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Old 09-17-2016, 10:25 AM   #519
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Hmmmm, that Stanley Idaho area looks like an area worthy of some exploration. You might be onto something there Bob. And just south of Stanley is Obsidian. That sounds like a place worthy of some Ray Eklund geologic investigating.

I think it's too far out to plan right now, but we should talk in the Spring.

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Old 09-17-2016, 10:41 AM   #520
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Stanley

Stanley is a big crowded tourist area. I have stayed in Grandjean which is a little wsw of Stanley. It is in the National Forest and has a rustic campground with a hot spring fed pool called Sawtooth Lodge and a couple of miles further a National Park campground and hiking trails. Hot springs also on the Payette River which runs parallel to the forest road access. Other National Forest campgrounds in the area.
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Old 09-17-2016, 01:40 PM   #521
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The last time we went to Grand Jean the road was pretty rutted. I'm not sure that I'd even want to take our beat-up Phoenix down that. Maybe it has been graded. There certainly are a lot of Idahoans with high clearance TT's boondocking near the hot springs. As far as hiking goes, it is at least 8 miles in from the trailhead before the magic happens.
Stanley is pretty bad, so is Redfish Lake. However, take the ferry then hike a bit, then Cramer Lakes or Baron Lakes---so special! I think God goes there on weekends.

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Old 12-25-2016, 10:38 AM   #522
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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all Wyoming Rockdockers and Vicarious Voyagers.

Doesn't snow often where we live but we did get a bit to get us in the Christmas spirit.

Hoping you all are having the best holidays ever and Wyoming Rockdockers, thanks for the memories.

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Happy New Year and maybe we'll be seeing you on the road to somewhere.
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Merry Christmas to all of the Wyoming gang. My campfire is always open to any and all of you.
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Old 12-26-2016, 11:43 AM   #524
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Merry Christmas to all of the Wyoming gang. My campfire is always open to any and all of you.
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... from the fly fisherman who fed the surviving Adventurers with an ample amount of freshly caught trout out of the Grey's River, Wyoming!
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Old 12-26-2016, 08:28 PM   #525
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Merry Christmas to all Wyoming Rockdockers . . .

I'm a day late and still one Airstream short, but extend my best wishes to all Wyoming Rockdockers and their furry friends for a very Merry Christmas and a Howdy Happy New Year. May 2017 often find you far away from the maddening crowd, gazing up at the dark sky swarming with stars while standing in your dusty hiking boots. Let the seductive call of the wild howl louder on every trip.
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Old 12-27-2016, 07:12 AM   #526
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Hi 47WeeWind,

Thank you for the Christmas wishes. We missed you at Texas Country Air. We hope to see you and the other Wyoming Rockdockers again sometime.

A few of the WY crew indicated an interest in meeting in Omaha in the spring. I'll send a PM to everyone to see if there is still interest in the Omaha gathering.

I came across this video a while back...

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Old 12-27-2016, 09:09 AM   #527
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When the High Country snow melts and the roads firm up with Spring sunshine... take note of the many locations of the Wyoming Adventure. You can find these locations on a map and track them on a State Atlas.

These sites are accessible to everyone with experience in navigating the twists and turns of roads cut into the sides of hills and mountain sides. Even if you only attempt one campsite.. and maybe the following trip one or two more. These places exist not in my imagination but are real and undiscovered by the majority.

The disappointment was Double Cabin north of DuBois. Forest Fire(s) totally destroyed this gem within the forest. It will take a hundred years to recover. It is Mother Nature at work to cleanse the forest with the new.

These seemingly remote locations are throughout the Rocky Mountains. Where there is a road... there must have been a reason for it to have been traveled. These places are only remote to the RV Campsite traveler. There is comfort among the throngs of similar minded people.

Put up a sign and they will come. National Parks and RV Parks.

No sign... they will not come. Only the few travel these roads and the geography and geology is the same as a potential National Park... but has not been... named or a sign indicating it exists.

For those who have had enough of 'similar minded people', go that extra mile or five or fifteen into the fresh air, clean water and remote hunter's camps 'once' used only by horse pack and mules. These trails are now mountain roads and improved by width and use.

2017 may be your year of discovering new places with the welcome mat just two ruts to an open spot among the tall trees with campfire rings used since the Indians traveled on foot to hunt large game.

Do it. If you wait too long... that lusting for exploring is fleeting.
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Hi 47WeeWind, ... I came across this video a while back...
Hi nvestysly:

Ha Ha! Thanks for digging out of the vault that vintage video about my 1948 Wee Wind. It was produced a few years ago at Alumafandango, back when I was . . . ummm . . . more studly. Diane Bailey and I parked our two Wee Winds backed up against each other, bumping booties. That sure was a fun rally at Lakeside Amusement Park here in the Denver area. I hope to see you and Danielle in 2017, somewhere in our great country. Happy New Year!
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I pulled from our camping photos Double Cabin, DuBois, Wyoming of July 2008, eight years later, the August 2016 Wyoming Adventure. The multiple forest fires are very evident. The bottom photo has Double Cabin below, which I refer to as Cabin with Out House.

At the time of this Adventure, a fire at Granite Creek (southeast of Jackson) and the Hot Springs were cancelled, due to the local forest fire on the south side of the river.

When plans are made a years after a last visit, the area can change. Road conditions. Forest restrictions for campfires and fire cleanup. Access to areas that may be prone to flash flooding with vegetation burned off and not fully recovered. There are a lot of issues to consider and not always 100% accurate information to take under consideration.

Some times you must make changes in plans. Always have backup campsites in mind!

At Double Cabin in August, 2008 and 2016, it was... dramatic. The rivers were at a very low flow. The forest was black and timber fallen over... Compare these next five photographs. It is easy to see how an area can change over time.
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One last photo of how difficult some areas were to hike.

Thalweg is posing, while I was able to find a nice five point elk antler shed.
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May 2006 Medicine Bow, Wyoming at the Virginian Hotel. Many members visited the Hotel on the 2016 Adventure. Some photographs of the interior of the rustic hotel.

The pancake was a substitute for... two pieces of toast in 2006. Today, the pancake is about 20% the size with... new management.
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Oregon Buttes, Wyoming was the last stop on this Adventure. Five survivors camped on the high mesa overlooking the valley with Lander and Riverton, Wyoming in the distance. These are photographs from July 2007 when exploring away from Base Camp on the rim.

Yes... there is easily 100 square miles of exploring just at the Oregon Buttes campsite. Find the directions on this Thread. A family will find no limit of entertainment and discovery. True Off the Grid Boondocking!
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