We left home at 6am and met up with the Kunz's (my sis and her fam) in SLC and then drove to Rexburg, ID. My sis and I both went to school here and we wanted to check out a few of the hot spots.
The Sand Dunes: We got there at about 11 and the sand was starting to get real hot and it was burning our feet, so we did not stay long. The kids had a great time playing in the sand and sledding down the hills.
Gibbon Falls: This was a quick pullover on the side of the road. I would recommend stopping here because it is beautiful, but also quick.
Norris Geyser Basin: Here we did a small 1/2 mile hike to see some geysers (the biggest of which was Steamboat). Unfortunately no geyser eruptions there. I would also recommend this. There are also longer hiking loops, but because of the kids we settled for the shortest.
Canyon Campground: This is were we stayed. It was a pretty nice place to stay with running water and flush toilets. You could also pay $3.25 for a hot shower (which we did). The one downer was there was not hot water (except in the showers), which meant washing up in ice cold water.
We were up early and on our way by 6:30 am. As we were driving we passed a few big heards of Buffalo in the roads.
Sulpher Caldron: This was another quick side of the road stop and I would definetly recommend it.
Back to Camp: We made chicken and pineapple tin foil dinners that were delicious. Thanks Andrea for the yummy suggestion.
Uncle Toms Overlook: Kevin stayed back at camp and put the baby down while the rest of us headed out for more sight seeing. From here you have a beautiful view of Upper Falls. There is a 1/2 mile treacherous hike down lots of steep stairs, because of the kids we opted out of this, but it takes you to the base of the falls and I'm sure it would have been spectacular.
Brink of Upper Falls: This was amazing. There is a look out point at the top of the falls. Wow. After this we took Kevin to Uncle Toms Overlook and Artist Point. Unfortunatly the North Rim Drive of the canyon area was closed due to construction so we missed out on a little there, maybe next time.
Undine Falls: Yes after seeing Upper and Lower Falls, this was just another water fall, but it was still beautiful and a quick side of the road stop.
We got up early and packed up for the drive home. Before heading home we still had one last major stop to go.
Old Faithful: While we were here we were able to see Old Faithful go off 3 times (and from 3 different spots). We did this mile long (roundtrip) very steep hike that took us to a view point of the geyser area. From here we were able to see a few small geysers go off. Next we headed to Grand Geyser which was schedule to go off. We only had to wait there about 10 minutes before it started its 7 minute long show. This was cool, it is actually 3 geysers that go off together. It was quite spectacular and it was one of the highlights of my trip.
Heading home: We left at 1:15 and got home about 9pm. It was a long drive home (it always seems longer on the drive home). We got stuck in a bit of traffic in Rigby ID.
Overall an extemely fun trip. I would highly recommend it. There are a few thing we did not have time to see while there, but we look forward to catching them on the next trip.