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RE: Cody to Billings Help!

take 120 north to Bridger and then 310 on up to Billings. We have done that several times. No problems. Ditto. Have taken this route several times. Nice drive, no steep hills.
kknowlton 07/09/21 10:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: Mammoth campground Yellowstone

It was a very recent change, so it's not a big surprise that you didn't know about it earlier. Sounds like they intend for it to be a permanent change - but of course, it never hurts to check periodically!
kknowlton 07/09/21 10:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ID-34 from McCammon to Alpine

34 has some narrow, winding areas (it's not a big road) but you should still be ok, just take it easy. It's probably no faster a route than taking US 89 north from Montpelier ID, even though the latter goes over a higher pass. It's a bigger road & a nice, scenic drive either way. I'd give the edge to 89, though. We've towed a 34' TT over the 89 route with no issues.
kknowlton 07/05/21 09:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: rv parks

You'll have a dandy pass to go over on the MT-ID line heading south toward Salmon & Challis. Take it easy. there's a nice rest area at the top (7000+ feet), lots of switchbacks southbound on the Idaho side. Pretty scenery! We weren't too impressed with campgrounds in/around Salmon. Haven't camped in Challis yet, though the golf course gets good reviews. Depending on which way you go to Sun Valley, there's a nice, small one between Challis & Salmon, Torrey's Resort. Beautiful spot - we loved it. Or Arco has a nice KOA, well off the road so pretty quiet.
kknowlton 06/06/21 10:02pm Roads and Routes
RE: Montana

The state parks near/on Seeley Lake, not far south of the West Glacier area, are really nice. Bannack SP, sw MT about 20 miles west of Dillon, is a neat visit - an old mining town/ghost town but only finally abandoned in the 1960s so it's in better shape than many. They have a CG (state park), no hookups, but sites seemed rather small. We have a 28' and I'm not sure we'd have fit in there. (We camped at a private CG we like in Dillon: Countryside. Totally open, no shade, but nice view and pretty quiet.)
kknowlton 05/30/21 07:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rhode Island trip

We've been to both Fishermen's Memorial & Mystic KOA, both decent camping spots (preference to FMSP, though). Ditto on the suggestions to visit Mystic Seaport & the Submarine Museum! I don't know if he's still a working judge, but if you get a chance to attend a court session in Providence where Judge Frank Caprio is presiding, do it. (Visitors are apparently allowed - or at least were before Covid.) He is remarkable, so much so that a TV show was made of segments of his court sessions. We've enjoyed the show.
kknowlton 05/30/21 07:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rochelle, IL

Lowden State Park is also nearby. Electric hookups at some sites. Reservations a must in state parks, especially on weekends.
kknowlton 05/18/21 10:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rv Park with Pine trees

There's a beautiful pine-woods section in one of the 5 campgrounds in Peninsula SP, Wisconsin - should you ever head that way. A second on Ponderosa SP in Idaho!! Love that place! The RV section has big sites and full hookups (amazing for a state park) and the "feel" of pine trees throughout. NFS campgrounds in Island Park, Idaho (Buffalo, Upper Coffee Pot, etc.) - some with electric hookups, some without. Not pines, but Seeley Lake, Montana has some beautiful wooded sites, as do some of the campgrounds just west of Glacier NP. Collier Memorial State Park in Chiloquin, OR has some lovely wooded sites. Not far from Crater Lake - a bonus. Colter Bay RV Park, Grand Tetons - spectacular! (And hookups, to boot!) Agreed also on the (far) northern California redwoods area.
kknowlton 05/16/21 04:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: CA Redwoods Area for a 42' FW

Crescent City KOA is really nice. It has its own little section of VERY big trees. (Big rigs won't fit in that section, but you can walk thru it.)
kknowlton 05/11/21 09:13pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jesse has crossed the Rainbow Bridge

I'm so sorry. :( Those are really hard goodbyes. Make sure to give lots of extra love to the other dog (?) That may help all of you adjust.
kknowlton 10/30/20 02:36pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Western US Itinerary Help

Another question. In planning I see some campgrounds around Yellowstone are first come first serve. Am I likely to have problems getting a site that way and is there a viable backup option if I get turned away? Thanks Best way to get one of those first-come, first-served sites is to show up at the campground about 9:30 AM and wait. Kind of a hassle. You can make reservations at Yellowstone campgrounds, though if there are no sites showing available now for your timeframe, you may have to call back periodically to see if there are cancellations. You can also reserve a site at a West Yellowstone or Gardiner RV park (private, outside the park).
kknowlton 10/10/20 09:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah to Idaho

I forgot to mention in my previous post, a handy set of websites to know about is the 511 series; each state (at least in the west) seems to have one. It gives road conditions, and if you look under travel information you can get updated info on road closures, construction areas, weather affecting roads, etc. Very handy!
kknowlton 09/26/20 09:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hell's Canyon and region

Hells Gate SP is great - but be aware, many Idaho state parks stop taking reservations after Labor Day & sites become first-come first-served only. If you get there between 11 AM-1 PM you may have the best chance of getting a site. Good luck!
kknowlton 09/26/20 09:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Good to know! Thanks for checking in!
kknowlton 09/10/20 09:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Utah to Idaho

Those winds the other day were not a seasonal-typical thing, but a very strong backdoor cold front, its strength being unusual even for here. Agree with others that indicate that going north thru Utah is usually preferable to crossing Wyoming on 80, which is always windy (and sometimes dangerously so). Watch out for TRAFFIC between Provo and Ogden, UT. By the time you get to Brigham City, it thins out enough to be tolerable again. :) In October some of the areas you are going in central Idaho can get wintery - just keep on top of the weather forecasts as much as possible and wait it out if you need to. Be aware that a lot of campgrounds close down or go to very limited service after about October 10, certainly after the 15th, so be sure you have some alternates in mind. Good luck & safe travels!
kknowlton 09/10/20 09:52pm Roads and Routes
RE: Western US Itinerary Help

Since we need to use hookups, our favorite CG for the Tetons is Colter Bay RV Park. For that one and for anything inside Yellowstone, you will need to make reservations as far ahead as possible (up to 2 years in advance for Yellowstone). Fishing Bridge CG is the only one inside Yellowstone with any hookups at all, and they are still closed through all of next year, to my knowledge (getting a major redo). West Yellowstone is a good base camp for Yellowstone - several good private CGs and a 1st-come NFS CG there, and much closer to the entry gate than CGs south and east of the park. Late May/early June is do-able, though not all CGs may be open if there is too much snow. I believe the private CGs in West Yellowstone will be open by then, however. I like the Colorado suggestions you've been getting. Not sure where you have been, if you said you have been to 4 Corners area, but there is a ton to see in sw Colorado and se Utah - if you have missed either of those areas, it would be worth your while to catch up with it this time.
kknowlton 09/03/20 03:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Members who have had by-pass surgery.

My father had a quad bypass in his mid-60s, and probably took about 7-9 months to fully recover. He was a good boy and followed doctor's orders about eating, smoking (he quit) and exercising, even walking every day a week or less after the operation, even though he said his leg hurt. (He had more pain in the leg where the vein had been taken from than he did in the chest, interestingly.) The surgery was probably the best thing he ever did, and he continued with an exercise regimen for years afterward. He always thought he would die in his 60s, but he lived almost to 91, and the bypass never had to be repeated or "fixed." :) Best of luck to you - I hope your results are at least as good as his were!
kknowlton 08/20/20 10:24pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Island Park, ID can be a good base camp for at least some of Yellowstone (about 15-25 miles from the west gate of the park, depending where in Island Park you land). From there you can also spend 1/2 day or so at Mesa Falls (beautiful)! and even head up to Virginia City MT - old mining town - or Hebgen Lake area (Quake Lake, etc.) Or south from there to the Tetons, via either ID 33 or (better route for RVs) US 26 - longer drive but pretty. Definitely you'd need reservations in the Tetons unless you can dry camp. Craters of the Moon NP is a neat little park, and very different. You can camp there (hot & you have to dry camp) or base camp in Arco ID, about 20 miles east of the park; on US 20.
kknowlton 08/18/20 02:41pm Roads and Routes
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