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Jun 15, 2018 - Surprise! Did NOT expect this!!!

Out of the blue, middle of the night . .. Mike got sick with a tummy bug!! The only thing worse than getting sick on an epic bicycle trip is to get sick on an epic bicycle trip in the middle of the forest in the middle of bear country in the middle of the freezing night! Yep, poor guy got all 4!! We managed to get packed up this morning, he made a great effort! I knew while we were still lying in the tent there was no way he was going to be able to go anywhere today! It was in the 30's outside the tent, the high for today is only predicted...

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Jun 15, 2018 - Catching up

Finally ready to get into Yellowstone Park!! I have been anxiously anticipating riding thru the park! We have been here before, but there is something in the thrill of riding thru a national park on a bicycle, getting a closer look from the seat of a bicycle with nothing preventing your view of the wildlife and the fragrance of the forest! We had heard the stories of the traffic, so thought we would get an early start and perhaps beat some of it! Ha, like we are the only 2 people who thought of an early start! The line of cars was already...

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Aug 1, 2015 - Last day in Yellowstone

Saturday August 1, 2015 Today we went off for a short hike. Just 3 miles round trip at the Lake Overlook. It is a short hike, and is close to the campsite. We arrived at the crack of 9:30 and what should greet us but a group of hikers and a ranger. There was a ranger guided hike starting at 9:30. We LOVE ranger guided hikes. We hustled around to get our hiking boots and pack ready and joined in. As usual, the ranger was a wealth of knowledge. He even had an Icelandic flag patch on his pack from a trip he made to Europe to study resource...

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Jul 30, 2015 - Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Thursday July 30, 2015 Today Canyon. South Rim hiking, North Rim bicycle ride. Tip: When getting lunch in the Grand Canyon, choose the cafeteria over the grill. We started off at the grill where the customers outnumbered the employees by 10 to 1. And those few dejected workers were apparently trying to demonstrate how changes happen in geologic time. I think the guy filling sodas was trying to see how long it would take to create a stalagmite with root beer. We bailed on the grill. The cafeteria on the other hand was a marvel of modern...

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Jul 29, 2015 - Grand Prismatic Springs

Wednesday July 29, 2015 We woke up this morning to a cold, but otherwise beautiful day. I was too cold to check the thermometer when I got up to turn on the heater, but when I finally did get out of the camper, it showed 33 degrees. As we are thin skinned Floridians, we decided to lounge around until 9:30 or so before heading to the great outdoors. It was handy because I got to see where the sunny spots are in the morning. During the afternoon, the tree cover means that the only effective way for me to get sun on the solar panel would be to...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Rainy Days and Geysers

Tuesday July 28, 2015 We left Florida to beat the heat. Mission Accomplished! It was 35 ddd.ddegggrrees when we got up this morning. When I say got up, I mean woke up. It was hard work crawling out of the pile of covers we amassed on top of us during the night. Yesterday’s plan of going for a bicycle ride is upon further reflection, clearly insane. We are pursuing a far better plan. Hot coffee at the Old Faithful Lodge in front of the giant hearth. It is warm and they have big soft chairs. It would be even better if the fire was...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Yellowstone Ho!

Sunday July 26, 2015 Today we plunge into the park for our big stay. We hauled Yertle to Grant Village making a few stops along the way. First stop was at Fountain Paint Pots. These are basically little geysers of mud that splorp up and fling bits of glop in a highly cute manner. Cute that is unless you were to get some of it on you. Keep in mind that this mud is the rock that has been broken down by the acidic gasses in the vents. Then on to the big mama. The event maker. The central attraction. Old Faithful! There are hundreds of people...

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Jul 26, 2015 - Old Faithful

Monday July 27, 2015 The solar panel is set up to charge Yertle’s battery. There are lots of trees in our campsite which is nice for ambiance, not so good for a solar panel. I just need to move it every half an hour if I want to get full sun. Oh well. We set off early this morning for a hike. It is amazing easily how one can avoid the crowds. 1 – Do the popular things early in the morning. Any time before 9 is fine. 2 – Go on a hike later on. There may be 50,000 people in the park, but very few of them are hiking anywhere off a boardwalk....

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Sep 6, 2014 - Grant Village WY – Yellowstone National Park – Grant Campground

We moved inside the park for our last day at Yellowstone. We stayed there 2 nights in a campground without electricity. The temperatures were in the mid-30’s both nights. Chill-ly! Lucky we have a good winter blanket and a generator we can use to run our heaters. Problem with that was we could only run our generator between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. (park rules). It was pretty cold in the mornings before we could turn our heaters on. At least there wasn’t any snow! The great thing was that the weather was BEAUTIFUL during the daytime – sunny and...

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Retired at Last!

Sep 26, 2013 - Old Faithful Lodge Geysers and Surrounding Area

We began with breakfast at Grant Village. We are loving the Rainforest coffee. It is so rich and bold. We asked for peanut butter for our toast today....ladies had a wicked craving. The roads had miraculously opened , so travel was possible. By the way, we start each morning with a discussion about dress. For the past two days, long underwear was included in the dress of choice. Today was the second of those days...and not the last, I'm sure. Headed back to Old Faithful to walk the Upper Geyser Basin boardwalk, the walk we had abandoned...

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Sep 25, 2013 - Old Faithful and West Thumb

Rain changed to snow during breakfast at Grant Village. The restaurant has floor to ceiling windows on thee sides of the dining room. Tall pines surround the place and Yellowstone Lake lies just beyond the pines. Given this setting, you can all imagine the first snowfall with large, wet flakes. The pines were coated before we had finished our oatmeal and it was a stunning sight. Of course, we began to worry that the pass would be closed preventing our trip to Old Faithful. We learned that we needed to leave fast to make it over the pass...

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Sep 24, 2013 - Trout Lake & Grant Village

Started out for a short hike around Trout Lake, but , as we are becoming accustomed, the darned animals keep making us late. (Life is tough.). We stopped when we noticed a "jam" only to find that there were two moose just 250 feet or so off the road ... A male and a female. We are very lucky! A very nice family had set up a spotting scope and let us take a much closer look at the pair. We learned later in the day that there was also a young moose there as well ... a man from LA who had been there informed us. (He had a bigger scope.) Trout...

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