The first part of our trip was planned out with more detail than the later weeks. Mostly this was because we knew things would start to come up as the miles added up and we didn’t want to be locked into reservations we couldn’t keep. And, sure enough, as soon as I published the last trip update, we ended up having to stay an extra night at our hotel because Benjamin got sick.
But he perked up and we were on our way. Driving through Wyoming was so interesting. I loved the plains and was fascinated as the mountains rose up and changed from tan to red to the deep blue-grey of the Tetons, our first stop. We stayed there for one night and then went on to Yellowstone.
There is just so much in Yellowstone. You could spend weeks there. Unfortunately, it’s terribly crowded in the summer. I’d love to go in… late September? We ended up having to leave a little early because we couldn’t find a place to camp.
After Yellowstone we headed to Idaho. We unexpectedly stopped at Craters of the Moon National Monument which was CRAZY. Then we had a surprisingly great time in Boise. No offense if you’re from Boise. We just weren’t expecting to like it so much. We hung out with some friends who may have convinced us we could live there some day.
We slept in a bus in Oregon.
We also just HAPPENED to be in Bend, Oregon for Brewfest where was ate lunch at the food carts and I sampled beers.
Then it was on to Crater Lake.
Then Redwoods which I absolutely loved. I’ll never forget the majesty of the trees and the way they pull your eyes up to the clouds.
We made a spontaneous stop at McKerricher State Park near Fort Bragg on the California coast. We searched for sea glass on the beach, poked sea anemones, and watched harbor seals on the rocks.
We’ve spent the last two nights with friends in the Bay Area. Next we’re heading off to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. We’re still having a wonderful time but I think we’re starting to look forward to crossing the border into the Republic of Texas.