In November 2005, Tracy, Jessica Vaughan and I went to Craters of the Moon National
Monument in Idaho, and then we drove through the Grand Teton National park in Wyoming.
Craters of the Moon was pretty cool. It's a small park, but it has some really strange
geography. The entire landscape is just old volcanic activity. There are some cool lava tubes
that you can explore, but mostly the landscape is just interesting for all of its lava features. It
was really cold and windy out there, so we pretty much had the park to ourselves. Then after
leaving there, we decided that we had exhausted the south-eastern Idaho possibilities since it
was REALLY cold, and we headed over to the Tetons. It was snowing pretty good in the
mountains, and it was nice to get into our first real snow of the season. In fact, it snowed the
whole time we were in Wyoming, so Jessica still didn't get to see the Tetons. She's convinced
that there are no mountains anywhere near Jackson Hole. But we did see a lot of wildlife in
the Tetons. And I at least have some pictures of some really playful and curious river otters.
We thought we even saw a wolf, but we did some cross-country hiking, and I found the tracks.
Take a look at the pictures and see what you think...after seeing the tracks, I think it was a
coyote. If it was, it was the biggest coyote I've ever seen, but these tracks just look too small
to be a wolf, I think. Plus, it was by itself, which is supposed to be pretty rare for a wolf. But
we had a nice road trip. We also made a side trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats. The Flats were
flooded out, but that made for some really cool pictures.