Our last destination on our trip was actually to 7 places that are very close together. We based our camp in Custer State Park at the Game Lodge Campground. From there, we first visited Mount Rushmore.
We were last at Mount Rushmore in 1987. We arrived during a fog that was expected to last for days, so we didn't get to see it on that trip. So we returned to see if we could see it this time. And we did. Of course, all was not perfect. The visitor center was under construction, so we couldn't get as close to the monument as we expected. But it is so BIG that this was a minor complaint.
We have visited Grand Teton National Park several times and it just keeps calling us back. On this trip, we had the opportunity to visit here or Yellowstone, or both, and we chose to spend a few days here.
We toured a few new places on this trip. We went to Jenny Lake and took the shuttle boat across to the trail to Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point. The shuttle boat was fast and saved us several miles of hiking around the lake. We could focus on the trip up to the falls and point.
City of Rocks is a national preserve in southeast Idaho. A national preserve? According to the visitor center people, it is a national preserve because is is owned by the National Park Service and managed by the State of Idaho.
Whatever it is called, it is an area of exposed eroded granite formations, many of which are rock climbed. Others, like us, just look and gawk.
We visited Craters of the Moon again. Our last visit was in 2016. See that post for more information about Craters of the Moon.
This place is just so raw. You don't expect to see a landscape of just lava flows and the few features that Nature has managed to grow there.
This time, we spent a day and camped in the campground, which was closed for rebuilding the last time we were there. We had the time to drive around the Loop Road and see some sights we were not able to see last trip.
Crater Lake National Park celebrates and preserves a VERY large lake that sits in the caldera of a volcano. The water is an amazing blue color. The lake is the deepest lake in the USA.
When you first see Crater Lake, you will say "WOW." Then you will begin to notice other features on and near the lake. There is a rim drive that goes around the rim of the crater, and lets you see the lake from many different perspectives and heights. We have visited it several times, and the first view, each time, is WOW.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.