Yellowstone

Our first day in Yellowstone we secured a camping spot at Lewis Lake. Yellowstone has two loops in the park, upper and lower. We spent the first day doing the west side of the lower loop. The west lower loop contains Old Faithful, Lower Geyser Basin and the Grand Prismatic Spring.

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Old Faithful ^

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Morning Glory Pool ^

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Chromatic Pool ^

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The second day we drove around the easter half of the lower loop. On this half we saw the upper and lower Yellowstone Falls. The picture below is of the lower falls.

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After seeing the falls we drove to Yellowstone Lake where we ran into a couple of guys from home! Dylan and Dillon are on a similar trip but going the opposite direction and our paths crossed in Yellowstone! We all hung out at the lake for a while and then the CruzeAmerica crew left for the Old Faithful Inn. My father bought us all a buffet dinner there. We were eating so much food that one guy asked us if we were bicyclists. After dinner we drove to West Yellowstone and slept in the car because we failed to get a campsite for the night.

Today we woke up around 7 and drove back into the park. This time we explored the northern loop. We went to Lamar Valley and Mammoth Hot Springs. Both were slightly a bust. The hot springs barely had any water flowing and Lamar Valley had way to many flies.

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Now we are on our way to Glacier National Park!

Rushmore/Devil’s Tower/Grand Tetons

CruzeAmerica wants to give a big thanks to my great aunt Sandy for being an awesome host in Deadwood. She was a great tour guide and an awesome lady!

I can’t think of a better place to be on the Fourth of July than Mount Rushmore. The mountain that idolizes the pioneers of freedom. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. These four men fought valiantly to preserve the great country they helped shape.

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After Mount Rushmore we spent one more night in Deadwood and then continued on to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.

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From Devil’s Tower we continued our drive straight to Grand Teton National Park. We arrived around midnight and unsuccessfully searched for an open campsite. We drove to Jackson and slept in the car. In the morning we drove back to Jenny Lake and we discovered there was an open site! We claimed it and continued driving around the park.

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The rest of the day has been filled with rain and a massive amount of thunder and lightning. It even ruined our disc golf game in Jackson Hole!

Tomorrow we will hike around the Grand Tetons some more and then on Monday we move to Yellowstone National Park.

Jersey/NYC/Boston

We arrived in New Jersey at my Aunt Teddi’s house. The hospitality they showed us was far beyond our expectations. We all felt as if we were part of the family. The first day there we went to the beach and relaxed. Now on this trip we will have touched the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean!

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That night we went to an amazing Habachi grill where the food seemed endless! Thank you Aunt Teddi for that!

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The next day we set out for the Big Apple.

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We spent some time walking around and using the subway. We then went and honored those lost in the 9/11 tragedy. The new World Trade Center. It is a beautiful building.

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That evening we met up with Aunt Teddi, Uncle Dan and my cousin Mikki-Jean for a Yankees game in the city! The Yankees won 4-3 with a walk off home run by Ichiro Suzuki!

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Then to start the day off today we went to another MLB game at Fenway thanks to my father!

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Carlsbad Caverns

Our journey from Flagstaff to Carlsbad began with a great amount of driving. Our plan was to drive to Three Rivers Petroglyph National Monument and sleep there but on our way we realized that it wasn’t a realistic goal. So we pulled off in Albuquerque, NM when we saw a $40 room at a Motel 6. Before we pulled off we checked out the downtown and found a bar that had free pool and ping pong with only $2.75 drinks!

The next morning we began our drive to Carlsbad Caverns. Upon arrival we were all very anxious to see what lied below us and we were not disappointed.

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The cave system is massive and we spent a good few hours hundreds of feet below the earth.

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Unfortunately the pictures from down there rarely turned out to be good. After the cave we drove to our campsite which was down the highway a bit on a service road.

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We drove back to Carlsbad Caverns that night to watch the bats fly out of the cave. We saw one. Huge bummer. We also saw a massive thunderstorm moving in and had no choice but to abandon our current camping plans and keep driving to Texas.

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Here at this super new and fancy we rest stop we slept on a bench.