Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Yellowstone and beyond

I spent a pleasant morning practicing fly casting and throwing knots in my line in midair. Novice fly fishermen will know the feeling of frustration,

We stayed in Aspen Acres for almost a week thinking that the area would be full due to the Labor Day weekend but this was a good time to be here as most of the crowds were gone already. 





Aspen although pretty was too far away from everything and needed a 100 mile round trip just to get to the parks. We managed a trip to Jackson WY but it’s a big time tourist trap and we weren’t impressed. We tried for a spot in the park but they could only get us in for 1 day.

Using our resources we searched “RVparkreview.com” and found a recommended park closer to Yellowstone. That came with a bigger price tag but cut down the 100 mile round trip to about 50 miles. We moved to Red Rock RV Park about 5 miles off Rt20 and close to Henry’s Lake in Island Park.




They fussed over us like mother hens when we arrived and they had found us the best spot in the park with a tremendous view of the hills. They even laid on a perfect sunset for us! 


First though they warned us that a bear had been in the park a couple of days previously and had got into the trash. All bear safety was thoroughly discussed! Something you forget living in the city.

We were parked next to Jim and Marilyn and their lovely friendly lab Cody. It ws such a pleasure to come back each evening and have neighbors to chat with about the day and find out how Cody was doing with his training (He’s a rescue dog but so friendly).

Sometime in the last week I had managed to lose the keys to the rig. Luckily we have a spare set but we had to go to West Yellowstone MT for shopping and got a new set of keys cut while we were there.

Of course having got them cut I found the originals 2 days later!

Our last day was an easy one. A 60 mile trip into the park to see Old Faithful. It turned into so much more with lot of wildlife and side trips to some amazing geysers. We really had a good day out and I was even inspired to pick up my sketch book and start drawing the mountains behind the park.






An overnighter in Walmart near Pocatella ID and a trip to the local Brew Pub got us involved in a fascinating talk with a young couple who were travelling in an old ambulance with 2 Honda Trail 90 motorcycles. They called themselves Campbulance and were planning dropping the Ambulance at their relatives place then riding the 2 tiny Hondas to Tierra Del Fuego the southernmost tip off South America!! Oh yes, they didn’t have licenses to ride them yet!!
Their main worry? People kept telling them that Mexico was too dangerous and they shouldn’t go!


Walmarts and driving for a couple of days thru Rock Springs WY and Craig CO heading towards Pagosa Springs where we spent a pleasant vaction a few years back.

We also saw a post on the Escapees forum from a couple we met at Escapade in Tuscon earlier this year who are heading north into Colorado as we are heading south. Maybe we can hook up with them as we pass.

2 comments:

  1. I love Yellowstone - such a wonderful place. We haven't been there for several years so it is time to visit again. We are planning to take a trip there next summer so appreciate the tip about Red Rock RV Park.

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  2. I love Yellowstone - such a wonderful place. We haven't been there for several years so it is time to visit again. We are planning to take a trip there next summer so appreciate the tip about Red Rock RV Park.

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