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Old 09-02-2010, 01:03 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Yellowstone Trip 2010 - 15 days of Fun!

Our Trip in PIctures

I am not sure if I posted our trip to Yellowstone or not, therefore I am posting it in the Camping Section.

Got home just a little after 12 pm on 3 July. Had a safe trip, had a great time, enjoyed ourselves greatly. Our daughter, son-in-law and 12 month old grandson seemed to have had a great time as well. We were very happy they had asked us along on their adventure.

Three days to get up to Tetons from Tucson, camped near Sunset Crater National Mon't just north of Flagstaff the first day, camped just south and east of Provo, UT second night both forest service campgrounds. 3rd day we camped at Colter Bay campground in Grand Teton Nat'l Park; stayed two nights and explored the place via their Santa Fe.

Stayed 5 days at Grant Village Campground in Yellowstone and drove all over the place, many hundreds of miles via the Santa Fe. Cool days and kind of cold nights with only a day or two with a little rain in morning or evening.

Saw about 5 Bears, many Bison and Elk, but no Moose and lots of forest and geysers as well as some neat birds: White Pelicans, Ravens, Grey Jays, Luis Nutcrackers and Ospreys to name a few.

Their rented Aliner hardsided pop up trailer worked very well for them. The heater in it work well, if the battery was charge well. They figured out how to just hook it up to the Santa Fe and used it's battery when the other was not charged enough.

We returned a different route, Yellowstone to the Flaming Gorge area in Utah just south of Rock Spring, WY was a long trip. Forest Service Campground. Second leg was to Colorado Nat'l Mon't above Fruita, Colorado near Grand Junction. Third leg was to Mesa Verde Nat'l Mon't via Silverton and Durango, which was a mistake the cost was too high for a quick stop and the road was being worked on and was a mess. Fourth leg was to Show Low and Pinetop-Lakeside area in the White Mountains of Arizona, another long day on the road. We did get some good Bar-B-Que there at Grumpy Jake's. We stayed at a Forest Service campgound at Lakeside.

We parted from them after spending the night there. They went back to Tucson in a pretty quick hop. We headed east to New Mexico. While in the Apache-Sitgraves Nat'l Forest we saw more elk than any other place, at least 50 or so in one big group. We stopped at City of Rocks State Park between Silver City and Deming, NM for one more night before drive home this morning.

Wow! Sooooo much in such a short time. What a Great Time!

Oh, Yes. 2503.9 miles according to the trip odometer and seems the Ford F-150 averaged about 17 MPG. We did very little driving without the trailer. Mainly to get water in for the trailer via 26 gal. reserve tank in the pickup. The shower came in handy, our little grandson had his nightly bath (shower) in the Scamp. Often with no showers in the campgrounds, all four grownups used the shower in the mornings. For our son-in-law, it was a tight fit in our shower (6'3" makes it a little hard to fit in these little guys). But he enjoyed the showers. The Coleman Back Cat heater worked well on the cold mornings and at times before getting ready for bed when we could not use the electric cube heater (not be able to use the generator).
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What a wonderful family trip and beautiful pictures!
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Great travel log and photos. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-02-2010, 04:23 PM   #4
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I have been to Yellowstone many times and have never seen Moose. Don't know if they have any there.
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Joy, yep not many at all it seems, I spoke with a Ranger at the Visitor Center by Fishing Bridge area. He said after the fires of the late '80s and since which destroyed much of their habitat, there are now only a few most over by the East entrance, I believe he said.

In '86, we stayed at Bridge Bay CG and their were loads of Moose walking through the campground. The first really huge fire was in '88.
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Good narrative and great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

We saw a cow moose with a calf when we were in YNP in the 80's. A woman tourist was running to get closer to it dragging her young'un behind her.

All my pictures from that time would be 35mm slides. Don't know if I have one of the moose.

Saw lots of bison. Don't recall any bears, elk, nor deer.
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I have been to Yellowstone many times and have never seen Moose. Don't know if they have any there.
Joy, there are moose in Jackson Hole and Yellowstone! I don't want you to feel left out so here you go...

The Mangy Moose was standing in front of our EggCamper when I stepped outside early in the morning at Gros Ventre Campground - it was about 12' from me! The next two are of a moose in the willow flats - just west of Moose Junction, north of Jackson. The three Bison in front of the Tetons is a very special photo - taken front Kelly area back toward the west.

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We saw a cow moose with a calf when we were in YNP in the 80's.

Saw lots of bison. Don't recall any bears, elk, nor deer.
Joy, Roger and Adrian,

Here are a few pics of wildlife in the Jackson Hole area from this May...

Big boar Griz - Great Horned Owl nesting at Gros Ventre Campground small herd of Elk just outside the campground - Big Horn Sheep nearing west entrance to YNP.

More if anyone is interested...

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What happened? My pictures are not there?
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What happened? My pictures are not there?
hummm. See if this info helps, with screen shots: Picture Posting help by Donna D.
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hummm. See if this info helps, with screen shots: Picture Posting help by Donna D.
Thanks for the help, Donna!

I guess I forgot to click 'download' after I selected the photos?? They are up now...
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Thanks for the pictures, Bill.

I saw lots of moose in Alaska, in fact mostly moose.

I've been thinking about Yellowstone/Tetons again. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for them when I go.
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Adrian and Bill, wonderful pictures. Thanks for the trip, makes me want to go again. Back when we went to Yellowstone we had no camper. Would be a different type trip today, retired with Scamp.
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