A few more grey hairs

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
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Trip End Jul 10, 2010


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Flagg ranch

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Well today was a very long travel day for us. We left the campground at 8:30 and our GPS estimated our arrival at the airport(to pick up our rental car) at 3:00. We were optimistic about having a good day after arriving in the Yellowstone area.

Boy, were we living in a fantasy world! We decided to follow route 16 through the bighorn mountains. It was touted as the safest route. I'm notnsure who decided it was the safest but I would hate to see the unsafe route! As we climbed into the mountains we were excited and amazed to find snow! We climbed out of the gas and enjoyed a little time in the mountain air. It was exciting to be above the tree line until we needednto go down the other side!
Talk about breathtaking! Rob calmly drove on as we traveled down,down,down steep and winding roads complete with hairpin turns and switchbacks. I had my passenger side brake all the way to the floor. About halfway down we began to smell the brakes heating up despite being in low gear. I have taken a number of pictures of our harrowing descent. If you look carefully, you can see the other vehicles clinging to the mountainside. Rob remained amazingly calm throughout the whole thing it was not until we were at the bottom that he admitted that he thought he needed to change his shorts! He did a remarkable job.

Once we were on level ground, I offered to drive but Rob declined. The landscape was barren and you could see the different layers in the hills. I guess that's why they are called the painted hills. Rob was finally ready to give up the wheel. I wasn't behind the wheel 30 minutes when we headed the wind river canyon. The turns were not as sharp but it was still steep with rock on one side and white water on the other. The canyon ended with a trip through 3 stone tunnels carved out of the mountain. By I was finished driving my hands were cramped from gripping the wheel so hard. West Hill Rd is a piece of cake compared to that.

We had to travel over yet one more mountain range before arriving at the airport at 6:00. Boy was Lola wrong that time! We got to camp by 7:15 and planned on hanging out by the fire after dinner. Well as we were setting up we realized we were smack in the middle of an all you can eat mosquito buffet. We put on the off and rob built a great fire to fend off the blood sucking invaders. We finished dinner and just as we were ready to head outsidenthenwind picked up and the thunder started rumbling. Would anything go right today.

After getting the kids to stop badgering each other,they were trapped in the gws for 10 hours. We settled in with a deck of cards and Smokey and the Bandit.(a Favorite of Rob's). The kidsd ended up liking it as well so i guess we did end up on a good note. There is no wifi or cell service so my entries may be late and the photos may be posted later. Thanks for keeping up with us and thanks for the comments. We all like hearing from you.
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Jill on

Sounds like u 2 will be ready for anything (driving wise) when u get home. Cake walk in conn. We miss u and have had great weather. The swimming pool is truly warm this summer. (Even i am going in the pool). Can't wait to see more pictures.(:

ROBERTA on

Sounds like you've been on quite a ride!!!! Sounded intense I would of been hived out all over my body. We're going camping this weekend and it's suppose to be beautiful, can't wait to relax. I'll be off Friday and Monday so I'll catch up with you on Monday.I looked forward to you r blog everyday. Tell everyone I said Hi.
(kiss, kiss, kiss to Robbie) I just love his cute little face.

Kiki on

Hello all!!! What a day you had. I am happy you arrived safely though!! We have continued to track you guys. Jenna - thanks for the post card the girls were jumping for joy when they saw it. They knew exactly where it was from since we saw the pics. Can't wait to see more. Have a great time!! Love ya!

Gramgerry & Papa on

Well, there are things I want to know and things I don't!! I was so nervous talking to you last night and soooo happy that you are all safe.This certainly is a trip you will remember forever, the good , the bad and the ugly!!Ade, I'm glad you're feeling better, Rob, thanks for keeping them safe, and my kids, I Love you and miss you. Hope to see some pictures soon.

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