Yellowstone with CC 2010

Buffalo River

Fall is a great time to visit our National Parks. The parks take on a slower pace as the crowds die down. We set out on two separate weekends in both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

The first weekend we had our friend CC was in town and we decided to treat her to some of Idaho's natural beauty. We headed north to the Island Park area for some sightseeing. We traveled along the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway to Upper Mesa Falls where we walked the trails and stopped for a few photos in front of the falls. Fall brings low water levels for the Henry's Fork and allows the character of the falls to stand out in the cascading water.

Lower Mesa Falls

Upper Mesa Falls

Reopened in 2001, Big Falls Inn was once in disrepair. Now it stands as a window into the past, allowing you to connect with the men and women who settled the region. Inside you will find natural history displays and information on the area wildlife.

After departing from the Mesa Falls area, we followed the Henry's Fork, stopping along the way for a bite to eat and a quick introduction to fly fishing. It was CC's first exposure to fly fishing, and she picked it up quickly!

We eventually made our way to Yellowstone National Park via West Yellowstone, Montana. The weather was great and the wildlife was plentiful as usual. We spent the evening jumping from geyser basin to geyser basin before heading to Jackson, Wyoming for dinner.



Travel, DeLorme, Garmin, ToyotaKrista Johnston is the Co-Founder and Editor in Chief of Living Overland. Krista is an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys exploring National Parks, fly fishing, and hiking with her husband (Beau) and their two dogs.


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