The Queen’s Laundry Hike

August 9, 2016 | 27

In real time, I left Yellowstone today (Tuesday the 9th), but there’s still one thing I wanted to write about from my time there, a hike I did that was new to me. * * * July 31, Sunday Haze shrouds the mountains in Yellowstone today as I pull onto Fountain Flat Drive, a short…

Hello Yellow

August 1, 2016 | 32

July 27, Wednesday Today I drive into Yellowstone National Park to meet up with a friend from Amazon and Quartzsite. It’s a bit of a drive from Island Park, ID where I’m currently boondocking. I’ll be camping in Yellowstone from August 1st until the 6th for a family reunion, but as I’ll be busy with…

Off Trail Finale

September 15, 2015 | 58

Friday, September 11 My coworkers all decided today was the day to do Tomato Soup, so I eagerly tag along with. This isn’t a hike a person can easily try themselves unless they’re with someone who’s done it before because it’s entirely off trail, there is no worn path or markers to follow. In Yellowstone…

RV Tires and More Yellowstone

September 12, 2015 | 26

Friday, September 4 Did I mention that after that big 10.8 mile hike I did yesterday that I couldn’t rest when I got home? Instead, I dumped tanks, stowed away all loose items in Cas, and hitched up so I could depart early this morning. No, not for a weekend getaway or anything exciting like…

Twenty Miles

September 4, 2015 | 41

In the last week, I have added a whopping twenty miles to my hiking total for this season. For newcomers to IO, Yellowstone National Park puts on this little competition called the 100 mile Hiking Club. Employees have the summer season to hike 100 miles within the greater Yellowstone ecosystem (includes the national forests and…

Hot Springs and Jenny Lake

August 25, 2015 | 14

Thursday, August 20 (continued) At Mammoth Hot Springs on the north end of Yellowstone, I stop by the grill for a quick lunch and peel off layers down to my tee-shirt and jeans. It’s hard to believe it was 25 degrees when I woke up this morning, Bertha’s thermometer says it’s 72 now but Mammoth…

More Hiking and Campgrounds

August 22, 2015 | 15

Tuesday, August 16 As of today there are six weeks and one day until the 100 mile Hike Club concludes, and my coworkers and I are feeling that deadline fast approaching. I’m at 62.5 miles right now which isn’t bad, but if I keep going at my current rate I won’t hit 100 in time,…

Campgrounds and Storm Point

August 17, 2015 | 27

Thursday, August 13 (continued) After two fun hikes in the Tower Junction area, Jayne and I are feeling pretty hungry and we stop in at the quaint Roosevelt Lodge for a late lunch. The menu is limited and prices are a bit high since it’s in a national park, but it tastes fine enough. I…

Exploring Tower Junction

August 14, 2015 | 24

Thursday, August 13 The campground is still a study in grays when I pull out this morning. The sun is just now officially rising, but because Old Faithful sits in a bit of a valley it’ll be a little while before the first rays can top the ridge to the east and cast things in…

Lake Views

July 30, 2015 | 18

Tuesday, July 28 All day at work customers are coming in bundled up and the mood is subdued. A cold front swept through Yellowstone yesterday and even in the afternoon the temp is only grudgingly pushing 50 degrees on the thermometer. Sluggish clouds hide the sun, and people spend more time in the buildings at…

Mount Washburn

July 24, 2015 | 34

Friday, July 24 Today starts at the end. Well, let me refine that. The end of the hike. Jayne and I are doing Mount Washburn today, a famous Yellowstone hike that typically starts at Dunraven Pass, about five miles north of Canyon Village Junction at 8,859 feet. From the parking lot at the top of…

The Northern Range

July 14, 2015 | 28

Thursday, July 9 Three coworkers and I roll on up the road through a morning fog. Because of the hour, the traffic hasn’t gotten bad yet and we make good time, heading north from Old Faithful to Madison, northeast from Madison to Norris, east from Norris to Canyon, and then north from Canyon over Dunraven…

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