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Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« on: June 07, 2012, 08:04:25 PM »
Well we are finally on the road . We crossed into USA June 3 and spent the night at Menard's with Managers permission . Blew a front tire the first day and ran on the spare until we reached Fargo ND . We could not find any tires to fit before then .In Fargo we put 2new tires on the front .
Hopfully no more blow outs . They are no fun .

We spent the night in Fargo 13st Walmart with permission ,

June 5 we spent the night at NorthPark Camp Ground Dickinson ND , it was ok but nothing special .
June 6 we spent the night in Gillette WY Walmart with permission . The manager said they have a 24 hour rule . That was fine with us as we were gone by 7am .

We went to Perkins Restaurant in Gillette hoping for a nice meal . We have never turned back  meal but this was the exception . You wouldn't believe how much salt they put in their butterball turkey dinner . It was just like they dumped a full salt shaker on it. We just couldn't eat the dinner's . Needless to say we left , not very happy campers and cooked a meal in our motorhome .

It was good day driving . There was a tornado watch alert on our weather radio going through Casper , so we were keeping our eyes open .
June 7 we are at RV World Campground in Rawlins WY , the people are nice and the campground is nice and has a closed in dog run .

Tomorrow we are off to Deer Creek State Park & then Bryce for 3 nights 8)
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2012, 06:11:21 PM »
We arrived at Deer Creek State Park June 8 . It is a nice park overlooking the lake  . We will be staying here again on our return trip .
At 6AM we woke to start our next days adventure to Bryce Canyon . When I opened the door I could here a lot of yelling out at the hi way .
When we drove out around 7 we seen runners for miles up & down the Hi way so we sat at the exit for about half an hour waiting for a break in the line .
I have never seen so many people running in my life . We drove slowly all the way to Provo and there was a solid line of people running all the way .
I hope they raised a lot for their charity as they earned every penny .  The hills were steep and the temperature was in the mid 80's .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2012, 07:17:05 PM »
June 9th .   We arrived at Ruby's Inn RV Park . It  is a very nice place and would definitely visit again .
I started the evening off with a bang . Well no just a little jump and bump . Taking the car off the dolly one my safety chins some how got jambed and tightened up . I decided to just move the car ahead to loosen it up a little . Well it was a little to much and I was over the front of the dolly .  I was able to get a tow truck to pull me off and we were able to take in the Bryce Canyon splendor that evening and the next day . I would definitely visit Bryce Canyon again .

On a side note . My motor home is insured with CAA- AAA as is my car but they said they would not cover me as I was stuck on the dolly . The AAA tow driver said I should have been covered as it was a very easy removal

I will be contacting them for a reason ,
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2012, 07:36:21 PM »
June 11 .   We decided to take a trip on Route 12 from Ruby's INN to Boulder Utah . The trip was quite scenic and enjoyed the trip over the hog's back , although it wasn't ne'er as scary as some make it out to be.  went to the Museum in Boulder , Not that interesting in my case but some may like it.

Below is a nice little falls not far from Ruby's Inn on 12 & it was not too long of walk for us old timers .

Tomorrow off to Vegas
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2012, 07:38:57 PM »
Nice waterfall picture. You're enjoying some of the country's prettiest scenery.
 
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2012, 07:47:20 PM »
Yes Wendy the scenery is unmatchable and every area is so different .

Bill
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2012, 08:41:21 PM »
June 12 , Las Vegas .

This is a day I will remember for a long time , a bit stressfull and also interesting .

About 65 miles out of Vegas I decided to pull into a truck parking stop for a rest before entering the city . When I went to start the motorhome it didn't turn over . No problem I always carry a 800 amp booster just in case . Well I boosted and it started but I then noticed that my alternator wasn't charging . I decided to leave my booster on and equalize my battery and make a run for it . Well as luck of the Irish would be I took the exit 1 before the KOA exit and ended up on Freemont Street . That's OK , only a couple of blocks from KOA . Well I had to stop for a red light in front of the Golden Nugget Casino and the Freemont WalkWay . Guess What !!! The battery gave out and was stone dead . I then tried the booster but it didn't have enough juice . So there I was ,Parked in a bus stop in front of a walkway with hundreds of people crossing every few minutes and a lot of good people offering suggestions .
No problem I figure I have AAA  . Give them a call and tell them where I am . They ask is this emergency . I tell them I think so a I am in a bus stop ,blocking 1 lane of traffic and sitting in 1 of the busyest spots in Vegas . They say OK , where are you again . I tell them the 4 Casino's surrounding me some that have been there forever .
They don't know where I am . I then give my phone to a local person from Vegas and he explains the location to them after talking to them for about 10 minutes . It would almost be funny if it wasent ridiculous .
After about another 20 minutes AAA shows up and I told them just put another battery in and I can drive out of there .
No they have to test this and test that and then finally put a battery in . Mean while the bus drivers are getting upset and threatening me to have me towed .
Hey I have AAA working on it .
With the new battery in it fired up and I then drove to Circus Circus KOA .
YEA BABY we are now in Vegas
I am beginning to think it is time to cancel my membership in CAA-AAA . They are good outfit as long as you dont need any help.
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2012, 09:16:04 AM »
You really should consider getting CoachNet. When you call the first question is always "Are you in a safe location?" They are the best roadside assistance program in my opinion. I have used them several times and they always come through with flying colors.
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2012, 09:26:44 AM »
June 13th Las Vegas .

Woke up to a day of 108 degrees and called Car Doctor on the suggestion of AAA . They came and replace my alternator . I usually do that type of work myself but being on vacation I thought , hey it cant cost that much to install a alternator . Wrong !!!!
Not counting the price for the alternator there was a $55. service call then $139. labour charge .
Fine $55. service call to find and bring the alternator . A $139 labour charge . I wish I hadearned that kind of money as I could have installed it in a half hour , 45 minutes max .
Oh Well lesson learned . Do it yourself .

Anyway now we had all the problems out of the way so we went into Circus Circus , played a few slots and watched a couple of circus acts .
When we got back to the camper the airconditioner was blowing warm air . The coils had froze up even though I only had it set on 70 degrees . Went in the fridge to get a cold pop and noticed it was defrosting .
I said to my DW " I am canceling the remainder of my reservations at KOA and booking a motel .

The remainder of are time in Vegas was great ,airconditioned room . The pets were happy , we were happy , did a little gambling , pretty well broke even in fact came out a little ahead . took in a Beatles show and the giant tigers , seen a lot of great sights in the city .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2012, 09:32:48 AM »
You really should consider getting CoachNet. When you call the first question is always "Are you in a safe location?" They are the best roadside assistance program in my opinion. I have used them several times and they always come through with flying colors.

Hi Tom ,

Yes I have been thinking that I will try CoachNet . I an definitely not happy with CAA-AAA .

Take Care , Bill
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2012, 09:38:58 AM »

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I said to my DW " I am canceling the remainder of my reservations at KOA and booking a motel ."

I wish I had a nickel for every time I have told people not to try and stay in an RV in Vegas in the summer time. I would have at least a dollar. It will be 106 today in Vegas so if your A/C works perfectly and you have your RV very well insulted it might get down to 86 inside the RV. Maybe. Depends on how much shade you can park under. But Vegas RV parks aren't world famous for their shade.
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #11 on: July 07, 2012, 10:10:19 AM »
I wish I had a nickel for every time I have told people not to try and stay in an RV in Vegas in the summer time. I would have at least a dollar. It will be 106 today in Vegas so if your A/C works perfectly and you have your RV very well insulted it might get down to 86 inside the RV. Maybe. Depends on how much shade you can park under. But Vegas RV parks aren't world famous for their shade.

I have sure learned my lesson . Too darn hot .  We were in Vegas 2 years ago by car and it was 2 weeks earlyer in the year . it was around the mid 90's and we didn't find that too bad so we thought we would be OK . As you say LV RV lots are not designed for summer and 104-110 Temps.

If a person goes in with a RV & Pets a good place to stay is Motel 6 on Tropicana .The rooms were clean in the upgraded section and the price was around $15. cheaper then KOA . They do not have a 110 hook up for the RV but a person can leave the fridge on propane ( It was able to keep up when we were no longer opening it )
Another great thing about that location is it is only a short walk to MGM & the Monorail , Or you can drive the car and park at MGM if you have a hard time getting around like DW and it makes the walk much easier

Bill
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #12 on: July 07, 2012, 10:59:31 AM »
http://www.vegas.com/attractions/freeattractions.html

This is a list of free attractions in Las Vegas. I thought you might like to check some out if you are going to be there awhile. This is not a complete list of free things in Vegas. If you Google "free las vegas" you can find more.
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #13 on: July 07, 2012, 05:10:23 PM »
Thanks Tom ,
We are out of Vegas now . We have seen pretty well every free attractions Vegas had to offer in the last couple of times e have been there . Some of there were pretty darn good .
When we go to Vegas we mainly go sightseeing and to some of the shows as we are not much of gambles .
As you say there are plenty of good free or next to free shows in Vegas . A person doesn't need to spend a bundle .


Bill
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2012, 05:31:06 PM »
June 19th out of Vegas and arrived at Zion Canyon , Watchman Campground .

This is one of the places I have been waiting to see . The campground is nice and I couldn't believe the price . $54. for 3 nights , & in such a breath taking National Park . You do need a National Park Pass however . I purchased the Annual as I will be stopping in at least 4 parks on this trip .
The first thing we did after we got settled in was hop on a shuttel . They take you throughout the park except the main hi way . Wow what a place . If a person hasn't been to Zion I highly recommend a visit .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #15 on: July 07, 2012, 06:05:05 PM »
June 20 Zion National Park .

DW's leg is bothering her this morning as she had a knee replacement a little bit before the trip. I told her to lay back and rest for a few hours .
I hoped on the shuttel and stayed on until the far end of the rout . It is about a 40 minute ride . From there I walked the River Walk to the Narrows . It is about 1.5 miles I think and is a good walkway . Once I reached the Narrows I just had to go further . The place felt. I really cant describe how it felt but it was awesome for a better word .

I walked up the Narrows for about a half a mile wading through pools until it got about waist deep , then I thought I had best go back as I didn't have proper gear for doing this . My regular shoes and a old stick. I had left my good walking stick back at camp . ( a good spot for it I guess it wont get wore out there )

Anyway I headed back to camp and picked up the wife and we started hitting all the shuttle stops and taking in the magnificent sights .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #16 on: July 07, 2012, 06:18:00 PM »
Zion is a wonderful spot. I especially love staying the NPS campground and just hoping on the shuttles. Couldn't be easier. And the hike up The Narrows is spectacular....where else can you enjoy getting wet that much? Sounds like there was plenty of water there right now.
 
I'm enjoying your travels. Probably not as much as you are tho :)
 
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #17 on: July 07, 2012, 07:30:16 PM »
Yes Wendy , that water felt great as it was plenty hot out .  I just wish I had taken this trip when we were younger but raising the family comes first .
I would have liked to hike the full narrows and also Angels Landing . Trouble is with Asama I was limited to the small narrows hike and a hike up to weeping rock .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #18 on: July 07, 2012, 07:50:19 PM »
June 21 , Ride to Mount Carmel ,

Today we decided to go to the museum not far from Watchman and the go to Mount Carmel for icecream .
The drive though the tunnel was great and the scenery was entirely different and spectacular . The icecream was great also.
Tomorrow we are heading back to Deer Creek State Park for a overnight stay and then off to Jackson Wyoming
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #19 on: July 08, 2012, 11:11:42 AM »
Departing Deer Creek State Park and arriving at the Virginian RV Park .

At least that is where we thought we were arriving .   We did arrive eventually .
The day's drive was good and I was happy I didn't have to pull the car up the long climb past Evenston . We tuned just before it .

Anyway , I use Microsoft Street to plan my trip & had a map printed showing where the RV Park was . It was detailed precisely . The only problem was it was sending us out some old gravel road out in the wilderness .
I followed the map as far as a little gravel parking lot and said to DW " If this is wee the RV Park is I think I will look fore another one  "
I seen a couple bike riders there so I asked them where the park was and they said the other side of Jackson . They did say that I had followed my map correctly . The only problem was it was sending us down a bike trail .
We did end up at the Virginian and I showed the owners the map . They couldn't believe it how something like that could happen .
On a side note .
We did see other cars on that gravel road also when driving in and they looked like they were lost . At the time we thought we knew where we were going.
I guess they were using Microsoft Street also .
We enjoyed Jackson Hole the rest of the day . Then off to Grand Teton National Parkin the morning
The map is attached #2 is supposed to be the RV park

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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #20 on: July 10, 2012, 09:56:30 AM »
June 24 Jackson Wyoming to Fishing Bridge Campground.

We decided to leave a little late today ( 9:30 ) We leisurely traveled through Teton National Park taking in it's beauty. The day's travel was only about 90 miles so it did give us plenty of time to look around .
Later in the day we arrived in Yellowstone National Park . The park is breathtaking !
It was so breathtaking and we were so captivated by the wildlife around West Thumb Junction that we didn't realize we had missed our turn to Fishing Bridge .
So there we were heading up the Continental divide 2 times to Old Faithfull and then back over 2 times going back to Fishing Bridge Campground .
Mind you I don't mind climbing the Mountain Passes . I would just as soon not doing it more then I need to with the motorhome pulling the car .
The motorhome runs great but with it's 350 engine it is just a little under powered on those steep climbs when you are hardly moving at the bottom . Needless to say I had to do a little gearing down.
Anyway we finally reached Fishing Bridge and after getting settled in , I was able to find a nice cold cup of Icecream at the Fishing Bridge Store .
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #21 on: July 16, 2012, 11:51:21 AM »
June 25 .

We decided to do a day trip to Mammoth Hot Springs . The first stop we made was at the Mud Volcano and Sulphur Caldon . Fascinating but sure stinks !
then we followed the Yellowstone River pulling out at various view points to look at the river and OH YEA . The numerous Buffalo .
Next stop was at Upper & Low Falls . The water was sure tumbling over them and there was various good viewpoints to see them .
As we were pulling out of the upper falls parking lot we saw some elk in the meadow . The bull's sure had a rack on them . We managed to get some great pictures of them.
We checked out both the North and South rim views . We didn't go down to the lower platforms though as it was just to much of a climb back up for us . It is definitely one area of the park a person doesn't want to miss seeing .
The next stop was Roaring Mountain . It must have been sleeping when we were there as I didn't here any roaring .
Then we headed up overthe pass to Mammoth Hot Springs . It is fascinating how the sulphur water comes bubbling up and makes all the different formations .
A person soon realizes after traveling threwout the park that they are driving and standing on  monstrous volcano .
After viewing all the sites of Mammoth we sat down in the cafeteria for a tasty burger and fries . " the best we tasted in the park .
Leaving Mammoth we were treated to a number of elk with their young laying on the lawn in front of people's houses.
As the day was starting to fade by now , we headed back to Fishing Bridge , Taking in the beautiful scenic byway of Dunraven Pass , and what a pass ! I am sure glad I was traveling it in our car and not in the motorhome pulling the car .
Back at Fishing Bridge I just had to stop at the store and get some of their delicious fudge and icecream  ;)  8)
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #22 on: July 16, 2012, 01:36:21 PM »
I have enjoyed ready your adventures and seeing all the great images you added. We are planning to take a cross country trip next summer which will take us through the southern states going east then more northern states returning back to California. Yellowstone is one of the stops we are planning on the return home trip, that is one of the reasons we purchased the MH.

Thanks for sharing your trip summary.

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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #23 on: July 16, 2012, 07:17:46 PM »
Sounds like you're having a busy trip and enjoying it, too.
 
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #24 on: July 16, 2012, 07:33:12 PM »
I have enjoyed ready your adventures and seeing all the great images you added. We are planning to take a cross country trip next summer which will take us through the southern states going east then more northern states returning back to California. Yellowstone is one of the stops we are planning on the return home trip, that is one of the reasons we purchased the MH.

Thanks for sharing your trip summary.

Josh

Thank You Josh for reading my ramblings .
 Yes Yellowstone is a great place to see and if you haven't been to Zion National Park . That is a place not to miss if you have the time to stop there .

Bill

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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2012, 07:46:13 PM »
Sounds like you're having a busy trip and enjoying it, too.
 
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Hi Wendy ,

Yes we didn't let much moss grow under our feet . Ruby said that on our next trip we had better leave a little more time for relaxation .
We sure did enjoy the trip although there were many things we wanted to see but didn't have enough energy or time .

Take Care Bill

PS. Here is a picture of our driver .

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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #26 on: July 17, 2012, 12:41:40 PM »
Thank You Josh for reading my ramblings .
 Yes Yellowstone is a great place to see and if you haven't been to Zion National Park . That is a place not to miss if you have the time to stop there .

Bill

Zion National Park is much closer to us so we plan to take a short trip there either this fall or early Spring of next year.
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #27 on: July 19, 2012, 08:54:17 PM »
June 26,

A day trip to Old Faithful &  the town of West Yellowstone .
Just as we entered the Old Faithful Information Center it was announced that Old Faithfull was in the window to erupt .
We were able to get a good seat right on the edge of the walk way and in about 10 minutes later up it went .
I don't know if Old Faithfull is loosing some of its power of if it is just my imagination . It only went about 10 to 15 feet in the air . We were at Old Faithful in the 70's and I would swear that it went up triple that height .

Leaving Old Faithful we headed to West Yellowstone & a little past Madison  e came across a herd of Buffalo in a Meadow .
There was a young buffalo that was putting on a show there . it was areal acrobat flipping around going down on the ground and rolling around getting up and kicking it's back legs . This went on for a good 15 minuets or more .
Guess what We forgot our movie camera so there I am taking still pictures with my other camera . After the action was all over DW says did you get a movie of that . I said no , "you know we left it behind ".
Of course she said ," You do know that camera takes movies also ".
Getting old ( guess and absent minded too !!
From there on we enjoyed the scenery to West Yellowstone . It is a nice little town with a lot of interesting shops which we browse through.
We then grab ed a bite to eat at the Outpost Restaurant and then headed back to Fishing Bridge stopping at various pull outs and a couple of scenic side roads . Fire Hole lake was 1 of them and we found it quite interesting .
Bill & Ruby , Milo (Cat) Prince (Sheltie)
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #28 on: July 25, 2012, 11:28:50 AM »
June 27 ,

Today we decided to take it a little easier . We left camp around 11:AM and stopped at the Fishing Bridge Museum . There I was able to finely snap a picture of a grizzly bear .
We had been trying to find one in the Hadden Valley ,but no luck .
I met a few people that had said they seen some but after I heard one gentleman say to another , see those two black dots why up on the hill  . That is a mother with a cub "   Well I don't know if that is actually seeing them !
I have seen one in the past about 50 yards away standing up on its hind legs getting ready to charge .
That is another story though !
After looking at the museum displays of various birds , which were quite nice we went out the back door to the beach and I took a little dip in Yellowstone Lake .
I hadn't realized the beach was even there until I visited the Museum .
After that  we headed out to the Upper & Lower Falls area to watch the Elk .
A very relaxing day and then back to Fishing Bridge Store for some great fudge and icecream .
Bill & Ruby , Milo (Cat) Prince (Sheltie)
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Re: Road Trip To Vegas , Bryce , Zion & Yellowstone
« Reply #29 on: August 11, 2012, 08:36:39 PM »
A trip up the Beartooth Hi way to Cody Wyoming.

We left Fishing Bridge at 8 AM and headed for Dunraven pass it is a pretty good climb up to the top . I don't think I would do it with the motorhome , although as we were taking a break at one of he scenic lookouts a 18 wheeler with two fuel tankers went by going up the pass . I would think they would be empty as it is one heck of a climb and then a steep decent on the other side  .
At Tower Junction we headed for Cook City and the Beartooth Pass . Shorty after Cook City we ran into a fire beside the hi way. We were lucky as the ministry didn't have road block set up although there was one set up on the other side and there was a long line up o traffic being held up .
The Beartooth Hi way had sure changed since the last time we went over it . The road has been widened out and ha guard rails on it . Not scary at all .
The wife and I and our three children went over the Beartooth in the 70's in a one tone bus that I had converted into a camper . There were no guard rails and it was a very narrow road . The bus had a 6 cylinder engine and a 3 speed transmission and when we stopped at a pull out to take a rest I had o block the wheels in order to get going up hill again . Every time I tried o go forward t started to roll backward .
Now that was scary !!
Anyway we drove up to the Top of The World Store and bought a few souvenirs , then we proceded to the top of Beartooth . There is some great scenery along that rout so if a person is in Yellowstone they should put that on their list to see .

After reaching the top of Beartooth and taking in the beauty of the place we headed back down and turned on the Chief Joseph Hwy . As we were heading for the Chief Joseph Hwy we could still see that the fire was still going on the other rout .

Chief Joseph Hwy is another very scenic route and we spent a fair amount of time taking in it's beauty and we also stop ed at a nice little diner on the rout and had a great piece o home made pie and icecream .

Next was Cody . This is a place I wished we could have seen more of but we were just running out of time . We glanced around Cody and had supper an then headed back over Sylvan Pass to Fishing Bridge . This is also a very scenic drive and we really enjoyed it . The only problem was we couldn't stop as much as we wanted to as I have Macula Degeneration of the eyes and can not drive at night
Maybe we will get back to Cody one of these days to explore it a little better .
Bill & Ruby , Milo (Cat) Prince (Sheltie)
1988 Vanguard 24',2014 Ford Focus Titanium , Blue Ox base plate ,Commander Tow Bar with adapters  , Protect-A-Tow 1952 Fargo Power Wagon  plow truck , 2000 Chevy Blazer SUV plow truck , 2012 F 150 SuperCrew 4X4

 

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