Back from Yellowstone.

Discussion in 'Let me tell you about my trip' started by Aladin Sane, Aug 25, 2008.

  1. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    What a great trip. We (myself, DW and DD) left Cedar Rapids, Iowa and drove out to Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota where we spent the first night. The only mishap was a blown trailer tire near Worthington Minnesota. (does anyone make a decent 4.80 x 12 trailer tire?) We had never been in Custer State Park, and we will be making a return trip there next summer. It was very nice, and deserves to be more than a one night stopover on the way to somewhere else. We drove the second day to Cody, Wyoming. We spent the night at a park on a slab RV lot, nothing special to report, just a place to sleep a few hours and get back on the road.

    We got up early on the third day and drove in the east entrance to Yellowstone. We had reserved a campsite at the Madison campground in the west central portion of the park. As with many campgrounds in Yellowstone, it is dry camping only. I had brought along a second deep cycle battery, having never dry camped for five days before. We ended up not needing it.

    Each morning, we would get up and head off to a different section of the park. You must keep all food and food perpetration paraphernalia in your vehicle when not in immediate use, so we always had all our food with us. We would get back from a hike and have lunch wherever we had parked the truck.

    One morning we got up very early (we left the campground at 4:30). We drove to the Lamar Valley and watched the Druids (a pack of wolves) start their day. I had brought along my astronomical telescope, and packed it up the bluff where the hard core wolf watchers set up their spotting scopes. Most of their scopes top out at about 80x magnification. I dropped an eyepiece in my telescope that resulted in 140X mag. Some of the other wolf watchers became curios about my scope, and asked if they could take a look. All where impressed with the clarity and high power magnification.

    We had a great time in Yellowstone, the only problem arose one breezy day as we where leaving the campsite for the day. My DW asked me if I thought we should fold up the canopy, because of the wind. I told her it would not be a problem, since I had it well staked down. Of course, when we got back that evening, the canopy was on the roof of the PUP. The screws had been pulled out of the side of the roof when the wind caught it and flipped it over the roof. Not only was my canopy damaged, but I had to admit that my DW had been correct (oh, the shame <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_blush.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Blush">). I guess I have some mod work ahead to repair the damage.

    We did a lot of hiking, a lot of wildlife watching, some swimming in the Firehole river (my 13yo DD's favorite) and had just a great time.

    On the way back home, we spent one night at a KOA at the base of Devils Tower which was very nice.

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  2. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Wow, sounds like a great trip! I'd love to get out that way some time, I've been told the size of the park is beyond belief in comparison to places we have in MA. Have any pics from your trip?

    *Kevin*
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  3. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    I have tons of pics. I will post some as time allows.

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  4. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane I'd rather be camping

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    Here are a few quick pics from our trip.

    Here is the Pup and the TV.

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    Here are my wife and daughter getting ready to go on a horse ride at Roosevelt Lodge.

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    We saw plenty of these guys. Note the butterfly on his horn.

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    Here are the three of us at one of the guyser basins.

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  5. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    VERY cool! You all definitely saw and did some neat things!

    *Kevin*
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  6. Noni

    Noni See ya' out there !

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    nice going ! thanks for sharing the pics

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  7. PattiPatti

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    What fun! I drove x-country a few years back (military move) and did some tent camping along the way. Stayed in a cabin at that KOA at the base of Devil's Tower - that was awesome.

    Great pics!

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    We are in Des Moines, Ia and did Custer and Black Hills early this summer. We have talked about Yellowstone next year. You can easily do a week in the Black Hills and still not see everything. Although everything there will nickle and dime you to death... $10 at Mt Rushmore to park, $27 a car load at Crazy Horse, $50 at the drive through animal park, $30 for cave tours at some of the best I have ever seen in the midwest. Great small towns with lots of shopping. Senic drives on roads with hairpin turns, 200 foot vertical drops and wooden pig tail bridges...Oh yeah, Custer State park and the buffalo hears, deer and wolves.

    Also plan for at least a night or two in the Badlands. We did a day trip from the black hills back to the badlands and Wall Drug. I figured once you've seen one rock outcropping you've seen them all. Boy was I wrong! The kids had a great time hiking and climbing all over the area. We spent 6 hours there and had just scratched the surface of what there is to do and see in the Badlands. Every corner of the drive had something better than the last.

    We had planned on a day trip to Devils Tower, but never made it. 7 days was not even close to enough time to see all we wanted.

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  9. erich0521

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    sounds and looks like a great trip. Good quick reviews of the CGs you stayed at as well. We've not yet taken the kids anywhere West but that is probably coming next summer.

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