I haven’t posted for the longest time and I’ve been feeling guilty about that. I wanted to fill you in on what’s been going on and where we’ve been over the last couple of months. The reason I haven’t posted is because we’ve had very limited wifi.
Our Verizon Jet Pack has a 25 gig data per month limit, but now we’re using a new service that gives us UNLIMITED data for only $25/month (more on that later) and so now we can post pictures and video without worrying about going over our data limit.
We left our volunteer gig at D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery in Spearfish, SD on Sept 18th and made our way west to Yellowstone National Park for about a week.
While there we camped about 20 miles east of the east entrance to Yellowstone at Wapiti (waapadee) Campground in the Shoshone National Forest. It was a nice small (electric only) campground with about 40 sites and a host couple. We were able to stay there for only $8 a night with our America The Beautiful Senior Pass. We would like to have stayed right IN Yellowstone, but the campgrounds in the park were pretty full and a little tight for our 36′ motorhome and we figured the 20 minute ride into the park was not a big inconvenience.
We were planning on spending 8 days visiting Yellowstone and our first day was rainy and about 40 degrees. We drove in through the drizzle in the morning and visited a few of the sites and then decided since we had a few more days to visit we’d head on back home to our site and try for better weather tomorrow.
Boy were we in for a surprise! As we headed east toward the east gate, a Park Ranger was blocking the road and advised us that Sylvan Pass (10,000′ elev.) was closed because “the plows can’t keep up with the snow”! We had no choice but to turn around and either find a room in one of the parks two lodges or retreat out one of the 3 other park exits and make our way back to Wapiti.
As it turned out, ultimately we had to go out the south entrance, through Jackson Hole and then head southeast through Dubois and Riverton and then back north through Thermopolis and Cody, then finally back to Wapiti Campground. It was a 540 mile day – we left Yellowstone about 4 p.m. and got back to camp around 12:30 a.m. What a trip!
But subsequent days offered us a wonderful time seeing many of the “hot pots” including Old Faithful along with beautiful waterfalls and a few wild animals as well!
If you’ve never been to Yellowstone National Park, I’d like to tell you that you should plan on spending a few days there … especially if you like to hike. Even if you’re just driving through the park in your car and using the pull-offs to stop and see the scenery, it can (and should) take days. Even though we visited in mid-September after schools were back in session, it was still a busy park. There’s just so much to see.
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