Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Work and play in Wyoming

We are wondering if summer will ever arrive in 2011.  June 12th and it is raining and cool when we hook up and head towards West Yellowstone, Montana.  We travel in a steady rain into the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park.  From that point the rain tapers off until about halfway through Yellowstone it stops and it is just a cloudy grey overcast.  Hardly any animals in sight through the park; only a few bison.  We were shocked to see Yellowstone Lake is still frozen solid.  There is still substantial snow above 7,000 feet; sometimes 8’ high on the sides of the road.  Our destination today is Cody, Wyoming.  We set up for one night in a decent RV Park on the east side of town.  There is a small lake across the highway, so we took the pooches over there and let them run free for a bit.  Set up the DirectTV dish and had it working in less than 10 minutes.  We are getting better at this process of satellite TV. 

Monday morning I fill up with diesel ($3.99 gal.) and head into downtown Cody for my work assignment; an inspection on a company that sells custom made rifles and films hunting video productions in the US and internationally.  Back to the campsite to hook up by 10:00 am.  Started chatting with a nice couple from Pennsylvania.  He is a retired Army guy and they have been all over the world.  They were actually living in Berlin when the wall came down in 1989.  We meet the most interesting folks in campgrounds.  On the road by 11:00 am headed for Dubois, WY.   Stopped at Wal-Mart in Riverton to stock up on a few special items for our daughter when she meets up with us on Thursday.  Arrived at our campground near Dubois about 4:00 pm.  Settled in at a great site in a lot of trees near a river.  The river is very high.  The house across the river has put sandbags between their house and the river.  The water is over the bank slightly, but it would need to rise 18 to 24 inches (my casual observation) to get over into the campground.  This is a very nice place.  Rosie thinks it is “spiritual” here.

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Full hookups, cable TV, Wifi and cell phone service.  How good can it get for campers?  Dinner was linguini with meat sauce and garlic toasted French bread.  Yummy!  The only rain today was a short shower just east of here.  It did rain during the night, waking us up about 4:00 am.  I rose at 5:45 am, started the coffee and took the puppies out for their morning communing with nature (potty call).  As we finished breakfast we looked over at Sammy and Annie and this is the look we got:


This is the “So when are going for a walk, mom and pop?” look.  After a nice journey along the river, we returned and I got dressed for my assignment in Dubois.  I was doing an insurance inspection on a camp for Developmentally Challenged Teens.  It is located on a nearby mountain top and was very interesting to see.

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One of the camp counselors had carved this eagle from a tree stump last year.  This is the view from the camp.  This job took about an hour and a half.  On the way back to the camper, I stopped at Daylight Donuts (a local favorite) for a “pine cone”; think apple fritter, but 3 times the normal size.  Yum.  Yes, I got something for Rosie, too!  Filled up with diesel at $4.12 per gal. 

We will stay put here for one more night before heading to a forest service campground on Hebgen Lake in Montana.  That is about 12 miles west of the town of West Yellowstone.  Now that I have finished this blogging task, I need to get on to writing my work reports.  Will write more in a few days.

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