In search of Yogi and Boo Boo

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
Trip End Feb 15, 2011

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Gordon and Mindy's guesthouse

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Sam: As mentioned in our last entry, we met some lovely people in Maple, several of whom invited us to stay at their house in Salt Lake City. We decided to take up one of these offers and so, on 27 July, we packed up our camp and drove to Gordon and Mindy’s house in Salt Lake City. We had a wonderful couple of days hanging out there, catching up on hot showers, news from home, our favourite TV shows, and checking out the city sights.

A true highlight of our time in Salt Lake was the BBQ dinner we had at Alex and Magali’s house (another couple of friends we met in Maple). It was just like being at home, sitting outside, eating a delicious feast that the guys had prepared that day, including Australian lamb and wine that Alex had sourced (he'd overheard us saying at camp how much we miss our lamb) (Lee: It is still the best meal we've had in the US!). A big thank you to Mindy, Gordon, Alex and Magali for their wonderful hospitality. Thanks guys!

After a great couple of days, it was time to hit the road again. Next on the itinerary was Driggs, Idaho. From here, we spent several days checking out Jackson Hole, the Tetons and Yellowstone National Park. Jackson Hole was great and even though it was pretty touristy, I enjoyed walking the streets of a real-life old western town. I felt like I was on the set of Deadwood! (Lee: I also managed to find a camping espresso machine and some great coffee beans in Jackson Hole!)

Our day at Yellowstone was equally enjoyable. We spent about 8 hours driving around 250 miles across three states all in the search of crazy wildlife. All up, we saw three deer and one bison... not quite what we were hoping for, but we still had a ball. Perhaps we needed more "pick-a-nik baskets"? The geysers in Yellowstone are amazing. We spent a couple of hours at Old Faithful, walking the trails and checking out the awesome geo-thermal pools.

Although the skin on our fingers suffered somewhat from the lack of climbing, the break did us both the world of good. We both woke up on our last day in Driggs feeling totally refreshed and ready for our next climbing destination: Ten Sleep, Wyoming.
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Colin and Julie Young on

Hi Sam and Lee, well guess what after nearly 8 months off work I start tomorrow the 16th August. I am working for another Mortgage Broker at Milton - two trains to catch but better than peak hour traffic. Only working Monday to Wednesday yeah I have a long weekend every week. Tell you what guys keep travelling there is more to life than working trouble is the bills we have to pay. Hope all is well take care, will be thinking of you a lot this month.XXXOOO

Dad on

Hi Guys, wonderful to see ALL the wildlife. I reckon we have just as much back here in the local pet shop. Not sure I have seen to many Bison though at Rochedale Pet City lately. Watch out Wyoming here come the crazy Aussie climbers. Have fun. Stay safe,
Love Dad and Robyn

Mum on

Thinking of you both all the time - glad the adventure isn't proving too hard - photos are amazing and we all send our love.

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