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The Great Outdoors

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S: Out West, Planes, Trains and Buses

FC: Out West with Bob and Pam | Planes, Trains and Buses September 15 - 26 2011

1: The railroad tracks were being repaired so we flew to Denver and stayed overnight before getting on the train to Salt Lake City. We took a walking tour of Denver which was like a scavenger hunt based on the 1922 robbery of the Denver Mint. | An actor portraying the girlfriend of one of the bank robbers | The old train station in downtown Denver.

2: OUT WEST WITH PAM AND BOB 9/14/11: Bob , Pam, Dave and Karol left Detroit on an early flight to Denver, stayed overnight and then in the morning headed out for Salt Lake City on the Amtrak train. 9/16/11: We boarded the bus with our tour group and toured Salt Lake City. 9/18/11: Stayed in Jackson Hole, WY and toured the Grand Tetons 9/119-20: Stayed in West Yellowstone, MT 9/21/11: Cody, WY 9/22-24/11: Traveled to Rapid City, SD 9/25/11: We ended our tour by riding the bus to Williston, ND to board the train back to Chicago and then another train to Jackson MI>

3: The train ride, lots of scenery.

4: Train TripG | What a beautiful view! | Rt. 90 along the Amtrak Trail

6: The men look over the situation | OH NO The brake pads on the bus went out!

7: Fortunately for the Feldkamps there was one gas station and one bar where we came to a halt. | j | Three DollarBeers

8: Mormon Temple

9: At the Great SAlt Lake | Mormons lead by Brigham Young left Navoo, IL in 1846 to seek a land where they could practice the Mormon religion in peace. They traveled eighteen miles each day. Children counted the revolutions of the wagon wheel, aided by a rag tied to the wheel. 404 revolutions = a mile. They arrived in the valley by the Great Salt Lake on July 24, 1847 where it was declared"This is the place."

10: Lake Jenny was among the beautiful views in the Grand Tetons.

11: Jackson Hole WY and the Grand Tetons

13: "A Picture Postcard Come to Life!" Some of the mountaintops reach as high as 30,000 ft. The sudden rise of the mountains is dramatic and especially so with lakes and ponds on the valley floor. Lake Jenny (named for the wife of one of the first fur trappers) is at the base of the mountain.r | Chapel of the Transfiguration

14: LowerLo LoverFalls Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon

15: Yellowstone Park | Our guide explained that Bison and Moose are actually more dangerous than Bear because Bear are more predictable. | Old Faithful

16: Old Faithful did not disappoint! | Old Faithful Lodge built in 1926.

18: Buffalo Bill Cody Historical Center Wm. Cody was the most famous man on earth in 1900. He was a Pony Express rider, military scout, buffalo hunter, showman, town builder and American legend. | CODY, WYOMING | What a Man.

20: Look who we found in Rapid City, SD. Kristy, Mike, Sophia and Oliver!.!! | This is the original air compressor that ran the jack hammer, Kaput Kaput.

21: Crazy Horse Monument People were allowed to pick out a rock from the rubble left after the blasting of the mountain | Bitty Boo helped Oliver pick out a special one to take back to Boulder for a nice souvenir.

22: Mt. Rushmore

24: We took the Black Hills Central Railroad from Hill City to Keystone where we went to the Gutzen Borglum Museum and Mt. Rushmore. | Sophia and Oliver were not that excited about the train ride. | These wild donkeys were quite tame

25: Bitty Boo and Oliver are seat buddies on the bus.

26: On the last leg of trip, Pam was tired out, Bob was still alert.

27: On the train from Williston, ND to Chicago. It only took about 15 hours. And then we got on another train from Chicago to Jackson. We ended up in Tecumseh about midnight.

29: The best part of the whole trip was spending time and making memories with Kristy and Mike , Sophia and Oliver Thank you so much for coming from Boulder to meet us in Rapid City for the week end.

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