FC: Yellowstone National Park | 2009
1: Trip Information July 2nd, 2009 - July 12th,2009 Travelers- - Curt, Valerie, Rob, Laura, Samantha, Ryan, Jeremy, & Jenna Miles Traveled - 3,654 Average Diesel Cost - $2.53 Campground Cost - $50 - $75 a night States Seen: Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Minnesota and finally... back to Iowa. Reminder: Do Not stay at the Grand Teton RV Park avoid the West Yellowstone McDonald's!! $31 for four people to eat fast food!
2: How To Survive a Bear Attack Wise words from University of Andy. - Andy Botwin | 1) Point blank, talk to the bear. -are you a dude in a bear costume? -where'd you get that really sweet bear costume? -are you tied up and unable to speak because of that very realistic bear costume? One of two scenarios... :) Bear is not a bear & your friends suck. :( you have a talking bear on your hands. Weapons: *Bear Spray * Spear *Larger Bear REMEMBER! Never Run at a bear, lie to a bear, or tell a bear you think his friend is cute, when in fact it is unattractive; bears can smell lies...& fear... Finally if Face to Face... Raise your arms, stand on your tippy toes... Find it's cub and kill it. A mother cannot survive with out its cub. Chilling, horrible, unproven.........but possibly true. Bear Survival | Live it! | Breathe it! | Survive it!
3: Making our way through Nebraska | The walkie-talkies made for an interesting trip.
4: First Stop: Cheyenne, Wyoming
5: Our first campground we stayed at.
6: Took a stroll through Cheyenne to see the town
7: The "Rent Me" campers we seen almost everywhere we went, and the truck we traveled with and seen later at the car sale!
9: Checking The | S | E | E | Y | C | N | R
10: A Heated pool... cold | A Hottub... Cold & Dirty | Just like the internet said! | A Shelter... with a sunroof
11: The Grand Teton Campground wasn't quite what we expected. The picture in the bleachers was taken at the rodeo in Jackson Hole just before the fireworks.
12: We spent the 4th of July climbing mountains in the Tetons, and in Jackson Hole riding the tram and watching the rodeo and the fireworks. | During the day, we went site seeing and made our way into the Teton Village, where we rode a Tram 10,450 feet up. The view was amazing!
13: These pictures were all taken on the tram and at the top of Mt. Rendezvous! | The older kids went on a trail with Curt and ended up finding themselves playing in the snow.
14: Look at the mountains compared to the camper. | Leave Iowa for a summer vacation, and end up seeing snow in Wyoming .
15: Crazy!!! Snow during the Summertime! | We ended up teaching a few new-comers how fun a snowball fight can be.
16: Seeing the sites of the rushing waters.
17: This is a grizzly we saw going back into the woods. | More wildlife on our scenic tour. | Pronghorned Antelope making sure the bear was leaving.
18: Grand Tetons | The
20: Climbing to Inspiration point.
21: More of the waterfalls & the mountains.
22: Took a boat over to the mountains... crossed the river to get to Hidden Falls...then climbed the mountain to visit "God" at Inspiration Point.
23: Waterfalls at the Tetons
24: We camped for two nights in West Yellowstone and went site seeing during the day. This was one of the best campgrounds we stayed at. | Jeremy loves getting pictures! | Curt trying to get down in the timber for a better picture.
25: The only place we had trouble with mosquitoes! | No one payed attention to the sign. There was always a long line to see the bald eagle.
26: Theses are flyers they handed out al the parks informing the public of how to behave while in the park.
28: Yellowstone National Park | We saw Elk, Buffalo, Moose, Deer and of course the BEARS.
29: While in Yellowstone we saw many wild animals, even met some up close and personal... almost a little too close! | Ryan & Jeremy real close to the bison.
30: Old Faithfull | Waiting for her to blow.
31: Seen Old Faithful.l I have to say it was the smelliest part of the trip. As we were leaving, we noticed a buffalo with her baby.
32: Site seeing and more Geysers.
33: More of the Geysers. Though the view was cool... the smell was horrible!
34: We learned that fires are a natural issue that helps to bring new life to the forest.
35: Though deer are common in Iowa, we found that the deer population in Yellowstone is very different.
36: Cooke City, Montana | Some ofthe bears we saw in Yellowstone | This was a good souvenir store. | Our first black bear we saw at Yellowstone.
37: We saw a momma bear with twins & buffalo crossing the road, the baby decided he was hungry. | All pictures of the momma bear and her twins.
39: Made it through the raging rapids with a little help from our tour guide Glenn. Witnessed level three rapids and almost missed our exit and ventured onto the Mad Mile! | Big Sky, Montana
40: Buffalo Bills Museum Cody, Wyoming | Jenna, Samantha, Jeremy & Ryan
41: We finally hit civilization! We found a Wal-mart. Spent the evening in Cody and went to the museum the next morning. | Jenna & Samanthas hands in a bear claw print.
42: Needle Highway | We drove through this tunnel.
43: Climbing to the top | The Sights at Needle Highway | They all climbed on the rocks to see the awesome view.
44: Mount Rushmore
45: Ryan & Jeremy blowing up the mountain.
48: Still at Mount Rushmore | Walking through the trail. Ryan got a Huge sliver so they tried to play DR. on the trail.
49: Thank heavens for the Chevy dealer we had enough room to park the campers while waiting out the storm. Storm sirens went off three times. | In New Castle, Wyoming we ran into another storm. This time we had to pull over due to strong winds blowing the campers over..
50: KOA Campground we stayed at when we went to Mount Rushmore.
51: Fake cowboys Horses Vehicles to rent Pool, hottub and trampoline Finally found Mini-Golf | This is a picture of the entrance to the campground. It was a huge campground. We also got hailed on there.. | We rented this for the day to go site seeing.
52: Samantha & Jenna getting ready for their trail ride. | Samantha & Monk Jenna & Splash
54: Bear Country USA
55: The bear cubs are so cute.
56: Find 11 Black Bears hidden in this picture.. | The animals on the next page are all taken in the park.
58: Wall Drug, South Dakota
59: left: most expensive corn-cob around | Corn Palace in South Dakota | Ice-cream at Wall Drug
60: Now It's Your Turn
61: Flowers Jeremy wouldn't pick for Samantha.
62: The View from the Badlands
63: We made it through all them hills.
64: Sioux Falls, South Dakota