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Old 12-01-2014, 11:27 PM   #15
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...aside from that, I am a former Hotshot form the Bitterroot NF, passed on Smokejumping to have a family back here on the east coast...now I'm soft...
This isn't a "problem" - it's remembering all you learned in fire - and so you're just remembering one of those conditions "...that shout, watch out!"

Your experience will come back quickly. Whatever you decide and wherever you go when you get back home to Montana, the kiddies will enjoy seeing your past - don't forget to take them to the SJ loft at the MSO airport - it's a great little museum including 'shots and helitack. Heck, you might even be in it!

Enjoy your trip - bring your White's with you - it might be a "good fire year" (I'm sure you remember that term) and maybe you can get on in one of those "soft" overhead jobs as a contractor! Let us know - Mefly2 or me - if we can help in any way.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:21 PM   #16
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Thanks for all the replies. I decided to go over 16 in the Bighorn NF, that's the plan anyway. I may get out there and go a different way. My thought is we will be in Yellowstone, so no reason to go crazy getting there. I'm going to scope some boondocking locations on 16.
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Old 12-04-2014, 08:54 PM   #17
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If you'd like I can help you with boondocking sites in the Bighorns, or if you prefer, I can provide courtesy parking just outside of Buffalo, WY.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:33 AM   #18
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I often drive in, and through, Yellowstone during the summer.

While I would never consider towing over the Beartooths myself, or over Mt. Washburn for that matter, I just wish that all of you guys that do so (or anyone driving or towing an RV in the Park) would please use the pull outs whenever you are going less than the posted speed limits with another vehicle behind you.

There is nothing more irritating than to get behind a person going 25 mph for miles on end in a 45 mph zone. Nothing except the SOB's that stop their vehicles in the middle of the road, rather than pulling off, to take a picture of a bison, or another commonly seen animal.
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Old 12-05-2014, 12:06 PM   #19
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Somehow if I were to force a slow down on one of America's most scenic roadways such as the Beartooth I think that once the road rage passes people would actually thank me.....?
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Old 12-05-2014, 03:19 PM   #20
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Not so much. 4000 of us live and work in Yellowstone during the season. In my case, a grocery run is down to Cody at about 80 miles. Once I get my "town stuff" done, it is 80 miles back with my ice chest full of groceries and ice. Add in a few assorted "critter jams" and some pokey folks and the whole day is shot.

Trust me, there are far better things to do inYNP than spend the day crawling around the park.

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Old 12-05-2014, 03:52 PM   #21
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If it's anything like Banff or Jasper parks in Canada the idiots stop on both sides of the road and nobody moves until they put their cameras away and get on with it.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:01 PM   #22
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Somehow if I were to force a slow down on one of America's most scenic roadways such as the Beartooth I think that once the road rage passes people would actually thank me.....?
Ted,

I will apologize up front but this just hit one of my hot buttons. We love to travel with our AS but try to show a little courtesy to those that aren't on vacation by keep up our speed and using pull offs when we can't. Living in an area frequented by visitors you can get more than a little frustrated with antics some people pull while on vacation. Up here don't try to make any time in the summer on the Parks highway around Glitter Gulch (Denali) or heaven forbid Turnagain Arm. They are why Alaska has a traffic law that it is illegal to have more than 5 cars stacked up behind you!

Don't even ask me about the time we were headed to Valdez pulling our boat, on the Rich a few years ago and came around a blind corner and there were two tourists stopped dead in my lane with the trunk of the car open pulling out their camera gear to take a picture of a "pretty little lake with floatplane" on it. Fortunately we didn't end up in their trunk or in the lake!

Rant done. Just use a little common sense and realize the whole world is not on vacation no matter where you are.
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Old 12-05-2014, 04:54 PM   #23
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We've pulled the Beartooth from Montana a couple of times, incredible scenery! The only thing I'd say is if the passenger has any fear of heights, let them wear a paper bag or a pillow case until you breach the summit.
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Old 12-05-2014, 05:07 PM   #24
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So anyways, I was just trying to be funny. Sorry for my poor humor.
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:43 PM   #25
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Drove the bear tooth and the bighorn nf last summer. No problem towing trailer thru the bighorn, but would not want to pull it on bear tooth. Both drives spectacular....will never forget them and will go back.
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Old 12-26-2014, 11:24 AM   #26
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Old 01-02-2015, 07:42 PM   #27
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To ditto mefly's contention about snow in the summer: drove over the Beartooth in a car on a warm July day through Red Lodge, froze my butt off in my shorts while watching skiers get off the ski lift at the crest (who knew?!!! I didn't!), romped with my son in the snow fields and then got pelted by hail on the way down. Spectacular highway is undervaluing the memory but that's all I got.
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Old 01-02-2015, 08:37 PM   #28
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Don't pull your trailer over the switchbacks from Red Lodge west,to Cooke City, go toward Cody and take 296 off 120. It is called the Chief
Joseph Highway, very nice,steep hills ,easy pulling a trailer over....
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