American West Adventure Days 11, 12 & Wrap-up

7/4/13

From Brandon:  on the eleventh day of our trip we went from Montana, through Idaho and Butte County.  There was this big Butte volcano, the Soda Butte River and Butte is a town in Montana :-).  We drove along the Salmon River Scenic Bypass the whole way because we had extra time.  We drove through Idaho Falls and then on to Pocatello to get to the hotel.  On the way to the hotel we stopped at a lake that had about 500-700 people in a town called Blockfoot and  saw a cool firework show.

From Sofia: We drove across Idaho to get to Salt Lake City the next day.  We saw a river the whole way.  We went to a lake really late at night before we went to the hotel.  This nice family with 1 boy and 3 girls sat next to us in the sand and gave us glow sticks, sparklers since it was 4th of July, and gave us a blanket to sit on.  My glowing thing kept falling in the water so my shoes got all wet.

Salmon River in Idaho somewhere

Salmon River in Idaho somewhere

Crashing a fireworks show in Blackfoot, Idaho

Crashing a fireworks show in Blackfoot, Idaho

7/5/13

From Brandon: This morning we woke up like 10, went downstairs, ate breakfast and had to get out of the hotel room by 12.  We beat the house cleaners by 2 minutes before 12.  We went to see Despicable Me 2 – it was really funny.  We saw a trolley when we went to downtown Salt Lake City for dinner.  The flight home was late at night, we boarded at 11:45pm.  It was a shorter flight home than when we left Continue reading

American West Adventure – Day 2

6/25/13

Tuesday morning we drove from Salt Lake out to Grand Teton National Park.  First we stopped at Walmart, got some styrofoam coolers, bug spray, bear spray, lots of snacks, milk, ice, bread and peanut butter.  Along the way we passed through Jackson, WY, which is a nice old fashioned town.  It was raining first half of the day, but we can’t complain as we had great weather most of the vacation.  We stopped at the Snake River and Oxford Bow Outlooks and made some plans to return at first light Wednesday morning to watch the sunrise from these interesting landscapes.

Entrance to Grand Teton

Entrance to Grand Teton

Reading about the Teton Glaciers

Reading about the Teton Glaciers

We stayed at Colter Bay Cabins, which was right by Jackson Lake.  On a hike around the lake we saw a beaver and the kids thought that was neat.  It took Sofia’s mind off the Bears she was thinking about.  I drilled into the kids’ heads what to do if we had a run-in with Black or Grizzly Bears, and we had bear spray, but I know she was a little nervous.  Her brother talking about bears a lot was not helping 🙂

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American West Adventure – Day 1

Dinner@JFK

Dinner@JFK

6/24/13

So we are off for our longest adventure yet; a quest to explore several National Parks on the other side of the country (and maybe in Canada too), see lots of wildlife, go on cool hikes, hope that Sofia and Brandon don’t strangle each other in the backseat of our rental car.