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by Mike W.
Wed Oct 03, 2018 12:46 am
Forum: Non Yellowstone Discussions
Topic: Thoughts/reflections on Texas parks?
Replies: 4
Views: 4258

Thoughts/reflections on Texas parks?

Next summer is the south loop, we only do Yellowstone every 2 or 3 years. We've done most of the western parks, but not so far east as Guadalupe Mts or Big Bend NPs in Texas. Big Bend in particular looks interesting, but it's hard to say for sure from here and a big detour. Anyone done a trip or spe...
by Mike W.
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:54 am
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: Yellowstone Picnic Trail
Replies: 2
Views: 2562

Yellowstone Picnic Trail

I've heard for years it's a good trail so I took it this year. Not the most impressive I've seen, but not half bad either. I took it up, then hung a left on the Specimen Ridge Trail, continued down towards, but not quite to the road and finally back to where we were parked. Odd thing was everyone wa...
by Mike W.
Mon Sep 24, 2018 12:41 am
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: 2019 Reservations
Replies: 3
Views: 3226

Re: 2019 Reservations

They have built several new lodges at Canyon and tore down all the old cabins (except the Westerns). The new lodges are huge with lots of expensive rooms. Roosevelt still has the old affordable cabins and because they are affordable they fill up fast. Yeah, I couldn't believe it when I saw them thi...
by Mike W.
Mon Aug 27, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: So, what's the park like this year?
Replies: 8
Views: 5971

Re: So, what's the park like this year?

Ah yes, the bus people. :evil: I know the argument is buses keep cars off the road and relieve congestion, but they don't, not those at least. Most of those people wouldn't be there in the park except on the bus as part of a tour. They overwhelm locations when they pull in, they often are very rude ...
by Mike W.
Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:18 pm
Forum: Yellowstone Trip Reports
Topic: July 11-15
Replies: 1
Views: 2180

July 11-15

Every trip is different, as it should be. Busy, but not as busy this year as our last visit 3 years ago. Thankfully. Mammoth was dry again as it's been in our trips since '04. Really we just spent a few minutes there, it wasn't worth bothering with IMO. Not as many animals out in the Lamar Valley, b...
by Mike W.
Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:07 pm
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: So, what's the park like this year?
Replies: 8
Views: 5971

Re: So, what's the park like this year?

I know geothermal conditions aren't always a reflection of the prior winter, but sounds like it's cause for optimism! And the larger animals, I've seen some bears, but the one wolf I thought I saw apparently was only a coyote. :( So that sounds like a plus. Regardless I'm looking forward to our visi...
by Mike W.
Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:46 pm
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: So, what's the park like this year?
Replies: 8
Views: 5971

So, what's the park like this year?

This will be about trip #6, +/- so while not an expert, I've got the basics down. But it's a little different every time. Sometimes Mammoth is nice and wet and juicy, just stunning, other times it's almost chalky dry. Last trip in '15 the whole park was just crazy busy on our arrival on a Thursday a...
by Mike W.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:45 am
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: Mt Washburn or Avalanche?
Replies: 2
Views: 2336

Re: Mt Washburn or Avalanche?

Since I'll be there in mid July it might, though not in a big way. Just what I plan for a day.
by Mike W.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: Current thinking on Bear Spray?
Replies: 7
Views: 5667

Re: Current thinking on Bear Spray?

Hmmm, interesting. Like I said I suspected it might be a gray area sort of thing especially since at least one place that was selling it was in California but wouldn't ship here. I knew Yosemite had banned it, but I wasn't aware of Kings Canyon/Sequoia, where I have seen lots of bears. I believe the...
by Mike W.
Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:57 am
Forum: Yellowstone Insider
Topic: Mt Washburn or Avalanche?
Replies: 2
Views: 2336

Mt Washburn or Avalanche?

I'm not a hardcore hiker let alone a backpacker, although I did do rim to river and back in a day at the GC a few years ago. But what is the better hike, mostly visually, between Mt Washburn and Avalanche Peak? They seem similar in terms of length, vertical rise and peak elevation, but which one is ...