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DesertHawk

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We enjoyed some very nice weather in our two weeks plus stay at Minot AFB. Cool, but sunny most of the time. We enjoyed a day at the ND State Fair with nice cool weather. Did a lot walking, had a great time. Last day or two we have gotten some rain, but nothing serious, no fear of hail, or tornados. We did have to use the electric cube heater a time or two once it started to rain a little.

Our son was able to get his U-Haul Truck early, on Friday evening instead of Saturday morning. He was able to pick it up, get it weighted empty before the scales closed. He started loading it as soon as he got it home. He did not stop until it as nearly loaded, around mid-night. He finished up the next day. Man, it was packed solid, over 10,000 lbs. By having it loaded on Friday, A his wife was able to get to work cleaning the house for inspection. Otherwise, she would have been doing it Sunday. Of course, Grandma helped with that as well. We both did some grandkid wrangling to help the parents do the hard lifting, etc.

Sunday, we bid them good bye after having lunch in Minot. They would be leaving the next morning. A’s mother & brother were flying in at 4 pm. Her brother is driving the U-Haul & her mom is helping A with the kids. Our son is driving his pickup towing his 5th Wheel Camper & A is driving their Dodge Durango & towing his motorcycle. We drove to Bismarck after we did some shopping at Wal-Mart, then to Theodore Roosevelt Nat’l Park South Unit. We had a good drive. We just got into one of the last 3 spots, very small, just as you get into the campground and next to some garbage cans. But it proved a nice spot, because a small herd of Bison came through the upper campground & exited by our site. It was very neat seeing them up close. Also 3 horses came by as well.

The next morning, Monday, we drove to the north entrance to Yellowstone near Gardner, Montana. We got there around 5 pm. All campgrounds were full. A nice lady gave us a paper where one could find a place to camp outside of the park. We looked around, stopped at one commercial campground, full. But the man was friendly and gave some advice. I mentioned boon docking in leaving. He called to me & told me the town would not say anything if we just boon docked along the main road to the park. We did, but the small parking lot to the Forest Ranger Station was just there. We did an over night in it. A little traffic nose, but not too bad.

We got up at 6 am Tuesday, dressed & headed to Mammoth Campground. We got there by 6:30. We were the first in line. Linda cooked breakfast & made coffee. We took the man’s advice on a nice sit. It was very nice, at the end of the campground, two nice trees. Very quite. After setting up & showering, we went on a drive to see the sights. We decided to drive the upper loop with a side trip toward the northeast entrance.

From Mammoth Campground we drove through Mammoth Hot Springs to Norris without stopping to visit anything. At Norris junction we turned toward Canyon Village area. We saw one lone bull Bison beside the road. He was in poor shape. We started visiting the over looks and did some hiking to see the Canyon & Falls. Then we did a U turn & went north toward Tower-Roosevelt Area. At Tower we hiked to see the falls there. Then we went into the large store & got ice cream, yum. It was good. It also rained very hard while we were there & was raining as we left. At Roosevelt we made a hard right turn to do the road out to the NE entrance. We began to see some Bison alone this route all out at a distance. Then we notice a black bear right off the road. It was raining again, the bear was wet, but he was very close. He was eating berries off bushes beside the road. It was a neat drive. After getting to a sign warning of road construction coming up, we turned around. At Roosevelt junction we turn north again, heading back to Mammoth Hot Springs. It is a very curvy road, goes up high, very pretty country. This Loop took us 7 hrs 19 min, we drove 141.5 miles, 4 hrs 48 min moving, 2 hrs 31 min stopped. 20.8 mpg on the trucks computer. Top speed in the park is 45 mph, some 35 mph and some 25 mph or slower.

After a good night sleeping, we did the lower loop on Wednesday. From Mammoth we drove to Norris stopping at a few attractions after getting past Norris, mainly geysers as we worked our way to the Old Faithful area. We lucked out, after a long search for a parking spot, as we walked up to the Old Faithful viewing area, it was going. After walking just a little we left. All the geysers & things just did not seem as active as we remember them from years ago. From there, we headed to West Thumb area, stopping to see some of the attractions. West Thumb is on Yellowstone Lake. Very pretty area. From there we headed north again toward the Canyon area. Very neat along the lake, then the road follows the Yellowstone River & through the Hayden Valley to the Canyon area & the Falls. There were a few Bison in the Hayden Valley, not as many as we remember from the other times we have been there. Five Bison along the road created a 5 miles traffic jam for the cars heading down, but not for us. At the Canyon area we turned west to Norris. We stopped at some of the attractions, mainly geysers around Norris, took a side tour to see a falls. At Norris, we turned north to Mammoth, taking a tour by the Upper Terraces. We also spotted a bear along the way, across a valley. A very large grizzly. This Loop took us 9 hrs 5 min, we drove 153.7 miles, 5 hrs 7 min moving, 3 hrs 58 stopped.

The next day, Thursday, we drove from Mammoth, to Norris to Canon to Fishing Bridge and on out of the park to Cody, WY. We had entered from there the last time, but I did not remember how steep and high one goes to do so. In Cody we stopped at a visitor center to get a WY map then after eating a late lunch we went to the Buffalo Bill Museums. There are five different one there. We did 3 of them before it closed. We spent the night in a very nice Wal-Mart parking lot with a great view of the mountains. Also spent cash getting supplies there.

Friday, we finished the other 2 Museums. Then drove to Thermopolis, plus a few miles to the first campground along the Wind River, after setting up the camper, we went for a soak in the free hot spring pool at Thermopolis Hot Springs State Park. We found out why the river is called the Wind. We had a good blow from a small thunderstorm during the night. Very nice night over all.

Saturday, we drove to Wheatland, WY, taking advantage of there free campground in the city park. Had a very nice stay, got there a little early, therefore did a few chores.

Drove from Wheatland to Trinidad, no problems getting through Denver & Colorado Springs. Spent the night a Wal-Mart, a nice one, fairly quite. Got a few things for the egg at Wal-Mart.

Today, drove from Trinidad, CO to Las Cruces, NM our home. My wife noticed a very low tire as we were parking it in the Scamport. About 20 psi. Now I need to see about that.
Our son made it to Alaska before we got home. All safe & sound. The U-Haul got tagged overnight at the White Horse Wal-Mart. They later saw a 5th Wheel with NM plates go by with the same tag on the back of it as well.

A very good trip. We had a blast. We would have done more at Yellowstone & perhaps stayed out longer, but while helping my son & A unloading their camper shell; I pulled my back. It is still giving me some problems, but seems to be getting better. Lifting anything, even my computer & its stuff in it's bag hurts it. I could not get wi-fi while on the road or at my son's, but it is working now. Not sure what was up or is up.
We put in 480 miles or so today, I'm a little tired. Ha! Photos later. On the Trip back we may have put in 1,800 miles, but I did not check the milage yet. Ooops! I just checked the trip milage, my guess was off....it was 2,360 miles on the return from Minot AFB.

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Posted: 08/10/09 10:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We loved our 16' Casita. Put 30k miles on it before we traded for a toyhauler so we could take a big handicap scooter with us. Normally traveled one trip a year, for a month. Lots of fun. Enjoy!!!


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Posted: 08/11/09 12:17am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the great trip report, I will look forward to your pictures too!

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Posted: 08/12/09 02:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MarkND wrote:

Were you camped at those campsites at the Bud Ebert Park?


No, Are those the FamCamp sites? But No.

Also, Eric, I was not in the Wichita area.

For Photos of the trip: Trip Photos

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Posted: 08/12/09 02:30pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I can imagine a smile on your face in your fiberglass and not in a tent trailer with bears running around. What a wonderful trip, thanks for sharing.

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Yep -- folks say that long term camping in a very small trailer is impossible, but you have shown that they are wrong! Here is more proof:

A month in a little tin box -- and we liked it!


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Hello there,

I retired from the USAF at Minot AFB, and I'm still working there as contractor. Were you camped at those campsites at the Bud Ebert Park?
Sounds like you had a nice trip... those Scamps are sure easy to tow.

Mark

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During your trip did you ever take 135 north out of Wichita? Would been a couple weeks ago so probably not but there's a setup running around exactly like yours. The Scamp may of been newer but the truck was the same.


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Posted: 08/11/09 09:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MarkND wrote:

those Scamps are sure easy to tow.

Mark


I agree. I towed this 13 footer with a 4 cylinder Camry.
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Posted: 08/12/09 02:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did your son also pack the fifth wheel with moving stuff? I have done that in the past moving.

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