Travel

Yellowstone Nat’l Park, Cody, WY and West Yellowstone, MT (7/25/17-7/29/17)

Yellowstone is definitely the Disneyland of national parks for many reasons. Large crowds, long lines, tons of things to see and do, and that beyond exhausted feeling when you've been going hard all day long to see it all, but it's 100% worth it! Wow! There is sooo many different things in Yellowstone, it's incredible! Geysers, boiling sulfur pits, hot water prismatic pools, mountains, forests, HUGE lakes, rivers, otters (really? Yes!), bison, elk, deer, bears, tons of birds, oh and a GRAND CANYON to name what I can immediately think of.

We camped in Three Mile campground which is 3 miles outside the park from the east entrance. Our first day we arrived at our campsite at about 1pm from Idaho so we decided to keep on heading east and check out Cody, Wyoming.

Cody was awesome! The first thing we did was find a thrift store and we bought a bunch of stuff! My favorites were a pair of Uggs for $4 and a blue and black wool
Poncho for $20. Then we walked around the town and it's a cute, touristy, cowboy town where they sell lots of Yellowstone stuff. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant and had some froyo after. We stopped and bought some fireworks for a friend. 😉

Every evening we played some games with the boys and just Kyle and I. The boys LOVED playing Zombie dice with us. We would play Pokerkub just the 2 of us.

The next day we headed into Yellowstone. By the end of the day we had driven around the entire park. Old Faithful geyser was very neat, but my favorite was the Grand Prismatic hot pools. I also really enjoyed the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone too. I'm surprised that the upper waterfalls are very green! In my opinion, the Mammoth Hot Springs are not worth the drive. I'll include pictures and label them if where we were.

Grand Prismatic Pool

Hot pool near Grand Prismatic pool


West thumb hot pool


Yellowstone Lake


Mammoth Hot Springs


Old Faithful geyser


Bison in the road


Bison on the side of the road


Many photos of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone



The next day we headed out of Yellowstone to camp in West Yellowstone, Montana to get that sticker for our map. West Yellowstone was another cute, touristy town. There are tons of stores that sell shirts, mugs, magnets, etc… we walked around a bit and saw a lot of the same so we headed to the Grizzly and wolf discovery center. That place was cool! They have maybe 6-7 bears, 2 wolf packs, and many birds that all have been rescued because they can't live in the wild. They all have large areas to live that are like a native habitat. While we were there I got super pooped on by a bird! It was on my sleeve, shirt, and pants!

The next day we are headed to Las Vegas to just stay the night and then to head on home the next day. This was an impromptu trip but it went very well! Wyatt keeps on asking me to sell our house and just live in the motorhome! Haha! I'm tempted buddy! Until next time!

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Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (7/22/17-7/25/17)

We were supposed to be camping with friends in Mammoth this week but the campgrounds were closed due to all the winter storms we had, so we decided we had enough time to do something we've always wanted to do: see the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone!

We drove from Bakersfield to Salt Lake City for day 1. We stayed at Mountain shadows RV park. It was a nice little park but the sites were a little cramped.


The next day we hit up a goodwill in Salt Lake City and then drove to Victor, Idaho. We stayed at Teton Valley RV resort. It is about a 30 minute drive over a mountain pass from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and the Grand Tetons. It was quiet there but it would've been nice to stay a little closer to everything.

The Grand Tetons were awesome! There is all this flat land with meadows and then there is a row of super high, pointy mountains. It also seemed like there was lots of lakes next to these mountains. Definitely breathtaking views of water right next to snow capped mountains.


First we went to the visitor's center and stamped our national park passports and buy our national park sticker for the motor home. Next we drove to Jenny lake because the boys wanted to go for a swim in a lake.

We had no clue, but they have boats at Jenny lake that you can pay to ride on or canoes you can rent. Th I boys were too young to do the canoes, so we took the shuttle to the other side of the lake. From there we took a half a mile hike to the Hidden Falls which were amazing! We wales around for a while and then headed back and the boys swam in the lake. It was beautiful! We had a picnic at Chapel of the Sacred Heart with a view of Jackson lake and then headed back into Jackson Hole. We stopped at a thrift store and bought the boys Lacrosse gear and a few other things since it was so cheap. Tomorrow we leave for Yellowstone and we'll be camping both in Wyoming and Montana to get those stickers for our motorhome map!

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Pismo Beach with mom (7/9/17-7/13/17)

My Mother’s Day gift to my mom was a trip camping at the beach! Luckily we picked a week when we avoided super high temperatures and smoky air from fires in the valley. Basically everyday we did a lot of the same everyday and it was perfect that way! 

Everyday we would go to the beach and spend a few hours there, hit up a coffee bean and tea leaf, then go thrift shopping at a goodwill, and finally we would swim in the pool and hot tub at our campground. 


One of the days my old neighbor, Anna, came to see us and hang out. That day when we were at the beach we saw 2 whales jump COMPLETELY out of the water! I had never seen that before! It was awesome! 


We also spent some time with our friends Robert and Leigh and their kids since they were also staying at Pismo. It was such a fun trip and boy did we have fun catching some good deals! 


We stayed at Pismo Sands in site 20. I think the is the best site we’ve ever had there. U can see the pool and it’s really close to the playground. 

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