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Sep 21, 2020 - Judy's Birthday

Jim and Judy had some things to do, so we went to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center on our own . Judy had called earlier, and we were not able to see Bo, as he was not yet let out for the general public to view and that was their main reason for going. So we have promised to get pictures next year. So I finally got to see a grizzly bear in person, and they are HUGE! I am SO glad I did not see one in the campground in a golf cart! They are really magnificent animals. The wolves were also a lot bigger than I expected. I guess I am just...

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Sep 20, 2020 - Craziness Abounds

We hosted today while Jim and Judy painted tables. We have used up our allotted portion of paint and the sites are definitely looking better because of it. There remain still more to be done next year. (Yes, we are definitely planning to come back again, as we have not yet seen it all.) The campground remains crazy; no sooner does someone cancel or leave early than the site is filled. We have turned away many more campers who want to camp before the campground closes for the season. Tomorrow is the last day, and we have about 15 more...

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Sep 17, 2020 - Even the Park is Getting Busy

Yesterday we took Bo and Olinda to mammoth hot Springs. I know we were just there a few days ago, but the light was different, so I got still more pictures of this beautiful area. Today we did the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Old Faithful. We got there right after it had erupted, so walked the loop behind Old Faithful to kill time while waiting for the next eruption. It turned out to be a really good one, getting better height than the last time we saw it. On the way home we got into a massive critter jam, all for a single buffalo....

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Sep 15, 2020 - Truck Repair, and More Guests

We left a little early to make our 11:00 o’clock appointment in Bozeman to get the truck serviced. Luckily we did, as there was STILL considerable road construction on the way in. I figured it would only take an hour or two, so nearly went into shock when we were told it was going to be at least 4 hours. However, they had a great service department, so we were first driven to a place for breakfast, then they picked us up from there to take us to Walmart for grocery shopping. When we got back, Michael, our service rep came in to tell us...

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Sep 14, 2020 - More Guests Coming

After several more days of work, and tume for some housekeeping and laundry, we got ready for more guests. Gene and Sue took a few days off from their work to do a bit of traveling in our area. They spent 3 days touring and hiking in Yellowstone. One of those days was spent with us. We met them at Old Faithful, then drove to the trailhead for Fairy Falls. I initially thought it was just a quarter mile to the falls, but I was wrong! It is actually 1 ¼ miles one way, with a short side trip to the Grand Prismatic Pool overlook. Not sure if the...

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Sep 10, 2020 - West Yellowstone and YNP - Thermal Region

2020-09-10. West Yellowstone and Central YNP Yesterday, it was 85 degrees when we rafted down the Yellowstone River. Today, it was in the 40's and sleeting as we left Gardiner, Montana and headed southwest to West Yellowstone, MT. We decided that since rain and sleet and snow were projected, we would take the longer but less winding road and it was a good thing. By the time we hit West Yellowstone, it was snowing in earnest and in the higher elevations, at least four inches fell. We spent two nights at Baker's Hole, a national forest...

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Pandemic Escape 2020

Sep 5, 2020 - Plans

We have spent the last few days off painting picnic tables. We get done in time for happy hour by the campfire. Today we made plans for Judy’s birthday on the 21st, which coincides with the campground closing. She wants to go to the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center. The goal is to se Bo, our bear who was captured in our campground in early July. She will call to make arrangements. Then we will go to dinner at the Buffalo Bar, a place we went to with Chris and Dean when they were passing through a couple days ago.

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Sep 2, 2020 - Back to Work

After we said goodbye to Mary and Agnes, it was back to work for us. Not sure if it is my imagination, but the campers are getting crazier. Well maybe not crazy, but they seem to act like they are running out of time to get away. And the Daily Arrival Report is going bonkers again as well, with some reservations not listed, some double bookings and some with no names, just symbols, requiring us to hunt them down by telephone or reservation number. Our days are really busy, with no slow-down in sight.

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Aug 31, 2020 - Bonus Day

After another breakfast at Trappers, we drove to mammoth hot Springs for the day, with a stop at roaring Mountain and Sheepeater Cliff on the way. The day being kind of cool and drizzly, I was afraid we would not have a good day for pictures, but as it turned out the soft light made for some gorgeous photos. We drove the Upper Terrace road, with a stop to take the boardwalk in the upper section. We got back to the truck just as the light drizzle got heavier, but still enjoyed the view of the rest of the drive. Afterward we drove through old...

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Aug 30, 2020 - Cave Falls

We started our day meeting M and A at Trappers for breakfast. This is the restaurant attached to their motel, and a place we had gone earlier in the season before they decided to serve motel guests only. After a good breakfast, the ladies were happy to join us in a new adventure. Don had been talking about driving to see Cave Falls, and area that is in the park, but only accessible from outside the park. It was a fairly long drive, as we had to access it from Idaho. We had gotten fairly close when we went with Carol and Clayton to Mesa...

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Aug 29, 2020 - Still Working

We are still working, at least for the morning. We had made a trade with our co-hosts to cover for them while they went to a concert out of town. Unfortunately it turned out to coincide with our first guest visit. They got back in early afternoon, so we turned it over to them, picked up M and A, and went into the park to visit Old Faithful and the surrounding geyser area. It was a nice walk, and fun to finally get a chance to visit the park with our guests. We got in late, so decided to eat in town. We ended up at the Slippery Otter, where...

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Aug 28, 2020 - What a Day

As we were still working, Mary and Agnes took the morning to go to the Grizzly and wolf Discovery Center. They reported that it was well worth the trip. Because we have STILL not seen a bear, we will plan on seeing it before we leave the area. M and A provided dinner for us tonight. Don fried bacon over the campfire, and we had BLTs using good fresh tomatoes from their garden. Agnes provided a wonderful chilled cucumber soup as an appetizer, after happy hour of course. While they had a wonderful and relaxing day, ours was not so great. Lots...

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