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Old 06-12-2020, 06:21 AM   #1
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So - What is it Really Like out there in RV-Land

So - What is it Really Like out there in RV-Land, what are you travelers finding at the National Parks - Crowds - Craziness?

Or is it some what normal - Crowded and Filled?

How about the State Parks and Traveling?

East to West travel ?

West to East travel?

Hard hit Native American Lands?

Just trying to get a feel as we Head West, thinking it will be different, would like to at least let the Granddaughters see some of the areas that we have loved.

Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills?

Wind River Canyon?

Thermopolis?

Cody?

Yellowstone and the Tetons?

Flaming Gorge?

Dino NM?

Black Canyon?

Ouray?

Lake City?

We have all been Isolated now for Months so we are good, Just wondering How is the Rest of the World?

If you have First Hand Info, info please share think many of us would Just Like to Know.

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Us too. Same places. In our case we cant start until mid-August so will be going to school on you!
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Us too. Same places. In our case we cant start until mid-August so will be going to school on you!
This is the trip we have dreamed about for Years - with both Boys (41 and 43) being able to work from home - or on the road - we are all going out West - DW and DIL's will be in charge, will be interesting, - two toads - 11 people - so we will both be full - Expedition and Gx470 so we are good with up to 14 - and can even do mild 4x4 drives in the south. -

No reservations - nothing but a general map and trying to see more than is Logical. -

Will try to slip on line when I can, but if it is as I plan will be little time to even get to the Computer. -

Just check back on this post as I will try to update and share images as we go. -

Maybe we will finally meet in August - in the San Juan's. -

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Heading West into the coronavirus hot zone? This could be a interesting summer with many places not opening. The good side would be reduced crowds.
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As long as you have a decent size campsite, you can follow the safety guidelines for Covid 19, especially if you have your own bathroom. But, if someone had to use the campground's bathroom, just wear a mask when possible, and carry disinfectant wipes with you if you need to sit!

We're headed out at the end of the month for our first outing and already have a second outing scheduled. If all goes well with the first outing, we hope to get out a lot more as we're very happy as long as we can be out and around nature and find a good place for an ice cream cone!!
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No, Not planning to visit any Meat Packing Facilities. -

Just sites - NP, and NM,
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Just sites - NP, and NM,

So meat packing employees only stay in the factories?? If someone gets ill along the way, plan for a long stay if the local hospital has room.
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So meat packing employees only stay in the factories?? If someone gets ill along the way, plan for a long stay.


Not in the Plan - Will treat the trip just like I have treated the Covid while at Home - Just home will have a different address. -

Sure seems simple to Me - Not sure you are aware of it but the Density of Covid is not that Great - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/s...infections-us/

You enjoy yourself how ever you do it,

Thank you for your Concern, but would have liked it if you had addressed the Question in the Post, if you actually had any real INFO!

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We spent 4 days this week at a State Park near Helena, Montana. The park was maybe 60-70% occupied. Signs on the restrooms saying that due to the virus, use at your own risk. Not one person was wearing a mask and there was not a lot of social distancing going on.
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Not in the Plan - Will treat the trip just like I have treated the Covid while at Home - Just home will have a different address. -

Sure seems simple to Me - Not sure you are aware of it but the Density of Covid is not that Great - https://www.nationalgeographic.com/s...infections-us/

You enjoy yourself how ever you do it,

Thank you for your Concern, but would have liked it if you had addressed the Question in the Post, if you actually had any real INFO!

JMHO,

Sorry, but this is a open forum!! These post discussions are for more than just about the OP's question. Many other people read these post for their own information gathering.
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i live in the southwest. since january, i have traveled to denver, phoenix, and tucson, lake havasu, and las vegas.. a lot of small towns included. folks are following covid advise with mask and hand washing, as well as distance. i have a number of n95 mask, and use them when in close quarters.
in my opinion, the spike in covid is caused by more abundant testing. before, there were just as many infections, just not reported.
i have not seen many reporting that they were positive, except in phoenix.
in yavapai county, we have some cases, but not to the point that stay at home comes into play.
use common sense, thats the key. if you are thinking you are vulnerable, stay at home.
myself, im ok with mask and gloves, ive been out for essentials ever since this started, and so far im good to go
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Talking The good the bad and the ugly...

We have been out on the road for 14 days now with likely another week to go. Went from home in Tucson to Albuquerque to Angel Fire NM where we stayed with our friends for 4 days, we slept in our coach. From there we drove mostly up I-25 to and across Colorado south to north spending one night in Cheyenne.

From Cheyenne we crossed Wyoming from southeast to northwest spending a night in Cody. Drove to and through Yellowstone entering at the east gate and continuing west to West Yellowstone where we stayed at a very nice RV park - Yellowstone Grizzly. Yesterday we drove south through and out the south entrance of the park and are now in Moran about 30 miles northeast of Jackson in a gorgeous RV park, Buffalo Fireside. We will be here until Monday and then probably out on 20 following the Snake River into Idaho before heading south for a two or three day run back to Tucson.

Here are a few of our observations and thoughts:

The good, things are not nearly as crowded as usual but that is changing daily. While we enjoyed Yellowstone driving and riding the motorcycle nearly 700 miles throughout the park over 5 days. Every day the traffic got heavier and going south to the Grand Tetons the back up to enter the park northbound was approaching an hour or more though it being Friday may have contributed as a lot of visitors live close enough to visit for a single day at a time. Lots of plates from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana etc.

The places we stayed were all spotless and maintenance was thorough as they are glad to have guests once again. Every meal we have eaten for the last 3 months has been prepared by me and that won't change. We used hand sanitizer a dozen times a day and wear masks when entering any building. Folks are doing well being social while still distancing and the phrase "Happy Camper" is getting a whole new meaning.

The bad:

When Ron White famously coined the phrase "You can't fix stupid!" I am relatively sure he had just returned from a week in Yellowstone. We saw more morons than buffalo and in Yellowstone that is a very large number. A single buffalo along side the road and these chuckleheads just stop, right next it and start snapping pictures/selfies completely blocking the road. There are so many pullouts where you can safely get off the road and observe the wildlife from a reasonable distance but so many have to see how close they can get to the wildlife, Arrrrg!

The Ugly:

Other than the traffic in downtown Denver at one in the afternoon there hasn't been much ugly. Mostly gorgeous with breathtaking vistas out the wazoo. We did have 35 gusting to 50 for 2 hours coming out of Casper and snow flurries last Monday at West Yellowstone kept us in camp for the day but overall the weather has been great.

We are headed for a bike ride over to Jackson after breakfast and then some serious mileage exploring the Grand Tetons which are mind numbingly awesome by the way.

We are and have been having an incredible trip. Should have something north of 4K miles on the coach and Indian by the time we return home... where they have been fighting brush fires and triple digit temps. Yep, it has been a great time to be gone.

Stay safe out there folks.

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We spent 4 days this week at a State Park near Helena, Montana. The park was maybe 60-70% occupied. Signs on the restrooms saying that due to the virus, use at your own risk. Not one person was wearing a mask and there was not a lot of social distancing going on.
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i live in the southwest. since january, i have traveled to denver, phoenix, and tucson, lake havasu, and las vegas.. a lot of small towns included. folks are following covid advise with mask and hand washing, as well as distance. i have a number of n95 mask, and use them when in close quarters.
in my opinion, the spike in covid is caused by more abundant testing. before, there were just as many infections, just not reported.
i have not seen many reporting that they were positive, except in phoenix.
in yavapai county, we have some cases, but not to the point that stay at home comes into play.
use common sense, thats the key. if you are thinking you are vulnerable, stay at home.
myself, im ok with mask and gloves, ive been out for essentials ever since this started, and so far im good to go

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We have been out on the road for 14 days now with likely another week to go. Went from home in Tucson to Albuquerque to Angel Fire NM where we stayed with our friends for 4 days, we slept in our coach. From there we drove mostly up I-25 to and across Colorado south to north spending one night in Cheyenne.

From Cheyenne we crossed Wyoming from southeast to northwest spending a night in Cody. Drove to and through Yellowstone entering at the east gate and continuing west to West Yellowstone where we stayed at a very nice RV park - Yellowstone Grizzly. Yesterday we drove south through and out the south entrance of the park and are now in Moran about 30 miles northeast of Jackson in a gorgeous RV park, Buffalo Fireside. We will be here until Monday and then probably out on 20 following the Snake River into Idaho before heading south for a two or three day run back to Tucson.

Here are a few of our observations and thoughts:

The good, things are not nearly as crowded as usual but that is changing daily. While we enjoyed Yellowstone driving and riding the motorcycle nearly 700 miles throughout the park over 5 days. Every day the traffic got heavier and going south to the Grand Tetons the back up to enter the park northbound was approaching an hour or more though it being Friday may have contributed as a lot of visitors live close enough to visit for a single day at a time. Lots of plates from Idaho, Wyoming, Montana etc.

The places we stayed were all spotless and maintenance was thorough as they are glad to have guests once again. Every meal we have eaten for the last 3 months has been prepared by me and that won't change. We used hand sanitizer a dozen times a day and wear masks when entering any building. Folks are doing well being social while still distancing and the phrase "Happy Camper" is getting a whole new meaning.

The bad:

When Ron White famously coined the phrase "You can't fix stupid!" I am relatively sure he had just returned from a week in Yellowstone. We saw more morons than buffalo and in Yellowstone that is a very large number. A single buffalo along side the road and these chuckleheads just stop, right next it and start snapping pictures/selfies completely blocking the road. There are so many pullouts where you can safely get off the road and observe the wildlife from a reasonable distance but so many have to see how close they can get to the wildlife, Arrrrg!

The Ugly:

Other than the traffic in downtown Denver at one in the afternoon there hasn't been much ugly. Mostly gorgeous with breathtaking vistas out the wazoo. We did have 35 gusting to 50 for 2 hours coming out of Casper and snow flurries last Monday at West Yellowstone kept us in camp for the day but overall the weather has been great.

We are headed for a bike ride over to Jackson after breakfast and then some serious mileage exploring the Grand Tetons which are mind numbingly awesome by the way.

We are and have been having an incredible trip. Should have something north of 4K miles on the coach and Indian by the time we return home... where they have been fighting brush fires and triple digit temps. Yep, it has been a great time to be gone.

Stay safe out there folks.

Good to get some real Info - Sounds as if it might have started slow and is now getting Crowded - especially on the weekends.

Space is available - services are sketchy - we have never needed anything But the Water, Electric and the Dump, and seldom those so it sounds as if we will be Happy when we arrive in a week or so.

Thank you all for answering the Question - This may help many who are headed out,

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Busskipper, please donít forget to entertain us with pics and stories along the way. Your pics and stories are much appreciated. Had some medical issues to address since January. Been at S&B since then, but Oh So Anxious to get back to the road. Soon, I hope. Your family trip sounds terrific! Safe travels.
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