After narrowly escaping with our lives from the aliens we left Yellowstone National Park and headed towards the South Entrance and the Grand Tetons. This entrance had been closed for more than a week due to forest fires but it was reportedly supposed to open the day we were leaving. As luck would have it, it had just opened before we got down there!The smoky haze that covered most of Yellowstone intensified the further south we drove. Soon we were driving through the remnants of the fire and observed first hand what had kept this road closed. Fire crews were still out in force hitting hotspots and several uncontained fires were still visible in the distance.
|Fire fighters lined the roadway|
|Our boondocking spot|
|Sunset from our campsite|
The brown grasses and the yellowing of some of the trees showed the first signs of fall. At one point we came across a herd of horses with the mountain as a backdrop that we just could not pass up.
Our photography appetite satisfied we continued on to Jackson where we stopped at the Snake River Brewing Company for a sample of each of their home brews!
89 miles to the west of Jackson is the city of Idaho Falls. We had never been to this city before and really liked it. It is a fairly big city but has a small town charm to it. We spent two nights in the Cabela's parking and as luck would have it, the state fair was in town! It has been a while since we have been to a fair, for us the highlight was walking through the livestock area and watching the sheepherding trials.
|Look what we found!!!!!!|
|The Midway, we didn't do any rides|
|Who wouldn't want to win a pile of crap?!|
|No fair is complete without hitting the craft shed!|
Having our fill of the hustle and bustle of the city we drove another 87 miles west to Craters of the Moon National Monument. This volcanic rift in the middle of the vast desert-like terrain is just bizarre. The 618 square mile lava covered area contains lava rivers, scattered islands of cinder cones and also a number of caves that the public can explore after getting a free permit.
|A cinder cone island|
|The cone itself could fit a school bus!|
Only one more adventure before we return to Salt Lake where we started this journey last April. Next up we are headed near Idaho City where are meeting our daughter Jessica and her family to work their mining claim for a few days and spend time with the grandkids!