Firefighters Campground, Flaming Gorge Recreation Area, UT

Where is Firefighters Campground?

I arrived here 3 days ago, with intention to stay only 1 night. But I came down with a cold on the way, and was looking through watery eyes, not a good thing. The cold turned out to be a real pain in the arse, settling into my head and lungs simultaneously. I grabbed some Contact and resigned to do nothing until it passed.

After 3 days of telling dog how awful I felt, I finally moved on. Dog was very sympathetic. My destination is Moab, UT a place I have often heard of, but never visited. I anticipate only one more stop between Moab and home: somewhere in the Hannigan Meadows area of AZ.

The Flaming Gorge area is really a beautiful area, with a large lake that local boaters and fishermen love, judging from the activity.

Go To Top of Page

Tags: Flaming Gorge UT

Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, WY

Where is Generic Campground near Yellowstone/Grand Tetons, WY?

I Made a rather quick, direct drive through Yellowstone and Grand Tetons National Parks. I have been there before. Also, the crowds were unbelievable. There was some animal near the road and dozens of cars stopped on both sides of the road, completely haphazard. I arrived upon this roadblock in Barth. I started muscling my way through the mess, with inches to spare. Finally started directing approaching traffic with hand signals through the windshield. “You, stop.” “You, proceed past me.” I inch forward one car length, which clears a car in the rear, allows one car to pass, then do it all over again. I just wanted to shut it down and curl up on the bed!

No photos. Having been there, I was not awed. Also, I picked up a cold somewhere, and felt like crap, still do. Also, the Tetons were enshrouded by smoke based haze.

Drove too long again, finally about dark found a campground that was full, but agreed to allow me to park in their picnic area for one night if I leave early. So I did.

Go To Top of Page

Tags: Yellowstone National Park

Many Pines Campground, Lewis & Clark National Park

Where is Many Pines Campground?

This is one of several campgrounds along the Bent Creek on Highway 89. I am headed to/through Yellowstone tomorrow, unless I get slowed by some other location. I at least must find a dump station!

I went to the local “store” in Neihart to buy some basic staples. There I met a fellow from Phoenix, AZ, that is planning to move here, currently fixing up a house, but spends summers here now.

Something in this area is driving my sinuses crazy, along with severe headache. Beautiful area, but so far unfriendly, medically speaking!

Go To Top of Page

Tags: Neihart MT

Glacier National Park

I came by Glacier national Park, but could not stay there because all campgrounds were full.

A few Pics:

I made a quick tour of the park, and left in the Barth about 10:00 PM. Then ensued the “Night from Hell!”

At the townlet at the entrance of the park, I made a wrong turn left instead of right. It was dark, but I could see well enough to stay on the road, I reasoned.

About 30 minutes later I arrived at — the Canadian border again. They put me thru a 15 minute search, then let me make a U-turn. The US customes then put me thru a 20 minute drill. I was at the wrong place, and about an hour had expired.

So I went back to St. Mary to catch the road 464, which the customs guys said was much better than the 89 to the next town. There I took 464, but when I got to the next town (Browning), I was confronted with a 89 sign, with a left and right arrow, but no direction clarification. I guessed right, and immediately knew I was wrong, but in the dark, all the way back to St. Mary, I could find no flat pulloff to camp at, nor a place to turn around the 55 foot beast (with tow).

I finally found a bar that had closed, with a parking lot I could see, and pulled over for the night at – you guessed it, St. Mary. I had been going in circles for 3 hours.

Now I do not have to remind myself why I do not drive after dark!

Go To Top of Page

Tags: Glacier MT