Cody Fousnaugh Veteran Member Has this in his postings. "Love Rocky Mountain AND Yellowstone National Parks!" That reminded me of completing one of our goals during retirement. 1st. goal was to lose weight & get fit enough to enjoy hiking. That took almost two years. 2nd. goal to take a road trip to see the north west. Now physically fit we packed our car with essentials to begin our trip. We left about mid May thinking travel temps would be good. We didn't have a time frame, or particular destination. The only plan was to just drive around to see what that part of America there was to see. After the states of Utah, Washington, Idaho we headed to Wyoming to visit Yellowstone. We were on the western side and stayed a week in the small town about a mile from the western entrance. We found a little country store where we could buy picnic food & supplies. The place we stayed had a small kitchen which we liked since we don't like to eat at restaurant & fast food places. To our surprise inside the park the picnic area we found, we were able to watch Buffalo grazing. Eating wasn't the priority, hiking was. Viewing Old Faithful topped the list of what to see. Instead of sitting in front of the hotel where that huge seating area is, we hiked the boards to where we could watch from a knoll about 1/8 mile on the back side. After watching Old Faithful be faithful from that vantage point we hiked around the various pools that others typically don't go to see. Another day we went to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. When we went we used the metal stairs anchored to the wall. I'm not sure but I think there were about 234 steps to get to the landing at the bottom. Once down looking back up at the water fall is unforgettable. Traveling on we left Yellowstone via the Beartooth Mountain to cross into Montana. At the top there still were pockets of snow. We got out, built a small snowman, had a snowball fight ate something, then continued our trip to go see Mt. Rushmore. Along the way we stopped for a few days to watch a re-enactment of Custer's last stand. Funny stuff like before reaching Mt. Rushmore there was a bear park to see. Once inside the fenced in area there was a bear sitting in the middle of the road. We knew instinctively the bear park owners frowned on bumping the bear with our car so we waited until it decided we were not going to feed it. While waiting my wife pointed out to me a large really aggressive male bear attacking a smaller female bear. I just snickered a little. With no time frame we included touring the mid west. Somewhere in mid Nebraska we stopped to see what a small town was celebrating. I don't remember what it was but the whole town was enjoying the food that was being cooked in a variety of stands. I do remember the awesome steak & sides that seemed to me to be dirt cheap. But that was exceeded by the people that were super friendly. No route planned we stopped anywhere & everywhere to see what ever there was to see. The only real plan was to find motels that had small kitchens, simply because controlling what we eat is important to us. People wonder what to do in retirement. Best advice, See America. Whether in the northeast seeing Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine. Charter boat fishing in N.J. The Pioneer coal mine tour Ashland, Pa. Cades Cove in Tenn. or The river walk in San Antonio, Tx. There are tons of places to experience the uniqueness of America.