Archive for June, 2007

2007 06 26 – Big Trip – Day 57 – Getting to Glacier

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

KOA Campground, West Glacier, Montana. Odometer – 5718

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Flathead Lake, Montana

We are parked 2 miles outside of Glacier National Park. Today was the last of the boring drive days crossing through Montana to get here. In the morning I left Paola and the kids at the campground playground and took the RV to the repair shop. They fixed 4 out of the 6 problems and in just over one hour. The two remaining problems are not showstoppers – the generator sometimes hiccups, and the A/C doesn’t cool as much as it should. (more…)

2007 06 25 – Big Trip – Day 56 – A Carousel for Missoula

Tuesday, June 26th, 2007

Jellystone Campground, Missoula, Montana. Odometer – 5550

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Ron holding on, A Carousel for Missoula, Montana

We got up not knowing what we will do today. We have to fix a bunch of stuff in the RV (leaky faucet, noisy water pump, cabinet door not closing) and the traveler’s assistance hotline from Cruise America (the RV company) did not notify us what to do. After holding on the line for 30 minutes, I got an answer that no RV shop in Bozeman will take us today. So we decided to continue to Missoula, a big city 200 miles to the northwest, where we have an appointment tomorrow morning at 10am. The drive was pretty, with nice green fields dotted with cows. We stopped for lunch along route 90 and while Paola prepared the food I took Shir and Orr for a closer look at the bovine wonders. (more…)

2007 06 24 – Big Trip – Day 55 – Scenic Drive to Montana

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

KOA Campground, Bozeman, Montana. Odometer – 5321 miles

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Black Sand Basin, Yellowstone National Park

Shir had a bad night, but aside a cursed predawn hour where both Paola and I tried to comfort her, it was a long sleepful night. We tried to get ourselves organized early, but it was only 10:30 when we finally left the campground. We drove up through the north end of the Teton Park and into Yellowstone. By now, Yellowstone seems like a familiar neighborhood to us. (more…)

2007 06 23 – Big Trip – Day 54 – Grand Teton National Park

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Colter Bay Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Odometer – 5128 miles

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View from Colter Bay, Grand Teton National Park

We all slept until about 9 this morning. Ron was a bit cold at 6am so Paola turned on the heater. By the time we got up 3 hours later, the RV was like a sweatshop. The weather here in the past few days has been great, going up to 29C in the day, and down to 5-10C at night.

We took a path from the RV site that led us to Jackson Lake. We sat on the shoreline enjoying the sun, the view of the Tetons, and the children tirelessly throwing rock after rock into the water. (more…)

2007 06 22 – Big Trip – Day 53 – Grand Teton National Park

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

Colter Bay Campground, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Odometer – 5064 miles

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Garnet Canyon, Grand Teton National Park

Shabbat Shalom.

I got up at 4:30am and took the RV into Grand Teton Park while Paola and the children were still sleeping in the motel. On the drive up, as the early morning light started seeping in, I saw many deer and elk by the roadside, having breakfast. I even had to stop once to let a deer cross the road. Today’s hike was a 10 mile in and out climb to Garnet Canyon. I parked at Lupine Meadows trailhead and walked up through a pine forest until the canyon opened up about 2000 feet higher. On the way up I sang and talked to myself, trying to alert bears to my presence. I guess it worked cause I didn’t encounter any. There was a strange little rooster that didn’t seem to mind me right next to him though. He had all his back feathers up and then I saw the female he was courting. (more…)

2007 06 21 – Big Trip – Day 52 – Jackson

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Golden Eagle Motel, Jackson, Wyoming. Odometer – 4978 miles

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Waiting for a stagecoach, Town Square, Jackson, Wyoming

Today was a laid back city day. We started off by strolling the streets around town square, visiting art galleries and such. As a comedic relief for the kids, we took a 15 minute stagecoach ride around town. The kids liked it, even though sitting inside you can’t really see the 2 horses drawing the carriage, just here their footsteps and smell their manure. (more…)

2007 06 20 – Big Trip – Day 51 – Yellowstone to Jackson

Thursday, June 21st, 2007

Golden Eagle Motel, Jackson, Wyoming. Odometer – 4978 miles

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Boat ramp at Lewis Lake, Yellowstone National Park

Today was a driving day. We had to cover 140 miles to get from West Yellowstone to Jackson. Most of the way was through national parks. First Yellowstone, then Grand Teton. We will return to Teto in a few days, but after a week in Yellowstone we wanted to get to Jackson, which is supposed to be a very nice town. (more…)

2007 06 19 – Big Trip – Day 50 – RV Problems

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

KOA Campground, West Yellowstone, Montana, Tachometer – 4836 miles

Towing our RV

Today was a wasted day. We planned on driving south to Jackson but the RV company said otherwise. A tow truck cam in to take our RV to the nearest garage, which was closest to the west side of Yellowstone. The tower had room for all of us so we transferred the kids’ safety chairs to the “red truck” and the kids got excited about this change. We drove slowly for about an hour and a half, with the driver serving as a tour guide of the park for us. He is a young 20 year old guy who came to work in Yellowstone for the summer. The girls fell asleep and Ron was busy drawing, so the drive went by fast. (more…)

2007 06 18 – Big Trip – Day 49 – Yellowstone National Park

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Grant Village Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Tachometer – 4830 miles

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Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone National Park

After 3 nights without a hookup, we are staying at a hotel here in the park. We wanted to stay in the campground here at Grant Village but it only opens next week. For $125 a night, it is a bit bare, but the kids had fun jumping on the beds when we got in. (more…)

2007 06 17 – Big Trip – Day 48 – Yellowstone National Park

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

Madison Campground, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Tachometer – 4788 miles

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Traffic Jam, Yellowstone National Park

We woke up after 9 today. The Bison left the meadow during the night. From the RV window, Ron and Shir spotted a “ground squirrel and his wife” fooling around near their hole. We got through the morning duties, always a bit slower without a hookup (no microwave to warm the milk, visit to the dump station for dumping and fresh water), and set off to see more Yellowstone. (more…)