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Old 08-02-2016, 12:06 PM   #421
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tmcguffy has offered two Off the Grid sites. Shadow Mountain and Upper Teton View.

-Upper Teton View. Never been there, but great view of the Grand Teton, as well!

-Shadow Mountain is for very experienced navigators of steep and narrow access road to the campsite. I did it once and will not do the South Route as a casual campsite. Maybe explore the north access some day, but been there, done it. I am sure that Tom will find either Shadow Mountain or Upper Teton View to his liking. This would be for those who can hook up with Tom and really experience what your Airstream and 4x4 tow vehicle can do. You will be impressed, but I will have to pass on this option... this time.

Anonymous offered Gros Ventre Campground (307-543-3100). Almost a sure thing to find a campsite. It is flat, bushy, wet and bring bug spray. A very safe option for finding a campsite at $11 for Senior pass holders. This would suit 100% of those wanting an easy option. I need a little more than safe, but still this is a viable option for anyone.

Nancy and I like.... Idaho, this time. Palisades Reservoir, just west of Alpine, WY.
N43.19.562 W111.12.917 - 5,742 feet elevation, at Palisades Dam. We paid $12 in 2007 and no doubt with Senior Pass at that today. (877-444-6777) Reservations, or Pot Luck Chance It... We will chance finding an open site.

Calamity Point Campground (our 2007 site)
Riverside Park Campground (has dump station)
Palisades Creek Campground

This is where we will be hunting a campsite to stay overnight. Anyone is welcome to look over the various campgrounds, or find their own. When Highways 26 and 89 split, Highway 26 goes west to Idaho and towards Palisades Reservoir.

Our Designated Meeting Location will be along Highway 89 through the center Alpine, WY. Time will be between 9AM to 10AM. We will decide time to gather, once we arrive in area, from Double Cabin.

Get your map out, look it over. Check the internet descriptions of all of these sites. Find your comfort level. These sites along Palisades Reservoir and the Snake River are convenient and well developed.
I'm not picky, tho I do like water ...will just follow the crowd.

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Old 08-02-2016, 07:14 PM   #422
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Ice Man... Territorial Prison Outbreak to go fishing

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I have watched locals fishing upstream from DuBois, who cheat and use worms. They catch five or six cutthroat trout in less than ten minutes and take them home for breakfast. All under seven inches.

My fly fishing effort using a fly... ZERO. At least you have something to show.

This IS 'cold water' fishing. Ice Man knows. If you do not believe me... jump in for a short swim in Frontier Creek, before it enters Wiggins Fork... next to Double Cabin.

Anyone, and Maggie as our first volunteer to test the current, will have a chance to discover if the water temperature is 48 degrees, or a toasty 55 degrees... There will be a 'river crossing'. Bring a camera. Post it on the Forums, as 'unknown member'.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:34 PM   #423
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Medicine Bow / Sierra Madre / Pole Mountain

Someone earlier on this Thread was interested in checking out the Medicine Bows to the west of Laramie. If you have not already arrived... catch these maps.

I am packing maps, exciting to read geological reading material and found my Medicine Bow National Forest map in the process. A copy is most likely available in Laramie at the Medicine Bow - Routt National Forest office, 307-745-2300. I have a 1998 copy.

(West Medicine Bows) The Sierra Madre map indicates six campgrounds in the Encampment, WY area, with 4 to 50 units per campground. Elevations of 7,000 to 9,000 feet. Pull outs of 20 feet to 50 feet.

(East Medicine Bows) Centennial, WY and Highway 130 has 28 campgrounds. Six to 60 units per campground. Elevations of 7,800 feet to 10,500 feet. Pull outs of 25 feet to 40 feet.

No lack of campgrounds. Mosquito spray. Expect a 'chill in the air' at these sites. You will appreciate the more moderate temperatures in the flat lands... of 6,500 to 7,200 feet.

Get a map at many Service Stations, Walmart on the east side of Laramie might where fishing licenses are sold, all tackle shops... and if during the work week... the Forest Service is eager to fill your request of all and any National Forest Service maps they have under the counter.

Laramie Peak is on a 'separate map'. So... now start a map collection. You will never become lost.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:12 AM   #424
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Someone earlier on this Thread was interested in checking out the Medicine Bows to the west of Laramie.

(East Medicine Bows) Centennial, WY and Highway 130 has 28 campgrounds. Six to 60 units per campground. Elevations of 7,800 feet to 10,500 feet. Pull outs of 25 feet to 40 feet.

No lack of campgrounds. Mosquito spray. Expect a 'chill in the air' at these sites. You will appreciate the more moderate temperatures in the flat lands... of 6,500 to 7,200 feet.
That was me, Burnside Bob.

Susan and I have our eyes on Sugarloaf Campground, but at 10,500 feet elevation we might find the air a little thin. When we came thru in 2000 we stayed at East Fork Campground, which is between Saratoga and Snowy Range Pass and is 8,000 feet. No views tho. Sugarloaf is close to several trailheads so we were hoping to stretch the legs a little after the three days we will take to drive East from Oregon.

Thanks again, Ray, for the advice about maps and looking into the campgrounds.

* * * * * * *

I did look for webcams today to see how smoky things are. These webcams may be of interest to the group:

Beaver Rim: http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webc...BeaverRim.html

Dubois:
http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webc...287Dubois.html

Oregon Buttes:
http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webc...gonButtes.html

Index of Wyoming Webcams:
http://www.weather.gov/riw/cms_webcam_index
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:14 AM   #425
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Thank you Bob for post #424. It is amazing what information is found just by searching the internet.

The webcam index tells it all... NO Snow. That is good news. Everything else can be handled easily.
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ONE photo shot of Convoy of Airstreams in Wyoming...

If you look at the top of this page, you will see a Convoy of Airstreams on a lonely straight gravel road.

It would be nice if we can do our own photo shoot on a lonely straight road in Wyoming.
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Any star gazers in the group? I am bringing a Celestron computerized reflector scope. My friend thought that i might have a good use for it as we will probably be in dark sky country for a few nights. Here`s hoping it is clear visibility.
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Any star gazers in the group? Here`s hoping it is clear visibility.
Why yes--at least of the Perseid Meteor Shower persuasion. Part of our motivation to stay at Sugarloaf Campground was to see the Perseids. Night of the 12th/13th is supposed to be the peak, but the following nights could be good, too.

http://www.timeanddate.com/astronomy...r/perseid.html
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I am enviously lurking on this thread since we had to cancel. Maybe next year. Sounds like some are already on the way. Hope you have a great time. Post pictures!

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Double Cabin, WY- 8-04-2016

Ice Man was unable to chase the Convoy from Laramie, but is doing a fine job reporting road and camping conditions. Here is DuBois to Double Cabin. The reference to Horse Creek Campground is about half way to Double Cabin open space site.

Ice Man (Tucson, AZ)

"Made the trip in to Double cabin this AM.

Which of your numbers will receive text messages, I can send Pictures?

Road is excellent
Several SOBs at Horse Creek CG
Logging ops at +/- mile 15
Camp area to the west at mile 15.9 is empty
The Switchbacks at ~ mile 19 are clear and smooth
There’s a MH parked down by the creek between the switchbacks
No smoke or fire smell once out of town
The area straight ahead at Double Cabin has 2 rigs and one tent
The upper loop has 8 rigs
The lower (horse) loop has only one rig, a cab-over camper with a two horse trailer.
Sure would look great paved with aluminum…
The CG roads are in considerably worse shape than FR 285"

(Post pictures onto the Thread. Did you try any fishing? Maggie wants to know if any Bear Warning signs were posted.)
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Ray, this was my site last night, in Keyhole SP.

You would have been proud of me, navigating the rutted road that led to this site.

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Yep. Bear Aware signs are there and made me think of Maggie.
No smoke or ash - the sky was absolutely beautiful.
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Boedeker Butte (?) and Ramshorn Basin
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View of the lower Campground. A cellphone can't possibly be as inspiring as the awesome real thing
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Coffman Butte far left - 10978 ft, Norton Point left center, then the Wiggins Fork valley right center


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I am much more afraid of steep elevations than of bears.


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Steep elevation can be covered by your Comprehensive coverage. Not so with Bears.
:-). ;-)
That having been said, there are several places, like the switchbacks where you are only 3 or 4 feet from Eternity. Fortunately the roads are particularly wide there and you can hug the up-hill side and keep your eyes straight ahead. (Unlike my DW who closes her eyes and says to tell her when it's over.). You don't have that option when you're the driver.



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