A trip to “The Golden Spike”, referral of a great friend Rudy. Thank you!
Educational Tip: The Golden Spike was where the last spike was drivin to join the transcontinental railroad, connecting travel to both oceans. The original trains “Jupiter” and “No. 119” are on display on-site and still run each summer for special events. There is a 7 mile and 2 mile driving tour that takes you on the original trailway bed. It is WELL worth the visit!
We had the opportunity to visit Loveland Living Planet Aquarium today and found some very interesting species!
We were thrilled to see the Aquarium open during Covid. They only allowed a small percentage of people to tour during the day and at a time. We enjoyed being able to visit with few people.
They were also very creative, by using their slow time by creating some really cool Halloween displays!!
Settled in at Antelope Island State Park. Already saw a multitude of bison around the campgrounds, and a friendly neighborhood coyote wandering through.
The island is also home to an 1800's ranch called the Fielding Garr Ranch, that is open for public viewing. It was really cool to see the old tools used to sheer sheep and maintain the farm.
Stay Details: Antelope Island State Park, Site BB04 (41.040544, -112.260031)
Most RV space in this campground are tight, pretty level, but leave little room for recreating. On 2nd day, asked to me moved from site 9 to site 57 until Oct 1st, then we moved to site 55.
Site 57 was absolutely devine! This campground was extremely quiet, had a few small herds of deer and turkey walk through each morning and evening, and had a beautiful view of the mountains in the background.
We really enjoyed the trees. They were small crooked oaks that left enough foilage on the ground where we could walk through and see through most areas. It gave us a feeling of beeing in Eden, as we watched the deer less than 20' away, and the turkeys within 10, right in our yard.
Several days, we foraged for dead wood which was easy to find, so we had free firewood as well. Joseph and Tina even met up with here, stayed next to us, and we enjoyed the visit by the fire for 2 nights in a row. They left us some actual firewood. lol!
During our visit, we took a day trip to Salt Lake City to the Apple store and to look around for tables. Got a few ideas. We also took a day trip to Helper which is on the other side of the mountain, to get the SurboGX.. It was awesome driving through the Canyon road and seeing such beautiful colors. Another day, we took a day trip to the vet for some shots, then went shopping, then decided it would be fun to take some remote roads up in the mountains for some more scenery. Skyway drive was awesome, but scary and very bumpy. At least 4 hours later we returned home exhausted. It was fun though!
It was difficult to leave this place, as we found such peace and comfort while being out amongst God's creatures. I can't say enough about this campground, but we not only enjoyed the stay, but the people were nice and they are doing a good job (as new owners) updating required areas of the grounds. This place is a bit out of the way, but if we're in the area and need some down-time again, it's well worth the stay.
Stay Details: Pleasant Creek RV Park; Mt. Pleasant UT
Another amazing dispersed camping site at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, an awesome plant-based meal, and an amazing resourceful hubby rigging up a cell booster (my phone is in the shoe)..
Stay Details: Buckboard Wash (41.239000, -109.589500)
Spent some down-time at this resort mostly because it was a bit out of the way and we needed to do laundry. It was really a low-key, low-maintenanced resort that had no amenities. We did like the cabin-looking bathrooms and enjoyed seeing the raptor and his nest at the grounds.
Mark utilized the down-time by cleaning the truck and the camper, and organizing the storage compartments in the rig. I utilized the down-time by cleaning up the rig, washing down the window sills, getting laundry done and giving Pica a slight haircut.
Even though we enjoyed our down-time, I must say, I don't see a reason to return to this resort.
Details: Wind River Creek Campground; Boulder WY
Wished for a sunset view of the Tetons from our next campsite, and hubby delivered! Of course, it’s Labor Day weekend and the parks are buzzing with last minute travelers, but that’s ok. We have a full tank of fresh water, and we’re looking forward to spending some time touring the Teton area, Jackson Hole, and whatever else we find.
We downloaded an app called “Just Ahead”, which narrates spots of interest along your path in the parks. Taking advantage of the subscription for all parks, we had a narrated tour traveling through the southern end of Yellowstone on our way to the Tetons. We would highly suggest this app, we learned more about the park today than we have all week! Did you even know there is a submersed steamboat in Lake Yellowstone? They ended up taking the boilers out and using it for the heating system at one of the lodges! How cool is that!
So, if you are headed to some National Parks and love to learn from interpretation, check out the “Just Ahead” app.
A Day at the Park::
The “Just Ahead” app gave us a nice educational tour around the park todoay. We first drove back up through the southern gate of Yellowstone, viewing the last spots we wanted to see. Thus, we toured all five entrances to Yellowstone. We then toured as many of the Tetons area we could, including Jenny lake, all the pull-off points, the Elk Refuge (didn’t see any Elk) and many of the back roads.
We are saddened at all the wildfires in the area, and this ‘old west’ needs some rain really bad. We have only seen 2 full days of rain since we left MI, and even though that’s good for hiking & biking, it’s bad for the economy/farmers. The photo on the left shows a usually clear photo, but the haze is from the wildfires from California (according to the weather station). The lake remains clear, cold and beautiful. This was taken during one of our small hikes from a pullout.
Returning back home after dinner, we found we had new neighbors; some Solitude owners! (same brand of camper we have, different model). We’ll have to try to meet them tomorrow. :-)
Good Night & Hugs to all!
Stay Location: 43.7638, -110.5527 (Jackson, WY)