Yellowstone and Beyond..

Well I’m a little late on my August update, but we have been doing a whole lot of moving around so here goes. We left Beachwood RV Park in Blaine WA. on August 3rd and traveled to Crescent Bar RV park, and spent two days. It was on a beautiful location overlooking the Columbia river,

View from our camp site

View from our camp site

but it was a little run down. As we chatted with some of the regular users of the park they were doing a lot of complaining about how run down it had gotten with regards mostly to the grass that was all dead. They said it had been so beautiful but the management has been going through some challenges keeping their sprinklers working. Hopefully this will be something they can get back on track. After that stay we went a short way down the road and spent 5 days at Pier 4 RV park on Moses lake. It was a little confusing to find, when we used Google Maps, but we eventually found our way. It was a nice spot right off the highway, grassy lots and a nice pool. There was a nice lakeside public park you could use that was right across the street. We took a nice day trip to tour the Grand Cooley Dam, it is the largest Hydroelectric Dam in the nation.

Grand Cooley Dam

Grand Cooley Dam

They give a nice tour and explain a lot of the history around its construction. Next we spent a quick 2 days in Emigrant Springs state park which was a nicely wooded area outside Pendleton Oregon. We took one day to explore Pendleton where we went to see the Pendleton clothing factory. I was able to get a very nice Pendleton hat to give me a little “Indiana Jones” vibe.

The dog's name was Indy!

The dog’s name was Indy!

Next we headed to Farewell Bend state park where we were suppose to spend 5 days. When we arrived the Snake river was so low it was covered in algae and the temperature at the park was 105 degrees. We quickly decided to call our next scheduled stop to see if we could move up our arrival time. We were able to get into Fort Running Bear RV Park and spent 6 days. It was a very nice park with the exception of having to drive 3.5 miles on a very dusty road. It really made our rigs sooo dirty. We met a great couple Ben and Cindy who taught us a few card and domino games.

Us with Ben and Cindy, another great like minded couple!

Us with Ben and Cindy, another great like minded couple!

There was a great little restaurant the Little Camas Inn, just down the dusty road that we went to for dinner with Ben and Cindy. It was a very nice surprise, the Brisket sandwich was so good and very reasonably priced. Also, while we were waiting for our dinner, they have a driving range right off the patio and we all hit a bucket of balls free of charge. Very fun! There were a few day hikes that we went on that made the visit perfect.

Anderson Dam Reservoir

Anderson Dam Reservoir

We left there and went to spend two days at the Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho. This place made you feel like you were on the Big Island of Hawaii. The park Itself was strictly dry camping but we spent most of our waking hours exploring the lava flows, caves and weird volcanic formations.

Aurora getting comfy in the lava tube

Aurora getting comfy in the lava tube

On top of a huge Cinder Dome..."Look 4G!"

On top of a huge Cinder Dome…”Look 4G!”

Inside a Lava tube

Inside a Lava tube

Our next stop was Yellowstone, neither of us had ever been to the park and we were very excited to go. We stayed in Rainbow Point National Forest campground. It was Electric only but with our Access pass only cost us 11 dollars a day, compared to other parks they go for 70+ dollars a night. This was a great base camp for the 6 days visiting the park. It was right on a beautiful lake where we could relax each evening after a long day of exploring Yellowstone.

Relaxing after a day in Yellowstone

Relaxing after a day in Yellowstone

Mostly what we knew of Yellowstone was “Old Faithful” It was very cool, but was also probably the least impressive thing we encountered there. We saw tons of Bison and Elk and were even lucky enough to see a Grizzly bear just off the road.

Lazy Bison

Lazy Bison

Elk

Elk

Bison Traffic Jam

Bison Traffic Jam

Grizzly on the side of the road

Grizzly on the side of the road

There is so much to see and do that in six days it just let us see the highlights. We will definitely put Yellowstone back on our return list.

Mammoth Springs

Mammoth Springs

Sulfur pool

Sulfur pool

Hot Spring

Hot Spring

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

After the six days we departed and headed through Yellowstone and exited out the South Entrance of the Park. It led us directly through Teton National park. We thought the views in Yellowstone were awesome (and they were) but when you turn the corner and see the Tetons…

The Gran Tetons looking through the Oregon/Idaho smoke...

The Gran Tetons looking through the Oregon/Idaho smoke…

The view was stunning! We stayed 2 days at the Caribou-Targhee State park, it was dry camping but very nice. This gave us the opportunity to spend a day in Jackson WY. Very touristy but still a “must see” if you are traveling through.

Aurora under the Jackson Hole Antler arch.

Aurora under the Jackson Hole Antler arch.

Jackson Sherriff

Jackson Sherriff

Now we are at the Star Valley RV park near Thayne WY. It is a beautiful park with free golf…too bad we don’t play. Lots of beautiful hiking as well as stunning views..Truly God’s country. We made one hike to a spring called Intermittent Spring, it is a bit of a hike but well worth the trip. The spring flows heavy for about 18 minutes then stops and the stream dries up for about 18 minutes, then starts back up again. It is the largest intermittent spring in the world.  We have a nice video showing the spring going from dry to a raging flow, but I haven’t found a place to post it yet.  You can go to Youtube and search for the Intermittent springs and find plenty of other peoples videos.

Description as to how it works

Description as to how it works

Aurora ad Bruce made it to the top of the Spring

Aurora ad Bruce made it to the top of the Spring

Aurora showing off in the icy waters

Aurora showing off in the icy waters

Another hidden jewel we would never have seen if we weren’t traveling at the pace we are doing. It is so nice not feeling like you have to pack everything in or you will miss something. Aurora and I are truly very fortunate and we are extremely grateful for this opportunity. We will be starting our slow move south for the Winter and visiting family and friends along the way. So, until next month..see you down the rabbit hole.

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