Big Trip #3 Catch-up #2

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.

the peak of St Mary's trail in smoke

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

hiking near Livingstone, MT

West Yellowstone, MT for Yellowstone National Park

grand canyon of the yellowstone

Grand Teton National Park for boondocking and hiking

bugsy at the shore of lake mcdonald in grand teton national park

Wilson, WY for more adventures in the Tetons

moose in the campground! in Wilson, WY

Idaho Falls, ID because we saw it on a list of best small towns

Bugsy at the falls in Idaho Falls, ID

Stanley, ID for national forest hiking and camping

hiking near Stanley, ID

Ketchum, ID for national forest hiking and fun in a small mountain town

Hiking in Ketchum, ID

Logan, UT for national forest hiking and camping

Hiking near Logan, UT

Park City, UT for hiking and cocktails in a fancypants ski town (read about our first visit to Park City here)

hiking near Park City, UT

Escalante, UT because the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is our favorite place (read about our first visit here and our second visit here)

Bugsy swimming in Upper Calf Creek

Boondocking just outside Capitol Reef National Park, UT

boondocking near Capitol Reef NP

Valley of the Gods, UT for more boondocking and views galore (read about our first visit here)

airstream in Valley of the Gods

Telluride, CO for hiking and enjoying another posh mountain town

truck and airstream in Telluride covered in aspen leaves

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!

5 comments

  1. Don’t worry – your Uncle Jim isn’t the only one reading! You’re giving us a lot of great ideas for when we visit MT, ID, etc. in the next couple of years šŸ™‚

  2. Gonna have to have a long conversation with hubby regarding his attention to detail on that rolling tin can what with the tires and rock guards etc…. You guys really should have made a trip down to Chaco Canyon on your way back… Maybe on your next trip I’ll loan you a tent and sleeping bags and you can leave the anchor behind and go down there..
    It’s great you have a following on this blog.. Gotta wonder though what Stephen is doing up at 2:30 writing to you guys.. I’m often up at that hour but for other more important reasons……

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