Chris, Gloria, Bear (a 163 lb South African dog) and I started in Michigan with an RV followed by a Jeep Cherokee in tow. The destination was San Francisco. We visited the Black Hills, the Bad Lands, Mt Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Yellowstone, the Great Salt Lake, and Lake Tahoe on the way. Unfortunately, we missed seeing the Devil’s Tower, due to a navigational mishap. Before you suspect me as the culprit, I assure you I was not guilty this time around.

Chris and I both took our digital cameras along and took a lot of pictures. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough web hosting space to post them. I will post a subset of them in the near future. Chris’ west photos and my west photos. (Note to self: I need to buy a digital camera with better optical zoom. Chris’ 10x optical zoom came in especially handy.) The wildlife pictures from Yellowstone against the contrast of snow are my favorites along with Chris and I’s November swim in the Great Salt Lake. We also enjoyed the Boiling River, which is a natural hot tub of boiling water from deep in the earth’s crust and the near-freezing Yellowstone River a few feet away. Of course, snow was coming down as we sat in the Boiling River enjoying a great view of Yellowstone’s River and mountains.

It was a great trip and I recommend driving across the western US. Driving an RV is the only way to go and having an SUV at your disposal is a nice perk. Pick up some “Fat Tire” brew and head on a western adventure!