Disclaimer: I don't mean to insult anyone from Idaho. This is only one mans opinion.
I finally got my fix! I was able to find a ranger that directed me to a worthwhile hike. I had a chance to hike about 14 miles round trip and enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone. Unfortunately since it is the busy season I did run into about 15-20 people on my hike but I was still able to spend some quality alone time with nature. It was wonderful.
Leaving the park was a total pain. Some people just decide to drive at 25mph through the hole park and there is nothing you can do about it. What would be an 35-40 minute trip turns into an hour and a half! I headed west and on my way to Oregon. I fully expected it to be a long two day trip and it was.
Idaho is not my favorite state. I have been there a number of times and I have never had a good time there. It is an ugly, flat state with little or no vegetation or hills. The people I have met are consistently rude and ill tempered, I would bet it comes from having to live there. To compound matters driving through a state like that makes the trip seem even longer. The only semi-nice part I saw as a small stretch around the Snake River, which I bet has incredible fishing. I am very glad to put that state behind me. I will add it to the states I never have to visit agian.
I have been to Oregon a number of times and I never knew there were parts that weren't beautiful. Well I stand corrected. The long stretch from the Idaho border to over the Cascades is nothing but high desert. More flat, ugly land with nobody in it and when I say nobody I mean not a person for miles. It was kind of culture shock to come from the crowds of Yellowstone to the desolation of the high desert. There were periods of an hour where I saw no one. Although I must admit there is nothing cooler then driving along thinking you are seeing an approaching car only to realize it is a jet flying nape of earth near the freeway. I love that kind of stuff.
Today I leave for my last National Park. I am off to spend a couple of days hiking around Crater Lake and (hopefully) enjoying the solitude of the wilderness. I will keep you posted. More to come.