passport albums. I will never forget how he offered to drive our albums to a Visitors Center at another site and get the stamps for us himself, while we were touring Antelope Canyon and would come out too late to get there all together. As well, since I’m not too fond of heights and steep inclines, Chris was kind enough to walk beside me on the open side of the mountain at Bryce so I could make it along the ledge without feeling uncomfortable—he knew it would be worth the view, and I was very glad I trusted his judgment. Bryce is by far my favorite park because of what I was able to see in places I would never have ventured into on my own. On my second tour, I decided to wing it solo with Snowflake, and I truly valued the personalized and detailed tour of both parks. We hit the jackpot with animal sightings: brown and black bears, moose, ospreys, blue heron, bison, elk (a whole herd chased by a bear), deer, whistle-pig, and countless chipmunks. We covered just about the entire length and breadth of Yellowstone—no small driving feat—and I especially marveled at the diversity of the park, from the poignant aftermath of the vast Yellowstone forest fire in varying stages of regrowth, to the otherworldly geothermal landscapes, to the breathtaking beauty of crystal lakes and snow-covered mountains. While one might not typically expect a tour guide to pitch a tent and stay in the forest at night while the visitor basks in clean, comfortable, and attractive quarters, it just confirms how much Chris considers this land his home, and his insights into camping and the wilderness are so valuable for this lifelong city girl. Snowflake Tours has spoiled me for wanting to know more of the natural beauty of the West in a one-to-one way. Those big-bus tours with 55 strangers on board stopping at tourist traps can’t hold a candle to the experience of traveling with someone who shows you how it feels to be up close and personal with nature. Two of the best trips I’ve ever taken…and I look forward to more.