|So here we are with the tent
trailer hooked up to the Jeep Grand Cherokee. The trailer weighs just
over 2,200 pounds
so the Jeep was able to tow it with no problem. The trailer has
electric brakes so I had to get an electric brake controller installed
in the Jeep - otherwise the Jeep had a Class IV tow package installed
that is supposed to handle up to 6,500 pounds.
||This was our "test" trip to an
RV park in Pauma Valley, north of Escondido. It was to make sure
we had packed everything we needed and that we knew how to drive, setup
and live in the trailer. The unit is a Coleman Sedona. Comfortably
sleeps 4 on its two beds, but four adults inside during a rain storm
would fray a few nerves. It has a refrigerator that runs off 12V,
120VAC or propane. a two burner propane stove and a propane
heater. It has a sink with a cold water tank and sewer hookups and a
table that seats four. We bought a porta-potty to save long walks on
|This was the start of the real trip. On Sunday morning,
we hooked up the trailer and headed off to Yellowstone.
number 1 : Alyssa Lauryn Roundy
number 2 : Ashlee Myree Roundy
Kelly and Loren's travel trailer. It was big. He has a large diesel
truck that he tows it with. It has a real toliet and shower with hot
||Here is our
tent trailer setup in Idaho. We had 120VAC, water and sewer hookups. We
had an electric heater which was really nice at night. Temperatures
probably dropped into the 50's.
brought two CB radios. Put one in each truck so we could have
communications while we traveled. I bought them at a Thirft Store in
San Diego. Loren went just a bit crazy as Kelly and Sally talked
much of the travel time on the CB's.
|Here are the Roundy's as
we started off in Yellowstone Park. Ashlee didn't like the backpack
carrier and that lasted about 2 minutes. From then through the rest of
the trip, she was on her own two feet.
|Shortly after entering the park, we saw a herd
of elk. This group included one large antleered male. He was very
calm and Loren went to try to get a picture of him.
||This used to be called a "Bear Jam". This
actually was an "Elk Jam". There are not too many visible bears in
Yellowstone anymore. Most have been taken into the backcountry away
from the crazy touristas. The 1988 fire results are still visible
everywhere. In many areas, you can see growth (6-10 foot tall lodgepole
|Here is Alyssa in front of Old Faithful.
||We had to wait about an hour for the next
eruption of Old Faithful. It was worth the wait.
|After that, we
walked around the geyser field near the main lodge. This 'baby' geyser
is called Anemone Geyser. It is an area called Geyser Hill near Old
||There was a
wooden walkway all the way around. Both Alyssa and Ashlee did great on
this walk. It was about a mile. Alyssa commented that "it smelled like
|There were many of these
|Here is Grandma Sadi (Sally)
with granddaughter Alyssa at one of the smaller geysers.
||Here is that smaller geyser.
It is a group called the Lion Group: Little Cub, Lioness, Big Cub and
Lion. This one erupted for 3 or 4 minutes.
|We got back from the walk just
about the time that Old Faithful was about to erupt again. The crowd
sort of grows and grows until the eruption and then there is a giant
traffic jam getting out of the parking lot.
||I took this picture from
inside the Old Faithful Lodge. There are three big picture windows in
|Kelly and Loren on the shores
of Yellowstone Lake.
||After seeing Old Faithful, we
took a drive around the park on a loop road (through West Thumb,
Fishing Bridge, Canyon Village, Norris and Madison). On one stop, along
the Yellowstone River, we watched a herd of Bison
|Panoramic view of Yellowstone Lake (2357 feet).
|Here is Alyssa on a Jungle Jim at the park.
||Grandma Sadi got to push Ashlee on the swings and send her down the slide.|
|Here are the
and Alyssa looking at bears.
|Grandma Sadi spent the whole day chasing the girls.
- they are noctoural so most were asleep the whole time we were there.
In the entire greater Yellowstone ecosystem, only 271 wolves exist in
|Here are the bears.
||Feeding time - they must get a
lot of jokes about this. Kids can buy bear food (lettuce, etc) and they
get to hide it in the bear enclosure. Unfortunately, they remove the
bears from the enclosure before they let the kids in - that ruins all
after the kids got out (I hope they counted them), the bears were let
back in. They knew what was going on and they seemed to know all the
hiding places that the kids picked for the food.
|Alyssa and Ashlee both
LOVED playing in the water.
||Ashlee started out a bit
afraid on the trip, but ended up helping Mom paddle the raft.
|We saw a MOOSE along the side
of the river.
||Alyssa is enjoying an apple
while Dad makes sure we're on course.
|What a beautiful day for a float down the river, and
how fun with these
|At the top of the mountain is an FAA air traffic control radar.||Here is Sawtelle Mountain from the highway near Mack's Inn. You can just make out the radar tower in the center of the flat top of the mountain. It was about a 40 minute drive to the top.|
views from the top of the mountain. Here is Henry's Lake. Loren, a
fisherman, had checked it out the previous day. He thought about going
fishing but found that we were there near the end of the season so
fishing would not be good.
could see that this mountain is volcanic in origin. The rocks all
around were lava and on a nearby peak, you could still see a volcano
| Grand Teton
||The days we were on this trip
had a lot of thunderstorms with their associated lightning. Here,
just south of Grand Teton Park was a grass fire started by lightning.
We got closer and closer to it as we headed south and it ended up only
a half-mile or so off the main road.
|Kelly and Loren
in front of Mount Moran (3842 feet).
||Grandma Sadi in
front of Grand Teton Peak (4197 feet).
A panoramic view of the Grand Teton Range.
is our traveling caravan.
| Kelly wanted to know what the
"Ranch Exits" were along I-15. I stopped and took a picture for her.
|| Not too much the worse for
here is Sally at the wheel, somewhere in Utah.
are some zucchini that Kelly grew in her garden. I was't sure we would
able to get these though the Inspection station at the California
border. We were prepared to tell the inspectors that we had them but
the Inspection station was closed.
On Tuesday morning, I woke up at 4AM. I woke up Sally and asked her if she wanted to leave now. At first she was not sure but I got her out of bed about 5AM and we were on the road by 5:20. It was nice as it was still "cool" out and we beat the rush hour traffic through Las Vegas. We also beat the traffic in Riverside County and we got back home around 1PM.
Mark and Sally
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