Yellowstone National Park . . . Here we come!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2012
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Trip End Sep 16, 2012


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Lewis & Clark Caverns RV Park, Montana
Baker's Hole Campground

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Hey There!

Did you know that traveling and seeing sights is HARD WORK (both 4 letter words!).   You gotta' get up early to see all the sights to travel on to the next stop and not miss anything in the middle!  The check list always includes the camera, various lenses, charged camera batteries (a must), lens cloth, tripod.  Taking photos from the front seat of the truck is a LOT different than taking them sitting on the back of the Goldwing . . . on the Goldwing the only thing that gets in the way is Jim's helmet and I can always stand up to miss it!  There are more things on the truck, like the mirror, that get in the way of a clear picture . . .I think the mirror is important so I have to work with it . . . again  HARD WORK!  But, who's complaining!  The worse day fishing is ALWAYS better than the best day at work!

Continuing on from Georgetown Lake Montana Friday 7SEP12 we spent the night at Lewis & Clark Caverns in Montana. 

We travelled thru Ennis, Montana, the fly fishing Capitol of the World.  The town of Ennis is located in southwestern Montana approximately 60 miles southwest of Bozeman and 70 miles northwest of West Yellowstone. Ennis lies on the eastern side a Madison County in the Madison River Valley.  A vibrant community of approximately 900 residents, Ennis features year-round outdoor recreation and an authentic, western atmosphere http://ennismontana.org/. We had a GREAT lunch at the Ennis Cafe, then traveled on to Baker's Hole Campground.

Baker's Hole Campground is located in Gallatin National Forest in southwest Montana 3 miles north of West Yellowstone on US Highway 191. At an elevation of 6,500 feet, Baker's Hole Campground encompasses 25 acres. Big signs greeted us stating 'This is Bear Country' and a whole list of rules of camping in Bear Country.  We set up camp complete with our US Flag, fixed dinner, and met the campground host (from Napa Idaho).  Hit the sack around 10:30 pm Mountain time.

We entered Yellowstone National Park http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm (copy & paste this link into your browser) at the West entrance, and traveled West then North thru the park to Mammouth Hot Springs http://mms.nps.gov/yell/features/mammothtour/index.htm (copy & paste this link too) stopping of course along the way to photo the Wildlife that we encounter along the way, birds, chipmunks, Bison and Elk . . . Sorry no BEAR sightings for us today . . . Beautiful scenic waterfalls, meadows and vistas make for wonderful photo shots. Had a picnic lunch at Sheepeater Cliff http://www.nps.gov/yell/photosmultimedia/0006sheepeater-cliff-iy.htm.

We spent the better part of the day viewing this spectacular park appreciating it's splendor . . . and yes a rush hour traffic jam approximately 7 miles from the entrance. . . a herd of bison! Of course Bison always get the right of way!  Another Picture Perfect Day!

More tomorrow!  Happy Trails!  Jim & Connie


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Jim Stoffel on

Jim and Connie
I remember when we were there together on the m/c's. Wish we coild be there with you this time. Glad you are able to be doing this, and thanks for sharing. Really enjoy the pics.

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