I’m not doing a very good job keeping you all (Uncle Jim, I think it’s only you at this point) updated on our travels, am I? We’re packing so much into our days that I’m not super motivated to write posts at night, but don’t worry, I’m taking notes about our adventures and slowly working on getting posts up. In the meantime, here’s another quickie catch-up! Read the first catch-up post here.
Last I we talked, J, Bugsy, and I were in Hamilton, MT, and the wildfire smoke was closing in on us. Because of the fires, we decided to skip our planned stops in Oregon (Crater Lake NP) and Northern CA (Lassen Volcanic NP) and instead spend more time in Idaho and Utah. Not a bad backup plan! So, after Hamilton, we visited:
Bozeman, MT for national forest hiking, beer, and exploring a surprisingly cool town
West Yellowstone, MT for Yellowstone National Park
Grand Teton National Park for boondocking and hiking
Wilson, WY for more adventures in the Tetons
Idaho Falls, ID because we saw it on a list of best small towns
Stanley, ID for national forest hiking and camping
Ketchum, ID for national forest hiking and fun in a small mountain town
Logan, UT for national forest hiking and camping
Park City, UT for hiking and cocktails in a fancypants ski town (read about our first visit to Park City here)
Boondocking just outside Capitol Reef National Park, UT
Valley of the Gods, UT for more boondocking and views galore (read about our first visit here)
Telluride, CO for hiking and enjoying another posh mountain town
Montrose, CO, where I’m writing this, as a stopover because we screwed up our dates between Telluride and our next stop, Crested Butte, CO. (Read about our first Montrose visit here.)
We have a few more stops planned in CO before turning east and heading home to VA. The hiking has been extraordinary and we’ve had so many great experiences, but here’s a teaser on the more dramatic stuff to keep you interested: a rock guard panel on the front of the Airstream came unattached while we were driving down the interstate, two tires on the Airstream exploded (in separate incidents), and we ran out of gas in the desert (luckily with cell service). There are other minor trailer and truck issues but those were the most exciting. And we still have thousands of miles to go! Who knows what could happen.
As always, for a more up-to-date glimpse into our trip, check out Bugsy’s instagram. Stay safe!