Having crossed from Oakland to Denver by train, Lucy and I joined my parents in Denver (well, Aurora, technically) for the remaining phase of our holiday – incorporating the total solar eclipse, after which Lucy and I went as far as Boise, Idaho, while my parents continued further.
Day 1 – Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 2 – total solar eclipse
We got up in good time and travelled to Glendo State Park on the banks of the Glendo Reservoir. There had been lots of coverage warning us to expect large amounts of eclipse-associated traffic, but we experienced no problems in getting there, and found ourselves a decent spot in plenty of time.
The third total eclipse for Lucy and me (after Zimbabwe and Turkey; we almost saw the Cornwall eclipse from the air on the way to Cyprus), and still special. We may be back in the USA for the 2024 eclipse.
Day 3 – to Jackson Hole
Day 4 – Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park
Today we travelled through Grand Teton National Park and had a little taste of a very busy but beautiful and interesting Yellowstone National Park.
Day 5 – Idaho Falls and the Craters of the Moon
Our last full day in the US: first, as we were staying in the city of Idaho Falls next to the Idaho River, we had to pay a visit to Idaho Falls. Then on our way to Boise we stopped at the stark but fascinating Craters of the Moon. Though the sites of the major volcanic eruptions with calderas have moved east over several million years to Yellowstone, more minor activity has continued here with basaltic lava flows covering a large area of Idaho, with more expected in the next thousand years.
Day 6 – Boise
And so it was time to go home – but just time for a run along the river, before heading home, via Seattle and Reykjavik.