My sister, Cynthia, recently came to visit us from the East Coast. I had told her about Anza Borrego State Park for several years, how beautiful it is, the metal sculptures, unique natural mountain landscapes and wildlife. Given how the east coast below zero weather had been, she was game to check it out.
Bryce Canyon National Park was the 5th and last stop during our epic 2017 eclipse trip. While there we also visited near-by Red Canyon, in the Dixie National Forest, and Kodachrome Basin State Park. All three are located in Southern Utah not very far from the Arizona border.
The major feature of the Bryce Canyon National Park is … Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon, but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. I’m still going to call them canyons anyway because that’s what they look like to me. Call me a rebel.
Well, it seemed like we were on another planet. Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve is appropriately named, that’s for sure! The park consists of unusual terrain that features a very nice campground, volcanic cinder cones, lava tubes, 500+ caves, great ranger led hikes, examples of lava types and on-going science research. That’s me popping up out of a lava tube.
After our visits to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, we thought Craters of the Moon might be a let down, but it wasn’t!
The Grand Teton National Park has a striking landscape with its magnificent mountain peaks rising from the sage valley. That mountain range is beautiful anytime of the day, regardless if the weather is sunny or cloudy. The Grand Teton National Park was established on February 26, 1929 and Grand Teton is the tallest mountain in the range.
The day after our eclipse trip to Rigby, Idaho ended, the four of us (Phil, Carol, Jim and I) departed for Yellowstone National Park. We stayed there six nights, giving us five full days to sightsee. Though it had been 10 years since Jim and I were last in Yellowstone with Felicia, it looked the same except that there were a ton more visitors. It was good to be back since Yellowstone is a unique place with all of its plentiful wildlife and geothermal attractions.