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Re: traveling this spring/summer (15/25)
 1/6/14 1:49pm
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AAA card already installed!LOL

This is probably gonna be solo.  If I bring my daughter to the annual gathering then I might bring my youngest son, 20(gawd, I am getting old!) with me.  Luckily, he packs lighter than I do.

It's funny you mention the jack.  I forgot that I discard the stock jacks in my cars because I just don't trust them.  I always used to pack my floor jack when I do any real traveling in the truck.  Now I'll just use the AAA card to fix any thing that needs jacking.


I just booked a week at Yellowstone in the Roosevelt cabins from the 6/26-7/3.  I probably will book the week before either near the east entrance, at Shashone Lodge, or near Grand Teton national park at a privately owned property.



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Re: traveling this spring/summer (16/25)
 1/6/14 2:38pm
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Sounds like a really really great trip! Never been to Yellowstone and always wanted to.
Besides AAA, I love my LED headlamp for anything and everything. That, a pocketknife and a bottle of water will take you far! Leaves lots of room for souvenirs Wink

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Re: traveling this spring/summer (17/25)
 1/6/14 4:55pm
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HighDesertDave said: Sounds like a really really great trip! Never been to Yellowstone and always wanted to.
Besides AAA, I love my LED headlamp for anything and everything. That, a pocketknife and a bottle of water will take you far! Leaves lots of room for souvenirs Wink


I was hoping to find a buffalo or elk head along the way...that would make for an interesting driving companion or hood ornament!LOL

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Re: traveling this spring/summer (18/25)
 1/25/14 11:32am
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Finalized most of the upcoming trip.  

Leaving Hamburg, NY on 6/16 onto Lava Mountain Cabins near Dubois, WY with stops in Davenport IA, Grand Island NE, Cheyenne WY or Denver(depends on whether my Aunt is in town).  I'll be staying at Lava Mountain for a week exploring the Grand Tetons then heading to the Roosevelt Cabins in Yellowstone.  Another week there on the northeast part of the park then heading to Mack's Cabins in Island Park, ID.  I'll be in the western side for another week before heading out of Yellowstone.  I've decided to head up to Glacier National Park so I can drive the Going to the Sun HWY.  

I should start heading back on 7/12 getting back sometime after that.  Really depends on how many side trips I plan on making on the way back.

I can't believe the packing list so far.  It's a good thing I'm an excellent packer...that sounds a little obscene.  Between camera gear, minimal camping gear, fishing gear, COFFEE, some tools, a folding chair and clothes I'll barely have enough room for my AAA card!

As I get closer to this venture I'll post dates so, if I get close to some of you we can meet for dinner or a beverage. 


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Re: traveling this spring/summer (19/25)
 1/25/14 8:16pm
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Sounds like a really great trip. I know you will enjoy it.

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Re: traveling this spring/summer (20/25)
 1/26/14 12:22am
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You are going to have one heck of a grand adventure...!!! 
 
At the end of your stay at the cabin at Dubois I would suggest to back track a little to the east and then go north to Red Lodge, MT.  From there go up and over the Beartooth Pass and enter Yellowstone NP through the Northeast Entrance.  Not as direct a route but it is a SPECTACULAR DRIVE...!!!
 
Be sure to take the Going to the Sun Highway from west to east as the "twisties" are much more fun going up hill.  The drive from the Logan's Pass at the summit down to St. Marys Lake is a lot easier on the brakes!
 
After leaving Glacier NP head for Devil's Tower National Monument just east of Gillette, WY.  Then head into the Black Hills at Spearfish, SD to check out Crazy Horse Monument and Mount Rushmore (some VERY nice driving).  A stop at Wall Drug in Wall, SD ya got to do once (and ONLY once) in your life before driving through the moonscape of the South Dakota Badlands.
 
If you're running short of time after leaving Glacier NP and don't want to take the southern route through Wyoming and South Dakota take the northern route through Montana and North Dakota.  A very nice drive from Glacier NP is east to Great Falls, MT and then MT200 across the midsection of Montana to Glendive, MT.  It is all 2 lane but the Montana speed limit makes it fun!  I-94 will bring you through the Twin Cities where the "Welcome Weary Vette Traveler" sign will be hanging at "3 Ole Acres" (aka "The Ranch").
 
Which ever route you take you are going to have a fantastic journey.  The northern Rockies is without a doubt one of the most fantastic spots on the planet.
 


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Re: traveling this spring/summer (21/25)
 1/26/14 12:13pm
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Jim, Thanks for the ideas!  I hadn't done any work for the trip back from Glacier National Park and you made it easy.  I was looking forward to a nice drive east.  I'll take your advice and head to Spearfish.  Really need to see Wall Drugs huh?  OK, I'll give it a shot.  Maybe I'll stop at the ranch and harass you.  At least we can do a meal together.

Beartooth Rd looks incredible.  I'm going to head out of the Roosevelt cabins to Red Lodge, loop to Cody the head back to the cabin during the week I'm there.  Be a great time to resupply.


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Re: traveling this spring/summer (22/25)
 1/26/14 5:29pm
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I would agree with previous posters.  The Going-to-the-Sun road in Glacier and the Chief Joseph Memorial Highway through the Beartooth Mountains are fantastic drives.  The northern loop around Yellowstone is also awesome.  Attached a couple pics for motivation - both taken from just outside the vehicle - no hiking.  I'm ready to go back now, too.  Best of luck to you.



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Re: traveling this spring/summer (23/25)
 1/26/14 6:10pm
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Oh yeah, THAT'S what I need as I sit here looking out a balmy 15 degree day. Big smile

Great shots.  I'm going to try and fix a couple of mounts to the car, probably attached near or at where the sun visor attaches so I can take stills and video.  It'll give me something else to do before the trip.


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Re: traveling this spring/summer (24/25)
 1/26/14 8:03pm
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dads2vette said:   ... Beartooth Rd looks incredible.  I'm going to head out of the Roosevelt cabins to Red Lodge, loop to Cody the head back to the cabin during the week I'm there.  Be a great time to resupply.

I don't know what Chief Joesph Highway is like but I know the Beartooth Pass is more fun going east to west.  If you don't want to repeat any road on that loop head south from the cabin and head out the East Entrance of the Park to Cody, then north to Red Lodge, up and over the Beartooth, through Cooke City, MT and back into the Park through the Northeast Entrance.  That's about a 6 hour loop provided you don't get stuck behind an RV from New York.  LOL
 
The Black Hills Corvette Classic (http://www.blackhillscorvetteclassic.com/) is happening July 15th–July 19th so you may bump into a bunch of folks in Spearfish on that weekend.  If your timing has you in the neighborhood then plan ahead for a motel room as they will be hard to find in the area.  The event kicks off in Sioux Falls on the east side of the state on Tuesday night and they caravan across the state to Spearfish on Thursday (I've heard that is more of a sprint than a caravan!).
 
The "Welcome Weary Vette Traveler!" sign is always hanging on the post at "The Ranch"...!!! 


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Re: traveling this spring/summer (25/25)
 2/11/14 9:02pm
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OK I have a little more of the trip figured out.  I only have up to Highway to the Sun on the calender.  If I keep the tentative schedule after that I'll just miss the Blackhills Corvette Classic.  That will just give me another reason to head out there again.

here's what the trip looks like today

https://roadtrippers.com/trips/52e1914e95d887f15a000173

After I harass Jim In MN (don't worry Jim, I'll give you plenty of time to hide before I get there) I've got an open calender.  I was thinking of heading to the NCM since I'm probably not going to make Carlisle and the caravan but I know my daughter would be crushed.  I'll just push it to make them both.


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