It’s hard to believe that it’s mid-December. Looking back at our blog, we realized we hadn’t updated it since just after Independence Day! A lot has happened since then. Here’s the first of several updates.

First, the good stuff…

Following our time in Polson, Montana with our friends Jan & Carl, we headed to Grand Teton National Park. We stopped along the way in Missoula, Montana where we connected with our friends Chris & Petra.

Grand Teton National Park

This was another spectacular treat for us.

If you haven’t been to Grand Teton National Park, it’s very much worth the trip.  The park is located in northwestern Wyoming, and spans approximately 310,000 acres. The major peaks of the Teton Mountain Range are within the park.

We hiked and explored, and drove through the park using the Gypsy Guide app. Gypsy Guides are narrated tours of the National Parks that can be downloaded to your phone. The apps use the gps signal from your phone to track your location and provide commentary based on where you are.

Here are some of the highlights of our adventure.

We stopped for a look at the rustic log Chapel of the Transfiguration that sits on a rise just within the southern entrance of Grand Teton National Park. It’s a popular chapel for weddings, photographers, and sightseers.

Blow Out!

We left Wyoming on our way to Idaho to visit friends when it happened. Boom!

We had a blowout on I-15 near Fort Hall, Idaho – just one exit away from our campground. It was definitely a nerve-racking experience. We managed to get the rig onto the shoulder of the highway where we called a tow truck and waited… and waited.

Big thanks to Jack’s Tire & Oil from nearby Pocatello, Idaho for changing our tire and getting us on our way again.

We learned a few things from our experience.

1. RV tires for a class A diesel pusher are not easy to come by. Thankfully, the local Les Schwab tires was able to track one down for us in Idaho Falls. They picked it up and delivered it to us on the side of the road.

2. Drivers in Idaho, and all over really, are generally not courteous. The number of people who blew by us at 85 mph without slowing or changing lanes was mind boggling – especially while the tech was working on our tire. Slow down and pull over people!

3. Blow outs do damage. We ended up changing our travel plans so we could get the rig into the shop to repair the $18,000 in damage caused by the blow out. The picture below shows our electronics bay which sits in front of the tire that blew. It looked like someone took a baseball bat to the inside of the compartment.

We thank the Lord that no one was injured. At the end of the day, damage can be repaired. We’re extremely grateful that things weren’t worse.

One of the most amazing things to us was, despite the amount of damage, all of our systems continued to work! We made it to Boise to visit our friends Anita & Ken. That was a very nice respite following our experience. Then we pushed on to California.

Cathy at the Wheel!

San Diego

We drove south to San Diego so Cathy could attend the bridal shower for our daughter-in-law to be. It was a great several days getting to know the in-laws.

Cathy & Morgan

While the ladies enjoyed the bridal shower, the guys headed over to Stone Brewing Company to take a tour and sample some flavors.

Back to Nevada

Despite the blow out, our summer trip was one of the best. Great friends, great sights. We had a blast.

Following the bridal shower, we made our way back to our home in Nevada so we could get the motorhome into the shop. The repair process would take a while, so we settled in and waited as the big wedding day approached.

More to follow…