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Old 05-24-2010, 12:07 AM   #71
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Brian - Have you driven north yet to Sibley Lake? In theory it opens on May 25th but if it's snowed in now, I expect it to remain so for awhile (here in Washington we're experiencing temperatures that are averaging 5-10 degrees below normal, and that possibly extends into Wyoming). By the way, I've been told that there is excellent moose (plural) viewing just south of West Yellowstone at Harriman SP in case you're interested in returning home that way. - Larry
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:19 AM   #72
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Brian - Have you driven north yet to Sibley Lake? In theory it opens on May 25th but if it's snowed in now, I expect it to remain so for awhile (here in Washington we're experiencing temperatures that are averaging 5-10 degrees below normal, and that possibly extends into Wyoming). By the way, I've been told that there is excellent moose (plural) viewing just south of West Yellowstone at Harriman SP in case you're interested in returning home that way. - Larry
We're still down in Buffalo exploring the south end of the Forest. We plan to head up to Ranchester on Thursday. All of the Forest Service Campgrounds here in the south end of the Forest are still snowed in, as is the RV Dump Station at Leigh Creek.

The weather here has been rain and/or snow every day since we have been here.

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Old 05-24-2010, 09:32 AM   #73
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Snowing lightly here in western Colorado and it looks like a wonderful day to start our trip north—every day is a wonderful day to start a trip. It's not sticking but I'm glad not to be going over the Wasatch Range today where there's a winter storm warning. Winter just won't let go.

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It rained hard all night here in Buffalo.We probably got 3 inches. It's just like home in the Florida Panhandle! The Campground is pretty soggy this morning and 44 degrees. It probably snowed all night up in the mountains.

Lucy did very well last night. We stayed warm and dry. We slept in this morning. When I woke up at 6:30 and it was still raining, I just rolled over and went back to sleep until just a few minutes ago.

We will probably take a run up the mountain this morning just to see what's going on.

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It rained in Buffalo all morning and into the afternoon. They've had several inches of rain here in the last 24hours.

We took a ride up the mountain this afternoon. It was not pretty. When we got above 8,000' it was snowing pretty hard. the road way was covered. Needless to say, we didn't spot any Mooses. We did get a few good pictures though.

When we got back to the campground, there was another Airstream there.

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Lucy must have attracted that other A/S.

Thank you for all your postings. I really enjoy your trips. You do a great job.

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Hmmmmm. Still snowing where you are, 92 and humid in central Illinois.

Waiting for more moosey pics. Travel safe.

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Think warm thoughts Brian. Keep the updates coming.

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I think the weather is moving east and we'll all have better days. Looks like sunny weather ahead and maybe the mooses will be coming out to greet you. The snow looked pretty though, maybe not if you're from Florida.

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We sure hope so, Gene. When I first went outside this morning to dump Lucy's tanks, there was hint of sun in the sky. A few minutes later when I when back out, it had started raining again. We are going out to look for Mooses anyway.

We did enjoy see the snow storm yesterday. It is something really different for us.

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Well, the weather finally broke in Northern Wyoming and the sun actually came out. Before we headed into the Forest, we had to snap a picture of Main Street Buffalo in the sunshine.

We then set out in pursuit of Mooses late in the day, and a good day it was. We spotted a total of eight Mooses. Four of them were spotted together which is a rare occurrence.

We stayed out in the forest until after dark, so some of the pictures of the sightings were marginal, but we did the best we could..

The first two photos demonstrate what a difference a day make. These road sign pictures were taken less than 24 hours apart.

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Great pictures! Looks cold there!

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Gene, having grown up here, maybe you can answer a question for me. Why are the 'Big Horn' Mountains and the 'Big Horn' Region two words, and the 'Bighorn' National Forest and 'Bighorn' Sheep are one word?
I don't really know the answer, but when did not knowing ever stop a preacher from giving an answer? I can think of two possibles. 1) I seem to remember that we called the south end of the mountains (west of KayCee) "The Horn," so maybe that accounts for the term. 2) I suspect it is more likely that in the early days of exploration somebody gave the alternate spelling to Bighorn.

For example, when I studied Idaho history after coming here in 1990 I learned the origin of the name for the range of mountains that is in southwest Idaho and southeast Oregon. They are the Owyhees. Before my study I assumed the name to be an Indian word. However, presumably they were named by early trappers in honor of two trappers from Hawaii who disappeared there and were never found. I learned that "Owyhee" was the way many people spelled Hawaii.

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Brian - Have you driven north yet to Sibley Lake? In theory it opens on May 25th but if it's snowed in now, I expect it to remain so for awhile (here in Washington we're experiencing temperatures that are averaging 5-10 degrees below normal, and that possibly extends into Wyoming). By the way, I've been told that there is excellent moose (plural) viewing just south of West Yellowstone at Harriman SP in case you're interested in returning home that way. - Larry
Larry,

We took a ride up to Ranchester and into the north end of the Bighorn National Forest this morning. It's a lot more snowed in up there than down by Buffalo.

Below are pictures of the entrance to Sibley Lake Campground and of Sibley lake itself.

One of the Rangers at Burgess Junction told us that they are estimating the opening of the campgrounds to be in ten days to two weeks.

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