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Old 08-10-2012, 12:29 AM   #169
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I second the ice cream.
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Old 08-10-2012, 01:09 AM   #170
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Our AT&T (Bell Canada, actually) cell phone worked at the inn and visitor center at Old Faithful, but nowhere else that we visited in the park.
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Old 08-10-2012, 02:56 AM   #171
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N2916s,

What months have overnight lows below freezing and/or have hazardous (ice/snow covered) road conditions? We would like to come and see some winter weather, but don't want to get snowed in or be driving on really bad roads. We have camped in subfreezing weather where our water lines froze and know that our Bambi is good down to about 12 degrees F. Would prefer to avoid temperatures like this.

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Old 08-10-2012, 08:42 AM   #172
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N2916s,

What months have overnight lows below freezing and/or have hazardous (ice/snow covered) road conditions? We would like to come and see some winter weather, but don't want to get snowed in or be driving on really bad roads. We have camped in subfreezing weather where our water lines froze and know that our Bambi is good down to about 12 degrees F. Would prefer to avoid temperatures like this.

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We are going over labor day weekend. About 5 years ago it got down to 36 degrees one night over the same weekend So make sure your batteries are charge and the furnace works .
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:15 AM   #173
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Jason, speaking of ice cream. Do you remember Tillamook? Now thats ice cream.

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Old 08-10-2012, 09:32 PM   #174
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It can get below freezing up in the heart of the park (roughly 7800' above sea level) pretty much any time. We saw 10f in May and probably will again before we leave at the end of September.

Pretty good chance the roads will be in good condition until about mid-October but you can't count on it. In the Spring, the roads are cleared as soon as feasible -- usually by the second week of May. You can always get into Mammoth Hot Springs at the Northwest corner of the park as they keep the road open all year from Mammoth to the Northeast Gate (Cooke City).

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Old 08-11-2012, 01:55 AM   #175
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I have to admit I am just getting over the mid-season blues.

Sometimes it is hard to remember that the vast majority of our visitors are wonderful folks who, though dazzled by what they see and experience, remember to treat the wildlife and the park with care and respect. After all, most are part owners.

You hit a wall about now after seeing so many people 25 feet from 2000 pounds of bull bison -- while holding their toddler in their arms. Or the folks who feel obligated to throw coins into the hot springs. Or the folks who show up at 5:00 PM on a July weekend with a 40 foot class A and curse you out because you can't knit them a full hook up site.

I promise to focus on the good and get off my soapbox.

All of you, please come here. Especially in June when the critters are everywhere but the crowds are thin and in September when the weather is wonderful and the park "sighs" in anticipation of winter -- it can be quiet and awe inspiring. 275+ waterfalls, 1000 miles of trails, half of the world's geysers, thousands of Elk and Bison and Pronghorn. Grizzlies... Wilcoxson's ice cream.


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Hey, Mike. I wish the tourists were more senitive and sensible. But at least most of these visitors will be paying taxes to help keep YNP afloat.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:35 AM   #176
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Jason, speaking of ice cream. Do you remember Tillamook? Now thats ice cream.

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Oh yea, we stopped there and got some cheese and blackberry ice cream. The kicker was it was $5 more at the Tillamook factory than at my local grocery store. Best cheese was down the road at the French cheese factory. Plus they have a petting zoo for the kids.

Hey Yellowstone has a petting zoo too. The only thing is, the bison think its a smashing zoo for them stupid tourist. i watched a guy bring his kids down the road to see a bear in colter bay a few years ago. Then got a laugh as the park ranger put him in his place in front of his kids. Some people.

As soon as I saw it I put my kids in the trailer, and banged a pot to keep it away from my site.

I spooked a bear in BC once and it charged. Luckily it turn and ran off 15 feet in front of from me. . ( false charge and a young black bear ) Unluckily I was then a pair of underwear short for the rest of the trip. After that i carried a bear bell and give any animal i saw a pretty wide path. Even chip monks for a few days .
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:24 PM   #177
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We're at Signal Mt. Lodge to check email, etc., but our camp is way down at Gros Ventre. It's fine. No hookups for the four days we're there.

We've been exploring the park daytime, and enjoying our quiet campsite other times.

There's one more Airstream in Gros Ventre and we went to visit. Nice couple from southern California. Saw two others in the park while driving around.

We'll be leaving Monday and going to Rustic Wagon RV park in West Yellowstone while we charge the batteries, etc. Hopefully we can get a spot at Mammoth after that.

Headed back to no-contact camp after a superb meal at Signal Mt's Terrace Grill.

They closed Phelps Lake campground here in Teton today. Ranger told me it was due to black bear problem! In his words, "naughty black bear" in Phelps Lake CG. Lol
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Purman, we do hike with bear bells. But you are probably familiar with their nickname in bear country.

Dinner bells.
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Purman, we do hike with bear bells. But you are probably familiar with their nickname in bear country.

Dinner bells.
Yep large can of pepper spray is the best. I saw someone with a gun in the backcountry on Colorado once when fly fishing. I had my pepper spay. He asked why I didn't have a gun. I said it works better than a gun. Don't have to be a perfect shot under pressure. He kinda liked the idea.
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See the attached warning for all you bell wearers and pepper spray users. LOL.
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See the attached warning for all you bell wearers and pepper spray users. LOL.
I have seen that, .it's pretty funny.

I use to visit my a uncle who lived in Alaska during high school. He lived in Sitka. We where in the dive/outdoor shop, he new the owners. Some guys came in that were headed into the back country, and had a .357 revolver for perfection. The owner so they better shave the sites off the end of the barrels if they were taking them with them. They looked very puzzled and asked why. The owner laughed and said; " because after you get done shooting the bears itch that gun, he is gonna shove that gun up you ass, and it will hurt less without the site on it."

True story, I think I was 16 at the time.
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Old 08-12-2012, 01:11 PM   #182
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I'll be in yellowstone next week, this thread has great info. booked into Madison for Wednesday night then playing it by ear. Planning on leaving Madison early morning and heading to another campground in the Park. Does anyone know if the parking lots in the park have spaces long enough to stop with the trailer to see the sights? or do I need to find the next camping spot, un-hitch the then head out to explore. I haven't been to yellowstone since I was about 6 years old, so I don't remember much of the details.
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