|Dates:||30 Jun 2017 - 22 Sep 2017|
|Duration:||2 months, 3 weeks|
Home Sweet Home❤️
Sunset over the Ohio River
Just crossed the Mississippi River... a look back at the Gateway Arch
We are out of the snow and driving across Kansas today..... had to pull over in Goodland to see the giant Van Gogh painting!
Headed east toward home trying to get over this pass and out of the snow!
Goodbye Tetons, Jackson Lake, Signal Mountain ...... until next time!
Day 7 Checking out of our cabin at Signal Mountain. We will drop the kids at the airport then head to the southern exit of the park. The winter weather has us thinking about warmer temperatures!
This was our "wildlife list" for the week. By the end of our vacation we had them all checked off✔️✔️✔️
And the Byrd Brothers
Taylor and Jenny
The finale of the trip.... the Hootenanny in Moose, WY. Bill Brigs opens the show as he has done every year since the 70's
We made it! What a view!
Just a short climb from the tram to the top.
Riding the tram to the top of the mountain. Tara and Andrew have their own style!
Day 6 Moose! On the way to Teton Village! We've been on the lookout for "Bullwinkle" and we finally found him.
The evening view of the Tetons from the river
We were not disappointed! Pronghorn antelope grazing along the river! We also saw several bald eagles and an osprey, but no photos of those sightings.
The evening is chilly but we were dressed for it and Joe had e tra blankets for us. We are hoping to see some wildlife.....
And the day is not over yet! Time for a float trip on the Snake River. This is our guide, Joe.
There are no bad views! This one is from the boat dock.
Boat ride back to our car
At the boat dock waiting for a ride across Jenny Lake to complete our loop
Looking up at the Grand Teton from Lower Inspiration Point
Overlook on the way to Hidden Falls
Canoe training wheels?
And we're off....
We are hiking around Jenny Lake to Hidden Falls and Lower Inspiration Point
Day 5 More snow on the mountains this morning!
The whole crew, including Nate and Steph and baby byrd by FaceTime) in the cabin at Signal Mountain
Practicing for the Hootenanny
Dinner at White Grass
An evening at White Grass where our cousins Roger and Harriet and Mopsy are. Roger volunteers here for 5 months each year (May-September) as caretaker of the facility which is the Canter for Preservation for all the National Parks west of the Mississippi.
We enjoyed touring the facility, spaghetti dinner, and elk watching!
A little game time before dinner
Back to Signal Mountain for breakfast!
Day 4 Early morning outing to hopefully see some wildlife....
Bison sighting on the way home...
Lower Yellowstone Falls
Beautiful even in the nasty weather!
Hiking down (and then back up!) for a better view of the falls
Lower Falls of the Yellowstone
It is snowing at The Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone!❄️
Grand Prismatic Spring
The Byrd "Gang of Eight"
Found our cousins! With Steve and Ruth in the Old Faithful Visitor Center
First stop.... Old Faithful, of course!
Day 3 In the car and on the way to Yellowstone in the snow/rain
Evening photo on the rock above String Lake
Hike to Leigh and around String Lake
At the top
And they're off!
Ready to ride
Andrew/Stormy Tara/Valentine Michael/Custer Mae/Silver
Everyone is matched with a horse Rich/ Bojangles Taylor/Tracker Jenny/Sam
Day 2 Morning view from Signal Mountain cabin
The gang's all here.... Michael and Mae are the last to arrive
Sunset as we gather in the Tetons. Still have to make one more airport run...
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
Day 1 of Family Vacay 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.