TWO NATIONAL PARK ROAD TRIPS

The National Park Circuit

The goal of this roadtrip was to visit a friend (Tysonn) in Arizona so we (me, Jackie, Brandon) made a national park circuit out of it. The first day included a long drive to Las Vegas for the night. In Vegas, J and B got a hair cut from Bong and we ate at a buffet. A few hours of cards later, both boys won enough to make it a free hair cut and dinner-I threw away $10 at the poker machines. Day 2 was spent at Zion’s river walk. We camped just outside the east entrance. All camping on this trip were not reserved in advance. Day 3 included a lot of driving-a short drive up to Bryce Canyon and a longer drive to Arches National Park. We camped at the river a few miles east of Moab. Arches deserves at least 2 days of visiting but we got an afternoon in-viewing the Delicate Arch from a distance and a bit of fooling around at the Double Arches. Day 4 got us to Denver for brunch at Sassafras before we dropped B off at the airport to go home. J and I visited Garden of the Gods (it’s beautiful and free!). We camped nearby at Loneduck campground. The next night, we were at Grand Canyon’s South Rim. We grabbed a site at the Desert View campground early and went site seeing and then a bike ride. We saw a lot and wish we had spend 1 more night there but Arizona beckoned and that’s where we were the next day. After a night spent with Tysonn and his family, J and I camped our last night at Joshua Tree National Park. My first time there and hope to go back again. It’s the desert so biking with our shirts off was a must. The video is shown in 3 acts; all 3 travelers, just J and I, cycling.

The Yellowstone Rodeo

Forfeiting another summer trip to Europe due to scheduling conflict, my brother and I hit the road instead. I’ve been itching to go back to Yellowstone and he’s never been. Our first night was at Wendover, Utah with a quick visit to the salt flats. The next night we camped at Grant Village in Yellowstone after spending lunch at Grand Teton. Here I must put in a good word about the national park service-I called in and they helped me book all the sites I needed for the duration of the trip. Day 2 we detoured to see Old Faithful before moving up to the Canyon Campground-we got our first bike ride in up there. Day 3 included a long drive up to Mammoth and back down to Madison Campground for the final night. At Madison we did a little cycling, I swam at the Firehole swim hole, and we drove up to the Grand Prismatic Spring which we both felt was the visual highlight of Yellowstone. We were suppose to spend two more nights at Madison but cancelled it for Portland-he’s never been there either. After a night at Boise, we took in the sites of Portland for 2 nights (not in video).

 

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