With the leaves changing and the weather becoming a bit cooler, it was time to begin to migrate south. The weather during our stay in Missoula was mostly overcast with a threat of rain. We had a bit of that rain, and on our final day we were treated to a great double rainbow just behind us.
Our departure day was mostly sunny, providing great views as we headed south down I-15.
Since we are in no hurry we usually limit our driving days to around 200 miles a day, so as we approached that distance we stopped for the night in the town of Dillon, MT and took a site at Countryside RV Park just south of the town. Parks are nearly empty this time of year so we were able to drive in and pick our site. It’s a nice park with great views to the east and west.
We spent the afternoon checking out the town, but there really wasn’t much to see. But their saving grace was a Starbucks inside the local Safeway!
The next morning we were back on the road bright and early (for us). The highways was almost empty of traffic and the scenery was impressive.
We knew we were in the west when we looked to the east and saw cowboys driving a herd of cattle up a side road.
Early that afternoon we pulled in to the Bannock County Fairgrounds in Pocatello, ID. Many towns have RV facilities at the local fairgrounds that are open to the public. While nothing fancy, they are often convenient and inexpensive spots for an overnight stay. We pulled in to the RV area and found we were the only ones there.
Pocatello is home to Idaho State University, so that afternoon we drove over for a tour of the school. We were very impressed with the campus of ISU (12,000 students). The grounds were nicely trimmed and the buildings well maintained.
Dinner in Pocatello was at a local brewhouse that had great ratings. We found the beer very good and the food average.
The next morning we were again up early and on the road. After stopping for a bit of fuel, we entered the beautiful state of Utah.
After two days of driving on a nearly empty highway, we were soon in the traffic of Salt Lake City.
Arriving in Provo early in the afternoon we were able to find a nice site in Utah Lake State Park. Provo is a beautiful college town (BYU) with a great network of biking/running trails through town. We quickly aired up the tires on our bikes and found the trail just outside the park entrance.
The bike trail has underpasses to get you by roads and highways. We rode all the way across the town without having to cross a street.
Seven and half miles later we rode up University Parkway and what did we find? A nice Seattle-based coffee house where we enjoyed a bit of liquid refreshment before heading back to the park.
The main part of the trail winds along the sides of the Provo River. Of course, rivers west are a bit small. Back east we would call this Provo Creek.
The next morning we took a scenic drive through Provo Canyon. The road winds through the canyon, then along Deer Creek Reservoir.
We then drove up a canyon to the Sundance Resort, where Robert Redford has a home. There is also a high end resort where he holds a yearly film festival. We think it was him in the car in front of us but the driver would not turn around so we can’t be sure.
When we went back to the park we were pleased to see that a nice Airstream had set up in a nearby site. Leigh and Brian of the blog Aluminarium had arrived. We have followed their blog for a while and knew they were planning to stay in this park, so we were excited to have the opportunity to finally meet all three of them.
We enjoyed a great meal at their site and a couple of hours sharing stories. Since we will be leaving in the morning, we only had those few short hours to get to know Leigh and Brian, but we’re sure we’ll cross paths with them again in the future.
But now its time for some more hiking. More on that later . . .