Camping at Steep Ravine Campsite

So about 6 weeks ago Brian and I and some friends went camping at the Steep Ravine Campsite. If you are a Bay Area camper, this is THE place to go.  Since Brian loves camping, I inadvertently and somewhat reluctantly have become a semi-experienced camper, so I can say with some authority that this campsite is one of the best.  The campsites are located right on top of cliffs facing the ocean.  We were at campsite 3, which was perfect since it was fairly protected from the wind.  Also, if you don't like sleeping in tents, they have cozy looking cabins with some amazing views.

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This was from the sunset on the first night.

 

The next day we went on a birthday hike for Brian near Stinson beach.  It was quite rigorous but the views were worth it.  You can see the fog rolling in.

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By the time we were coming back down, it was quite foggy.  

 

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There's SF in the distance!

 

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I actually wouldn't mind going back to this campsite.  It truly was one of the best!

Day 14-15: Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park, located in northern Montana was definitely one of the most beautiful national parks I've seen, quite possibly the most beautiful.  Unfortunately we only had 1 day to spend there so we did a hike to Avalanche Lake and then drove up Going-to-the-sun Road to Logan Pass.  Fortunately we were there the day before they close the Going-to-the-sun Road and shut up park services.  A day later and we would not have been able to go up the mountain.  Anyway not much to say except everyone must go there at least once in their life.  Must!

On the way we stopped for some jerky.  We walked in and they were literally cutting up the cow in the store (it was less like a store and more like a butcher shop).  There were 2 large carcasses hanging from hooks and when we asked if we could buy jerky there, they pointed to their one retail rack on which were hanging maybe 15 bags of jerky.  They didn't even have a cash register.  Outside was a trash can of meat scraps and bones.  I wanted to take some for Hachi but didn't.  Though it was a semi-traumatic experience, the jerky was pretty good. 

The cutest little pottery yurt.


The RV park we stayed at was gorgeous!  It's called North American RV park and I highly recommend it.  It didn't hurt that we pretty much had the park to ourselves.




Fall in Montana is amazing.

Next are pictures from our hike to Avalanche lake.  It was my most favorite hike of the whole trip.  Not a lot of effort, but a lot of great pictures.  Easy and scenic, just the way I like it.  












The clearest lake I've ever seen.  

After our hike, we drove up Going-to-the-sun road.






By the time we came back down the sun was starting to set.  So we stopped by the side of the road waiting for it to go down.





A beautiful end to a beautiful day.





Day 11: Yellowstone

Yep, I'm still going on about this trip.  Sorry for dragging it out but since I'm over halfway done and some of the best pictures come from Montana, I'm going to keep slogging on.  After Jackson and the Grand Tetons, we headed north to Yellowstone.  We only spent one full day here so we definitely want to go back and explore the rest of the park.

As you drive into the park, you start seeing clouds of steam on the horizon.  And as you get closer you start seeing how massive these steam clouds really are.

Because some of the hot water from the hot springs empty into the stream, the stream starts to give off a little steam as well in the early morning (looked super eerie).  This particular morning was COLD!  But since the streams were relatively warm, we saw some fly fishermen in the water without a lot of extra jackets.  If you ever want to go fly fishing in the water during the fall, do it at Yellowstone.

Looks like an alien planet.

Also during one of our hikes we had a close encounter with a bison.  I took this picture peering over a rock.  I admit I was a bit scared, this guy was massive!  (Though looking at the pictures now, he looks a little gaunt).

Here's a picture of all the people waiting for Old Faithful.  I've seen it before and wasn't that excited the first time, so this time I just people watched.  I couldn't actually find any photos of old faithful even though I thought I took a picture of it.  

Guess you'll just have to be satisfied with this (tried googling old faithful gifs and couldn't find any):

Day 7: Bryce Canyon

After we spent all day on our feet hiking through the Narrows, it was a nice change of pace to have someone hike for us.  And by someone, I mean some horse.  If you ever go to Bryce Canyon, riding down to the canyon floor via horse is the way to go.  It's the best way to get up close and personal with the formations that Bryce Canyon's famous for (called hoodoos).

The best part of Bryce Canyon are those colors!

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And these were our horses!  My horse is on the left and his name was Vodka (of course I'd get the only horse in the yard named after alcohol!).  The cowboy tour guide who assigned us our horses took one look at me and gave me Vodka.  I'd like to think it's because Vodka was the prettiest horse in the yard and not because I look like an alcoholic.  And that's Vodka's BFF named Dollar on the right, and he was Brian's horse.  During the whole ride Brian and I kept yelling "Dollar Vodka" just because it was so fun to say.

Ah, that day was so much fun.  I miss you Vodka! (the best horse ever!)