Our trip from Mt. Rushmore to Yellowstone to Grand Teton/Jackson to Salt Lake City was not a fishing trip, so if you read this blog purely for the fishing expertise (ha!), feel free to click off now. However here's a quick week in review, via captioned photos...
Day 1 & 2: Rapid City, SD / Crazy Horse / Mount Rushmore
|Wheels down in Rapid City, and there was quite a storm on the horizon to greet us!|
|The hotel had a small lake out front, this was the only fishing I'd do on the trip.|
Bass put up a good fight though.
|The bus. Home away from home for a week|
|Didn't know what to expect from Crazy Horse. |
They've evidently been blasting and carving since the late 1940s.
It's quite the sight, much, much bigger than Mt. Rushmore.
Maybe I can get back in a few decades to check the progress.
|I was pleasantly surprised by Mt. Rushmore. Figured you just went and stared at the side of a mountain. Instead, there's a whole complex with walking trails, museums, etc... |
Could have spent the whole day there if we had the time.
Day 3: Repositioning to Cody, WY
|Day 3 was pretty much a waste, we were in the bus pretty much all day as we moved from Rapid City, SD to Cody, WY. Did catch this "wild" pic of the girls in the Wyoming visitor's center.|
|We drove by Devil's Tower...|
|Stopped for lunch in Sheridan, WY...|
|Drove through the Bighorn mountains...|
|Before ending up in Cody for the night - home of Buffalo Bill, and never-ending cowboy-kitsch|
Day 4 & 5: Yellowstone
|The first day was kind of rainy, but we did see a lot of wildlife. Bison, bear, coyote, elk, & deer|
|And some really cool old park buses|
|Elk can walk on the travertine|
|But we stuck to the boardwalk to take selfies in front of it|
|The following day's weather was much better.|
All of the thermal features were amazing
|As were the falls in the canyon|
|The photo doesn't do this one justice!|
|Wouldn't want to swim in that hot tub|
|Gotta take a picture of Old Faithful, right?|
|Standing on top of the hill looking down at the river surrounded by geysers was breathtaking. |
Two days were not even close to being enough to sample Yellowstone's wonders
Day 6: Grand Teton / Jackson, WY
|On Friday we headed South from Yellowstone down Rockefeller Parkway through Grand Teton National Park|
|We stopped several times along the way - there were so many scenic views|
|I mean come on, is this for real?|
|The highlight was a lakeside picnic lunch|
|I'm not a holy man, but the view out of this roadside church window was amazing|
|Once we reached Jackson, we took a ski lift up to the top of the mountain overlooking town|
|And then descended to take in the Cowboy meets Hippie vibe|
|Watched a street performance (don't worry, the good guys won)|
|And washed the day down right|
Day 7: Repositioning to Salt Lake City
|The last real day took us to Salt Lake City via Logan Canyon|
|Lilly approved of the scenery|
|I approved of lunch. If you're ever in Logan, UT, Angie's is amazing.|
|Our trip ended with a tour of Temple Square|
|With beautiful architecture|
|But no Tabernacle Choir, (they were on the road).|
And after that, a night of sleep, then home to Florida the next morning.
Our vacation went so quickly, but it was certainly a memorable one. I feel like I shared so many pictures above, but I took TONS more. So many neat things to see and experience.
As for the bus tour aspect, I'm not certain I'd do a bus tour again, as I felt that while we saw a lot of incredible things, we really didn't get to spend enough time at any one particular place to really enjoy them. We kind of figured that was going to be the case heading in; it was sort of like when you go on a cruise ship and visit several ports of call, but spend a lot of time "at sea."
It was more a quick sampling of some magical Western sights, many of which I know we'll head back to in the not too distant future. K.C. is already scoping out a return to Jackson & the Tetons, and I just saw so much beautiful water out the bus window that was screaming to be fished!