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Busskipper

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Posted: 09/09/19 05:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

BarabooBob wrote:

I forgot to mention that my wife had a stroke when she was 42. She was not treated properly due to her age and it did not show up right away on a scan. She does her best but has a difficult time getting around.
We diud a few experiments with gas mileage on our first day of travel, We had about a 30 to 40 mph headwind and our mileage was bad. We tried 30 mile tests at 55 mph, 60 mph, and 65 mph. Without heavy wind we usually get about 10.5 mpg at 55 top 60. With the wind we were getting 8.5 at 55. We did our little experiments and found that 65 mph only coast us .5 mpg. We decided to go faster.
We spent 2 days at TR NP car sightseeing and short hikes. I had never seen this section of badlands topography before. It is like the Badlands NP on steroids. The scale is so much bigger. The valleys are deeper and wider. We loved it.
The trip across Highway 2 in Montana included about 30 miles of one way roads with pilot cars to follow. It was slow going and took more time than we wanted. From Browning Montana to Glacier, highway 89 is really torn up. The route is 26 miles long and about 10 miles is nothing but mud, rocks and driving in ditches. My blue truck and white TT were both covered with mud.
In Glacier, we took a boat tour at Many Glacier Hotel, and admired the architecture of the hotel. We did some short hikes together and I hiked to Hidden Lake at the top of Logan Pass. We drove all of Going to the Sun road which took all day with the short hikes and sightseeing that we did. We hiked the Trail of the Cedars on the west side of the park. It is amazing to sit and look up at 200 ft tall, 600 year old trees. Being from Wisconsin this is hard to fathom. Wisconsin was just about stripped of old growth trees in the late 1800's.
Today we have been wandering toward West Yellowstone.
We are both morning people and we get up at about 6:00. I make coffee for me and tea for her. We pack a light breakfast to eat on the road and are usually rolling by 7:00. This is how we like to travel. We frequently eat while driving unless we find something that we want to sit and admire.
We would not mind being snowed in somewhere. We have supplies packed that would keep us comfortable for up to a week without getting hungry or cold. I have gone snowmobile and cross country ski camping in northern WI and Michigan.
We have been to the Rockies 5 or 6 times in the past.
The best part of these trips is that we get to spend the time together admiring everything along the way. We keep commenting on the beauty around us. I told my wife that I would have made a great artist because of my eye for beauty but was stopped by my absolute lack of talent with anything but my camera.
We are wandering toward Yellowstone now and have no solid plans as to where we are going after that. I'll check back in when we get a connection again.
By the way, 2 Bar Lazy H campground west of Butte MT has the best wifi I have ever had while camping.


You sound like a lot of Us.[emoticon]

Using that Camera - Share an Image or two for those who are not out there with you.

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Best of Luck,

More interesting Images - Here [emoticon]


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Great trip report, so far! Keep those updates coming!

And in my opinion, digital photography is sort of an art form, especially if you can take advantage of the great editing programs that are available.

For those of us who remember film, we all remember that sense of disappointment when you get your prints back from the lab -- "that's not how it looked at all!" The editing software allows you to restore the image to how it really looked by compensating for bad lighting, or by cropping out irrelevant stuff, or restoring the contrast, or whatever. It can be very satisfying, as long as you don't go too far and make the image look phony.

I save my editing for when we get home -- I don't have time on the road, and then at home it serves as a great way to avoid doing the things I really ought to do. [emoticon]


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