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Exploring the Moon in Idaho

By |August 3rd, 2014|

Arco, Idaho June 21-27, 2014 Idaho is an amazing state. I never thought I would be saying that but it does have some unique features that mostly only the natives know about. One example and the main reason we headed in this direction is the Craters of the Moon National Monument. This park is unique in it lies in the middle of Idaho and it is a park dedicated to lava fields.  Lava fields as far as the eye can see!  The park highlights remnants of the extreme geological activity that took place here in the not so distant past. The national monument itself is in the middle of some impressive lava fields affording park goers to majestic views of ancient volcanoes. Peering back in time by walking through layers of rock is one of the finest and informative ways of understanding our past and also our future. Yellowstone is known for the supermassive volcano that the park rests upon but what most people don’t know is that same super volcano has been on the move for millions of years. It just so happened that the last explosion was in Idaho. Yes it is true; the hot bed that is Yellowstone migrated from Idaho to its current location. See I told you rocks are interesting! So that means that by wandering around the Craters of the Moon one could get a glimpse of what could happen to Yellowstone in the future. Our visit to the park got even more interesting when we climbed some old volcanoes, walked through folded fields of cooled lava, and we even descended into a few deep underground caverns that the flowing of lava left behind. Not much in the name of [...]

Mountain View RV Park and Cafe

By |August 3rd, 2014|

Arco, Idaho Website:  http://mountainviewrvarco.com/ Overview:  This is a great RV park near Craters of the Moon National Monument in Arco, Idaho. It was recently (2 weeks prior to our stay) bought by a very friendly couple from Michigan.  It is a very friendly, quiet park.  We enjoyed our weeklong stay in another ‘middle of nowhere’ Idaho town. Campsites:  Level gravel pull-through large sites with full hookups (30/50 amp, water, sewer).  There is a picnic table and charcoal grill at each site.  The sites are spaced adequately with plenty of shade tress and nice green grass.  You get a free breakfast (2 per site) on one of your mornings (one per stay). Amenities: Bathhouse, laundry center, and a café that is open for breakfast and dinner Pet friendly:  Yes Internet:  Yes, great free Wi-Fi Price:  50 amp $40/night, 30 amp $35.50/night, tent site $25/night Rating: 4.5/5

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks

By |July 21st, 2014|

June 8-15, 2014 The Three Nipples, otherwise known as the Grand Teton National Park is such a wonderful and soul-refreshing place. In fact, it is one of our favorite places in the world!  The Tetons are a mountain range just south of Yellowstone National Park and they are just as wild now as they were in the past.  Fur trappers originally came here for the wildlife and luckily for us they didn’t trap and skin everything. The French fur trappers were the first to arrive, thus the name Tetons, which translates to nipples from French.  This is one of the few places left in the continental US, or the world for that matter, where you can hike with the wildlife. The animals know the park is a sanctuary, even though just outside the park hunting is prevalent.  It is amazing to walk deep into the forest and see black bears, moose, herds of elk, deer, grizzly bears, otters, and water fowl all in the same day. In Grand Teton National Park this is not only possible, but also probable. We stayed in the northern half of the Tetons, just two miles from the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park so obviously we spent the week enjoying aspects of both parks. We both felt that on our previous visit to Yellowstone (see our posts here) we saw most of what Yellowstone has to offer.  So by choice we decided to spend a little more time in Grand Teton National Park. The first day we decided to take a scenic drive through the Tetons and have an easy day.  However, once we arrived at Colter Bay and started hiking the Hermitage Point trail the [...]

Zion National Park, Utah

By |June 17th, 2014|

May 11-18, 2014 Zion. If you’ve ever visited this slice of paradise then nothing more is required to be said. You are free to move on to the rest of your daily Internet surfing. Everyone who has visited this National Park understands that few places on the planet are as pure as Zion and words can only describe so much. With only two roads meandering through the park, one you can drive from one side of the park’s entrance to the other side’s entrance, while the other road is reserved for the Zion shuttle, help maintain the park fresh clean air.   The first day we visited the park we decided to drive from entrance to entrance, stopping at all the overlooks to get an overview of the park. The views are amazing! There is a small tunnel section that you have to drive through and upon our exit we popped out and bam a family of desert bighorns. By the way, the tunnel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as it was finished in 1930 and it is 1.1 miles long through a sandstone mountain. We finished our drive in wonder as we hit the end of the park and turned around. After a few stops to view the Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep and cuts through the reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone by the North Fork of the Virgin River, we did the short hike to Canyon Lookout. Majestic.   After such a great day we choose to take the next morning and drive to West Zion and visit the Kolob Canyons. Again the views did not disappoint. Along our route we even found [...]

Getting recharged in Sedona and the Verde Valley

By |May 14th, 2014|

April 18-May 1, 2014 Sedona Sedona is high on our list of favorite US spots to recharge so it should come as no surprise that since we were in the area close to my birthday we chose this little gem to settle down in and enjoy. We visited almost all the shops in downtown Sedona over the course of our stay. We ate to heart’s content as Sedona has a wonderful foodie environment. We walked the streets and enjoyed the many views this red rocked city provides. While we where in town we also got some of our culture on. Montezuma Cliff Castle was on our must see list and this little slice of native paradise did not disappoint. Anytime you have the privilege to see first hand into the past please don’t miss it. When history contains cliffs, dwellings, and awe inspiring views it’s easy to take time to understand why this location was home to so many native tribes. The Verde Valley is a special place and everyone who walks these well-trodden paths can feel it. It feels like home away from home. Sedona is also known for its new age community, which claims the area is a hot spot for personal growth. They say certain locations have vortex energy that help push through old stagnate issues in the Mind/Body. I won’t go into that here but suffice it to say that these locations would be hiked even if they were not labeled vortex sights. The views are amazing and the trails are abundant making it our kind of place, New Age, Old Age, or No Age! While we were in the area we spent [...]

Southeastern Arizona: gun fights, a hot tub, and Bowies

By |April 27th, 2014|

Benson, Arizona April 2-6, 2014 As I said in the previous post we left Silver City early to have some more time in Benson. Why Benson? You might be wondering. Well, you see Benson is close to Tombstone and everyone needs to spend some time in Tombstone, more on that soon. However, once we pushed our slides out in Benson we went for a soak in our resort’s hot tub. I know rough life right? After soaking our petty little worries away, we still have no backup or side cameras (its been over a month now and yours truly has since taken the entire dashboard apart looking for fuses), the TV antenna booster is blown and has rightly been ripped out of the wall leaving only a rats nest of power wires dangling behind, and we are in desperate need of a good old fashion monster truck oil change, but we heard the calling from tombstone. Wyatt Earp: How are you? Doc Holliday: I'm dying, how are you? Wyatt Earp: Pretty much the same. So like any travelers worth their weight in silver (another mine town) we answered, jumped in the toad, and took off to make some more memories. No sooner had we arrived when a couple of guys were posing for photos with us and inviting us to pay a small fee to watch some of them die. We kindly agreed and were promptly escorted to the actual O.K. Coral. A gunfight did take place and left 4 men lying motionless on the ground. They were later buried at the Boot Hill Graveyard and we personally saw their graves to prove it. So after watching Doc and Wyatt kick some ass at the O.K. [...]

Up the Creek

By |January 17th, 2014|

Pigeon Forge, TN Up the Creek RV Camp in the Smokies:  http://www.upthecreekrvcamp.com/ Overview:  Up the Creek RV Camp is a small gem of an RV resort that is just outside of the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge, TN. It has wonderful creek side campsites and a nice fenced in Dog Park for all you animal lovers. There is also a spacious backfield that connects the two creeks that surround both sides of the park. The owners are young and laid back. The firewood is kept nicely in carry-able stacks at $4.00 a bundle. There is not much else to this little park. We give it a solid 4 out of 5 for its proximity to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park along with creek side living. Campsites:  Spacious gravel parking, full hook-ups (30/50 Amp) with cable, good views, and nice concrete patios. Amenities: Cable TV, firewood for sale Pet friendly:  Yes, fenced dog run area Internet:  Decent Wi-Fi included Price: $30-62/ night Rating: 4/5 Panoramic of our site  

Nostalgia.

By |November 20th, 2013|

We brought our world trip blog back from the dead and you no longer are required to create a log in. As many of you have moved forward in embracing your digital selves, so have we. If you are new to us then we hope this gives you something to peruse in our off hours. Some pages may not work as well as they did back in the day but the overall idea is still rendering ok. Thanks and we hope you enjoy. The old main page can be found by going to the menu and clicking blog ->world trip 2010. Or you can shortcut to the blog here. Also view the Road Trip Blog here. Tip: click the archive link to view blog pages via title and date.   Also the main blog is a bit of a bandwidth hog for us when we are out searching for every last drop of our internet connections. Hence we have decided to also link to an "EasyBlog" under the main blog menu above. This minimal blog will be a little more bandwidth conserving for us and we can edit it off-line then upload when we reconnect. I know that was a whole lot of blah..blah..blah. So here is where the apologies come in and don't fret we will let you know when we post on said blog right here.

The Great Plague

By |October 4th, 2013|

Saturday, September 28, 2013 Wow! What a day, and not in a good way. It was one of those days, you know the ones that you hear travelers tell when reminiscing about the worst-of-times while traveling. We woke up and went to the local store to pick up some supplies before we needed to leave our absolutely beautiful location near Asheville. We prepped the rig and started to pull our slides in when stinkbugs just started to pour in our living room, by the thousands. Panicked by seeing the stupid mistake we had made a fellow camper came running over and told us to pump the slides first before pulling them all the way in because it is stinkbug mating season, they like the rubber slide of the tracks. Too late! We had a living room full of the little stinky creepies. We frantically tried to catch them and shoo them outdoors. As check out was approaching we needed to leave our site so off I drove with a swarm of bugs in the truck cruising down mountain roads. Unreal! Unfortunately for you, our backseat riders, we went into panic mode and did not get any pictures, but let me paint one for your minds eye. Picture a waterfall wall of cockroaches descending next to your sofa, then continue this water fall effect for about ten seconds, now multiply that by 2 sides and 2 slides. That's a shit ton of smelly let me tell you. I was driving through an especially touristy mountain town when I stopped at a light and looked over at the car next to me. An older lady was looking at me when two bugs landed on my face, I [...]

Our Paradigm Shift.

By |September 21st, 2013|

Enough is enough! We will soon be embarking on our extended road-trip! For the second/third time! Roadblocks have been pushed through and the rig is ready to roll. We know we are being a bit repetitive in our excitement but hey this is real life. Sometimes the road is well paved and other times it gets a bit bumpy, and on a few occasions it can get impassable. The photo above is from our jeep in Tibet, an impassable land slide! The bottom photo is from our jeep in Nepal on the way to Kathmandu, it was more of a I hope we don't slip-n-slide! As you can see we have been on our fair share of rough roads. This time we have bided our time, while the monster has been upgraded with new A/C parts, by upgrading the house with new stuff. It turned out to be a two birds one stone kind of thing. The personal paradigm shift that we both are feeling is new which is weird since we both did this drop everything and travel thing not so long ago. This time it feels different. This time it feels like there are less reasons to return, which is exciting and freeing. We are trying to make it easy for family to follow us, so if you would like to receive an email whenever we do a post just check the "Notify me of new posts by email." box under the comments section and then leave a comment with your real email address. Earthtrekk will email you a link to confirm and bam! You are set up to receive each post as an email, dramatically reducing the need to visit the site. [...]