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Old 09-17-2011, 09:06 PM   #15
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We were the Illinois Airstream at the campground. Yellowstone was wonderful but busier than I thought it would be. Can't imagine what it would be like in the summer. Pic below of our spot on Madison.

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Old 09-18-2011, 01:45 PM   #16
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it is a wonderful place

i all these years had visions of what yellowstone would be....and it was not even close....it is so vast and so much to see....and so many folks trying to see it...

would love to see it in the winter or spring....would love to hike all the trails....and outrun all the bears

would love for the national parks to allow dogs more access

but so it goes
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:31 PM   #17
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My Wife and I went a couple of years ago in early May, before the crowds hit, and unfortunately before the Bear Tooth highway opened up. Next time we go, It will probably be the same time of year. The only time we saw a crowd was if a black bear showed up near the roadside. IIRC we had a half dozen times we spotted one fo them.

But man did we see wildlife going in through the Roosevelt gate. Elk were everywhere, including inside all the campsites and happily wandering down the road through the narrow passes in the North entrance. Same with Buffalo.

It was a bit worrying though walking on the Beaver Ponds trail and seeing fresh wolf tracks in the mud. But the only time we saw a wolf was at a roadside view and from a good distance.

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Old 09-18-2011, 04:25 PM   #18
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yellowstone....ok so i have a new computer.....an apple mac mini....i have always used windows AND NOW HAVE TO RELEARN HOW TO UPLOAD PHOTOS...A MUCH MORE INVOLVED PROCESS WITH AN APPLE....picture to left is from upper terraces near mammoth hot springs....the other gibbons falls
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Old 09-18-2011, 10:08 PM   #19
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....and so many folks trying to see it...
How bad was it? We've hit a lot of foot traffic here in Yosemite and figured that it would be even worse there. I'm still trying to figure out that *magical* time to go when it's not overrun with either people or snow!!!
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My wife and I traveled there in late September and early October of 2010 and though busy it was not crowded as friends had found it in weeks before. It was a trip of a lifetime that I would take again and again if possible. I did not own an Airstream at the time but would love to go back now with one.
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i all these years had visions of what yellowstone would be....and it was not even close....it is so vast and so much to see....and so many folks trying to see it...

would love to see it in the winter or spring....would love to hike all the trails....and outrun all the bears

would love for the national parks to allow dogs more access

but so it goes
For dog friendly - we took our pup on the trails at Snowy Range - West of Laramie WY - east entrance near Centennial WY.
By the way - Best steak I ever ate was just west in Saratoga WY at the Historic Hotel Wolf....
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Old 09-19-2011, 02:12 PM   #22
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more pictures

old faithful...of course...

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Old 09-19-2011, 02:18 PM   #23
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:05 PM   #24
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Best time to go we think is spring as soon as the campgrounds open. That is late May, but all CG's are different. Busy, but not nearly so much as later in the season. The busiest area in around Old Faithful and south to Grand Tetons NP. We've stayed in tents and hotels there, but haven't yet brought the trailer. It is so big, it is easy to spend weeks or more there, but the longest we have spent is a week. Having been to Yosemite and Yellowstone in shoulder seasons, I think Yosemite is busier as most tourists at Yosemite stay in the valley and that is a lot smaller than Yellowstone. Alsop, Yosemite is a lot closer to large cities and it is easier to get to.

Glad the volcano didn't blow while you were there.

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we were certainly surprised at the crowds, after labor day and all....all the campgrounds were full...all the parking lots at the "attractions" were full.

it made no difference how early we got up and moved around there were hoards of folks milling around.

we stayed a week and drove about 100 miles a day just circling the park trying to take it all in...

we always talk about the big eruption that is coming to yellowstone...when it comes it will matter not where you are....
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Great pictures, Carroll.



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After my second night there without power and with the low of 27 degrees (above zero) at night, I needed to leave. Many of the campgrounds and stores/deli/food sources are closing Friday September 25th.
That said I had a great time - and the lines are much shorter than I've experienced during summer vacation.
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