Day 6 - Sunday June 4th: I left Buffalo Wyoming in the morning and headed towards Yellowstone. It was about a 3-4 hour drive (depending on whether you count the entrance or the first spot I pulled over, it is a pretty massive park). I checked into my campsite, which was about a half hour north of the main village area, and went to set up my camp. When I got there it had about 4-5 inches of snow in a pretty tight area, so I changed my mind and decided to get as much out of the day as I could and just sleep in my car. I was in the Canyon Village section of the park which is right next to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, so I spent the late afternoon going to the different overlooks around that. Then I spent the rest of the day until sunset going around to some of the springs and the Yellowstone River.
Day 7 - Monday June 5th: I got up around sunrise this day (not before but close enough that the light was still golden when I headed out). I decided to spend this day driving to see some of the more well known sites in Yellowstone like the Prismatic Springs and Old Faithful. I saw a lot of bison along the way (I saw one chasing a truck in kind of the same manner a dog chases a car) and ended up getting in all that I had planned by the early afternoon so I headed south towards the Grand Tetons. I spent some time at a few points along the way just taking in the awesome view of the Tetons, but I was honestly pretty tired today, and a little sun burned, so I didn't stay too late. I drove the rest of the way through the Tetons and out into Idaho where I spent the night in Rexburg.
Day 8 - Tuesday June 6th: Today my plan was to more or less take it easy and get close to Glacier National Park in Montana. I got to Missoula in the early afternoon, bought myself a hat so I could stop burning my head in the higher elevation sun, had some dinner, and went for an evening hike up Mount Jumbo. It was a pretty easy hike (although I probably shouldn't have eaten a whole pizza a half hour before it). From the concrete L laying on the side of the hill (I am still confused about what the L is for) you have a great view of the city, so I just sat there watching the sun set and the lights come on while taking a few photos.
Day 9 - Wednesday June 7th: I drove up from Missoula to Glacier National Park in the morning. It was a really beautiful drive, especially along Flathead lake for the last half of it before actually getting to the park. Once inside I got to see Lake McDonald and McDonald falls, both very beautiful with gorgeous glacial water running through them. I found a kind of beach on the lake with a bench where no one else seemed to be, and besides it being much hotter than I expected for a park named after a giant ice cube it was a perfect spot to just sit back and enjoy the landscape around me. The rest of the road through the park was closed at the time because at the higher elevations there was still a lot of snow, which was disappointing because most of the things that I was looking forward to seeing were on that road. At least I have a good reason to come back again. After a few hours around the lake I drove down into Kalispell where I spent the night.
Day 10 - Thursday June 8th: I left Kalispell Montana and drove to Coeur d'Alene Idaho. I actually spent the night just over the state line in Washington but I wanted to explore this town a bit. It's a very pretty area, I walked around the beach and the boardwalk (which is apparently the world's longest floating boardwalk). I went a little west to Post Falls where one of the dams on the Spokane River is (which I guess is what creates the lake), and then drove into Washington to relax at the hotel until sunset. My plan was to go back to Coeur d'Alene to take some sunset pictures over the lake and boardwalk but when I got back there it was raining. I felt I really couldn't complain because the weather on this trip had been awesome so far, and the rain wasn't so bad so I still walked around for a while and found this moose. After that I went back to my hotel in Washington before heading to Oregon the next day.
My Route: About 1,200 miles