|Dates:||30 Jun 2017 - 13 Sep 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 2 weeks|
The gang's all here.... Michael and Mae are the last to arrive
A rainbow as the rain surrounds us
Jackson Overlook on Signal Mountain
Afternoon hike to the top of Signal Mountain
Our home for the next 5 days..... the Home Away From Home cottage at Signal Mountain Resort
Welcome to the Tetons! Taylor, Jenny, Andrew,and Tara have arrived..... Michael and Mae will be here tonight.
Arrival at Jackson Hole Airport
The morning view... on the way to the airport to pick up some kids It rains a little during the night but looks like it will be a gorgeous day!
The national parks have gone to water filling stations to discourage bottled water (and the waste associated with it). This is the best one I've seen!
Jackson Lake Overlook on the trail to Heron Pond
Hike to Heron Pond
Good catch, Rich.... Sadie would be proud!
Colter Bay Marina
Jackson Lake and the Teton Range from the Lakeshore trail at Colter Bay
Sadie is waiting patiently outside the laundry while we take turns getting a much needed shower!
Wind chimes at the bike rental stall in Moose
Running errands, making phone calls, sending emails.... in Jackson Hole, WY
Matt and Dana from Calgary, Alberta. We picked them up near Jenny Lake and drove them to Teton Village. They will hike through the Tetons and end up back at Kenny Lake (where they left their car) this weekend.
The mountains are calling and we must go!
At the camp laundry using the wifi to take care of some business. The Miami crew is now rebooked out of Greenville/Spartanburg airport..... so, as of now, we will still vacation in the Tetons together😊
Trying out the new leash system on the bicycle. Rich can now keep both hands on the handlebars😊
Our campsite for tonight.... not sure if we'll stay a few days or move on. Keeping our options open and paying one day at a time. We are still waiting to see how the week unfolds and whether or not the boys will be able to make it out here from Miami.
Waiting to check in to a campsite at Colter Bay.... Signal Mountain Campground was full.
First view of the Tetons from the road.... gorgeous!
Leaving our beautiful campsite in Grant Village Yellowstone to head south to the Tetons. Hoping to find a campsite there....
Sadie is on high alert! Looking for "big dogs", i.e. Buffalo.
Dragon's Mouth Spring It even sounded like a dragon!
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone from Grand View along the North Rim Trail
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Lookout Point along the North Rim Drive
Norris Geyser Basin
Artist's Paint Pots
Driving tour through Firehole Canyon. Firehole Falls
Beehive Geyser went off just as we were leaving the area. We were able to watch it from the other side of the Geyser basin. A good day for Geyser Gazing😊
An afternoon at the Old Faithful Geyser Basin
Old Faithful wen off right as we walked up!
Bike ride to the Lone Star Geyser
Lone Star Geyser We rode our bikes about 2 1/2 miles to see this geyser and the show started almost the minute we got there!
The view from our "front yard".
Moved to Grant Village this morning. Beautiful lakeside campsite!
Lower Yellowstone Falls from Artist Point
And just around the bend..... a whole herd of buffalo..... and a herd of people watching them!
Our campsite tonight in Yellowstone at Bridge Bay Campground
Headed into Yellowstone for a few days before the kids meet us in the Tetons next week (hopefully). The Miami boys will wait out hurricane Irma in Spartanburg... they are on their way now. Hopefully, they will be able to get back to Florida early next week. We are watching this storm closely and anxiously!
It's laundry and bath day..... even Sadie is put through the wash!
The KOA bison..... apparently we will be seeing more of these in West Yellowstone.
KOA in West Yellowstone for a couple days. Nice campground😊Much cooler here and less smoke!
Doing some highway miles today to try to escape the smoke.... headed to West Yellowstone. We parked next to this big rig in the rest area along I-15. Thankful for our "little house"!
Keeping an eye on Hurricane Irma.... have been in touch with the guys in Miami and they will likely head out of Florida tomorrow. Hopefully this won't interfere with travel plans next week but first order of business is to get out of the way of this storm.
Back at Cracker Barrel... the first we've seen since crossing the Mississippi, I think. Outside Provo, Utah. It was too hot down in canyon land - 105^F - too hot for us! Headed north!
Factory Butte from the back window. It is 100•F ... too hot to get out of the car!
The scenery.... Red...
The boardwalk along Petroglyph Wall
Ahhhh.... a picnic area with shade, green grass, and a flowing river!
Castle Rock from the Visitor Center
And yet another scenic Overlook! That might be Capitol Reef NP on the distance....
It is raining but the rain never hits the ground... virga.
Riding the ridge with drop offs on both side!
The Million Dollar Road.... I believe it!
Going up, up, up..... what a road!
Leaving Bryce today and driving through Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
One more incredible view from Inspiration Point
Bike ride and run to Inspiration Point
The view as we climb back up...
Rain! Wow! The first we've had in weeks! On the way back to Bryce...
A lighthouse sighting in Cedar City.... hmmmmm......?
Lunch stop on the way back to Bryce
There are cars and people everywhere! Absolutely nowhere to park..... so we are headed back to Bryce where there is room to breathe! At least we made it through on the scenic drive....
Waiting in line for our turn to go through the next tunnel
The first tunnel...
What a road! Zion-Mt Carmel Highway from the east entrance to the visitor center
Posing again.... almost "home".
Visitor Center at Red Canyon
Entering the Red Canyon
We decided on an afternoon bike ride on the new bike trail to the Red Canyon
Looking down..., looking up.... switchbacks back to the rim
On the Navaho Loop Trail
Scenes from the Queen's Garden Trail
We head down into the canyon.... Sadie is spending the morning in the Casita.
Today we will hike "the most popular trail" in the park according to a park ranger.... The Queen's Garden Loop combined with The Navaho Loop. We have seen the canyon from the rim so we will get a different perspective.
More gorgeous views.... from Agua Canyon
.... I think this might be why dogs are not allowed on trails....
Panoramic view from Rainbow Point at the end of the park road.
I hiked the short Bristlecone Loop while Rich and Sadie hung out at the Overlook..... no dogs allowed on the trails.
The view from Bryce Point
We spent the morning catching up and enjoying our campsite in Bryce Canyon. This afternoon we took the rim drive to the end stopping at nearly every Overlook. The photos don't do it justice! This one is taken from Bryce Overlook.
We found a beautiful campsite at North Campground just inside the park. Rich's America the Beautiful senior Pass is really paying off.... free entrance to the park and half price on the camping! There are some perks to getting older! Tonight there is a ranger talk on Earth and our solar system, with telescope viewing of the night sky.... we plan to head to that on the bike path after a quick dinner.
We literally drove through the Red Canyon on the way to Bryce Canyon!
On the road to Bryce Canyon NP
It does rain out here even if it doesn't look like it! Strange to see blue sky behind a curtain of rain.
Another view of the valley
View of the Great Basin from the overlook
We took the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive up to 10,000 feet in elevation. This is the view of Wheeler Peak from the top.
We are taking a little detour to see what this park has to offer...
On the road to The Great Basin National Park
Our KOA campsite in Ely, Nevada.... we got in after dark so no photo until this morning. They allowed us to share a site with Roy so we shared the cost. He pitched his tent on the grass behind our Casita.
Roy rode with us all the way to Ely, Nevada last night. We got into the KOA after dark and had a late dinner. This morning Roy was up, with his laundry done and his reservations made for the next few days, all before we even got up!
We'll guess what.... that lonely cyclist is now in the car with us! The conditions were pretty rough, we had 4 miles of road construction, so we offered Roy a ride. He took us up on the offer so we are now traveling the lonesome road together!
People have taken rocks to write things in the sand along the side of the road.
A lonely cyclist on a lonely road!
We are now headed across Nevada on "America's Loneliest Road"..... I believe it!
Reflection Lake....appropriately named!
Next we walked around Reflection Lake...
We took an afternoon walk around Manzanita Lake. Even with the wind causing ripples across the lake we saw a beautiful reflection of Lassen Peak!
Rich just made the summit of Lassen Peak and sent this text!
Wow! Lassen Peak as reflected in Helen Lake
.....and he's off!
Rich is doing this hike this morning while Sadie and I find cell service and do some posting!
On the ride back to the campground we saw this stand of trees that died in an apparent fire.... the burned bark fell off over time and left this silver forest.
Chaos Crags and Chaos Jumbles
View of Lassen Peak from King's Creek Meadow
Bumpass Rock at the Bumpass Parking area. It is named for a man who fell through the crusty earth near here and burned his leg badly in the hot sulphuric water beneath the surface. I took the hike out to Bumpass Hell from here.... Rich stayed with Sadie since it was too hot to leave her in the car with no shade to be found. His foot was swollen from a yellow jacket sting this morning so he offered to sit this one out. Following are some of the pictures I took.
Emerald Lake.... obviously!
Diamond Rock viewpoint
The Visitor Center at the other end of the park from our campground. We watched a movie about the park and then had lunch. While we were there we downloaded an audio tour of the park that we will listen to on the ride back.
Out for a ride and look what we found. Drove up to about 8500 feet elevation.
Our "home" at Manzanita Campground in Lassen Volcanic National Park, California
Day is Done, but we're not! Still have a little more driving to get to tonight's destination just outside Lassen Volcanic National Park. It is a new National Park for both of us.
The scenery is changing....and not quite as much smoke....
The road is going up and so is the temperature. Lots of hairpin turns! Hot and dry again.
The Big Tree!
This time we are here with Sadie instead of the tandem!
These trees dwarf the Casita just like the huge rv's do!
Following the cyclist/scenic route on the Redwood Highway. We ran into this group of women later on when we stopped to see the "Big Tree".
A bird's eye view
Life in the tidal pools.....
Instead of a line in the sand, we have a like in the rock
Exploring the tidal pools at low tide
After packing and hitching up the Casita, we took one last walk to the beach at low tide. It is still smokey.... hoping to drive out of the path of wildfire smoke today.
Afternoon "sunset" through the smoke
When you need a tripod and don't have one....
Reluctant posing on the rocks
Smokey view down the beach
One more afternoon on the beach
Grocery shopping at Fred Meyer on the way "home". Rangers were outside the story giving out information about wildfires in the area. The smoke is noticeably worse today.
Lots of looking up!
Panoramic view to try capturing an entire tree!
Love these big trees
We had a good bit of smoke this morning so we decided to drive to Jedediah Smith State Park. We were last here on our honeymoon, 37 years ago!
Love these glasses! We also enjoyed the food, beer, and live music.
Looking for the bathrooms?
Rode our bikes into Brookings for dinner at the Vista Pub..... wonder why we missed it the first time we passed by?
After setting up we headed out for a walk on Harris Beach. There is a little bit of smoke from the wildfires east of us.
Checked into our new campsite at Harris Beach State Park.... we added a day to our reservation so we will stay two nights here.
Today's drive took us to some scenic viewpoints that we had stopped at on our 2013 bike tour down the Pacific Coast route..... it was foggy and rainy in 2013..... not so in 2017!
On the way to our next campground we detoured to Cape Blanco Lighthouse
The view from Cape Blanco
Back to Bandon to pick up dinner. The artwork was displayed all along the waterfront.
This area is called Devil's Kitchen
A walk on the beach. The winds were strong and sand was blowing but the sun was out!
Make Way for Geese
We walked out on the jetty to watch the waves crashing over the rocks... looking back at the lighthouse
The coastguard boat was out practicing maneuvers in the channel surf
On the jetty at Bullards Beach
Campsite at Bullards Beach State Park
The story of the day.... as we walked down the trail tho see the sea lions we passed a girl and her parents. We both glanced at each other a couple of times before realizing that we know each other! This is Tess. She was at Eagle's Nest Camp for many summers and attended the Outdoor Academy the same semester that Michael did! What a surprise to both of us! We chatted awhile, introduced ourselves to her parents, Lisa and Roy, then went our separate ways. But a little while later we returned to our car and saw them still in the parking lot.... with a dead battery. So we were able to loan them our jumper cables and jump start their car.... must be the reason that we ran into each other in the first place!
There they are... covering the rocks and making quite a racket
We could hear the barking sea lions long before we saw them!
Posing at Cape Arago
Sunset Bay panorama
View of the sand dunes
Watching the "blow hole" in the rocky shoreline
Looking back at Yachats
Lunch stop across the inlet from Yachats, OR
Oops..... did not see this sign when we drove into the parking lot! Luckily, it was not too busy so we were able to find enough space.
Seal Rock State Park... saw lots of birds, but no seals.
The morning cloud bank as it rolls back
Looking back at the bridge from Newport as the fog rolls in
Rich and Sadie.... after two days of not feeling well, Sadie is finally back to herself!
Path to the beach is right next to our campsite.
Made it to the Oregon coast after a traffic jam outside Lincoln City. Camping in South Beach State Park tonight.
Logan and Mopsy saw us off this morning.... we'll see Mopsy again in September in the Tetons!
This is pretty much what we saw.... not such a dark sky.... but I could not capture it on my cell phone camera so I'll post this! It was amazing!
The two minutes we waited for..., totality. The picture does not do it justice!
The crescent shape through the trees in the parking lot
Sadie is ready.....
Glasses on.... it's starting!
Camped in the clinic parking lot last night with Mopsy..... perfect skies this morning for the eclipse viewing!
Made it to Woodburn, OR. Dinner out at the local Mexican restaurant.... back in 2008 Obama ate here!
The Eclipse Cookies!
Mopsy and Meagan cooking and baking in preparation for tomorrow's eclipse party...
Made it to Portland and Mopsy's house. From here we will head south the Woodburn, in the "totality zone"!
Headed to Portland to visit Mopsy and see the eclipse. Tomorrow we will travel a short distance south to be in the 100% zone!
Lunch stop... Sadie on "mole patrol"!
Camping tonight in yet another Lewis and Clark State Park...... when we got here it looked somewhat familiar.... looking back at my Track My Tour sites I realized we had camped here when we did the Lewis and Clark route a couple years ago! Even met some touting cyclists (from Holland) who were camped in the hiker/biker site we had stayed in🚲
Found a beautiful spot for lunch before leaving the park for good.
Decided to drive around the lake .... never mind the part of the road that was not recommended for cars with trailers! We made it!
Actually, we will be leaving Olympic National Park soon..... we've been in and out of it quite a few times over the past few days.
It is pretty tall!
Run, Sadie, run....
Big Cedar Tree... of course we had to stop and take a look!
For us, Forks was important for having a place we could take showers after two days in the National Park Campgrounds with no shower facilities!
The town of Forks, famous for the setting of the Twilight movies
Back through the woods
"Gifts" left in the roots of this tree
The tidal pools at low tide were full of these sea urchins
One last hurdle (logs) to climb
Up and over to the beach
Hike to 2nd Beach
Hole in the Rock
Campsite in Mira Campground for tonight
And the same view this morning
An evening walk after dinner..... Wow, just wow!
Can't complain about the view right outside our Casita door!
First campground we checked still had a few campsites and we found this beautiful site. Camping on Crystal Lake
Gorgeous views of Crystal Lake
Traffic delays.... landslide
Made a quick stop at the Visitor's Center....... not sure where we will spend the night tonight. Most of the National Park campgrounds are first come first served so we'll just have to see what we can find!
Made it through customs and into Port Angeles
And a last look at Victoria...
The front deck.... a few years ago those might have been our bikes parked there!
Looking towards the Olympic Peninsula
Waiting for our to go order. We need to get back to the ferry in time for a passport check......
Lunch with the last of our Canadian money! Delicious fish and chips!
Lots of no's
I just love the little taxi boats!
The Friendship Bell, given to Victoria by its sister city Marioki, Japan along the Harbour Pathway
In line at the ferry.... back to the US. Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula
Moving on today.... back to the USA. Left the car and trailer in line at the ferry terminal while we walked aroun Victoria one last time.
Yellow dDog is pooped!
Snow capped mountains in the distance... Whistler we think
Definitely had to stop here!
Stopped at Lochside Park for a lunch/snack/water/bathroom break. Sadie kept an eye on the campers that were enjoying activities in the park.
The bridges we a bit bumpy... Sadie preferred running alongside Rich. She stayed on her leash because the trails were so busy with cyclists and pedestrians.
Great cycling infrastructure....
Spent the whole day riding on these bike trails
Getting a nap in the sunshine..... life is good for Yellow Dog!
Water, electricity, sewer hookups.... taking advantage of RVing for the next two nights before heading back to the States.
Our new campsite at Fort Victoria RV Park ..... with all the perks
Playtime with Bo before leaving this Campground for one closer to Victoria
A drive along the shore to French Beach provential Park
Doggy gathering on the trail
Plenty of moss! It is no longer hot and dry!
At the north western terminus of the trail
The Galloping Goose Trail is not paved, but has a nice hard packed surface. Perfect riding (and running) through a beautiful forest along the Sooke River.
We watched a group of kids enjoy swimming in the potholes..... too chilly for us southerners!
The potholes viewpoint
We slept in after a late night of fireworks..... the sun is out so we are headed to the Sooke Potholes today.
And the fireworks show goes on, rain or shine!
Selfie under our umbrellas..... still waiting patiently....
The rain comes and the umbrellas come out! The park had the genius idea of passing out clear umbrellas to everyone!
The crowd gathers for the much anticipated fireworks show
The outdoor concert..... Beatles cover band
The sunken gardens
Messing around with Sadie poses!
And some of the statues/sculptures
Just some of the flowers in Buchart Gardens
Rich and Sadie trying out the BOB trailer..... I think she likes it!
Home tonight in British Columbia
Coming into the Sydney Harbor
Coming into Friday Harbor..... just to pickup more passengers headed to BC
Sadie found her spot on the ferry
In line for the ferry
This is the first sunrise we have seen on this trip..... up early to catch the ferry to Sydney, BC. We'll be back in Canada for a few days seeing the sights in and around Victoria.
Dinner at the local brewery
Looking back at the bridge and North Beach
Tree climbing is an activity in the park
By the time we got back to North Beach the coastal fog was starting to lift
A man and hid dog
Sadie had to checkout the hole....
View from the trail under the bridge
It was still foggy when we started the day
There are some big trees in the park
We spent most of the day hiking at Deception Pass State Park
A Casita Sandwich..... between the big rigs!
The oil refinery almost looks pretty at night.....
Today was a day of running errands, grocery shopping and making plans for next week. We have reservations on the ferry to Sydney, BC for Saturday and plan to spend several days in and around Victoria before returning to the US and the Olympic Peninsula.
Cheers to 37 years!
Dinner at Anthony's
Riding our bikes to have an anniversary dinner out on the town!
"Home Sweet Home" at Fidalgo Bay Resort RV Park. Lucky to get a spot at all.... and we are "2nd row back" with a view of the bay😊 Nice place.
We'll spend our 37th anniversary in Anacortes!
Sadie is happy to wait for us so that she does not have to walk across the metal grate
Watching the salmon ladder at work to help the salmon get downstream around the dam
Lunch in Concrete, WA at the visitors center
Had to stop for the photo op
Diablo Lake is still a beautiful turquoise green
Driving through the Cascade Mountains. The smoke is causing the haze.... unlike the clear views we had 5 years ago when we cycled through here!
And with this, we'll say good night!
Laundry day..... and a rainbow!
Laundry and showers in one building.... can't beat that! Soon we'll have clean bodies AND clean clothes😊
Our KOA campsite in Winthrop, WA. We stayed here 5 years ago when we biked the Northern Tier Route with Adventure Cycling. The real selling point is that they have a laundry on site!
We're in Washington state..... they sell more than just apples!
Apple trees-a-plenty thanks to the miracles of irrigation!
The Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River
Grand Coulee Dam
Lunch and playground stop near the Nine Mile Dam
Sadie is enjoying a rest in a patch of soft grass.... not much of that around here because things are so dry
After a swim we stopped at the Plummer Marsh Boardwalk
We stopped for a swim at Plummer Point on the way back to the campground
Rolling back down the trail
Lunch stop at the trailhead
Back on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes today.... riding towards Plummer this time, a slight uphill grade to the start/end of the trail.
End of the day..... the sun is setting a bit earlier now so we can manage to stay up to view the sunset!
Rich is working on plans for viewing the solar eclipse in a couple weeks.... stay tuned!
Rich tried out an inflatable paddleboard
She likes the dock better
More swim lessons
Break time after a hot climb to the top of Indian Cliffs
View from the top
Hiked the Indian Cliffs Trail
Dinner is in the "oven"!
Spotted on the way back to the campground.... Sadie got pretty excited about another "yellow dog"!
Sadie gets a much needed swimming lesson from Rich!
Out for a ride/run
Some interesting yard art along the trail
Always time for a little music in the park
Ice cream/shake break in Harrison
Bucket List ride on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes today
The smoke from wildfires is hanging out in Idaho, too!
After dinner walk on the woods
Finally a real campsite... with a picnic table, trees, and room to breathe! We'll spend a few days I Heyburn State Park at Hawley's Landing Campground with close access to the Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes
Sadie guards our picnic spot in the shade while we pack up our lunch stuff. We're looking for a place to camp tonight.....
Our camping/parking spot last night.... nothing to write home about but Rich was happy with the beer pub onsite!
Lunch and swim atop