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.
Old Faithful ^
Morning Glory Pool ^
Chromatic Pool ^
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.
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.
After we awoke from the rest stop benches we slept on, we headed out for San Antonio, TX. We arrived in San Antonio and settled into a hotel room graciously provided by Robb Sanderson. After a quick dinner we drove downtown to the riverwalk, a winding river in the center of downtown that has been surrounded by hotels and restaurants. Small passenger boats motored through the river like the jungle cruise at disneyland.
We exited the riverwalk and came face to face with a piece of American history. The location of the final stand between Santa Anna and his army several thousand strong against a group of about 200 rugged frontiersmen including Davy Crockett. The texans held off the Mexican army for two weeks before they were overrun, but this battle led to a unification of the states in an attempt led by general Sam Houston to push the Mexican army back and liberate Texas.
Our drive from Bryce Canyon to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was long but well worth it. We were rewarded with a great view of the canyon. The North Rim is 1000 feet higher than the South Rim giving it much more vegetation and a cooler temperature.
We found a nice rock ledge to go sit and soak up the amazing view.
After the North Rim we began our drive down to Flagstaff to stay with a family friend of mines. Lucinda treated us so well we can’t thank her enough. She fed us twice and let us use her shower and washing machine. CruzeAmerica thanks you Lucinda!
After we have soaked up the beauty of Yosemite we will be moving on to Zion National Park. Zion’s terrain is something I [we] have all been looking forward to. The high peaks and narrow trails bring us all thrill and we cannot wait to see these amazing views. Our plan is to wake up early on the first morning and set out to Angel’s Landing.
From Angel’s Landing we will then set out for either The Subway (see earlier post) or The Narrows. Both offer trails that will satiate our need for adventure. I didn’t even know places like this existed in the US until we started researching the parks. I hope that with this blog other people will also realize what is in our own backyard.
A trail in Zion National Park where the trail is a river.
We also have less than three weeks until departure!