RV Trip Update Week 19: Craters Of The Moon, Yellowstone, Grand Teton


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We saw so many wonderful things this week it was really hard to pick just 10 pictures. I have a feeling that is going to be the case for these last few weeks of our trip. Looking at our agenda, we have crammed these final weeks with a lot of travel and sightseeing.

Craters Of The Moon: seen during week 19 of a 22 week RV road trip.

We started our week with an incredibly long drive from Polson, Montana on the shores of Flathead Lake to Arco, Idaho–just a short drive from Craters of the Moon.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect at Craters of the Moon National Monument, but once again I fell in love with yet another National Park–or monument, I should say.

The area was full of different types of volcanic features. From the Inferno Cone Mountain pictured above to the caves created by lava tubes such as Indian Tunnel Cave pictured below.

Indian Tunnel Cave In Craters of The Moon: Seen during week 19 of a 22 week RV road trip.

Indian Tunnel cave went on for quite a while and turned out to be a bit of a climbing adventure in parts as we maneuvered around piles of rubble and snow.

Buffalo seen just outside Yellowstone during week 19 of a 22 week RV road trip.

Tuesday we moved to a KOA just outside the West gate of Yellowstone. We woke up Wednesday morning to snow! My mind had a little trouble wrapping itself around the idea of snow in mid May. Thank goodness for the long johns we bought everyone before we entered the Grand Canyon area back in February where we got over a foot of snow. They have come in handy several times now as we have faced exploring in freezing temperatures.

The morning brought more surprises than snow though, as we also got to see our first Bison–or Buffalo–whatever you prefer.

Later in the week we also saw bears (seen here), and even moose (seen here).

Sapphire Pool in Yellowstone: Week 19 of 22 week RV road trip.

After a leisurely morning at the campsite we bundled up and headed out to explore the portion of Yellowstone that was open that day. Several roads were closed, but we were still able to see many basins, geysers and of course–Old Faithful.

The basin above was called Sapphire Pool and it was my favorite because of its beautiful color and clear water.

Canyon Falls in Yellowstone: Seen during week 19 of 22 week RV road trip.

Yellowstone has several beautiful waterfalls. Pictured is the upper fall at Yellowstone’s Grand Canyon.

I am a HUGE lover of waterfalls, and so of course we had to check them all out.

Mud pots in Yellowstone: Seen during week 19 of 22 week RV road trip.

Yellowstone is such a geographically diverse park with canyons, waterfalls, geysers, basins and more.

I liked pretty much all we saw, but the spitting mud pots I found most entertaining. I don’t know why, but it just made me giggle watching them spit mud up into the area–and oh, the sounds they make as they do it. Yeah, perhaps I am still not beyond 5 year-old potty humor.

Old Faithful: Seen during week 19 of 22 week road trip.

We stood for 20 minutes waiting for Old Faithful to put on a show. It was worth it in the end. Because it was so cold there was a lot of steam mixed in with the water so our pictures really don’t do it justice.

Norris Basin in Yellowstone: Seen during week 19 of 22 week RV trip.

WARNING: If you ever go to Yellowstone on a wet day, be prepared to end up with really smelly shoes. As in so smelly that you can barely stand the smell on the ride home and when you get home you throw them outside so they won’t smell up your home.

My guess is they pick up smells because you are walking on these wooden paths directly over ground that has a high concentration of sulfur. The ground is also steaming, making your shoes even wetter and helping the smell permeate further into them.

Grand Teton National Park: Seen during week 19 of 22 week RV road trip.

Friday we headed to Grand Teton National Park where we have been soaking up mountain views.

Anter Arches in Jackson: Seen during week 19 of 22 week roadtrip

We also headed into nearby Jackson for just a few minutes. Just long enough to grab a few pictures of the famous antler arches and grab some belated Mother’s Day frappuccinos from Starbucks.

My daughter and I have gone out every Mother’s Day for years to Starbucks for the 1/2 price frappuccino sale but this year we were not near one on Mother’s day so when I saw one in Jackson, she and I indulged in our ritual a few days late–and unfortunately at full price, but it put a smile on her face and mine so it was worth it.

Come back next Monday to see what we got up to this week.

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