Wyoming: Medicine Wheel and Devil’s Tower

I dipped back into northeastern Wyoming, past many horses and fields and ended up outside Lovell and camped at a beautiful spot overlooking a river and at the foothills of the Big Horn Mountains. I was treated to a lovely sunset and the remote dark skies allowed me to spot the comet for a moment …

Montana: all the rest

The road to Glacier Park from Idaho took me through Missoula, where I spent a day caching up on things like laundry and grocery shopping, and decided to stay over for a night in an actual motel since there were many cheap ones and I could shower (and dye my hair which was in dire …

Montana: Glacier

I was super excited to go back to Glacier National Park, despite the fact that the famed Going to the Sun Road was only open for 15 miles and there was only one entrance on the west side of the park open because the eastern entrances, which all lie on reservation land and the tribe …

Idaho: Craters of the Moon, the Sawtooths, and up the Salmon

From Yellowstone I headed as far west as I’ve gone in the van so far, into Idaho for a few more days. My first foray into the Gem State earlier on had been stunning and I was excited to go see more and maybe even eat a potato. Okay, spoiler alert, but I did not …

Wyoming: Yellowstone

I left the Tetons reluctantly, heading north through the National Forest in hopes of stumbling upon a campsite in the stretch between Grand Teton and Yellowstone parks. I was unsuccessful, but stubborn (perhaps persistent is a nicer word, but perhaps less accurate) and thus continued on the rutted, dirt and gravel forest service roads across …

Wyoming: Grand Teton National Park

From Idaho I crossed the border into Wyoming, rolling into Jackson midday where I got the best pizza lunch special deal thanks to a rec from a friend, and wandered through the town square for about 5 minutes before deciding there were too many dumb non-social distancing, non-mask wearing crazies and hopping back in the …

Colorado, Wyoming and Idaho: the road to the Tetons

After our day getting re-settled after New Mexico, I finally left Golden for good (well, for the pandemic extended imposition) and headed north for a change. I stopped off in Boulder to read for a bit in a park that turned out to be filled that day with a mix of yuppies and druggies, get …

New Mexico: around Santa Fe

Our final stop in the Land of Enchantment on this little tour was Santa Fe, the one place I had the most recommendations for. Hooray! We camped overnight in what can best be described as a patch of flying dust in the desert outside town, which left us very dirty but provided a beautiful sunset. …

New Mexico: Carlsbad area and Roswell

We next dipped back south to visit Carlsbad Caverns. In another internet research fail, e arrived in the early afternoon to discover that they were limiting cave tour numbers for social distancing (totally smart and good) by handing out timed passes in the morning (just wish they said this part online). So we were out …

New Mexico: Albuquerque, a food town tour, and Capitan

Next stop Albuquerque, the only thing about which I know is from watching Breaking Bad. Our first stop in town was to visit Petroglyph National Monument just on the edge of town. This park has several sites to visit at which you can get very close to hundreds of symbols carved into the rocks hundreds …