Sept 22, 2021
The night wasn’t too cold and we were on our way by 8:15 am. We headed south into Idaho towards Yellowstone. About 10 miles from West Yellowstone we stopped at Howard Springs. This was a flowing spring just off the highway. We filled out water tanks and then drove into Yellowstone.
We only planned on staying for the day, so we headed for Old Faithful. Since we were later in the morning, the park was crowded with a lot of traffic. We arrived just after the geyser erupted, so we first went hiking in the Upper Geyser basin. After the hike we stopped in the historic Yellowstone Lodge for a few pictures.
Next we went to the van for lunch and finally we went back to the Old Faithful Geyser eruption at 1:16 pm. The eruption was about 10 minutes late, but it was a good one.
We left the Old Faithful area around 3 pm and drove through the park to exit on the south entrance road. We found a nice campsite at the Sheffield Campground just outside of Grand Teton National Park. It was a pretty nice campground and we sat outside enjoying the sun before it went down.
Sept 23, 2021
We drove into Grand Teton National Park in the morning and stopped at the Jenny’s Lake Visitor Center. This is the 3rd time we have been at the park in the last 12 months, and is the first time we were able to see the mountains. Last year the first time we went to the park it was raining and cloudy for the three days we were in the area. And then when we went last September there was so much smoke from the western US wildfires that you could not see the mountains at all.
Today it was beautiful weather with clear skies, so we were able to enjoy the views of the Teton mountains. The only problem was everyone else was at the park. It was very crowded and difficult to park. We did find a parking spot and were able to do a short hike.
Later in the day we drove south through Jackson Hole and into Idaho. We arrived at Lava Hot Springs around 5 pm and took some time to soak in the hot springs. We had planned to camp at our normal spot just 1 mile away from the hot springs, by this free camping area has been improved, so there were only 7 camping sites that were all full. All of the other camping areas were fenced off. This really restricted the availability of camping sites in the area. We ended up driving about 25 miles south to the Malad Summit area. There is a Forest Service campsite there and several dispersed camping spots. We found a spot just off the road. It was not great, but it was okay for the night.
Sept 24, 2021
This was our last day. We left camp around 9 am and drove home to Utah, only stopping in Layton to visit Rosie.
This was a fun trip, but it definitely felt like winter was close for a few days in Montana.