Terry has made a
new friend in West Yellwstone.
Shop till ya drop... A tourist trap to
end all tourist traps.
Terry showing off
his new fishing hat.
July 27 it was a
relaxing afternoon in Yellowstone along the Madison river. Terry fly fished.
A nice Birthday for me and then a campfire. It was 82° out and just
Last night we got rain and had to spend
the evening inside. Got caught up on Longmire TV show. Like all shows they
tend to go off weird after awhile. But it's summer and tht's about all
Now today Terry is outside sawing
and chopping up some more wood we found.
OK some more wood pictures.
I have burned most of this so more was
We carry a small electric chain saw and
since we have our Honda 3000ie generator in the truck bed, when we are
on a forest service road and see a nice down tree we can cut it up and
off we go. Then later chop it up back in camp.
There is a FS road (the next road to the
left north from this FS campground) that goes way back in on a very nice
road to a area that has had fires and has millions of trees downed. So
there is all the firewood you could ask for. It's on the FS road to Madison
Arm Resort and Marina.
Update on me...
Took one pain
pill when we go back to the trailer, pain went away and never came back.
Blood stopped the next day. I passed a couple of small kidney stones
about three days later. Collected them in a specimen
jar to take to the urologist later on. So I got off lucky me thinks except
the for the scary blood.
Signed up for another
week right here in Bakers Hole FSA campground just north of West Yellowstone.
It's relaxing and we are in no rush to go to our next planned stop at Ennis,
MT. for more fishing again on the Madison river.
We are conserving
our gray and black water as there is no dump station here. There is a nice
private resort on the way to Ennis so we can dump when we go that-a-way.
We watch the campers
come back late from rushing around Yellowstone all day long and being tired.
downtown stores and restaurants stay open late as most people come out
of the park late after a long day driving forever.
As I said earlier
we came up from the Jackson Tetons and went right on through to West Yellowstone
without stopping. Wanted to secure a campsite here in this FS cmpground.
As if there would be any place to stop with a big rig. It's peak tourist
season and the roads are crowded and the hosts in the park say to visit
early morning or late afternoon if you want to find a parking place in
one of the many viewing areas.
As for us we have
toured the park many times and it is now more of a drive through for us.
We perfer to relaxing in our campground and then Terry can go fishing in
late afternoon. After all we are not on vacation but living this lifestyle
for months on end.
Terry got out his
dutch oven and did another loaf of bread the other day.
scary day was had by us...
The picture below
is a arm band for me in the ER in the Bozeman Montana hospital. My day
started of with back pain and then I noticed deep red blood instead of
urine. Yikes that's not good me thinks. Off we go to the West Yellowstone
clinic. Got there at 2 PM and they had me give them a urine sample and
they freaked. Said head to Bozeman ASAP. Off we went thinking the worst
as this can't be good at all. I have had some elevated kidney levels in
the past so thought the worst.
If you ever need
to go to the ER do it in Bozeman, new, big and friendly. They took blood
and did a cat scan. All came back that I had a couple of kidney stones.
And since I am on Xarelto (blood thinner for stroke protection for A-Fib
that made the bleeding much worse. Got some meds to help pass the stones
(they are small ones) and pain meds. and headed back to our campground
90 miles south. Got back about 11 PM. Overall we were thrilled it was only
kidney stones and not something much worse. So today no pain but have to
pee (still with blood) through a funnel with very fine mesh to catch the
stones when they pass so a urologist can look at them later on. Doesn't
that sound like fun.
up from Teton Park through Yellowstone Park.
It was just a fast
drive through as we wanted to go right to the Bakers Hole FS campground
just north ot West Yellowstone, MT and boy did we luck out. We got the
best site in the place right next to one we had last year. Open for sun
and satellite and right on the Madison river. The campground is just past
the airport road north of West Yellowstone about 3 miles to town.
The view from my
RV desk window.
It started raining
(as in a cow pissing on a rock) with pea sized hail right after we got
here. Went into town for a long awaited Arby's and to take back my Wilson
cell phone booster which didn't work for crap. Radio Shack took it back
no questions asked. I had tried it again at this campground and it didn't
increase my 3G 2 bar sig at all. When I had first tried it a few days ago
at Moran Jct. campground it got real hot and did allow data to come in
but did nothing for voice. So back it went.
Terry went and got
his Montana fishing lic. and we signed up for 7 nights for right here.
Oh to be sure we loaded a bunch of wood that had been chopped and now awaits
to be turned into more campfires right here.
Doesn't look that
tall but is double row deep. Got to make room to get the 5er hitch over
it to hook up.
Sun has come out
and Terry is getting the grill out for a couple of small steaks for supper.
Will have to store
it when done as we are in Grizzly country and they have a $5K fine and
jail if food is left out.
Yikes a fridge
Yesterday our RV Norcold fridge started
to get warm inside. That's a huge NO NO to be sure. I searched to troubleshooting
guides on line. Sure glad we have internet everywhere we go. Found to try
to disconnect the thermoster inside the fridge that attached to the cooling
fins. That made it to start cooling again but only on AC with power
from our generator. Still had gas problems with it cooling. So more troubleshooting
and then I had Terry take the fridge burner and orifice out and clean it.
Soaked it in gas and blow out the stack and that seemed to fix it. With
Amazon Prime we will be having a new thermoster and burner with orifice
waiting for us in West Yellowstone, MT next week. We were ready to pick
up stakes and head to Idaho Falls, ID to a Norcold service center. We lucked
out big time fixing it ourselves.
On our day trip today we stopped at Colter
Bay National Park campground and we were told we could dump our RV tanks
there for free when we travel north up through Yellowstone.
Now for some good news.... Terry's mother
got a biopsy report back on her lung and it came back negative. She still
has a lump there but they don't know what it is so she is having another
cat scan this next Wednesday. Her Dr. was sure it was cancer, so now more
tests are on the way. All we can do is hope for the best, so far so good.
we moved to just east of Teton National Park
We are north of Jackson
WY off on US 26 east orf Moran Jct. on a side road called
Buffalo Valley Rd.
10 miles on it gets you to Turpin Meadow Campground. A 20 some site (only
hard sided campers allowed due to bear country). We had checked this place
out before we pulled the big 5er in to make sure we could get here ok.
It's all blacktop to the campground and there was water at that time. But
a couple of days later when we did move up form the Pinedale area we found
no water. The host said they blew a fuse so the site was free till the
fixed it. From here we have been exploring Teton Park and going back to
Jackson for supplies and lunch. The national park campground
are full and very tight and a zoo, so we are glad to be off the beaten
path in the site. We are about the only ones here and it is only 15 miles
form Moran Jct. the main intersection in the northern part of the park.
So great location and peacefull.
Yes and I needed more wood.
Notice the new axe.
We are heading to Jackson Hole, Wy on
Friday. I want to find a Wilson Sleek G 4 signal booster for my Galaxy
S5. I saw a ad in the local paper that a local Radio Shack Verizon dealer
sells them. At where we are at right now I get 1 bar and with Terry's moms
heath issues we need to be in better contact. AND there is a great BBQ
place for lunch. It would came in handy later in Montana which has poor
cell service. Oh and Terry wants to stroll the downtown to window shop.
Did I say he loves tourist traps. I will put up with this as I love him.
A new high tech wood cutting axe might also be in our future. Our old axe
is a little worn as as you know I need lots of wood. This should fill the
bill and it has it own cutting case.
Jackson Hole is a
very tight place for big rigs and you wont find a place to park a big rig
in either of the two grocery store parking lots, that's for sure. So we
stocked up in Pinedale so didn't need to stop. Their loss. I called both
stores and told them they should support a shuttle service for people coming
through in big rigs.
Also found propane
at a litle C-store and campground (Hilltop) on US 191 for $2.69 in
Jackson it's $4.45 at the main gas dealership.
please scroll down to the bottom of this July post for a
Report on the Pinedale Rendezvous parade.... On
Sat the 12 of July 2014.
hanging out at Green river Lakes since June 20.
My how times flies.
On Tuesday after the Fourth we moved down river to a spot right on it.
It doesn't get much
better than this. See the UPDATE
Later we made good use of the fire ring
to be sure.
|One thing to know is you should NOT run
out of Yard Guard out here. What for you ask... Mosquitos. They are
selling the cans at $10 in Pinedale, if you can even find one. We
just bought two, left the last one on the shelf for another desperate customer.
You know it's time to move when you wake
up and find mosquitos in your bedroom. Try to sleep with a couple of these
buzzing around your head. You Yell KILL... and pull up the sheets.
Oh and you know who much I love wood, as
Terry has had a couple of days of fair
fishing but the river is way up do to warmer temps and snow melt. The Mayfly
Hatch is out in full form now but with the river so high the fish
are not active.
Here he sits contemplating the fishing
To fish or not to fish that is the question.
As you can see the river is running bank
July 11 (Friday) we came out of the outback
and landed back at Warren Bridge campground where we had spent much time
in late June waiting for the weather to clear. We had planned to stay on
the upper Green River over the weekend but we got a email last night from
Terry's nephew who said we should drive out to a phone and call him
ASAP. We have Satellite Internet but no cell service so I got on Skype
and called him. Skype doesn't work well with Satellite Internet. Much delay
as we are going through a satellite 22K miles up and and back down again.
It had been raining so to drive out 25 miles for cell service was not possible.
We could get the gist of the urgent call... That Terry's mother had gone
in for some tests as she was feeling tired. They did a cat scan and found
a spot on her lung. She was to go a specialist for a consultation today.
So we decided we would move back within
cell service and wait to hear the outcome. That is why we are back at Warren
Bridge BLM campground.
Terry just talked to his mother. She is
a strong woman at 88 years young and knows this is serious stuff. She has
a bit of pneumonia, but the scans show a lump. They are going to do a biopsy
early next Tuesday. That should take a couple of days for results. As you
can imagine that call was stressfull for Terry to have with his mother.
Now watching the weather tonight as it
has storm warnings for heavy rains and flash flooding. This was not in
the forcast when we were still up river in high country the last few days.
We are so glad we made it out of many miles of dirt road down from Green
River Lakes before that hits tonight. The road is rutty and bumpy in good
times let alone with heavy rain on it. We are secure in a nice BLM campground
with 4 G LTE cell service on high ground right along the highway.
Our Satallite is up for HD DirecTV and our Honda 3000ie gen is ready for
We are both deep in thought tonight about
what lies ahead for Terry's mother. His nephew thinks we should rush back
to Iowa right away. We tried to explain to him, how would that look to
her. At this stage (we don't even know if it is cancer, or if it is, how
bad it is). BTW the nephew (now 28) was raised by this grandmother, Terry's
mother, so you can see the nephews deep concern. As she is like a mother
to him. Terry's brother (nephews father) lives on the farm with their parents,
so is there for them. A sister is a couple of hours away.
So our summer plans are in limbo, as they
should be, waiting to hear more next week.
Please take care out there as you never
know what is around the curve in the road ahead.
on the Pinedale Rwndezvous parade....
Sat the 12 of July 2014.
We decieded we would
get up and make it to the parade.
These are the pictures
of it. A good time was had by all and a huge crowed. Guess it has been
a long winter in the north country.
This town turns into
party central as shown by these two carrying beer down the street.
The line of the
day was the parade isn't over till we say so!!!
Bloody Marys were
selling for $4 a pop on the street.
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