• We left the heat of Moab and Arches National Park in Utah and worked our way across into Colorado, then started heading north and east towards Rocky Mountain National Park.

  • Our original intention as we left our dear friends Susan & Steve in Surprise near Denver…and their gorgeous Golden Retriever puppy, Dudley…..was to head north....

  • We had attempted the drive over Beartooth Pass, from Montana into Wyoming, back in October 2014, but were disappointed to have to turn back due to early season heavy snow....not this time though....and what an adventure....!

  • Having conquered Beartooth Pass and the north east entry into Yellowstone....now we want to go to The Grand Tetons National Park via the east entrance into Yellowstone...this involves travelling two scenic highways/byways, named after the two most famous residents of this area.

  • Leaving Wyoming behind we make our way into Idaho to visit the Craters of The Moon and City of Rocks...a very different landscape to The Grand Tetons we had just travelled through.

  • The drive from Elephant Rocks State Park to Salem was on a very tough road. One twist and bend after another. Heading south from Salem on the MO19 was easier and straighter, then as the road starts to follow the Current River we twist and turn again. We were wanting to go for a "float"!

  • We leave Cleveland and head to the Cuyahoga National Park, only 30 miles south of Cleveland. "Though only a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away.The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands."

  • It was time to leave the California coast and Route 1. This was not before we took time out to visit Santa Barbara, which has to be one of the most beautiful towns/cities on the Californian coast.

  • This is the only national park in the America’s set up to protect a historic “dinosaur quarry”. In 1909 paleontologist Earl Douglass from the Carnegie Museum was asked to visit a recent discovery made by a local miner. By 1915 the “Carnegie’s Quarry” had been set up as a designated 80 acre Dinosaur National Monument featuring 1000’s of bones from the late-jurassic dinosaur period.

  • We are continuing our journey westwards. Now crossing the Mississippi River over the Bill Emerson Memorial Bridge at Cape Girardeau...the river is just everso slightly wider than when we first saw it in Itasca at its birthplace...the bridge is nearly 4,000ft long...over 1.2kms.

  • We've been putting off crossing into Kansas partly because we know it means the end of our journey and this part of our earthroaming life with Big Henry. And partly because we haven't found a great deal we want to see and do along the way.

  • Visitors to Arches come to experience towering rock “fins” and spires, balanced rocks as well as the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. The park is situated in the north eastern corner of Utah and lies on top of an underground salt bed, thousands of feet thick. Over time the residue and debris that gathered over the salt bed was compressed as rock.

  • After our great time exploring the “Gold Coast” in Michigan we had decided to head across “The Thumb” of the Michigan Lower Peninsula. We knew we had not really covered all the bases in Cherry Country as we drove through Crystal Lake area….but we had a date in Ontario and “stuff” to see on the way.

  • As we drove down from the UP (Upper Peninsula), our next focus was towards crossing over the Mackinaw Bridge into the LP (Lower Peninsula) and then heading down the west coast of Lake Michigan, so aptly named the “Gold Coast”.

  • We woke the next morning to the sound of steady rainfall…the casino car park for a weekend had been strangely quiet, and now with the rain falling even quieter. From our camp “base” at the Sands Inn Casino we headed out to Suttons Bay….a rainy day meant a library and the opportunity to hit the internet.

  • Having left Wiinipeg behind, we camped up just short of the border crossing back into the United States, hoping an early start would mean less of a queue as we went through the necessary process….

  • American History, Alive in Stone...

  • Before we headed south and then east into Ontario, to visit our dear travel buddies Wanda & Al, we wanted to drive the coast on the eastern side of Lake Huron on “Michigan’s Thumb”. It is a little off the beaten track, but there is some excellent coastline to explore.

  • Having finally and successfully tackled Beartooth Pass. here was our chance to revisit Yellowstone at the start of the season....entering from the East is a very different prospect than from the north and the south which are the most popular routes.

  • Glacier Basin - June 2016 - "...there are those you can call nothing but tourists. Those that go tearing from coast to coast and back again on their vacations are tourists. When they reach home from their travels they are not certain where they saw this or that…" - Abner Sprague

  • Rocky Mountain National Park's west entrance is just north of Grand Lake, where we had previously camped at Arapaho Bay. Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles features spectacular mountain environments.

  • Rocky Mountain National Park - Lulu City Hike and Elk - June 2016

    After our strenuous hike to the Grand Ditch the previous day we planned a more sedate hike to Lulu City this morning.

  • Steampunk! - Uh huh. I know exactly what that means! Mmmmmmm? Well........not really! But it’s raining today and this expo at the Museum of Idaho in Idaho Falls sounds just the thing to take our minds off the wet weather and another abandoned plan to hike.

  • The rugged beauty of the Badlands draws visitors from around the world. These striking geologic deposits contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the rhino, horse, and saber-toothed cat once roamed here.

  • In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower as the first "National Monument” in the United States.

  • The title of this travel blog sounds more like some new style country music band maybe....and in true country music style, we just fell head over heels in love with this magical land...

  • Our continued adventures and exploration of this amazing park and the surrounding areas... 

  • ‘I have always said, I never would have been President if it had not been for my experiences in North Dakota’ - Theodore Roosevelt, 1918.

  • The state of rocks.....


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