I finally had time to post a write up of our trip this summer. We'd originally planned to go to Oregon & Washington but an illness and death in the family delayed our departure and we felt we just didn't have the time we needed for that trip. We wound up "winging it" and this was the 1st extended trip we've made that I didn't have almost all reservations made well in advance. We wandered around in Montana & Wyoming and ended up at Rocky Moutain NP in Colorado.
Our first destination was Cody, WY and we stayed in the area for about 5 days. Part of the tiime we were at Buffalo Bill State Park North Fork CG. That was our 2nd stay there and we'd stay again if we go that way in the future. We had no reservations when we left Cody and hoped to find something near Red Lodge, MT so we could do Beartooth for the 2nd time and lucked into a fanstastic Nat. Forest CG (Parkside) just outside of Red Lodge. Red Lodge is such a neat little town. The City Bakery is awesome and right next to it is a meat shop that is wonderful. Here are a *few* pics:
Haze is from the forest fires.
Who would have thought we'd see a plane on a train near Bozeman, MT?
Luck was with us when we found a site at another Nat. Forest CG about half way between Bozeman and West Yellowstone! Red Cliff CG is right on the Gallatin River and one we enjoyed a lot for the 2nd time.
One of several fish Gary caught on this trip.
The morning we left Fishing Bridge in Yellowstone the bison herd moved through. Gary was outside disconnecting the water and was sort of trapped between the rigs. He appreciated the small tight sites as he hunkered down between our rig and our neighbors.
We stayed at Flagg Ranch over Labor Day because we didn't think we could get into the next Nat. Forest CG that we targeted. Headwaters is a nice campground: decent sized sites, full hookups and tall trees.
We were able to get into the no reservation Gros Ventre campground on Labor Day (most were leaving) and will definitely be going back! It filled up fast though even then. We loved Teton Nat Park and Jackson Hole. A couple of pics from Tetons.
Gypsy & Cody enjoyed Teton NP too.
We'd been told there were moose around but figured they were like the bears in Yellowstone.... a rumor! We haven't seen a bear in Yellowstone yet. The moose though, proved to be real! A herd of 10 or so moved though the campground and this guy was in our site looking all macho.
He even smiled at us!
Gary was fly fishing when a bull moose crossed the river right beside him! This pic was taken by tourists from England who had been watching him fish! I like how neither are looking at the other.
We made a side trip to Slide Lake near Jackson Hole:
We decided to go to Rocky Mountain National Park when we left Teton and wow... was it ever gorgeous!
The elk were moving off the mountains into the valleys and this guy was browsing along a creek along with a couple of his girls.
Some odds and ends about the trip. Not having reservtions was a bit unnerving at first but we were so glad that we didn't because we extended our time at the CG near Red Lodge and the one near Jackson Hole. We had originally thought 2 nights but wound up staying 4 at both of those places. We didn't have any trouble getting in where we wanted except the worry about not finding a site at Gros Ventre over Labor Day. I don't think we would have been able to get in and we're glad we hung out at Flagg for a few days.
Traveling in the DP was SO much nicer than bumping along in the gasser. We wound up driving farther than I thought we would on several days because we weren't exhausted and our nerves weren't frayed from being pushed all over the road.
Our trip was just over 4,000 miles and we averaged 8.1 miles/gallon. That included the genny to charge the batts and oasis that we used several nights when the temps dipped below freezing. We were on the interstate from southern Indiana to Casper, WY then drove mostly 2 lanes for almost 1300 miles & towed a Jeep wrangler. I think I remember averaging 6.7 mpg with our gasser pulling the same Jeep so we were happy with the improved mileage. We kept our speed on the interstates at 62-63 but it's hard to determine average speed on the 2 lanes.
We had a great trip and I'm starting plans for our next one!