After sleeping in houses, hotels, tents, cabins, yurts and teepees, we arrive at our port of exit, Portland, Oregon.
We entered Idaho. While at a rest stop on the highway, we were pleasantly surprised by a trucker who stopped to give his pet rabbit some grass time. An enjoyable time for the kids as the bunny circled trees and chose to run to me to avoid the trucker (clearly playing a game). We stopped in Pocatello and then spent the night camping at Bruneau Sand Dunes.
Slept in late this morning in our cozy cabin on Snake River. Discovered that my sleeping bag holds four. A hike around String Lake was fruitful with deer and elk crossing our paths. Heidi hiked twice the distance as the rest of us, as she skipped most of the way.
After a stop in Rock Springs (we found an amazing deal at a hotel in Rock Springs – $65 for the night for two rooms, a kitchen, laundry facilities one door away, and a free full breakfast at the nearby diner), we drove to one of my favorite and familiar spots – Jackson, Wyoming.
Given my near zero sleep status, we decided to leave camp early and continue on through Rocky Mountain Park and found a nice hotel and much appreciated shower at Steamboat Springs. In the morning we spent a couple hours at the natural sulfur hot springs. Then, on to Dinosaur, Utah to see the quarry exhibit hall and camp at Green River.
After staying in Longmont, Colorado (as a candidate home), then entering Morraine campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. So many encounters with elk, moose, mule deer, coyote, turkeys, marmot, field mice, rabbits, chipmunks, prairie dogs, and so many birds – hawks, mountain bluebirds, woodpeckers of unknown variety.
We camped at Columbine campground in Carson National Forest near Red River New Mexico. Had to search a bit for firewood but found a local store that had a private supply they were willing to sell. Beautiful weather permitted a visit to Eagle lake and a hike in the morning where we found an actively maintained beaver dam and home.
Enough talk. I’ve pulled the plug and we’re leaving behind the American life for the foreseeable future. I’ve sold the commuter car, sold most of the furniture on Craigslist and packed a small storage space with the remainder of our home.