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Old 03-23-2016, 12:25 PM   #211
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Dirty Rotten Details get in the way

I have to thank Thalweg for the Concentrated Edited Itinerary used in my last post.

Some of you might think the original Itinerary I wrote up would not take up the two pages of dirty details. If I had to fill in the minor details as how I am going to fit everyone onto a mesa, or among dispersed campsites along the Forest Service Road at another Base Camp... some would be afraid to show up.

THAT is my point. An 'Adventure' requires little if any planning- 'an unusual or bold experience'. You are given a date to gather in August, a time to depart and the guy leading you into the wilds of Wyoming does not know a Sunday from a Monday. Day's look, take up the same space on a calendar and actually contain the same 24 hours as the other. So... who cares? We just have to be... close.

The afternoon before we leave one Base Camp to move to another, we will actually have face to face contact as a group, no matter how disturbing some members may appear after a couple days. We will be "equally disturbing" so it is not a problem.

I will identify, as a professional courtesy, any stray rocks anyone brings into the campsite. Some may be the elusive leaverite in Wyoming. Some could be agate, petrifried wood, a part off someone's ATV.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:06 PM   #212
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OPAL discovery near Beaver Divide / Beaver Rim

Giant Opal Deposit Discovery Along Highway
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Mar 25, 2010 - Cedar Rim Opal Deposit, Granite Mountains, Wyoming ... in one of the largest claim staking rushes in Wyoming during the past few decades.
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This is in the Beaver Rim area. We are staying there an extra full day and you will need it.

When this was reported on Denver television, everyone with a shovel and a checkbook rushed up there to stake claims.

Search 'Wyoming Opal' on Google and load your shovel, pick axe, rock pick and collecting bucket. This is the best Wyoming Leaverite you can find... or maybe not.

If you get tired of Opal Prospecting... google Wyoming Jade... same general area.

... and you do not have to share anything you find with those on our "wagon train".
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:43 AM   #213
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2016 Itinerary Adjustments

Am getting down to Forest Service roads and routes in the process of making adjustments as I develop the 'Itinerary'. Most of the dispersed camp sites and Base Camps are pretty routine. When I get to Pinedale, WY and the area where the Rainbow Family invaded Sandy Creek/Boulder, my notes mention lots of mosquitos at the end of June in the area. August could be safe, but the area is only a temporary rest area. It would place us in a large grassy area surrounded by pine forests without a view. Not that exciting. We Base Camped at the end of the road, which ends up with a lot of Pack Horses on multiple day trips, temporary stables set up and possibly detached horse haulers. A Forest Service pit toilet was a big focal feature with some picnic tables.

The FINAL Itinerary will have an overload of Forest Service, BLM, State and any other excuse for a name and number on a gravel or asphalt road prepared in August. Not all maps use the SAME names or numbers depending on the source of the map. Even your GPS can vary... so be prepared.

Here are the latest tweaks I have made, with the day of the week added... this time. I will post after this one to explain WHY August 22 has an option of routes.

2016 Wyoming Adventure:

August 13: Saturday- Arriving at the Wyoming Territorial Prison for tours and overnight camp.

August 14 Sunday to August 23 Tuesday (Ten days)

August 14: Sunday- Depart Laramie 9AM to Beaver Divide for dispersed camping Base Camp
August 15: Monday- Beaver Divide exploring at Base Camp
August 16: Tuesday- Depart Beaver Divide 9AM to Lander to Sawmill Creek dispersed camping in the Shoshone National Forest

August 16: Tuesday- Arrive to Sawmill Creek area for dispersed camping along FR 300 Louis Lake Road
August 17: Wednesday- Depart Sawmill Creek to Lander to DuBois to Double Cabin Base Camp

August 17: Wednesday- Arrive at Double Cabin Base Camp
August 18: Thursday- Double Cabin exploring
August 19: Friday- Double Cabin exploring
August 20: Saturday- Depart Double Cabin Base Camp to Jackson to Granite Creek Hot Springs

August 20: Saturday- Granite Creek Hot Springs dispersed camping
August 21: Sunday- Depart Granite Creek 9AM to Alpine to Grey’s River dispersed camping
August 21: Sunday- Grey’s River dispersed camp along river to Sheep Creek

*August 22: Monday- Depart Grey’s River 9AM to Daniel Junction to Pinedale to Boulder to Lander Cutoff to Oregon Buttes Road to dispersed campsite north of Oregon Buttes
(possible dispersed camp if it is getting too late to make it too Oregon Butte dispersed camp until the next day)
August 23: Tuesday- Oregon Buttes dispersed camp on mesa

August 24: Wednesday- Depart Oregon Buttes

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*Option for those who do not want to do the Lander Cutoff to Oregon Buttes Road and crossing the Wind River Mountain Range, Bridger Teton National Forest and Shoshone National Forest in one day.

*August 22: Monday- Depart Grey’s River 9AM to Daniel Junction to Pinedale to Boulder to Farson to Oregon Buttes Road. Both groups will meet at Oregon Buttes Base Camp.
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Old 03-26-2016, 12:12 PM   #214
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THE 1850's Lander Cutoff 'up and over' Route

*August 22, Monday.

From Grey's River and the Base Camp at Sheep Creek and dispersed campsites along Grey's River to Sheep Creek... we will be cutting an 'up and over' some interesting topography to Daniel Junction to Pinedale. We will top off our fuel at Pinedale. Those members that are pale looking and knuckles drained of blood... may opt to take the asphalt highway to Farson and back north towards South Pass City, which is north of the next stop at Oregon Buttes.

There is a route doing another 'up and over' from Boulder called the Lander Cutoff via the Big Sandy Elkhorn Road to the Lander Cutoff and to Highway 28 where the Oregon Buttes Road is on the East side of the Highway.

Nancy and I have come onto the Lander Cutoff Road from the East side off of Highway 28. It is decent improved gravel. But, not the entire route to Boulder, Wyoming. We were camped at Oregon Buttes with another couple and their trailer some years ago. It is beautiful country and historical in the sense that wagons used this route in the 1850's and later.

Those who want to follow me on the 'up and over' are welcome to do so. It will be all new to ALL of us. If we get slowed down, there is a possibility that we would do dispersed camping if it is getting late. I do not want to catch Oregon Buttes after dark.

Those who opt to take the Highways will know where the Oregon Butte Base Camp and dispersed camping is located and can work together to enter the camp site. The Lander Cutoff crowd, if any, will either beat you to the area, or you will beat us. I have no idea. Eventually we will arrive.

I will crunch the mileage for the Lander Cutoff 'up and over'. I want a cushion of fuel of at least 1/4 tank. We can detach and get fuel in Farson, as Lander is still a ways north.

For those who are taking this casually... get onto the internet and Google the area and see these roads and follow them around from point A to point B. Some routes connect among a number of options and it can be easy to take the wrong... option and end up Base Camped at a newly discovered site! It happens.

Some understand what I am saying. If you are uncomfortable eating dust, having to think about where we will end up when crossing unfamiliar territory... you will understand the 'adventure' aspect of this trip.

Before we leave Beaver Rim... you will understand that with a number of trailers in route... you DO NOT have to be tail gating so you do not get lost. I will help you understand how to avoid eating dust... by knowing wind directions and laying back a city block of distance behind the trailer in front of you. The only member not eating dust... well, is me. But I will be doing all of the sweating and Nancy catching the minute road change notices as we go.

THIS is why you wanted to jump into this Adventure. To do what you may have never wanted to do yourself. The Grey's River to Pinedale 'up and over', and the Lander Cutoff 'up and over' WILL test your stress level.

I will admit that the Grey's River to Pinedale is the most complicated route. IF you are not faint and dehydrated on that route... you just might make it to another one of these Adventures. Nothing is certain, until we arrive at what we hope to be the... town where its name matches where we thought we were going.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:38 PM   #215
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Hey Human Bean,
In response to post #202 and included links. This is great background information and the motor cycle go pro video of the road we will be on was great. Thank you for taking the time to accumulate this local knowledge and share it. It wound seem this was once the Wild Wild West that we think of when we think of the era of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Hey I read this stuff and am camping in Gold Head Branch State Park in Keystone Heights Florida and believe me there is no snow storm here. This is our second trip (first trip no errors) and I only forgot the 30 amp dog bone connector. I guess my mind is on rock docking with no 30 or 50 amp hook ups.
My wife nearly killed me (84F temps) but SHE found a RV store in Starke Fl who had one. The AC unit in our airstream is quite and works great.
Thanks again for the info.
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Old 03-26-2016, 02:50 PM   #216
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Hey Ray, In regards to post #214.
Thalweg told me not to let you scare me off this ADVENTURE. If you are doing all the sweating let me just thank you in advance. I have a siphon and a 60 gallon fuel tank and I will be glad to sell you a gallon of gas if you run out. HaHa
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:27 PM   #217
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Itinerary looks very good... finally finished

Mas Tierra... I have special places for special people on this... adventure. The two 'up and over' trips from Alpine, east to Oregon Buttes, will make Boondockers out of anyone wanting to go that route. If we are running out of daylight, a temporary dispersed campsite(s) will be found before making it to Oregon Buttes.

At one spot along the Lander Cutoff Road I found an 1850's-1860's tin can that was tossed into some granite formations along a creek bed. The ranch must hay the area as it would have made a great campsite for hundreds of wagons and forage for their 'towing vehicles'. Four to eight horses, cattle, reindeer, whatever.

Another five or more inches of snow today and more coming and the weather people were going to write this March off as a snow disappointment season. Winter Full Timers... you really ought to think that one over.

I finished the last draft of the Itinerary, today. It is three dense pages and two additional pages to confirm they are the one and same Adventure. I will have to review some of the road names and numbers that I take off my Wyoming DeLorme Atlas. Some numbers are in such fine small print I needed my binocular scope to read them... So if we get lost, it is not my fault.

Thalweg had computed distances on the first outline with mileages. I will check these against my current travel plan and post them for all to see in the near future. The 'travel distances'... to each Base Camp / Dispersed Campsites from the previous.

As it was as we tow total: 786 miles and this is just a small piece of Wyoming!
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Follow Boulder, Wyoming east to Highway 28...

Just... one, tiny little extra detail to add some whipped cream and strawberries on this soon to be finished cake.

Go to: https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3751.../data=!3m1!1e3

Start at Boulder, Wyoming and travel east on Highway 353 to Big Sandy Elkhorn Road to Lander Cutoff Road all the way to Highway 28. That is the second and easiest 'up and over' for that one day.

Then back up, go to Boulder, Wyoming and follow the roads to the south... and now you understand why there are so many potential places to Boondock just in this piece of Wyoming.

Now with these aerial views, I can count dispersed camps and even sometimes see trailers parked among trees in the forest. No secrets left.
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Old 03-26-2016, 04:33 PM   #219
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1969 WBCC Rally in Laramie, WY

Ray and all:

The second largest gathering of Airstreams in Wyoming occurred in 1969, when 2,175 Airstreams gathered for the 12th Annual WBCC International Rally. Here is a photo taken from the north looking south over the Rally site at the University of Wyoming:




The horizontal road near the top of the photo is I-80. heading east towards the left and west towards the right. The largest gathering of Airstreams in Wyoming occurred in 1965, when 2,592 appeared for the 8th Annual WBCCC Rally in Laramie. We will be hard pressed to come close to either number. Enjoy!
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47WeeWind: WOW WOW WOW. That is one incredible aerial photo. I dare say that record will not be broken in my lifetime.
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Enjoy following the Thread... but we are FULL

I do want to make this clear about the 2016 Wyoming Adventure.

IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY ACCEPTED TO BE ON THIS TRIP... DO NOT SHOW UP.

There will be other 'Adventures' in the future. There are a limited amount of campsites available on this trip. This is not a 'free for all'.

The Airfoum is an excellent site to disperse information, but play by the rules. If there are those who cannot understand, these future opportunities currently discussed, will have to be taken underground and deprive those for future opportunities from even knowing they exist.

If someone on this Adventure invites you to come along... please resist the urge to do so. Your participation will cost another who has been patient a camping spot. I do hope that everyone on this Adventure will also discourage anyone who just shows up and wants to 'tag along'.
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Ahem...

From post #212 on I've been waiting for someone to comment on Ray's reference to collecting leaverrite. We won't be in National Parks, but we should know that all rocks in National Parks are leaverrite. Ray can be a sneaky devil.
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No Leaverite Crystals to be found in Wyoming

The Ice Man must be a gemologist. He knows what he is typing about.

Many amateurs that go to the Petrified Forest in Arizona may find that highest grade Leaverite right in the open and always tempted to find a pocket to... save it from being damaged from the hot days and cool evenings. Possibly fracturing and making it pretty much worthless.

Leaverite can be sold under other names when made "artificially".

Ice Man, being in Tucson knows that the largest USA gem and mineral show is outside his doorstep every February. Nancy and I were there, although bought some beautiful carved woods from Indonesia and walking sticks with handles of carved owls or eagles on top.

But... the Leaverite. You had to look very close to find any that anyone could afford. The good buys are sold before the show opens. They can just leave it in the Country of Origin as I would rather buy more walking sticks. Some day I might find some Leaverite that is left over from last season's show. Probably not, but we can all hope.

Just a couple carats around Nancy's neck and she will be the talk of the Gem Show.
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:56 AM   #224
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2017 Wyoming FINAL ROSTER for August 2016

This is the latest and current list of those signed up for the 2016 Wyoming Rockdocking Adventure... shortened to 2016 Wyoming Adventure.

-If you are on this list and did not intend to be... let me know now.

When someone can not make it or in one example is able to catch the group at one camp, those Trailers in Waiting get the number of the vacancy. So keep that in mind for those who filled another's spot. It is just to keep my spread sheet organized and everyone on their best observation of the latest information.

#1- Ray Eklund
#2- Thalweg
#3- Thinair
#4- Unifreck
#5- AlandMissy
#6- Prickly Pear
#7- Rettig (I have NO Airforum Handle or city, state on my spread sheet)
#8- Gearheart
#9- Lumatic
#10- Barretta2 (moved into spot from Trailer in Waiting)
#11- 47WeeWind
#12- BurnsideBob
#13- Cris911
#14- Decembergal
#15- Lily&Me
#16- traveluminum
#17- tmcguffy
#18- MasTerra
#19- nvestysly
#20- SilverEagle6
(McDave- gave up his #10 and to be at one Dispersed Campsite of his choice, DuBois)

IF you are on this list in error, let me know in advance. IF you are not on this list... you are not expected to be.

Since there were a number of 'Adventures' someone may confused which Adventure... and now is a great time to get that cleared up. My spreadsheet is what I use for contacting the above 21 members. The numbers are for MY keeping things organized, but in most cases... as someone signed up... their name was added at that time and that is the line # on my spread sheet.

There are currently TWO 30' trailers on this Adventure. One is definite in coming and the other may be reconsidering. My experience is with a 23' and a 25' trailer in tow. Anyone towing over 25' will be breaking 'new ground'.

My next post is how I plan to arrange the two 'up and over' routes as well as ALL of the other Base Camps.
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