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Old 07-21-2007, 10:26 AM   #15
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Ahhhh, U.S. 16 west of Buffalo brings back a lot of memories. We were early teens. My buddy and I would ride and push our single speed bikes with the New Departure coaster brakes as far up the mountain as our strength would allow, usually six or seven miles. Then we’d ride downhill full tilt, sometimes “no hands,” with my pal pressing madly on his “A-oogah” horn as we passed the flat-lander tourists “white-knuckling” it down the grade.

When we turned fifteen we both got our driver’s license and graduated from bikes to cars. Richard’s dad had an old, worn out, 1940 Chevrolet and my dad had a little 1941 Studebaker Champion (a true gutless wonder). We didn’t race each other but whenever one of us got his dad’s car we’d often pick the other kid up then head up the mountain for a thrilling ride down. Ninety mph doesn’t sound too thrilling nowadays, but in 1950 it was “life on the edge!” Neither of these cars was mechanically sound and neither kid had any experience driving but I guess God’s angels watch over idiot kids and we both survived.

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Old 07-21-2007, 10:44 AM   #16
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Hello! Sounds like a great trip so far. We too love the area of the Big Horn Mts. We've pulled over the pass from Buffalo down into Ten Sleep, but not from Sheridan because of tight high turns. Save time for the Little BigHorn site; beautiful and sad, all at the same time. We are currently at Yellowstone's Edge, on the Yellowstone, about 15 mi south of Livingston if you find yourself in the area. Hot and fishing is curtailed after 2 pm to midnight for an extended time, but here, hot is not like hot back home! We took a day long drive through Yellowstone to the Wildlife museum in Jackson for lunch (what a lunch drive) and back again, seeing more wildlife in the park than we've ever seen before. YS seemed less crowded with traffic. We spent yesterday playing on the East and main Boulder River south into the Beartooth range south from Big Timber. We are thinking of heading back out through Red Lodge and spending time at the Medicine Wheel, an acient site I've wanted to visit for a long time now. Gorgeous country. Looking forward to your great photos. We have six more days out here with no plans: heaven! If we don't see you, continue on your way to great scenic times out here. ~G
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:55 AM   #17
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Sounds like a great trip. I second the nomination for the Arches for anyone, but especially for anyone who likes to take pictures. Some of my best stuff is from a day and a half there. Given the chance, I think I could spend a year in that area and find incredible shots all day every day.

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Thinking north of Yellowstone, Bozeman area

Since I have concerns about towing so much in the heat I am thinking about going from Billings over to Bozeman and maybe the park. Can anyone give me the 411 on 89,191, and 287. I could use information about towing conditions and camping in that area. Also if someone knows the interstate between Billings and Bozeman that would be a great help as well.
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:36 PM   #19
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What a day

100+ degree temps and mountain towing are not an idea combination. I had to quit earlier than I planned. I'm in Columbus (just now saw the notice for the free camping in the city park oh well). So it goes.

Stopped by the Little Big Horn battle site today. I will resist the temptation to say a lot other than to say it is a thought provoking place to visit. Had some Turkey come into the campsite this morning and a bunny so that was nice. Tomorrow I am going to try and get out ahead of the heat and get up into the mountains north of jellystone. Maybe Boulder creek or the hwy 89 corridor between Livingston and the park. Feel free to weigh in on things to do and see, places to go and what not.
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Hey Rodney,

If you're near Cody, WY......stop in for the gunbattle that goes on every day at Wild Bill's salloon. Very authentic and quite a hoot!
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Old 07-21-2007, 07:58 PM   #21
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The temperatures sound brutal. But it is totally cool that you have headed out with no set plan. That's the difference between a traveler and a tourist. As always Rodney, I'm loving the photos too.
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:34 PM   #22
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You're my kind of traveler. My wife and I do quite a bit of planned destinations, but we always reserve some time to do "nothing but ramble". Keep the pictures coming. Some of the sites I've seen (which I love seeing again), but most our new to me. Safe travels!!!
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Old 07-21-2007, 10:52 PM   #23
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Thanks for sharing your travels with us. Be safe .
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Old 07-21-2007, 11:07 PM   #24
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If you come to the Boulder River, you are in one of our favorite destinations. The valley south from Big Timber is still mostly ranch, range land,not so commercial as other areas. Word is that much of The Horse Whisperer was filmed here. We enjoy the East and West branches as well, but the main Boulder goes far and high into the mountain range. You'll find a spectacular waterfall along the way. Stop for refreshment at the Road Kill Cafe, really! The road eventually becomes too rough, in our opinion, for pulling a trailer. We like to drive/daytrip all the way to the end which is a destination for hikers or horse packing farther into the Beartooth-Absaroka range, but the road becomes very narrow, rock walls crowding the road way, abrupt dropoffs, and good sized rock in the road. Okay for 4-wheel drive, but I wouldn't pull anything of much size on the upper road. Camping is primitive and beautiful. I think there must be 6 or 7 campgrounds up the river, many sites right on the rushing water. If you come, relax and enjoy and shoot lots of photos-it's country many don't ever see who come this way. We are going back there again Tuesday-Wednesday next week. ~G
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Update

I went on into Yellowstone from Livingston and have been camped at Indian Creek for the last two nights. I like the campground having stayed there previously. There is a couple with a late 50s unit who were there when I arrived and a newer 25fter that came in last night.

So far in the park I have seen bald eagles, elk, bison, black bear (3), I grizzly sow with 2 cubs, 4 wolves, blue herons, pelicans, and who knows what else.

This morning I am sitting in a small cafe in Livingston while the mechanics replace the radator on my mule. I should be back in the saddle by noon .
Tonight I am still in the park. The internal debate I am having is if I want to go out the east gate to Cody, or drop into the Tetons. What ever I do, I need to be in Lawton OK on Monday some time. Outside of that things are wide open.

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Oh sure, those pics are postcards from the souvenir stores!!

** You really are talented! Absolutely beautiful photos AND what luck, seeing that many animals- not to mention those rare sightings (griz & wolves!!). Thanks for sharing!

Can you tell me more about Indian Creek (hook-ups ?, location, etc)?
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Wonderful pictures and travelogue, Rodney.

My vote would be for you to drop down to the Grand Tetons. Spectacular vistas and clear lakes. Jackson Hole is kind of fun, too.

Your way home could take you to Vernal, UT and Dinosaur NP.

Good luck with your radiator - hope it solves your problem.

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Same here - and could give tips of cool local places that you might be interested in . . .
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