Roadtrip to the Rockies November 1, 2023 Travel View of the fall colors at Lutsen Mountain Jillian and I are fortunate to be able to take a month of sabbatical leave from work which made this trip possible. Heavy rainfall the day before had turned Gooseberry Falls into a roaring and muddy sight. Usually, it's possible to walk or swim across the river. The roadtrip begins! We drove 2,500 miles (4,000 km) in 10 days. Makoshika State Park Rain washes away loose soil except where it is protected by rocks, leaving behind strange looking pillars. Pine Creek trailhead Where's Jillian? Sophia's house, our home for 2 days. Devil's Thumb Mineral deposits at Mammoth Hot Springs Gibbon Falls ...and Gibbon River Cliff Geyser Chromatic Spring Ear Spring Inspiration Point Curious chipmunk! Jenny Lake Sun set behind the Grand Tetons Endless plains in South Dakota Needle Highway Center Lake Mount Rushmore Badlands National Park. The region got its name because settlers found it difficult to traverse with waggons.