Sunday, August 21, 2016

Road trip update with pictures!

First up, Yellowstone pics!
We saw a lot of elk.

 New camera effects...

 I love the swans
 This one almost looks like a painting

 The grand canyon of yellowstone

 Grand Prismatic Basin

 Old Faithful

 The water in this thermal pool looks so perfect and inviting-but apparently it will burn you alive if you get in, which is not allowed for multiple obvious reasons. 

The drive to Idaho was easy-only about 4 hours!  We stopped to see Shoshone Falls which is known as the Niagra of the West.  It was pretty, but this time of year it's not quite as spectacular as it would be in the spring or earlier in the summer.  We stayed at a local KOA again in Idaho.  It was a lot warmer for sleeping-very comfortable and this KOA was not as busy so other than road noise it was quieter too.  We enjoyed the outdoor pool and "room service" dinner delivered to our campsite.

The next day we made the long drive across Oregon (which is apparently only scenic along the coast, the rest is more like Wyoming) and spent the night (in a hotel!) in Northern California.  In the morning we took a foggy walk along the harbor and watched the seals (so cute!) and the pelicans. Then it was off to drive through the Redwoods and on to San Francisco.

Today we spent navigating our way to and from the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was pretty foggy and cloudy all day but apparently it gets much worse than this so we are supposed to count ourselves lucky!  We ran all the way across the bridge and back which was fun, but pretty crowded and loud.  This evening we met up with my old college friend and her family for dinner and all had a really pleasant visit.  Tomorrow, more touring of the city.

We are hoping for more sun tomorrow, but the camera did some fun things today even with the fog and clouds. 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Road trip update-no pics

I was really hoping to be able to post some pictures by now but the wifi at the campground can't seem to connect the camera to my iPad. So you'll have to wait. 

Sunday we got up and put in a run at the local greenway trail and then headed on to our campground. Yes, we are camping for a portion of this vacation. It was cheaper and we could stay close to the parks and have a new experience. We are staying at a KOA which really has everything we need and the pleasant evening temps are nice to enjoy the extra time outside. The overnight temps and air mattress sleeping is not awesome, but we have survived so far. 

Yesterday we spent a very long day at Yellowstone. We saw elk, swans, bison and chipmunks. We also enjoyed a lot of good scenery and interesting geological structures. We made a few short hikes to waterfalls as well. Then we had dinner in the little tourist town near the entrance and headed back to the camp. 

This morning we returned to Yellowstone and visited Old Faithful (which really isn't the best thing in the park) and many other thermal basins and geysers as well as Yellowstone Lake. Then we returned to the camp a little earlier for a rest and a run. Next up is dinner, bed, and off to Idaho tomorrow!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Going away!

Last night Ava headed off to her new home with a very excited Border Collie sister and happy parents. I think she will be very spoiled and the household very rowdy with those two young dogs!

Today we headed off on a two-plus week vacation. Day one consisted of just driving. But 875 miles and 15 hours later we are settled into our Laramie, Wyoming  hotel for the night. And I stand by my previous observation that this is not a state I would want to live in. Peace and quiet is nice, but desolation and emptiness is another!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

New camera

I got a new camera to take on vacation.  And for general use but I for sure wanted to have it before vacation.  Today I got to spend some time learning all the settings and playing around with it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

More water time

Monday Legend and I had a little time to spend at the creek. The water was nice and cool and in places deep enough to swim.

This is what I got when it was time to go home!