We need/want to make a 3 week trip back to Los Angeles in order to take care of some health and dental checkups and to visit with family and friends. This requires that we stash the motorhome somewhere while we make the trip. The plan we developed was to park it at a storage lot near my sister’s house in Tullahoma, TN, spend a few days with her, my nieces and great nephews before flying out of Nashville.
Encompassing some 1.9 million acres, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is slightly larger than the state of Delaware, the largest land area of all U.S. National Monuments, it is part of the National Landscape Conservation System and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.. Although Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks are separately managed, they are part of “The Grand Staircase”. The name comes from the series of plateaus that descend from Bryce Canyon south toward the Grand Canyon, marked by vertical drops at the Pink Cliffs, Grey Cliffs, White Cliffs, Vermillion Cliffs and Chocolate Cliffs.
Our main objective in returning to Idaho Falls (pics) was to complete the repair of the levelers on our motorhome. The plan was for the parts to be built and shipped while we were visiting the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. We would then return to Idaho Falls to have the parts installed and then be on our way. Didn’t exactly work out that way.
Yes, Yellowstone National Park (pics) is home to Old Faithful, but it is so much more than that. As most people know, Old Faithful is not the most spectacular or the oldest or the biggest geyser in YNP but it is one of the biggest that is most predictable, erupting approximately every 60 to 90 minutes. Old Faithful is located in the Upper Geyser Basin which is part of the most active area of the park in terms of thermal features.
The Teton mountain range is somewhat unique in that it looks very different from the western side versus the eastern side. The western side has rolling foothills which fits our picture of most mountain ranges. On the eastern side, when the mountains were thrust upward, the eastern plane dropped leaving dramatic sheer cliffs extending some 6 to 7,000 feet above the plane that extends from its foot.