A week ago we hit the road for three nights of camping and national parks. The plan was to relax in Island Park, Idaho for a day and a half, visit Yellowstone for a day and then visit the Grand Teton and Jackson, Wyoming for a day as well. It turned out to be a really nice trip along some beautiful roads! I’m going to break the trip blog up into three parts; Island Park, Yellowstone and Grand Teton. First up, Island Park, Idaho…
Since our first destination was only 4.5 hours from home, we left casually around 9am, no need for an early rise. We stopped at a few skateparks along the way and also had a yummy hot dog lunch.
Pocatello, Idaho has a 1970’s skatepark relic that is completely intact, but it’s out of business and a total bust since it’s on private land owned by a motorcycle club. Still very interesting to see a piece of Idaho skate history. Blackfoot had a rough, weathered but fun park in a nice lake setting. Idaho Falls had a crazy Pacific Northwest style cradle bowl, a bit too gnarly for me. But the city did have a tasty hot dog drive-thru spot called the Dawg On Grill, we ate well for lunch Friday!
Continuing on towards the campground, we stopped in Rexburg, which has a small but very fun skatepark with two half bowls connected by a pump bump. I would definitely skate there again if we ever roll through town in the future. From there we took a side road called the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway. Totally worth it and not too far out of the way. The lower falls overlook doesn’t really have a good view, but the upper falls overlook gets you right up to the waterfall, and has a great visitor center. It was here where a bit of rain started to fall.
When we arrived at the Buffalo River Campground in Island Park, it was still sprinkling on us, but soon tapered off and so we pitched our tent. The campground is really nice looking and is right on the banks of the Buffalo River. Lots of trees and greenery all around each campsite. Unfortunately after setting up camp, the rain started to fall pretty steadily and, after a few attempts to get a fire going for burgers, we gave up and made some sandwiches instead. Afterwards we relaxed in the tent for the rest of the evening while the rain steadily fell.
Saturday morning we woke up to a pretty, clear sky and had a yummy egg burrito breakfast, nice! We took a short 5 minute drive north to Mack’s Landing and signed up for a canoe ride along the Henry Fork River. Since we had never been canoeing, we opted for the steadier flat-bottomed metal crawdad row boat. We rowed along this beautiful river for almost 3 hours and had a great time! Can’t say enough good things about this boat ride, so relaxing, yet a lot of work. We laughed and griped and laughed more the whole time.
Afterwards back at camp, we relaxed in our hammocks for a while then had a super tasty burger dinner. Later in the evening the campground got a special visit from Smokey The Bear (in an awesome vintage costume) and a bear-specialist park ranger. A great little presentation and photo-op with Smokey for kids of all ages! We even came away with some posters and vintage Woodsy The Owl postcards. The seniors that host the campground are a great group and they really enjoy their job, which makes for a really great campground.
We had a nice campfire that night and I even attempted some four minute long exposure photographs. Since we were all tired from a lot of sun and rowing earlier in the day, we put out the fire and got a good night’s sleep. We woke up Sunday morning to another pretty day, broke down camp and hit the road northeast to Yellowstone…