We're wondering if our family brings bad luck when we travel. Both Yellowstone and Yosemite had wildfires on the day we visited them. And there was an earthquake in southern California the same morning we were driving out of there. Perhaps it would be better for everyone if we just stayed put in Joliet next summer?
Unlike the Yosemite wildfire, the Yellowstone wildfire didn't make the news, but it sure impressed the heck out of us. This morning I found out that it's already burned 2000 acres in the Shoshone Forest east of Yellowstone, and that we actually passed only three miles south of it yesterday, on the road from Yellowstone to Cody. The people in Cody seemed unimpressed by it, despite the smoke and ash in the air at the rodeo last night. Wildfires around Yellowstone aren't that unusual at this time of year, we were told. But it's a pretty crazy experience for us Illinoisans. Here's some more pics of the fire from the road: