Thursday, July 03, 2008

Yellowstone Vacation

Last year, Jill decided that we all should go to Yellowstone in the motorhome. What Jill wants; Jill gets. So on June 20 we took off from Beaverton and Fall River for a 10 day road trip. Those who rode in the motorhome each took a turn at the wheel of the rig.

On the first day we made it just past Boise to Mountain Home and stayed in a KOA. First, we met Darla and Bill in Boise and enjoyed a cool DQ treat. Dinner that night was wonderful chili and cornbread supplied by Darla. We were starved. In the morning when we woke up, we realized we'd parked next door to a gravel pit. Oh well, we were off to Yellowstone and didn't look back.

Instead of staying on the Interstate, we diverted to Craters of the Moon. To get there, you have to drive through a section of Idaho home to multiple secret government agencies and the oldest nuclear reactor in the U.S. Creepy!

The craters of the moon were a great start to our trip. It's a good thing we didn't see them on the way back, they pale in comparison to Yellowstone. We ate one of my favorite sandwiches for lunch there. Wraps made with hummus, tomato, feta cheese, kalamata olives, cucumber, lettuce and italian dressing. Yummers.

It took a long time to get to our destination with all the stops. The most important was the stop to acquired our 'buffs' ala Survivor. Again.. What Jill wants..... Anyway they were a highlight. We wore them all different ways, headband, wristband, pirate, neckband.... and they came in quite handy on hot days. Nothing so refreshing as a wet buff around one's neck. Ha!

We entered by the West gate and arrived just as the sun was going down. That didn't keep us from seeing wildlife right away. Bald eagle nest, bison and elk. At just before 10:00 pm we got to the campground, Grant Village. After a laundry list of bear warnings from the camp host, we all settled into the motorhome for a welcome rest. No bears in sight.

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