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Aug 27, 2019 - Yellowstone National Park

We are at the Wagon Wheel Campground just outside the West entrance to Yellowstone National Park. I am happy that we were able to get these campsites with the Holiday weekend coming up but I have to say, I have never been in a more cramped RV park. We spent the first day around the Old Faithful Inn and the upper Geyser Basin. We spent the Second day on the upper loop. We hit elevations above 10,000 Ft. At one point we had a car in front of us that was dragging (Going Slow), There was no way to pass but I was not really bothered about it....

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North to Alaska 2019

Jun 28, 2019 - Yellowstone With Kim

We had a wonderful day with Kim in Yellowstone National Park. We drove a total of 350 miles, we entered the park on the Westside and drove back through the South Entrance back into Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We drove through three states totally, North Yellowstone, Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. We were blessed with lots of wildlife, we saw lots of bison, some were laying out in the field alone, others were in herds. We saw a lot of elk families, beautiful babies and some were crossing the road right in front of us. We saw bald eagles, chipmunks...

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Jun 25, 2019 - West Yellowstone, Montana

Lots of photos but will post them when we have better Wi-Fi. We started out nice and early again to head towards old faithful and the stopping points between us and that location involves a lot of pull out, a lot of boardwalks and a lot of heavy parking! And one location we had to wait in line along the road for about 10 minutes and then another five minutes in the lot waiting for spaces to open up as each car pulls in. Definitely not how we remember Yellowstone. Beautiful sunny day. Today was the first day up in this area that Allan...

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Summer 2019

Jun 14, 2019 - I Found Them!

How iconic is the American buffalo. I even spotted one in a Bounty paper towel ad on tv last night. After an eight hour drive across NV and ID to West Yellowstone today (thank goodness for audio books), I see buffalo everywhere, at least in name - Buffalo Inn, Buffalo Bar, Buffalo Campground, Buffalo River - and in graphics including artwork in my motel room. Tomorrow I head into the park hoping to spot one of the two herds residing there. When I was here with Kern a few years ago we were stopped on the road as one old bull bison ushered...

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Aug 9, 2018 - West Yellowstone

Aug 9 - Arrived in West Yellowstone and set up camper on corner of Geyser and Firehole, at place with cabins in predominance, grabbed phamplets at info center and scoped out a grocery store. Survived long steep hill on way here; truck temp gauge hit highest I have seen, but recovered quickly, we again used AC in camper until evening. Expect night temps in 40s, coldest yet.

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Jun 13, 2018 - West Yellowstone . . . .

What a toasty warm and cozy night it was in the tent! I love sleeping in the tent! The temperature was supposed to be a bit warmer during the night, warmer than the 29 degrees the night before anyhow! I had the opportunity to crawl out of the tent in the middle of the night (!) and the STARS!!!!!! Unbelievable as you can imagine! No light pollution out here! I think I will start getting up every night just to gaze at the stars! We purposely slept in this morning, knowing it was going to be chilly when we woke up, thought if we just waited a...

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May 18, 2018 - Yellowstone

Leaving Boise was bittersweet for us. We will miss Kristine and Steve and the beautiful colors and flowers of Spring, but we are ready to head east towards home. We’re hoping to keep finding Spring as we head east, although so far it has been rainy and cold. Our month in Boise was spent enjoying the mostly good weather with lots of sunshine and sharing meals and bbqs with Kristine and Steve and Steve’s parents, Jim and Nina, and with other friends we have met in Boise. We did some wedding planning and sight-seeing and enjoyed spending as...

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Apr 21, 2018 - Grand Tetons National Park

We spent most of the day driving through the Grand Tetons National Park and back down to West Yellowstone for the night. We stopped at the Visitor's Center and spent some time checking out the exhibits. When we started up into the park proper, we met a young man doing a pastel painting of the mountains just south of the three major peaks. We talked with him a while and found that he would like to enter the Heartland competition, so later sent him information about it. The drive through the park itself was beautiful with incredible views of...

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National Parks Tour

Apr 20, 2018 - Yellowstone National Park

This morning we were able to go into Yellowstone from the West Yellowstone entrance and drive down as far as Old Faithful. We got there just a few minutes before Old Faithful erupted, so the timing was great. But the thermal feature that I found most impressive was another Excelsior which erupted last in the 1880s. One of the biggest eruptions, in 1885, created an immense crater which now has a boardwalk around it. The mist rising was so thick I had to take off my glasses because they were totally fogged over. Although the geyser has not...

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Apr 19, 2018 - Yellowstone National Park

Today’s drive was not very long, but we were amazed at the amount of snow everywhere. The roads were clear and dry, but all the fields and mountains on either side were covered. We stopped for lunch at a Forest Service picnic area and were the only people using it. Right beside a creek that murmured past, the water dark and swirling around all the rocks. Lovely, quiet place for a lunch break. The contrast between the stark white snow fields and the dark conifers climbing the hills on either side was vivid. I have just realized that all the...

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Sep 17, 2017 - West Yellowstone MT

The Sunday and Monday of my new bachelor lifestyle were wild. I moved the house to a couple new spots in the park. And renewed our Sirius radio subscription. And I had 4 tacos – 2 chicken and 2 pork – at the Taco Bus. And I bought chocolate milk at the grocery store. These days will surely go down in the history of West Yellowstone as the time when “that odd fellow from Florida went wild cause his wife was out of town”. On Tuesday I moved the house again – for the third and last time – then at 11:30 headed into the park for a few hours to...

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Sep 10, 2017 - West Yellowstone MT

We got up early and were on the road just after 9:00 from West Glacier. When we plan our routes, we use a variety of resources – the RV GPS, Google Maps and 2 truck routing apps – so that we can pick the one that is the best for the size of our house but still gets us to our destination in a timely manner. Sometimes all that research pays off, sometimes it leads us astray. The RV GPS wanted us to go back the same way we got to West Glacier – all the way back to Missoula then east on I-90, then north to Helena. Nope. Not doing that. Google...

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