Thursday, July 5, 2012

Camping in the Western US

The girls and I just returned from a two week camping trip to the Goldrush area of southwestern Montana, the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho and, on the upswing, the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.   Given the girls' ages (12 and 13) and the fact that I'm dealing with some health challenges, sixteen days of tenting might have been a little ambitious, but we took things slow and had a wonderful time.

Unlike the Midwest, where heat and humidity seem to go hand in hand, the dry air of the Western US affords warm, sunny days and cool nights.   We experienced daytime temperatures into the 90's, often falling into the mid-30's at night.   The girls aren't big fans of the heat, so I made sure they got a chance to swim every single day, although with the swift currents of the Yellowstone and Salmon Rivers, I didn't let them go in very deep.   One of our favorite swimming spots was Georgetown Lake, near Anaconda, MT.   We found a beautiful place to cool off and had it all to ourselves.

We left Yellowstone a little before noon on Saturday and drove the 800 miles straight home.   It was a long trip, but the girls were thrilled to finally get a long, uninterrupted nap.   They were quite happy to get home as was I, but we do miss those cool evenings.   It's been almost unbearably this week!

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