We left Grand Teton National Park this morning and started our three-day trip back home. But we knew we had one more place to visit that was almost on the way: Craters of the Moon National Monument. It is in southern Idaho, the only national park/monument in Idaho. And it was lots of fun.
Canyon de Chelly reminds me of the Grand Canyon in some ways. When you go to the canyon, you drive across the desert and it seems like you are on this large plain. Then suddenly, there is a canyon and the world just drops away.
On our way from Albuquerque to Mesa Verde National Park, we needed a place to stop for lunch. In looking at the map, we saw several possible small towns on the way. But then we spotted Aztec, NM, and Aztec Ruins NM just on the north side of the town, so we decided to go there and hope they had a picnic area.
On our way from Carlsbad Caverns National Park to Mesa Verde National Park, we spent a few days in Albuquerque, NM. This was partly because we needed time to do some laundry but also because Jennifer's cousin, Brent, lives there and we wanted to see him, which we did. We had a great visit to his home and had time to catch up on our respective lives.
We found there are lots of things to do in the Albuquerque area.
As I said yesterday, we decided to leave Tucson and Gilbert Ray campground a day early, and break our trip to Guadalupe Mountain NP into two days. We realized that if we drove to Las Cruces, NM, we would have enough time to take a side trip to White Sands National Monument. We arrived at Las Cruces about 2 pm and after dropping the trailer at an RV park, we headed to White Sands NM. It was about an hour drive, and well worth the trip.
Lava Beds National Monument is in northeast California. We visited it as a day trip while we were staying in Weed for a few weeks. It's a long drive there and back, but we enjoyed it. The key feature there is the lava tubes formed when the laval flowed over this area. There are other featiures having to do with human history but we didn't have time to view them.