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Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming USA

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overcast 70 °F
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It was diverse !

This park has so many crazy sights to behold. There's the typical nature views of valleys, hills, forests, rivers, and lakes. But then there is the wildlife spotting with chances to see wolves, elk, bison, bears, birds, fish, and more. You can also see crazy rock formations, canyons with massive waterfalls (twice the height of Niagara), and huge open meadows. And of course, the highlights are the hot spring, geysers, mud pots, and all the colorful metals and organisms in the water around the vents.

We got lucky and we able to get one of the last campsites with only a few weeks before our trip. Normally, you need to plan and reserve them 5-6 months in advance. We pretty much only were there to cook meals and sleep, but though the campgrounds were very well run. We saw an elk grazing a few feet away one night.

Our first day including checking out West Yellowstone in Montana. After entering the park, we did part of the southwestern loop. This includes the Upper, Mid, and Lower geyser basin areas. All of them are must see experiences, and include the typical stop to see Old Faithful. I was surprised at how much activity there is in that small part of the park; we must have seen 100+ bubbling hot springs and geysers. We couldn't go any farther since a wildfire closed part of the road. So after that we had an hour drive across the middle of the park to our campsite at Bridge Bay.

The second day included sites along the south east loop. We started with the grand canyon of the Yellowstone river with multiple waterfall viewings. Then on to Mud Volcano area, Yellowstone Lake, and the west thumb Geyser area. That was a full day, so back to camp for an early night. And the next day we woke up at 4am to drive south out of the park and onto Grand Teton national park, where you have to arrive early to get first come first serve camping sites.

Recommend:
Pretty much everything in the park amazed me and would recommend it all.

  • Upper Geyser Basin, including Old Faithful and all the trails around it
  • Mid Geyser Basin, including the Grand Prismatic spring
  • Lower Geyser Basin, including the separate driving loop with Firehole Lake
  • Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River
  • Upper Falls & Lower Falls viewpoints
  • Yellowstone Lake
  • West Thumb Geyser area
  • Mud Volcano

Trip Map

Pictures

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Posted by MurkTravels 10:19 Archived in USA Tagged me trees nature lake sunsets camp usa hike wyoming nationalparks 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

Lake camping 2020 - Colorado USA

Turquoise Lake at Leadville

sunny 80 °F
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A week of camping is always fun. When it's out in the mountains right by a lake, then it's even better.
We headed out near Turquoise Lake near Leadville, Colorado. During our time there we biked, hiked, and did some paddling in the lake.

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Posted by MurkTravels 16:37 Archived in USA Tagged me trees nature lake sunsets camp usa hike 2020 murktravels Comments (0)

2019 14ers - Blanca - Colorado USA

more hiking up tall mountains

rain 60 °F
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Blanca

This peak is part of potentially 4 that one could down in southern Colorado near the Great Sand Dunes. Again, this is a hike that I needed the 4Runner. There's 7 miles of road up to a lake to where the real hiking trail begins. I drove about 4 miles of the road before it got really rough - the truck could have handled it, but my off roading experience isn't quite up for that challenge yet. We camped out overnight in a protected pull off site and starting early the next day.

Even a 6 am start was tough going to cover the 3 miles of rough rock road, and then another 4 miles up what is basically a big pile of rocks. There were definite steep drops off some cliff faces, and exposure to high winds as we climbed up a ridge to the top. One section was pretty much boulder climbing and many minutes I just laid low and hung on to whatever rocks were closest.

The goal for the day was to also do Ellingwood, which shares part of the same approach, and there's a ridge connecting the too. However, we were exhausted, it looked even tougher to climb and we couldn't find where the path split off (remember that it's a pile of rocks with a rock path going up it and piles of cairn rocks to guide your way, so it's tough to spot which are the real rocks to follow). Later, we're glad we headed down early as we got a downpour of water for the last 2 or so miles of hiking. What a fun challenging hike, one of the toughest ones I've ever done.

Relive video of the hikes

Grays & Torreys link: https://www.relive.cc/view/vr63JEV23dO
Blanca link: https://www.relive.cc/view/vRO7GpVG5KO

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One of the easier sections of the road to the trailhead. This is after we parked, and didn't see any vehicles after this point.
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Chasing the sun up the mountain
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One of the many lakes we hiked by
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Climbing up Blanca's ridge, with Ellingwood in the background
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Proof at the top
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Posted by MurkTravels 18:24 Archived in USA Tagged me waterfalls sunsets_and_sunrises mountains lakes trees snow nature hiking colorado lake sunrise sunsets usa rockies hike denver roadtrip 14er murktravels 2019 Comments (0)

Lake McConaughy camping 2017 - Nebraska USA

the highlight of western Nebraska

sunny 88 °F

Camping Trip

We took a long weekend trip over the border into Nebraska to relax on the shores of Lake McConaughy (as far as I know, it's not owned by Matthew McConaughey). Some (fun) facts about the place:

  • Nebraska's largest lake
  • The lake is over 20 miles long
  • The state record for walleye (16 lbs 2 oz) was caught there
  • ... and you can camp right on the beach

Here's what we did:

Pictures

Our home for the weekend:
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Our camping neighborhood:
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View from the water with some SUP action:
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Relaxing on the water:
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Got in a beach workout (shoutout to our friends at Monkii Bars)
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Posted by MurkTravels 11:33 Archived in USA Tagged lake sunsets camping boating nebraska Comments (0)

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