I have a life goal of traveling to all fifty states. Some of my friends refer to it as my “Bucket List,” but I prefer to call it my goal. When I established this goal four years ago, I typed a list of the fifty states and highlighted in purple the ones I had been to. The count was 25 plus Washington, DC. What a great place to start… at exactly the half point.
In 2009, I highlighted Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. In 2010, I added Rhode Island. In 2011, I marked off New Jersey. (On my trip to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, I flew home from the Newark, New Jersey airport. I’m counting that.) And by the completion of my Wild Wild West trip, the count had risen to 36, with Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah glowing in purple!
DAY 3- 9/24/12 (Bozeman, Montana, to Yellowstone National Park)
For those who are not familiar with Yellowstone, the route through the park resembles a Figure 8. Sites along the route are described as being on the Upper Loop or the Lower Loop. Exploring with husband Tim and travel partners Don and Ruth Owsley, we spent most of our day on the Upper Loop. My favorite taste of the day was huckleberry ice-cream at the Mammoth Terrace Grill. My favorite site of the day was the Grand Prismatic Spring at Midway Geyser Basin. It is the largest hot spring in the United States and the third largest in the world. But what clearly made it magnificent to me was the display of primary colors—orange, yellow, green, and blue.
We ended our day in the Old Faithful area of the Lower Loop, watching the Old Faithful Geyser erupt, eating supper at the Old Faithful Inn, and checking in for the night at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge.
DAY 4- 9/25/12 (Yellowstone National Park to Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
After a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict at the Old Faithful Snow Lodge, Tim, Don, Ruth, and I traveled the Lower Loop. The most memorable attractions were Dragon’s Mouth Spring, Mud Volcano, and Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.
Crossing the Continental Divide was way cool for me. (We actually crossed it three times in Yellowstone.) This picture was taken at Craig Pass. A raindrop falling on one side of Craig Pass can end up in Oregon, while a raindrop falling a few feet away on the other side of the pass can end up in the Gulf of Mexico near New Orleans. AMAZING.
In the evening we left Yellowstone through the South Entrance and drove the 57 miles to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where we checked in for our two-night stay at the Wyoming Inn.
So glad you continued with me on this second leg of my journey in the Wild Wild West. Next stop—The Mangy Moose Saloon!
Wild Wild West- Part 1 (Big Sky and Bison Burgers): https://beckyalexander.tv/wild-wild-west-part-1-big-sky-and-bison-burgers/