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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #150 on: March 06, 2016, 05:30:39 PM »
Thanks Jeff and Anita.  We made reservations at North Shore Bay Campground.  Campsite - BBNS5.  Check in 5/22.  Check out 5/25. (3 nights)  We are looking forward to visiting all the museums in Cody and maybe a little down time.  After that we are headed back to the Grand Tetons for a few days but haven't decided where to stay yet.
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner. We were at a Jeep Rally for the past week in Lake Havasu. No internet, staying at the Rodeo grounds. Looking forward to meeting you in Yellowstone and exploring Cody.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #151 on: March 07, 2016, 01:57:29 PM »
Unfortunately, Cyndi and I will not be able to make it to Grizzly in may. Just found out I'll need to be out of the country that week. Catch you guys next time.

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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #152 on: March 07, 2016, 04:26:09 PM »
Unfortunately, Cyndi and I will not be able to make it to Grizzly in may. Just found out I'll need to be out of the country that week. Catch you guys next time.

Kev

Sorry to hear that Kevin.  I was looking forward to meeting you and your wife.

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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #153 on: March 07, 2016, 05:43:01 PM »
Kev, you will be missed.  Was looking forward to seeing you and Cyndi.
 
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #154 on: March 08, 2016, 07:00:21 AM »
We will be joining all of you in May in our new 36'ft 5th wheel. We will be coming from Indiana.  The trip planner says it is 1670 miles from Indianapolis to Yellowstone.  Since we are newbies, I am hoping to get some help from those of you who are seasoned RVers. Here are some questions:
 1. How many hours/miles would be reasonable to calculate for travel each day?
 2. The planner has us taking hwy 90 across MN,SD, WY & MT. Is it easy to find 1 night stays along this route? Is the weather a concern for this time of the year?
 3.Are there places we should not miss along the way? Planning on visiting the Badlands.
 4.Once we get to Grizzly how do we know where to go?  Will we be assigned a site?
 5.Can we request a pull through site?
 6. Is their an agenda or are we on our own after we arrive?
 7. What are some must have items we should bring?
Looking forward to making new friends.  Patty Gray


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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #155 on: March 08, 2016, 07:49:59 AM »
     As you get closer to the Rally date, I'm sure Kim will be posting a lot of information about where the group will be situated, and what he has planned.  What is usual with this Forum's rallies, is that there is a loose agenda which will allow you to participate in some type of planned event, often a couple, or to do your own thing.  My advice is to go with the flow, join in to most events as the company is worth it.
     As for how far, time or distance you should drive each day, is totally subjective and dependant on how much time you have.  If we have been through an area several times, then you won't want to sightsee.  however, travelling through new areas will offer so much to see and do.  We try to stay off the interstates where ever feasible to see more of the sights.  Ten hours of Interstate travel will net you 500 or more miles, so 3 days + to get there, and you're likely so pooped you won't enjoy the Rally.  Most of us try to limit our daily trips to between 200 to 300 miles or around 6 hours driving, so that we can enjoy the trip.
    Regardless of your route, as you head west, you will be heading into higher elevations.  Once you hit the mountains, it is impossible to predict what the weather will bring.  Be prepared to lay over if you hit bad weather, it won't last long if it does come.  Plan you overnight stops with several options.  If you are not a Passport America member, look into it as we found they are well represented the further west you get, and 3 nights will pay for the membership.  Use the internet to locate campsites, or use Walmarts, Flying J's etc if you are so inclined.
    Have a great time.

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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #156 on: March 08, 2016, 11:46:49 AM »
Patty,

Those are a lot of questions! Others who come from that direction, or who have in the past, will provide you some routing information, but most of that will be based on how much time you have to make the trip. For some, time dictates daily distance, and you want to be able to stop and smell the roses.

There will be more information to follow, but generically, we (RV Forum folks) will be greeting and parking you, collecting your fees prior or at arrival, and a loose itinerary is being prepared, even as we speak.

This is a bit different than a lot of rallies, in that we have a block reservation. I have not received the exact block of sites yet because winter has a lot to do with which sites will be clear when we get there. So you will want to watch the FAQ page.

On arrival day, Sunday, May 15, we will be greeting and escorting folks as they come in, and there will be a group welcome and introduction event that afternoon at a time to be announced.

There will be plenty of information dispensed at that time to cover what has not been posted prior.

Our goal, especially for the new folks, is to create a schedule that allows you to pick and choose how to spend your time and not over structure things. It will give you plenty of options, some as a group, others individually, so that you maximize the time you have and balance that with everything that is important for you to see and do.

Yellowstone National Park is not mastered in a week, but hopefully we can provide you with a guide that will give you the most bang for the buck!

Stay tuned!

Kim
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #157 on: March 08, 2016, 11:51:28 AM »
Unfortunately, Cyndi and I will not be able to make it to Grizzly in may. Just found out I'll need to be out of the country that week. Catch you guys next time.

Kevin,

We are sorry we'll not get to connect with you and Cyndi!  :'(

On the bright side, everyone can talk about you, anyway!  8)

Safe travels out of country and there'll be another time, somewhere!

Kim
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #158 on: March 08, 2016, 12:33:38 PM »
Patty, as Ed and Kim have said, any information we can provide will be more meaningful if we knew how long you will be traveling.  That said, I can tell you when we pulled our trailer, a 30 foot bumper pull, with our F250 diesel from California to Florida and then stopped in New York on the return trip which took us through Yellowstone, and some of the states you will be driving through.  We could do as many as 500 - 600 miles a day.  But if you drive that much every day, it will not only be tiring,  you're not going to see much.  And there's a lot to see between Indiana and Yellowstone.  We've traveled on the Interstates and secondary US highways.  We much prefer the secondary highways since, it's a more relaxed pace.  But if you're time is limited, then I-90 is probably the way to go.  Give us a bit more information and we can help you with things to see and do as well as places to stay.  Welcome to the party.

Gary
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #159 on: March 08, 2016, 12:46:29 PM »
Yep...only you can determine how many hours per day you can and want to travel.

For us, Yellowstone is not quite 900 miles, but we're still planning on the trip taking 3 days...maybe 4. I KNOW I can make it in 2 days...but don't want to drive that hard.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #160 on: March 08, 2016, 03:50:29 PM »
745 miles for us...2 full days of travel, maybe 3...it'll be 3 days  ::)
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #161 on: March 08, 2016, 03:55:28 PM »
For perspective, and since I still work during the week out of the coach, we will take three weekends, six stops total,  to travel the 1547 miles to YNP from Kerrville, TX, where we now are. Three 300 miles days, three 200 mile days is how it ends up working out.

But....that's stopping a week in Santa Fe and a week in Salt Lake City.

A trip planning trick I use is to take the total mileage, divide by 50mph, and that computes how many hours we will drive and it includes food stops and fuel. It's amazing how accurate it is for us. So if we need to make 300 miles that day, that is almost exactly six hours, point to point.

Then I use Google Maps and start blocking the number of days traveling with the miles, and whether we want to stretch or compress to hit a certain park or area. It's not rocket science but after you do it a couple of times, you'll get your travel rhythm and what works best. One size definitely does not fit all.

Like Boomer says, just because you can, doesn't mean you should - take your time and enjoy what you see!

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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #162 on: March 08, 2016, 06:39:35 PM »
We are coming from Oceanside, CA which is about 1000 miles from West Yellowstone. Stopping in Las Vegas for 1 night. Then on to Moab for 4 nights and then going on to Lake Jordanelle State Park in Park City for 2 nights. Then to West Yellowstone. We try to keep our driving to more than 5 hours a day.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #163 on: March 10, 2016, 09:55:22 AM »
With regret, I must cancel our plan to join the Yellowstone Rally. Certainly, a great time will be had by all in attendance.

Cheers,

Randy

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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #164 on: March 10, 2016, 12:27:56 PM »
Randy,

We will miss meeting you! Thanks for the update.

Kim
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #165 on: March 13, 2016, 08:06:14 PM »
Thanks for all your comments! We have planned to take 5 days to arrive in Yellowstone. Patty
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #166 on: March 14, 2016, 07:26:54 PM »
I can walk. 
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #167 on: March 14, 2016, 09:31:25 PM »
Now that's hilarious!!  8)
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #168 on: March 22, 2016, 06:48:55 PM »
We better get the long johns out.  It is 30 degrees and 40% chance of snow in Yellowstone today.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #169 on: March 22, 2016, 11:16:11 PM »
As noted in the trip planning post, you should expect a wide range of temps in the middle of May, from freezing to the 70's (we've seen both ends), especially this year with the El Nino effect.

Prepare to layer during the day and carry what you need for your outings!

Ahh, the unpredictability of it all - part of the fun!

Kim
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #170 on: March 23, 2016, 08:00:55 AM »
We better get the long johns out.  It is 30 degrees and 40% chance of snow in Yellowstone today.
Ummm, you do realize the rally is still 2 months away, don't you?  ;D
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #171 on: March 23, 2016, 12:38:45 PM »
Ummm, you do realize the rally is still 2 months away, don't you?  ;D

But it's Yellowstone. That kind of weather can happen year-round there.

We lived near Big Piney, WY for a while...my kids still laugh about setting off their 4th of July fireworks in 6 inches of fresh fallen snow...and it was still snowing.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #172 on: March 23, 2016, 07:51:04 PM »
We leave for our 2 month trip April 28th, meandering towards Yellowstone as our northern most point. The plan is to wing the entire trip, with our sole reservation the first night.

Chances are we will arrive at YNP sometime very close to the rally.

Is there a way we can pick up a space from a cancellation or a no show ?
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #173 on: March 23, 2016, 08:28:27 PM »
We leave for our 2 month trip April 28th, meandering towards Yellowstone as our northern most point. The plan is to wing the entire trip, with our sole reservation the first night.

Chances are we will arrive at YNP sometime very close to the rally.

Is there a way we can pick up a space from a cancellation or a no show ? l
  I'm sure Kim will get back to you soon.  I'd be surprised if there isn't room for you at the rally.  We would look forward to meeting you and your two Jack Russells!
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #174 on: March 23, 2016, 09:44:19 PM »
Houston Remodeler,

See this FAQ - everything you need to know will be there.

You still have time to get on board!

Kim
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #175 on: March 24, 2016, 01:01:10 AM »
email sent, thanks !
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #176 on: March 27, 2016, 01:45:04 PM »
Something for pet owners to consider is the fact that when you go into the park, your schedule is at the mercy of traffic, bison jams, and just plain mileage. It's almost 3 million acres, for crying out loud.

There are limitations to your pets being in the park. Read this YNP blurb carefully!!

Give some thought to the idea that we may have some volunteer dog walkers who can help and not tie your visits to three or fours hours of sightseeing and two more hours of driving to get back. It can make for long stressful days, and we should be able to come up with a plan to lessen the burden.

If you have some ideas or discussion on the topic, this is a good place and time to start.


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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #177 on: April 01, 2016, 10:50:06 PM »
Following this thread

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« Reply #178 on: April 02, 2016, 05:37:07 PM »
Thanks for posting ther YSNP link. The rules make complete sense to me.

 Since there are no bears round these parts, we never would have thought our furry little darlings would high tail it back to the TT with a bear right behind. Now we are quite sure they would.
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Re: Yellowstone 2016 or Bust! Forum Rally May 15 through May 21, 2016
« Reply #179 on: April 02, 2016, 06:53:22 PM »
At the Welcome gathering, we will be passing on some safety information that many will not have considered in the last place they camped.

You have to consider that Yellowstone National Park is some 2.2 million acres in parts of three states that thousands of animals call home. We just paid a fee to cruise their neighborhood.  8)

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