National Parks

Day 221-233 November 19 – December 1 Death Valley National Park, California


Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park


Zabriskie Point, Death Valley National Park

Stayed a week at Furnace Creek, first off the weather here is fantastic highs around 80 with the lows in the low 50s. My favorite spot is the Mesquite Sand Dunes they are not the tallest but the largest in Death Valley. Made several trips to the dunes for sunrise and sunset, I do preferred sunrise the lighting on the dunes is amazing in the morning. I found the main parking area to be heavily traveled and preferred parking 1.25 miles east of the parking area and hiking to the dunes roughly a one mile hike one way, here I could photograph the dunes with no foot prints on them and with a great mountain background. Gas prices in Death Valley does vary a lot at Furnace Creek it was 4.22 per gallon at Stovepipe Wells 30 miles north gas was 3.85 per gallon and 40 miles west of Stovepipe Wells at Panamint Springs gas was 5.98 per gallon. Needless to say I did end up buying gas for the car but only needed 11 gallons and did buy it at Stovepipe Wells. I’m glad that I filled the RV in Las Vegas at 2.95 per gallon.
The second week stayed at Panamint Springs photograph the Panamint Dunes they’re 8 miles north of the campground, there is a very rough dirt road that you can drive that will get you about 3 ½ miles for the dunes.  It takes about 40 minutes to drive the 6 miles of dirt road then another 1½ hours to walk to the dunes.  To get to the dunes for sunrise I headed out at 3:50am parked the car at 4:30am then made the 1 ½ hour hike to the dunes. The dunes are a bit smaller than Mesquite Sand Dunes unfortunately most of the dunes had already been walked on and were not that photogenic but I did get a few shots. My last couple of mornings in Death Valley I made the 28 mile drive back to Mesquite Sand Dunes for sunrise and I’m glad I did the clouds the last morning turned out fantastic.

Artist’s Palette, Death Valley National Park

Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park
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Day 203-209 November 1-7 Zion National Park, Utah

While walking the hill sides near the east entrance of Zion I ran into a group of Bighorn Sheep that were grazing on the little bit of shrubbery scattered across the landscape. They stayed for about a half an hour before moving on.

Bighorn Sheep Zion National Park

Wrapping up our stay at Zion made the hike to the top of Angels a 5.4 mile round trip hike landing not a difficult hike but a bit intimidating while hiking across the tops hanging on to a chain walking on a 3 foot wide trail and looking down over 1,000+ feet to the left and right but well worth the hike for the views.
One of the great hikes is the Subway/Angels Falls a 8.5 mile round trip hike this is a little more strenuous hike first it’s about a 45 min drive from the campground then you hike down a fairly steep trail to the river about a 400 feet elevation change then you follow the river for the next 4 miles to the subway no real trail more of a goat path that you follow not a lot to see along the trail a few small water falls along the way as you get closer to the end the views become more spectacular with the grand view at the Subway. After spending a couple of hours photographing the area it was time to start the hike back to the car to make it back before the sunsets.


Fall Colors in Zion National Park


The hike on the way to Angels Landing Zion National Park


The Slot on the way to the Suubway at Zion National Park


The Subway Zion National Park

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Day 190-209 October 19 – November 7 Zion National Park


The Narrows Zion National Park

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Day 178-185 October 7-14 Signal Mountain Tetons National Park


Our campsite was a short walk from Jackson Lake and what a view it was great place to watch the clouds pass and the fish jumping near shore. Thought about doing a little fishing except for the month of October fishing was closed. While at the Tetons we saw lots of wildlife Grouse and Mule deer wandering the campground and just a short drive from our campsite we were able to see Elk, Moose, Black bear, Moose and all kinds of waterfowl swimming in the river. Fall colors are a little past but with the cooler weather we did get to see the mountains turn white over night with a fresh coat of snow, lucky for us it only rained where we were. With the day getting cooler highs in the low-50s we are moving on to Zion where the highs are in the low-80s.

 
The Grand Tetons National Park

 
Tetons wildlife

 
The Grand Tetons National Park

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Day 171-178 October 1-7 Bozeman Montana – Mammoth Hot Springs & Madison Campground Yellowstone National Park

While in Bozeman we had the car battery and tires replaced with the cooler temps in the mornings the car is struggling to start the car and the tires are due to be replaced
We stuck around Bozeman a couple of extra days to watch the Thursday night football game Vikings vs Packers that turned out to be a big mistake… Now that the wind and rain has passed, we can head back into Yellowstone then onto the Tetons.


Lower Falls Yellowstone River

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Day 160-167 September 20-27 Yellowstone

Day 160-167 September 20-27 Yellowstone
Entering Yellowstone National Park except when we entered the park all of the campgrounds were full for the night we ended up driving back to West Yellowstone to a National Forest campground 3 miles out of town we found a spot for the night and headed in to Yellowstone early the next morning luckily when we arrived at Madison campground they had one spot left that was long enough for us. 


Firehole Canyon Drive & Firehole Falls Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone River just above the upper falls this is the beginning of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.


Lamar Valley at Sunset located in the northeast corner of Yellowstone National Park.


Geyser Hill, Yellowstone National Park


Firehole Lake Drive White Dome Geyser


Lower Falls, the biggest waterfall in Yellowstone and it’s the most famous in the park.

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Day 148-160 September 8-20 Travel to Yellowstone

Day 148-160 September 8-20 Travel to Yellowstone
We boarded the car ferry at Sidney and departed at 5:30pm for Washington, the great part about the ferry ride was this was the night of the full moon and we were able to watch it rise as we were traveling to Washington.

Now we’ll make our way to Yellowstone spending the first night in a casino parking lot not far from the ferry. After restocking and doing laundry we stopped for the night at Diablo Lake,  Cabelas on the Washington Idaho border, Missoula MT, and Butte MT before stopping at the Missouri Headwaters for 3 nights waiting for a couple of packages to be delivered at UPS and FedX for us to pick up. 


Diablo Lake Sunrise


Sunrise through the fog at Missouri River Headwaters


Fog at Missouri River Headwaters


Ousel Falls – Big Sky, MT


Hyalite Canyon Creek – Bozeman MT


Hyalite Canyon Trail – Bozeman MT


Foggy morning at Baker’s Hole Campground just out of West Yellowstone MT

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Day 109-116 July 29-August 7 Olympic National Park – Sol Duc Hot Springs & Pools, Washington

Day 109-116 July 29-August 7 Olympic National Park – Sol Duc Hot Springs & Pools
We decided to stay at Olympic National Park since it’s running 100+ degrees East of the Seattle area and it’s been in the low 80s here. We’ll spend the next several days at Sol Duc campground the falls are a short drive from the campground then about a mile walk to the Sol Duk Falls from here there are several trails that lead to a couple of remote lakes and camp sites. 

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Day 98-107 July 20-29 Northern Cascades, Washington State

Day 98-107 July 20-29 Northern Cascades Washington State
Spent the first three nights at Colonial campground that’s on Dialbo Lake the color of the lake is green due to the glacier rivers flowing in to the lake. Was only able to drive about an hour east due to the fires and roads being closed, Made a couple of trips east to Washington pass where you could start to see the haze in the air form the fires. Next headed to the northern part of the cascades to Heather Meadows this is a truly fantastic place very peaceful and breathtaking, the meadows have several lakes with mountains in the background at night the stars fill the skies.


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Day 71-74 June 22-26 Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Crater Lake has the most beautiful dark blue water we’ve ever seen, with our stay at Crater Lake early in the season there was a lot of snow throughout the park the road the circles the lake was partially closed not because of snow but there was some debris on the road from the winter months unfortunately the road did not fully reopen although we were able to travel a portion of the road from the south side and north side  but not the furthest most east side of the lake. The temperature was chilly in the mornings but warmed to a comfortable temperature by lunch time.

Wizard Island at Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Wizard Island at Crater Lake National Park Oregon

The Lake doesn’t have any rivers leaving the lake but there are many springs that drain the lake through out the summer below is one of those springs it’s amazing how much water is flowing from the spring and everything is so green with lots of moss growing on everything.

Annie Springs at Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Annie Springs at Crater Lake National Park Oregon

During our stay we were able to see one great sunrise from the west rim with a great view of the lake and reflection of the sky on the water

Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Crater Lake National Park Oregon

 

While our photographing one morning I ran across a Yellow-bellied Marmot that was a little shy he only stayed around a couple of minutes before hiding with in the rocks

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Yellow-bellied Marmot

Our Last day at the park a portion of the road that was closed open letting us drive to the trail head to see the Phantom Ship although it started to rain halfway to the over look luckily we planned ahead and grabbed our rain jackets

Phantom Ship at Crater Lake

Phantom Ship at Crater Lake

Hiking to view the Phantom Ship at Crater Lake

Hiking to view the Phantom Ship at Crater Lake

Click on the image below to see a gallery of photographs take at Creater Lake

Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Crater Lake National Park Oregon

Our stay at Crater Lake was short due to 4 days of rain in the forecast at the end of our planned stay so we decided to move on to Mt Hood in Oregon

2014-06-25_Crater Lake Time Lapse

Crater Lake Time Lapse Photography

 

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Map — Where are the Cadys now


We're staying on Lake Vermilion through June 6th then heading to Ham Lake MN to visit with family and friends along with any doctor visits that are needed.

Updated 5-21-2016

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