June - August 2017
  • Day38

    Yellowstone National Park

    August 1, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We spent today at Yellowstone National Park. We entered through the west entrance after spending the previous night at the KOA in West Yellowstone. First on the agenda was to find a campground which we did within the park at Indian Creek Campground. It's dry camping so no perks like electricity for the next couple of days. Next we visited the Mammoth Springs and did the hour walk to see them all up close. The land formations were very different from the forest and meadows in other parts of the park. Taking the recommendation of last night's camping neighbors, we ventured to Boiling River which is a place where the hot springs empty into a cold river. We were able to wade and sit in the stream once we found the spot that wasn't too hot or too cold. After our soak in the river, we traveled to a picnic area and had a picnic dinner which ended with a red fox coming to visit. All other picnicers gathered by our table to watch the fox which came very close...I retreated to the camper, Robert throw a rock and off it went. We almost got pinned into the area though, because as cars approached and saw a group of people looking in the same direction, everyone stopped to join. This was the case a few miles down the road where there were lots and lots of bison. Some were close to the road, some were peppering the meadows and one was walking down the road. Their massive size made them fun to watch. After this we called it a day and headed back to our campground but not before we saw more buffalo, prong-horns (antelope) and elk.Read more

  • Day37

    Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    July 31, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Though somewhat crowded with people, we enjoyed walking around and exploring Jackson, Wyoming which was a western version of Sonoma square that we visited in California. The well known Million Dollar Cowboy Bar had horse saddles at the bar, nice for a photo but not really the most comfortable seat. Their shops had neat photo opportunities all with a true western theme. Next we drove through the Grand Teton National Park with it's majestic peaks of the Rockies. We didn't see a lot of wildlife here, but Robert would love to be here in the fall to see the Elk migration which has elk coming down from the highlands by the hundreds. The road through the park led us straight to the south entrance of Yellowstone. Here we did begin to see wildlife...especially the deer that run in front of us while I was driving causing me to test the breaks in a big way. After that it was time to switch drivers. As we continued towards our campground reservation in West Yellowstone, we saw a buffalo meandering along the side of the road. Can't wait for tomorrow to begin our visit of this park to see what else we'll see for wildlife and to experience the geysers and hot springs.Read more

  • Day36

    Crater Moon (Idaho)

    July 30, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌫 29 °C

    Though we could have stayed longer with the Barths to continue to participate in all that it offers, we decided we needed to continue on our journey. Upon Jenn's recommendation we stopped at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho. This was very different from anything we had experienced. It was the strangest landscape made up of black lava that erupted thousands of years ago. Lava tubes resulted and when they collapsed, tunnels were revealed. We did a guided tour of the Indian cave with a park ranger. Very cool. Next we traveled outside of Jackson, Wyoming where we'll spend the next few days.Read more

  • Day35

    Sun Valley with the Barths

    July 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Jenn and Brian showed us more of Sun Valley's resort today. We took the gondola and then the chair lift to the top of Bald Mt where the views were once again out of this world. Sun Valley has done a great job of preserving their history through photographs hanging throughout every building showing the resort has it has evolved over the years along with the well know people who have visited and continue to visit . We had a great lunch at the country club then that evening while Jenn and Brian worked the event, Wyatt joined us for a spectacular dinner buffet at the Village's main hotel followed by an Ice Show on their outdoor ice rink. The talent was overwhelming with the main performer being Nathan Chen who is our gold medal Olympian hopeful for this winter's 2018 Olympics. What a fun day!Read more

  • Day34

    The Barths (Hailey, Idaho)

    July 28, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Today we arrived in Hailey, Idaho to visit our friends The Barths. The drive here was another pretty one through a mountain dessert type terrain. We had a great tour of Sun Valley by Brian. What a beautiful resort he works at. Can't wait for tomorrow to see more of this beautiful area.Read more

  • Day33

    Good Bye Oregon....onto Idaho

    July 27, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    We said good bye to Meghan and Kristen today at the Eugene, Oregon airport. We're so glad they were able to spend time traveling with us. Though we played games, had a campfire, and ate smores like we did on family camping trips when they were younger, we were traveling with young adults who had settled into productive lives of their own on this trip. We couldn't be prouder. The remainder of the day was a travel day. Our route is now east bound with our first destination being Sun Valley, Idaho to see our friends Jenn, Brian, Wyatt and Dakota Barth. This section of the country again provided a varied landscape. We went from the tall pines that formed a canopy across the road to a desert like fields through the Great Basin. We even came upon fields of onions in Vale, Oregon the onion capital of the country.Read more

  • Day32

    The Waterfalls (Oregon)

    July 26, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Despite waking up to rain, we decided to still hike down to Crater Lake. It turned out to be a good decision as it wasn't raining there, was cool and the hike was well worth it. On the way out, we walked with a man who was the captain of one of the tour boats and he had lots of history and stories about the lake. After our hike we explored route 138 which has 6 natural waterfalls. We hiked to and thoroughly enjoyed 3 of them...more of nature's beauty. Robert and Kristen went swimming in the pool formed at the Susan Falls. Our day came to an end at a campground outside of Eugene, Oregon so that we'd be close to the airport tomorrow when the girls fly back to their respective homes. Our time with them has gone by way too quickly.Read more

  • Day31

    Crater Lake National Park (Oregon)

    July 25, 2017 ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Crater Lake in Oregon has is the bluest lake we've ever seen. It also still has snow! We stopped at a pull off, that had a lot of people, to see what everyone was looking at. It was the first view of the lake and it took our breath away. As I understand it, the lake was formed by a volcano that basically erupted and sank creating the lake. We viewed the lake from several of the pull offs along Rim Drive, visited the gift shop and then planned to do a 2 mile hike down to the lake so we could take a boat tour. Unfortunately the boat was broken down and then it started to thunder and lightening. After several games of cribbage to try to wait out the storm, we decided to postpone our hike and headed back to the campground at Diamond Lake. The rain subsided and we were able to have a great cookout over the open fire complete with smores......just like old times.Read more

  • Day30

    Crescent City

    July 24, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We spent last night at a campground in Cresent City which is a fishing town in northern California. The majority of the people were fisherman who stayed there because we were right on the harbor. We walked the beach in the early morning and found lots of sand dollars. Our travel today was to Diamond Lake in Oregon which is the closest RV park to Crater Lake. It's a beautiful area though much cooler than the southwest.Read more

  • Day29

    California Redwoods

    July 23, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Experiencing the massive size of California's Redwood trees was the focus of today. After leaving a small campground that was actually a part of a fairground, we traveled along the Avenue of the Giants. The trees were huge and all were along the roadside. We stopped at the typical tourist spots...Finding Bigfoot and the drive through tree in Muir's woods, but we also took a break at the Humbolt State Forest Park to take a walk through the Redwood Park. Standing next to the trees made us feel very small. Our next stop was northern California at Cresent Beach where we all put our feet in the Pacific Ocean to complete the trip across the country. For the record, the water of the Pacific was freezing!Read more