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Yellowstone National Park

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Palladin8, Mar 12, 2018.

  1. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    Folks my family and I are planning a family vacation. The destination is dependent upon her work honoring her award that she won at one of the meetings. She won one weeks accommodations anywhere the affiliated company has timeshare resorts. We had first looked into Hawaii and listed several places we wanted to stay. The dates we gave we were told they were booked. So with the wife wanting somewhere tropicalish we thought we would look into the Gulf Coast of FL. We searched up and down and have been told that everywhere we have asked for is booked again. Still waiting for the final word since my wife got a bit upset with the company and told them if they were not planning on honoring the deal then why would they offer it in the first place. Her boss took it personal and has been trying hard to find her something.

    So this is where Yellowstone comes into play. I told her that's where I wanted to go in the first place when she said she only had a week. I haven't been since I was a very young kid(5 or so) so I have no memories of it. So if the wife doesn't get where we want in FL then I have been told I can pick since she's done.

    So with all that said could some of you who have been there provide me with any input on things we can do while there. We are looking at going in early June and staying in West Yellowstone or a small town across the border of ID. I've already told her about hiking and such and she's not really thrilled about that as the only attraction but my son was very excited when talking about the animals. What are the must see sights? Any off the beaten path sites that aren't going to be full of tourists? Things to do outside the park?

    Thanks for your input.
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  2. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    I never been there, but enjoy it! Hopes and prayers for you and the family that Yellowstone does not blow up while your there!!!
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  3. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    I live pretty close to the park and have been there several times.
    West Yellowstone is nice enough and is on the side of the park the Buffalo usually hang out in.
    the park has several entrances and outside each one is a town that is set up for tourist stuff.
    just go and get suckered into seeing the tourist trap stuff you'll enjoy yourself.

    the one thing to not miss is Cody Wyoming it's on the other side of the park from W-Yellowstone.
    get up super early [like 5am] and make the drive, spend the day and come back through later in the day [8pm or so]
    you'll be driving towards the sun both directions but you'll miss all of the tourist busses and the crowds and you will see much more wildlife that way.
    waay more wildlife.

    anyway Cody has the gun museum, which also has other stuff to do besides look at guns for 2 straight days.
    they have a rodeo every day for 2 months, some tourist type shows right on the main street and pretty good food all over town.

    W-Yellowstone is a small town of about 250 people normally, but it does have a 3-D movie theater and well,, a town square area to walk around and look at the same souvenirs all the other shops around the park has.

    another decent place to drive to is down to the south end to Jackson Hole it's all set up for tourist shopping too but you go past the Tetons and can get a good look at them out the window.
    there you can hire guides and rafts and do a river run down the wind river canyon.

    the Grand lodge is worth checking out, you can go up and stand where John Wayne and Marilyn stood if you know the spots.
    and I guess the geyser is okay [we have one here in town soo [shrug] it's not too exciting to me]
    the area around the geyser has some trails to walk with the hot pots and stuff and is one of the things people really go to see.
    the Grand falls is pretty nice to see and is off the side of the main road.
    the Park itself is really accessible from a motor vehicle but the trees are trees and the Mtn's are Mtn's and it's a big place, a late start means driving behind a convoy of tourist busses going about 14 mph and you got 80 more miles to go to see anything else.
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  4. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    after you don't see any Bears or Wolves, drop down to Island Park and head towards Idaho Falls on HWy. 20 there is a place called Bear World next to the highway.
    you can see all the animals that you should see [but most likely won't] in the park, there. [for a fee of course]
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  5. Ron Eagle Elk

    Ron Eagle Elk G&G Evangelist

    Yellowstone is my favorite park. Just sight seeing in the Park with all the thermal activity, mud pots, geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, etc, from the comfort of your car or a short walk from the car, is spectacular. The wild life is amazing. Give your son a camera for pictures of plants and animals. Words of warning, buffalo, though large and slow looking, are very fast and powerful. Keep your distance. If there is a warning about bear activity, take it seriously. I worked in West Yellowstone for a summer a couple of years ago. The museums are great there. For the best breakfast west of the Mississippi, stop in at Campfire Lodge and have one of Jim's famous breakfasts. Worth the trip from West Yellowstone. The cafe has outdoor tables that are within spitting distance of the Madison River. If you do stop in for a great meal, tell the owner's Jim and Wendy that Ron Eagle Elk said hello.
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  6. goat roper

    goat roper G&G Evangelist

    We went last year, along with everybody else in the world. We were in Idaho Falls for the eclipse. The day before the eclipse, we tried to go to Birch Creek to fish. We had to open a gate that everybody else was afraid to go through to even find a place to stop for lunch. I think there were more people in the area than in Vegas.
    The only thing I can think of, besides the eclipse, that worked out right, was where we stayed. We only had 2 days, so we went up the west side the first day and stayed in the little town outside of the north end. It was actually a private room in somebody's house. They rent 3 rooms, and live below. It was only $90 a night. The only animals we saw were where you wouldn't expect them. There were none in any of the beautiful meadows along the road. One buffalo was walking down the middle of the road. Somebody apparently saw a bear, and 50 or more cars stopped so the people could all get out and chase it. There were elk on the lawns in Mammoth Hot Springs, and elk on the highway near the north entrance. Wait, we did see some small deer eating next to one of the hiking trails. Of course, people had to go right up to them and scared them away. I guess they wanted to try to get selfies or pet them or ride them or something - idiots. We saw signs everywhere, that said no parking along the roadway. Both sides were full of parked cars, because all of the parking lots were full, everywhere. I hope for your sake that it was only that way because of the eclipse. Jackson is best seen early in the day, so the sun is shining on the Tetons. They don't look nearly as good when they are shaded. We saw them on the way back to IF, so they were shaded, and it was kind of smoky from the forest fires too. Anyway, it was okay. We probably will go again sometime, hopefully when there aren't so many people there. My girlfriend had never seen that part of the country before. I was born and raised in IF. Hope you have a good trip.
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  7. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    the Eclipse was insane.
    everyone went up to IF.
    I took a leisurely drive over the dirt road up and around the Lake and popped out right at the south east side of Idaho Falls.
    we timed it to watch the Eclipse then drove back down to the lake for some fishing.
    we decided to bail on that lake so I cut through the mountains and fished on another lake we normally fish.

    traffic was horrendous I must have been passed by 3 trucks that day.
    but to be fair I was lollygagging along at 30-35 mph.
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  8. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    If it's as big as they say it is then pretty much everyone in the US will be finished. I'll just have a front row seat.

    We have so many of those places here in Vegas. People line up for hours to throw hundreds of dollars away on shooting machine guns. I was paid to shoot them so I've had my fill of them.
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  9. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    Thanks for all the info. I've been to several places there in WY, Jackson Hole being one of my favorites. I was thinking of staying there first but wanted to be closer to the park this time.

    I'm hoping that early June won't have the large crowds but I know there will be plenty of people. I know a few days fishing will be a must for my son and I. Especially when Cutthroat are on the menu.
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  10. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    Thanks for the Info Ron. If I make it to the lodge I will be sure to tell them hi.
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  11. I was there a few years ago. Old Faithful was cool as was the geyser next to it.
    The Grand Prismatic Springs were very cool. Just driving along you should see geysers in lakes and ponds blowing water and steam into the air. We saw Morning Glory Pool as well.
    If you go up by Helena, which is North and a little West you could go to Devils Tower. Its an easy one hour walk around it. And if you take lots of pics you will get some that look like postcards.
    If you go more East you could go to the Black Hills and there is a ton of things to do and see there. If you are interested in that area I could point out a lot more to do.
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  12. runfiverun

    runfiverun G&G Evangelist

    you can also stay in Baker.
    it's a tiny little town up on the north end.
    basically a little mining town leftover from whenever.
    the buildings are crooked and there is nothing much to do there.
    but going into and out of the Lamar valley is super easy from there.

    we took a big vacation a few years back and went in through Jackson hole [90 miles from here]
    out through Cody to Greybull and stayed in a little cabin there.
    we scooted to Cody for a couple of days then went up to Baker over the top of the world road and stayed there for a few day's checking in and out of the Park.
    then went up top to Laurel [Billings MT]
    and come in and out of the park.
    then we dropped down to west yellowstone but scooted over to Henry lake [in Idaho]and rented a cabin there for a few day's and fished.
    then we just drove home stopping in Island park and fishing for 2 day's before cutting over the top of Idaho falls and over the mountain back to town here.
    we were out like 15 or 17 days I took the whole month of September and some of October off work so don't recall all the days we were out.
    we come home for like 3 day's then went camping and took the boat back up by Island park and the Black foot reservoir.
    then I come home for a few day's and headed just south of here for a 10 day hunting trip.
  13. Palladin8

    Palladin8 G&G Evangelist

    Yellowstone and pretty much any other vacation is off the menu at this point in time. Took my son to the Ear Nose and Throat doctor last week. The doctor wants to remove the tonsils, adenoids, and put tubes in his ears ASAP. He has been to the ER with high fevers, constant ear infections, strep, and tonsillitis. We've been dealing with our pediatrician who kept saying he didn't need to see an ENT but I told the wife I am no longer going by what the doc says and we made the appointment. Took all the paperwork with us and the specialist asked why we haven't come sooner with his history. So long story short a good portion of our vacation money is going to surgery costs. Darn shame as I was really looking forward to getting away this summer. Guess we'll have to do a few short trips closer to home.
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  14. PAPA G

    PAPA G G&G Evangelist Forum Contributor

    Prayers for your son, and I hope it all goes well for him and you and wife!!!!
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