August 3rd & 4th
We drove to Idaho Falls the next morning and operation “Rest & Relaxation” commenced.
None of this really has anything to do with hiking, so I’ll give the abbreviated rundown of what became a double zero.
Firstly, we discovered a breakfast/brunch place called “Abracadabra” that I can’t recommend highly enough. Maybe I’m just starving and everything tastes amazing, but this place seemed exceptional. Very eclectic and delicious menu. I’m sure some of you must be familiar with it.
Secondly, we caught a movie – Tarantino’s new, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” My opinion and review… I enjoyed it! Not my favorite movie of his and not my least favorite. It just didn’t feel like a Tarantino movie until the very end. Other than that, I was greatly entertained and enjoyed the acting, the minimal story, the twist on history, and seeing Brad and Leo share the screen for the first time. I didn’t regret spending the money.
After Idaho Falls we went back up to Island Park, rented a tandem kayak and floated the beautiful Snake River for several miles. This was just what the trail doctor ordered as I felt all and any remaining trail tension drift away with the icy cold water.
We made for Yellowstone again on our last night. The plan was to get a room at the Old Faithful Inn or stealth camp. It was a Sunday now, and I managed to secure the same room I got in 2017. The price had gone up a little, but it was still tremendously cheaper than the regular rooms. While another group of hikers paid over $400 for a single room (which was supposed to be all that was left), I got ours for $130 because I knew which secret room to ask for. Unfortunately, someone else had this room snagged on Friday. Got lucky this time!
So tonight I had all-you-can-eat Prime Rib before sitting on the upper deck with Laura, enjoying a hot cocoa while a rainbow spanned over Old Faithful before it erupted for the last time with usable daylight still remaining. It was the perfect end to a great weekend of rest. Tomorrow… it’s back to work.
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