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Posted: 05/22/19 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

flguppie wrote:

OP here! Thanks everyone for the wonderful suggestions and itineraries. All great suggestions. We leave soon and have reservations near Jackson WY near the Grand Tetons in 12 days. That’s 12 days to drive there (should be about 7-8 days driving time with a few days to stop along the way...12 days should make it easy.). After Grand Tetons, we are booked in West Yellowstone first week of June. After that the world is our oyster. We did booka place near Sturgis and Spearfish and the Black Hills for the week of July 4th as we travel back towards an Alabama reunion end of July. Other than that, it’s open season. If weather permits, after the first week of June (Yellowstone week) we may head to Glacier or over to Craters of the Moon. We will have about 2.5 weeks before Sturgis and Black Hills area. What about Ketchum and Sun Valley? Other ideas?


32degF here this AM. A few inches of snow but not sticking to the pavement. Must be springtime in the Rockies!

How goes the trip?

Our house, elevation 7020' MSL, a little south of I-80, SW WY:

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OP here. The trip is going great!
We beat streets across the plains to avoid all the tornadoes. I-40 was so rough it about beat us to death, but we made it from S. FL to Santa Fe NM in 5 days. So we got to spend 4 nights in Durango and took the train to Silverton .... and drove to Mesa Verde the day before the snow shut the roads down. Fantastic train trip.... but temps did dip in Durango to 20s at night with light snow. Brrrrrr.

We are in Moab now (much warmer) but headed towards Jackson WY tomorrow. Weather calls for rain and colder, but not freezing. Memorial weekend reservations at Jackson with town activities should be fun, then on to Yellowstone.

Thanks everyone for all the great suggestions. We will play post-Yellowstone (early June) by ear as we monitor the weather. So much to see......so little time.


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Hey OP... what a great trip, please keep us updated. Thanks

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Thanks for the update! I'm excited for you! When you're from the south, it can be hard to fathom Memorial day not being warm enough. Glad to hear it isn't slowing you down.


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tragusa3 wrote:

Thanks for the update! I'm excited for you! When you're from the south, it can be hard to fathom Memorial day not being warm enough. Glad to hear it isn't slowing you down.


Right, according to KSL news, Salt Lake City, several of the more popular area high elevation roads and camping areas won’t be open until mid-June or later. Too much remaining snowpack.

In fact it’s 31degF and snowing heavily along I-80, SW WY, again this morning.

Lucky for the OP the highways are just wet. Forecast for Jackson Hole through the weekend calls for highs in the 50’s, lows in the 30’s. Showers every day through 5/29.

Sorry, but don’t shoot the messenger!

http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webcameras/I80BearRiverDr/I80BearRiverDr.html

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I'm getting in this late, but while in the Yellowstone area (one of the world's truly great places) don't miss Dinosaur. Plan 2 nights at Vernal.


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