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Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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Palisades Forest Service Campground

Flag of United States  , Montana
Saturday, June 2, 2012

Today started early at Rawhide Campground.  I did get up a bit late though, comparatively.  I hit the road by seven-thirty, no knowing what I’d find in the higher country.  I saw Pat, the owner, before I left and thanked him again for his generosity in letting me stay at his place.  I do hope that he finds a decent new owner.  The place, if you want to dedicate yourself to hard work, has potential.

I crossed the summit, pretty well without knowing it and was soon near Moran, Wyoming, the junction to take the road to Jackson Hole.  The views of the Grand Ones were spectacular, but I didn’t stop but once to get a few shots.  It was bear country and lots of the trails were closed as a result.  I saw nothing on the road, even with the warnings posted.  Then, all of a sudden I spotted a group of folks, and park rangers, along the road eyeballing something.  Come to find out it was a Grizzly Bear, about a hundred yards from the road.  It was kind of a light reddish color.  I got a couple of decent shots and then went on my way.  The weather, up to this point, was beautiful, but cold.  It shouldn’t have surprised me though, since it was forty degrees in Shorty at six AM.

The rain started shortly after I left Grand Teton and entered Yellowstone.  It costs $25 to enter each park now.  A reasonable fee, when one considers all that there is to see there.  With the mighty Geezer Pass, it’s gratis, of course.  I saved another fifty bucks toward my old age...  The rain continued until I reached Old Faithful.  I stopped only for a minute to hit the “personal needs” place and continued on.

It was beautiful entering the Madison Valley form the South.  I haven’t done that for a number of years.  The mountains are glorious, snow-capped and all.  I do love Montana and it’s great to be home in the Big Sky Country.

I was looking for a campground where my son, Joe, and I camped years ago in the VW Westy.  It was on Quake Lake.  We saw two bull moose feeding along the shore and watched them for what seemed like hours.  I think that it’s Beaver Creek, but it didn’t look familiar, so I continued on.  I finally pulled over at Palisades Forest Service CG, right on the Madison river.  I got situated and shortly thereafter, the ranger, Chris, also from Helena, stopped by to visit.  It’s cheap to stay here, especially with the Geezer ID.

I had no sooner gotten situated than a thunderstorm and rain started.  A motorhome isn’t safe in heavy lightning, since it’s made of fiberglass and not metal.  So, I had my back-up plan to get into the Soob’ or the outhouse if all Hades broke loose.  It went on for about an hour, but most of the strikes were over a mile away.  It’s quit raining now, so I hope to get out and walk along the river and get some shots of the rimrocks i.e. Palisades, this eve.  There are only three rigs here, so it should be a quiet evening.  And dark too...
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cherie on

WOW loved the palisades cloud shots.

George on

Speaking of Grizzlies, I just bought a shoulder holster for my last defense and two cans of bear spray today being that I'm going to start venturing out on the trails. Nice pictures.

Chris Stockwell on

Welcome home! Ralph

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