Our next visit along the California coast was to the Channel Islands. We visited the visitor center in Ventura when we first looked for a place to move to in California, and we didn't have time to see the Channel Islands. This trip provided us with the time to visit them. There are eight channel islands, five of which are in the National Park, so named because they are in the Santa Barbara Channel.
We took a camping trip to the central California coast. We started by driving to Burbank to visit with our son, then headed north up the coast. Our first stop was at Carpinteria State Beach. Our real interest in this park was that it is close to Ventura where we caught the boat to Channel Islands National Park. More on that trip later...
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.
This was kind of a lazy day for us. In the morning, we went to the Jenny Lake Overlook and hiked down the trail along the lakeshore to the Jenny Lake campground and back. On this trail, you get a great view of the lake and the mountains that rise right up from it. In fact, you are so close to them that you can't see the top of Grand Teton as it is hidden behind the closer peak on the way up to Grand Teton's summit.
Grand Teton National Park is a great place to see fabulous mountain peaks and lakes. It doesn't have the range of short hikes we like to take these days but has lots of longer hikes, so it is not as great a place for a longer time. We are here for two more days so we decided to take a leisurely time going around the driving tour.
Our time in Yellowstone National Park was almost up. Today, we are driving from Yellowstone to Grand Teton National Park, a leisurely 64 miles from our campsite in Yellowstone to our campsite in Grand Teton.
Today was geyser day at Yellowstone for us. We toured the rest of the geyser basins around Old Faithful, the Upper and Lower Geyser Basins. We started at the Black Sand Basin which is about a mile from Old Faithful. I did my best to name these geysers and other hot features accurately, but probably got some of them wrong. But as Jennifer said, we saw things that bubble, stink, and squirt. And that just about sums up hot pools, fumaroles, and geysers.
I forgot to mention yesterday that we were slightly delayed while coming in to Yellowstone. But now I can mention it again with a better photo of the bison that slowed us down. Fortunately for us, he was on the other side of the highway. Imagine the backup behind him in the other lane of traffic.
We arrived last night in Yellowstone NP after a very long day of driving. We drove 487 miles in 10 hours to go from Glacier NP to Yellowstone NP. We try to drive no more than 400 miles in a day, but we didn't want to spend an extra day traveling for 87 miles, so we made it through the long day.