With the exception of my last post about hiking Avalanche Peak, I’ve been very lax about blogging this year. Cindy and I spent of most of this past winter traveling with Jody and Rick, my sister and her husband throughout Texas and New Mexico. We returned to many of our favorite places (Seminole Canyon, Big Bend National Park, Fort Davis, Carlsbad Caverns) all of which I’ve written about in previous postings. We parted ways at Hueco Tanks where Cindy and I headed to Albuquerque for our annual winter “vacation” while Jody and Rick headed to Palm Springs to play golf.
The map below shows our 2018 route to date…
Yellowstone in Winter
Just like last year, we left the motorhome at a commercial RV park in Albuquerque NM and drove our car up to Yellowstone National Park for our annual vacation. We opted for a monthly rate which allows us to leave the RV plugged-in making it unnecessary to winterize and empty the frig/freezer. Periodic patches of black ice on Wyoming’s interstate made the trip scarier than last year especially when traveling the 80 mph speed limit.
Once we returned from Yellowstone, Cindy and I spent another week in Albuquerque then headed west to Sedona and Phoenix to visit friends and check out realestate. We do plan to settle down one day and as we travel around the country, we try to imagine what it would be like to live in each of the places we visit. After 2 weeks in the Phoenix area, we headed north to Monument Valley.
Back to Yellowstone for the Summer Season
Cindy and I had planned to continue west to visit Great Basin National Park on our way to Yellowstone for our summer volunteer assignment but a family emergency pulled us back to Texas. We arrived in Yellowstone in mid-May. Snow still covered much of the park and Yellowstone Lake was still frozen over.
Cindy and I are volunteering at the Yellowstone Art and Photography Center located in the historic Haynes Photo Shop in Old Faithful. We’ll be leaving on October 1st. We take visitors out for daily plein air watercolor sessions providing instruction and explaining the significance of art and photography to Yellowstone. Paintings and sketches by Thomas Moran and Henry Wood Elliott along with photographs by William Henry Jackson made during the Hayden Expedition of 1871 convinced Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world’s first National Park in 1872.