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Old 05-06-2008, 10:10 PM   #1
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Head for the Hills 2008

It looks like after much kicking and screaming the stars are coming into proper alignment for another Big Adventure!

Im taking a 3 week hiatus between position changes at work and have coaxed the Lovely Mrs. HiHo into agreeing to a Yellowstone trip.

The preliminary framework for the trip is a route that takes I-20W to Shreveport LA, then state highways to Tulsa; jumping over to I-35 north and continuing to Salina KS. We then hang a left and ride to Limon CO, once again jump off to state highways thru Brush to Greely. Then its up to Cheyenne, over I-80 to Rock Springs then wind our way to Jackson WY. We have IDd campgrounds in Antlers OK, Ellis KS, and Gros Ventre in Teton Park. We have been shocked by the prices in Greely/Ft Collins so we are considering pushing on to Vedauwoo just west of Cheyenne. We would also like to get into a Yellowstone Park camp with Madison being a well reviewed selection here on the Forum.

As you can guess we are trying to avoid Interstate Highways through major cities as well as tight/twisty routes with big drop-offs . We are also being flexible with the drive time, allowing for a long day followed by a day off, of course this will be adjusted as we see fit. This time it will be completely different than our last big travel thread Head for the Hills! where we camped in 7 states in 7 consecutive nights (whew, that was fast and furious)

The route home will be very flexible. We would like to loop over through Idaho, down into New Mexico and follow RT66 back east but we will see what time allows for.

This will be our first real try at dry camping and towing through the Western mountain ranges. Plus our comfort zone is being stretched with the no-reservations approach so we look forward to comments/suggestion on the above mentioned route and camp selections.
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Old 05-06-2008, 10:17 PM   #2
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I can't comment on the route, but it sounds like a winner. We were in Yeloowstone last May. It was great; there were few few people there. We had the park pretty much to ourselves.

Best of luck on your trip. Keep us posted with pictures.
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Best of luck on your trip. Keep us posted with pictures.
Right back at 'cha!

We are also hoping to see Moosage!
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If you route yourself back through the Big Horn National Forest, just west of Sheridan, Wyoming, there are lots of mooses there. We saw many more mooses there than in Yellowstone. There are also some really nice campgrounds in the Forest.
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hiho...

when is the trip?

and how many days are you planning for the 2 legs (out n back) not counting time in the yellowstone area?

your general route is part of a stretch that i travel 6+ times each year....

so i can offer some very specific roadways, stops, camping spots and so on if you are interested.

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Old 05-07-2008, 07:57 AM   #6
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hiho...

when is the trip?

and how many days are you planning for the 2 legs (out n back) not counting time in the yellowstone area?

your general route is part of a stretch that i travel 6+ times each year....

so i can offer some very specific roadways, stops, camping spots and so on if you are interested.

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If next week I can get all of the ducks in a row we will depart Mississippi on May 17th and return 2 1/2 to 3 weeks later. The backup plan is a 5-31-08 departure. We set 5-6 days for the trip out/back but really don't expect we will use that much time. Timing wise, my big concerns are campsite availability on the weekends and the Memorial Day holiday.

I'm very interested in suggestions !
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Hi Ho Silver away!

Have a safe/fun trip...wish we were going...sounds awesome!

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Glad to hear you don't plan on staying overnight in Greeley. Good choice. However, if you are there at meal time, try the old National Guard Armoury. Across the street from the Ramada Inn. A piece of Americana that should not be missed, good beer and the beef is very good.
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Don't miss the Snowy Mt. Range in SE Wyoming. You may just graze the edge as you work north toward Cheyenne. If you have time, turn onto the scenic drive across the top of the range. Spectacular and VERY high.
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This route was suggested to us by a local fellow and turned out to be a spectacular way to go to the park. (We came in from eastern Colorado on 40) 191N from 40 (Colorado) will take you through the Flaming Gorge NM area (if you have time check out one of the parallel alt routes along the river) and then 191 to Pinedale WY, N on 189 to Jackson, will bring you in through the Grand Tetons to Yellowstone's South entrance past the Fishing Bridge and the lake. We always come in that way now and stop and camp by the Green River, if you leave early, you can watch the sun rise against the Tetons as you travel through Pinedale and Moose
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we are considering pushing on to Vedauwoo just west of Cheyenne
Good choice, there is boondocking and established camping there. I second the snowy range as great. Camp in the park at Yellowstone for sure, if it were me I would try and avoid the vendor run campgrounds. I personally favor Indian Creek, but you cant use a generator there.
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Don't miss the Snowy Mt. Range in SE Wyoming. You may just graze the edge as you work north toward Cheyenne. If you have time, turn onto the scenic drive across the top of the range. Spectacular and VERY high.
Thanks for the heads up. I pulled some info for us to review on the way out there.
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... in from eastern Colorado on 40... 191N from 40 (Colorado) will take you through the Flaming Gorge NM area ...
Whoo Hoo that looks twisty. I've been put on notice by Mrs. Hi Ho - mountians are great...as long as we look UP, not DOWN!
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... Camp in the park at Yellowstone for sure, if it were me I would try and avoid the vendor run campgrounds. I personally favor Indian Creek, but you cant use a generator there.
Any suggestions for a non-vendor, generator ok camp that will fit a 29' (27' if the ask , 26' if that's all that's available ) Airstream?
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