We drove 640 miles today. We left Yellowstone, drove through Montana and northern Idaho to get to the middle of Washington. We stayed at Sun Basin RV park, which was about half an hour west of Moses lake.
Our highlight was the friendly city of Clinton, MT. We stopped at a Conoco, and apparently the town’s small grocery store. Had great prices and a nice environment.
Coeur D’Alene was a beautiful area in northern Idaho. A big lake surrounded by mountains.
We did lot’s of exploring through Yellowstone over the last 2 days, so we were ready to take it easy. We mostly stayed around the camper, went to the general store, and drove down the road 10 miles or so to get a phone signal.
Our favorite thing of the day was seeing 2 buffalo walking right down the middle of the right lane with a line of cars behind them. We were headed the other way, so we stopped in a turn-off to watch it for a while. We never did see them waiver from walking just to the right of the yellow lines. Cars coming the other way would slow way down so the cars behind the buffalo hardly got a chance to pass the buffalo.
Watched the movie “Sarah’s Key” about the Jewish deportation from Italy around 1940.
Meals – bagels & cream cheese, leftover spaghetti and stew, turkey burgers and au gratin potatoes.
It is Monday, and Josiah is missing 4 days of Calculus at Maple Woods this week. So Belinda and him worked on homework all morning. They kind of struggled with some of the concepts, especially Trig related, but they completed most of the problems.
A propane tank ran out last night, so it was getting cold until I went outside and switched to the other tank.
We walked through the park general store in our area and purchased a couple of T-shirts. We also filled the truck with gas, and the propane tank.
Today in Yellowstone we explored northeastern Yellowstone. The first stops were on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. There are 2 big waterfalls here. As you drive north you go over a beautiful pass. Then as you head out the Eastern valley drive there were Buffalo all over the place.
We continued listening to the Otori 3rd book while driving.
Meals – egg sandwiches in the camper, Peanut Butter and honey sandwiches out of our cooler while in the northern valley, and Stew prepared in the camper in the crock pot during the day.
Today we explored the southern loop that goes along the lake, then to Old Faithful, and many cool geological things. The geological things are boiling hot pools, mudpots, geysers, etc. Many colors, sizes, and variations. Many of these were more fun to explore than seeing Old Faithful go off.
For wildlife we saw several buffalo just walking right next to the road. They would just be walking along, swinging their head, ignoring the cars going right next to them. We also saw several Elk from a distance (a bridge overlooking a river and field).
Reading/Listening – Psalm 104:5 and discussion about Earth established forever. Finished Otori Book 2, downloaded Otori book 3, but did not start listening to it.
Meals – egg sandwich at camper, Hamburgers at a diner at Old Faithful, Beef jerky and bagels.
Lots of hiking today around the geological sites.
We had a few sprinkles while looking at some of these boiling hot pools. So you could stand in the hot steam, and get sprinkled with cool raindrops – very cool feeling!
We drove from Sundance, Wy to the Yellowstone Fishing Bridge campground. We arrived at Yellowstone through the East Entrance. The ranger at the gate warned us that there were Bison reported on the roads, so take it easy. We found one near the road, then a small heard in a few more miles.
We found out there will be little cell phone coverage in much of the park.
We continued listening to the 2nd Otori book during the drive.
Meals – egg burittos in camper, hot dogs at a gas station, Spaghetti in camper.
When we got out to take pictures of this herd, we talked to a father and daughter from northern Iowa. They were in the area to purchase cattle. They asked us to take their picture with the herd in the background.
Day 2 of our vacation. We were able to slow down and enjoy South Dakota.
We drove through the Badlands National Park. Rather than pay the $15 entrance fee we purchased the National Park Pass for $80 which will give us entrance to other National Parks, sites, etc. We drove all day, but much slower as we toured Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, and Black Hills.
Reading/Listening – Book 2 of Otori.
Meals – Apples dipped in peanut butter and honey, snacks in truck for lunch, Aro cafe in Sundance, SD.
We took lots of pictures of Mt. Rushmore, but then the memory card in our old Sony DSC717 camera failed. But, they would look no different than the 100’s of Mt Rushmore pictures that you can find on the web. It was kind of cool to see it up close, but a little underwhelming compared to the other beautiful scenery we drove through today. The museum and film were educational.
We started a one month vacation. We plan to drive through South Dakota, stay at Yellowstone 4 nights, drive through Montana and Idaho, and stay at Seattle for 4 nights. Josiah will attend the Pax gaming conference in Seattle then fly home. We will then slow down through Oregon, then go home through northern California, Utah, and Colorado.
First we took Josiah to Maple Woods where he attended his Calculus class. On the first day we drove 658 miles – to get up to South Dakota and half way across it. Then for the next couple of days we can slow down a little to see the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, and Black Hills.
We stayed at the Oasis campground in Chamberlain, SD, just west of the MO river in South Dakota.