Browsing Archive

July, 2014


The De Facto Mayor of Boise

By On July 31, 2014

In Boise, we hunkered down for a day to catch up on things – laundry, emails and a first day of schoolwork for the boys. The outside temperature was scheduled to be… Read More


Jackson to Boise … Sideways a Little

By On July 29, 2014

As much as we enjoyed Wyoming, it was time to keep moving toward the Bay Area so that we could coordinate the next leg of our travels. Near Idaho Falls we stopped at Frontier… Read More


Grandparents Visit in Jackson Wyoming

By On July 28, 2014

Joan and Russ (aka Grandma and Grandpa) joined us for our last few days in the Jackson/Teton area. It was a special treat on a road trip that was mostly just the… Read More


The Visit to Yellowstone National Park

By On July 24, 2014

We got an early start to drive through Yellowstone National Park. Originally, we had NO intention of visiting the Yellowstone simply because it would be too crowded and too chaotic for us to enjoy.… Read More


Epic Hike Around Jenny Lake

By On July 23, 2014

I awoke earlier than the rest of the crew – earlier even than Asher, which is a rarity – and decided to run. Given the risks of running alone on trails in Grand… Read More


Les Trois Tetons

By On July 22, 2014

Angela’s parents were joining us later in the week, so we choose to invest a little time exploring the park and town of Jackson for possible activities and places to eat. Besides, we’d… Read More


Togwotee Pass & Grand Teton National Park

By On July 21, 2014

Today was a travel day – going from Thermopolis, Wyoming to the Colter Bay Campground at Grand Teton National Park. Wyoming has a wonderful feature to its highway system in which it… Read More


Devil’s Tower & the Fountain of Youth

By On July 20, 2014

One of the many things learned on the road is that RV parks are either like neighborhoods from the fifties populated by people who are generally happy, with kids riding bikes, people… Read More


End of the Trail for South Dakota

By On July 19, 2014

Today was a get-it-done day. Ronan and I prepped the truck for travel – refueled, added DEF, aired up the tires, and reconfigured the bed. The boys and I did a little… Read More


Wind Cave National Park & Custer State Park

By On July 18, 2014

By Friday morning a lot of our fellow campers had packed and headed out, with a fresh batch likely to arrive in the afternoon. Although Hill City is a good hour or… Read More


Mount Rushmore & the Black Hills

By On July 17, 2014

The first three nights in Hill City were pretty low key – in other words, we slept in, re-organized the truck and coach, caught up on emails and hit the grocery. The… Read More


Interior to Hill City

By On July 14, 2014

The trade-off of a short travel day is that loading up the truck and driving that first mile isn’t nearly as attractive as languishing in bed. Inertia is a warm, confortable bed… Read More


The Green Side of the Moon

By On July 13, 2014

We were sad that it was our final day in Badlands NP. The Cedar Pass Campground had been an incredible basecamp even though it only had electricity. The austere landscape was so tranquil.… Read More


Off the Beaten Path in the Badlands

By On July 12, 2014

The weather in the Badlands is notorious for being very, very hot in the summer – and unpredictable. We lucked out as our journey followed a cool front from Canada that gave us… Read More


Medora to Badlands National Park

By On July 11, 2014

It was a pleasant drive from Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora, North Dakota to Badlands National Park, about an hour southeast of Rapid City, South Dakota. The countryside was a living… Read More


North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame

By On July 10, 2014

We slept in and when we awoke, the bison herds were still fresh in our thoughts and thus the topic of conversation over pancake breakfast. The rain that had passed through and the… Read More


Big Bison & Real Cowboys

By On July 9, 2014

Fog settled in the bottom of the river basin and wrapped the campground in cool damp air. It was a perfect morning to sleep in, but I was awake. Trying not to… Read More


Work Day in Medora

By On July 8, 2014

Because it was going to be hot and humid and we had a fair amount of travel planning to do, we headed into Medora to find good connectivity for phones and Internet.… Read More


A National Park to Ourselves

By On July 7, 2014

We awoke to a rain storm this morning. It was fairly light, just enough to cool the air and suppress the insects a bit. We packed lunches and headed to the North… Read More


Purple Rain on the Plains with a Twang

By On July 6, 2014

Day two of driving, but only 160 miles from Wolf Point, Montana to Medora, North Dakota. We left early so that we might get a good campsite at Theodore Roosevelt National Park,… Read More