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Feb 25, 2020 - Back to the Tetons we go

Well, hi there! Let's see... it's been a while so let me see if I can bring you up to speed on our current happenings. Before I begin... I got a tip for ya... While in Arizona, our windshield caught a rock and made the tiniest nick. With the temperature changes, that tiny nick got out of hand, turned into a crack and we had to fix it. We called the nearest Safelite location in Bullhead City AZ. They couldn’t work us in before we left so we changed the location from Bullhead City to Provo, UT (next largest town on our route). The quote we...

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Sep 4, 2019 - Sheepeaters

The life of the Sheepeater people became much more real and vivid to us today while talking to Tony Taylor, author of "On the Trail of the Mountain Shoshone Sheep Eaters: A High Altitude Archaeological and Anthropological Odyssey" and while listening to Laine Thom, Clyde Hall and Nancy as they casually conversed about the events which shaped their lives. Laine Thom, whose heritage is Shoshone, Goshute and Paiute, was born in Tooele Utah and mostly raised by his grandmother. His grandmother showed him the old ways of the ancestors. Through...

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Sep 3, 2019 - Grand Teton National Park

A Study in Compromise Although Grand Teton National Park is only miles from Yellowstone the two parks could not be more different. THEIR CREATION BY NATURAL FORCES Yellowstone --> Sitting over a massive underground hot spot, Yellowstone's creation is a story of ancient volcanic activity followed by on-going eruptions which break down and erode the earth's crust as lava creates new rock. Yellowstone's colourful pools and some lakes are often hot and acidic. Grand Teton --> The Teton's story is one of mountain building. The 40 mile long...

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Jun 12, 2019 - Grand Teton National Park

Sunny, warm, below freezing temperatures, rain, sleet, snow, wind, thunderstorms. During our nine day stay at Gros Ventre Campground located in Grand Teton National Park, we experienced all types of weather. I’m thinking that the weather pattern is typical of spring in the mountains – and what a view of the changing mountains we had from our campsite with the ever-changing weather. Despite it all, we were able to get out and enjoy the area. Our campground was located just 12 miles north of Jackson. The town of Jackson is the southern...

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May 30, 2019 - Grand Tetons & Jackson

We had one of those “WOWSER” days today, the kind of days that are so awesome, you never forget. We drove through the Grand Tetons, we started at the sound end of Teton National Park. We got in free with our senior’s pass, what a blessing that has been to us. The road was quite bumpy on this end but the outstanding views made up for the bumps. We will enter from the North end when we go back again. We were driving Moose Wilson Road hoping to spot some moose, we only saw one deer, but are already planning a trip back to see more. After...

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May 22, 2019 - Grand Teton National Park

Our Monday started early; alarm at 7:30 and out the door just after 9:00...well, that’s early for us...for a scenic drive and then some. Over 400 miles of then some. Light snow flurries started just after we got up and continued as we pulled out of the campground and headed south to Moran Junction, then turned east toward Togwotee Pass and left the light snow behind...but only temporarily. The pass, on Highway 26, sits at 9,659 feet so even in late Spring – like today – it still looks more like you would expect to see in mid-February. As we...

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May 19, 2019 - Grand Teton National Park

Friday morning we pulled up stakes and left the lovely Yellowstone’s Edge RV Park at just about 11:00 and by just before noon we were wheeling the house through the narrow north entrance gate to YNP. The first half hour or so of the drive was a stretch of tight and twisty 2 lane with no shoulder, but after that it opened up and was pretty much a breeze. There is a stretch of construction that slowed things to a crawl, but it only takes about 15 minutes to get through that and beyond that, we encountered no bear, elk, bison or giraffe...

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Jul 11, 2018 - The Dam

First thing this morning Don was again approached by Liliana with questions about how her little camper worked. When Don came back, he said that she did not know how to switch to propane, so was unable to use her refrigerator or how to use the water pump. This poor lady was using an ice chest for her food and taking showers in the park bathroom. We spent one more day here so we could do a Walmart run to refill a prescription and get a few more things. Unfortunately no one ever heard back from the doctor so this was a no go. We had initially...

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Jul 10, 2018 - Yellowstone

We intended to get up fairly early today to get an early start, but this was the one day the kitty let us sleep in. Oh well! We wanted to hit most of the places we had missed the last time we had been to Yellowstone, several years before we went full time, with Dan and Darlene. We went through the inevitable road construction in the park, then turned up north to go to Mammoth Hot Springs. Along the way we stopped at every little side trip, lookout point and other attractions. Funny thing about these parks, when you see a bunch of cars...

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Jul 9, 2018 - Drive to Cody

I found us a nice place to stay here, at the Buffalo Bill State Park, so we just waited until we got here to dump our tanks and refill with water. This turned out to be a really nice park with wide open spaces, picnic table and fire pits. As we were sitting out enjoying a glass of wine, our neighbor lady came over to ask a question. She was a single lady, about our age, who was traveling alone. She had a small camper (what my friend Jan calls a driver.) She was new to camping, so talked with us for quite a long time. She was of Italian...

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Jul 8, 2018 - Getting Ready to Move

We drove to Colter Bay Village this morning to try to find a place to dump our tanks, a real necessity after dry camping for this long. Although there is a dump in the RV park, we decided it would be too difficult to get in and out, and they might not like us to do that anyway since we didn’t actually stay in the campground. Then, since we were out anyway, we drove out pilgrim Creek Road and Pacific Creek Road, just to see what was there. We did find a stable with horseback rides (out in the middle of nowhere!) and more pretty scenery, but...

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Jul 7, 2018 - On Top of the World

7-7 On Top of the World We picked John and Sue up at a fairly reasonable hour for a drive to Pinedale. The drive was pretty, as usual around here, but our real reason for going was to visit the Mountain Man Museum. After a picnic lunch on the grounds we went inside, to spend a couple of hours going through the museum. It was really interesting, as it talked about the real mountain man as opposed to the highly romanticized version we see in movies and on TV. What a hard life our early settlers had! Really hard for me to imagine. A part of me...

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