The Hendersons National Parks Tour - Getting to Western Utah
A Western States National Parks Tour
We had visited some of the National Parks in the western states before but wanted to revisit some and see others for the first time. We set out on May 29th on a tour of National Parks in western states and would cover 4,000 miles in 15 days through Washington, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Wyoming and Montana. This is our route map.
We stopped in Walla Walla our
first night and in Boise, ID on the 30th. Our hotel was near the Basque area of
Boise and we walked to dinner in a little Basque restaurant. We like a dry white
wine and made a new friend in a Spanish wine called Verdejo. The next day we
continued to the Golden Spike National Historic Site. This is where the first
transcontinental railroad was completed with the driving of a golden spike. Two
engines - The Jupiter and The 119 - met there. They have faithfully reproduced
replicas of these beautiful steam engines and do a reenactment that, frankly,
drags on a bit.
From time to time they had to clear sediment out of the steam tank and would do a blow down - let a big blast of steam out to blow out the sediment.
They do a reenactment with folks in period costume. It's interesting but, frankly, it does drag on.