Billeder fra USA-tur 2000
Tur til Buffalo og Cody
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Billeder fra USA-tur 2007
29/6. Afgang fra Kastrup. Ankomst til Phoenix og Sedona.
Mellemlandinger i Paris (de Gaulle), Washington (Dulles) og Salt Lake City.
Til og med DSC01334.jpg.
30/6-4/7. Sedona. Henter Margarets mor på hospitalet i Cottonwood. Afleverer den i Phoenix af Avis lejede bil i Flagstaff Airport.
5/7. Afsted fra Sedona til Montana via Colorado og Wyoming.
Rute: Flagstaff, Four Corners, Cortez, Dolores.
Camp: National Forest Campground, Mavreeso (som i 2005) ved West Dolores River.
6/7. Morgen i Mavreeso. Afsted via Rico, Lizard Head Pass, Telluride (ikke inde i byen denne gang), Placerville, Montrose, Delta (?), Hotchkiss, Redstone
Camp: Spruce Campground (State Park, Paonia?).
7/7. Morgen i Spruce. Afsted via Redstone, Glenwood Springs, Wolcott, State Bridge, Oak Creek.
Camp: Routt National Forest, Meadows.
8/7. Morgen i Meadows. Afsted via Walden, Laramie, Wheatland.
Camp: Palmer Canyon vest for Wheatland.
9/7. Morgen i Palmer Canyon. Afsted via Douglas, Fort Fetterman, Thunder Basin National Grassland, Upton, Sundance.
Camp: Black Hills west of Sundance.
10/7. Morgen i Black Hills. Afsted via Devils Tower, Alzada (Montana), Broadus, Ashland, Little Big Horn Battlefield NM. Back to Ashland and Custer National Forest.
Camp: Custer National Forest east of Ashland.
11/7. Morgen i Custer National Forest east of Ashland. Afsted via Ashland, Lame Deer, Colstrip, Forsyth, Ingomar, Roundup.
Camp: Roundup City Park.
12/7. Morgen i Roundup City Park. Afsted via Ryegate, Harlowton, Martinsdale (Bair Family Museum).
Camp: Crazy Mountains Forest Lake Campground.
13/7. Morgen i Crazy Mountains Forest Lake Campground. Dayhike til Virginia Peak.
Camp. Samme som ovenfor.
14/7. Crazy Mountains Forest Lake Campground. Afsted via Martinsdale, Neihart, Great Falls, Choteau.
Camp: Choteau City Park.
15/7. Morgen i Choteau City Park. Afsted til Glacier National Park via St. Mary. Indgang ved Many Glacier. Dayhike fra camp.
Camp: Many Glacier Campground.
16/7. Morgen i Many Glacier Campground. Bil til St. Mary og op ad Going to the Sun Road. Dayhike til Piegan Pass. Derefter Siyeh Pass og tilbage til vejen. Shuttle bus til bilen.
Camp: Samme som ovenfor.
17/7. Morgen i Many Glacier Campground. Afsted via St. Mary, Going to the Sun Road, Kalispell, Swan Lake, Lindbergh Lake.
Camp: Lindbergh Lake Campground.
18/7. Morgen i Lindbergh Lake Campground. Dayhike til Crystal Lake. Afsted via Seeley Lake, Milltown, Missoula.
Camp: Lidt syd for Missoula: Chief Looking Glass Fishing access.
19/7. Morgen i Chief Looking Glass. Afsted via Stevensville, Riverside, Daly Mansion, Sula, Big Hole National Battlefield, Wiscom, nord langs Big Hole River. Derefter vejen mod Anaconda/Butte.
Camp: Lower Seymour (Beaverhead National Forest) (sydvest for Butte).
20/7. Morgen i Lower Seymour. Afsted nordpå til Butte. C.W. Clark mansion. Videre mod Helena. Lille dayhike fra camp før Helena.
Camp: Ladysmith Campground, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.
21/7. Morgen i Ladysmith Campground. Afsted til Helena og derefter Bozeman via Three Forks.
Camp: Et sted i Gallatin National Forest på vejen mod Hyalite Creek Trailhead (efter et par NF-campgrounds.
22/7. Morgen ” Et sted i Gallatin National Forest på vejen mod Hyalite Creek Trailhead”. Dayhike til Hyalite Peak.
Camp: Samme som ovenfor.
23/7. Morgen ” Et sted i Gallatin National Forest på vejen mod Hyalite Creek Trailhead”. Afsted via Livingston, Springdale, Big Timber, Columbus, Absarokee, Roscoe, Red Lodge.
Camp: Rattin Campground, Custer National Forest. (Syd for Red Lodge).
24/7. Morgen i Rattin Campground. Afsted sydpå over Beartooth Pass til Cody.
Camp: Hos Lolly og Alan.
25/7. Morgen hos Lolly og Alan. Besøg på museet.
Camp: Hos Lolly og Alan.
26/7. Morgen hos Lolly og Alan. Afsted til Thermopolis. Museet indtil jeg fandt ud af, at der ikke måtte fotograferes.
Camp: Hos Robert.
27/7. Morgen hos Robert. Afsted fra Thermopolis sydpå via Wind River Canyon, Riverton, Lander, Atlantic City, South Pass City, Farson, Rock Springs.
Camp: I Utah efter Flaming Gorge højt oppe. Grusvej ind mod vest: Highline Trail 025.
28/7. Morgen ved Highline Trail 025. Afsted sydpå via Vernal, Duchesne, Price (Museum), Ferron.
Camp: Vest for Ferron. National Forest Campground, Manti-Lasal N.F. No water, no garbage takeout, no fee.
29/7. Morgen i ovenstående. Afsted sydpå via Fremont Jct., Fremont, Dayhike, Torrey, Grover.
Camp: Dixie National Forest mellem Grover og Boulder.
30/7. Morgen Dixie National Forest. Afsted sydvestpå via Boulder (Dayhike langs Escalante River), Escalante, Cannonville, Tropic, Kanab. Østpå mod Page.
Camp: BLM-campground ved White House Trailhead syd for vejen ved Paria River.
31/7. Morgen ved White House Trailhead. Øst på til Page, men stop ved dæmningen. Herefter sydpå via Cameron, Flagstaff, Sedona.
1/8-8/8. Sedona og Flagstaff. Afgang fra Phoenix.
9/9. Mellemlanding i Atlanta og Paris, de Gaulle (billederne er fra de Gaulle). Ankomst til Borsholmvej 71.
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Billeder fra USA-tur 2009
- June 28: Arrived in Phoenix, minus our 4 pieces of checked-in baggage. 300 bags did not make it onto our flight, so of course there was a large crowd of people trying to sort it out with the airport officials. We were given a check for $100.00 as compensation for our inconvenience. It took 3 days before our baggage got delivered to Maws' house.
- June 29: Rented a P.T. Cruiser from The Enterprise Rental in Cottonwood. We were pleased with their service, although we found the Cruiser to have low clearance and minimal trunk space. We decided never to use Steve Coury again.
- June 30: The delivery vehicle with our baggage arrived.
- July 2: Went to Flagstaff. Had lunch at Beaver Street Brewery. Preben took the Cruiser and Maw and I drove up in her Honda CRV so we could come back to Sedona early. Preben stayed longer in Flagstaff and bought a cell phone for our camping trip. It turned out to be a royal run-around for Preben to get the phone activated and operational. The woman on the other end had spoken poor English and she had trouble understanding Preben. It took over an hour to get it sorted out.
- July 4: We drove over to Clarkdale for the 4th of July band concert. This year my mother did not play her trumpet. Her shoulders are too weak to hold the instrument. The band members greeted her warmly and invited her to sit with them in the shade of the canopy next to the first chair trumpet player. It was a very hot day and we'd brought a lawn chair for my mother, but sitting with the band and following the music was the very best thing that could happen for her.
- July 5: The 3 of us went to the Church of the Red Rocks. It was wonderful seeing old friends and George Ault again. Preben and I spent the rest of the day packing for our camping trip. We plan to camp our way through Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.
- July 6: Loaded up the car and and started out on our 4 week long camping trip. We drove through Kanab, Mt. Carmel, Orderville and a bit north of Glendale. In the Dixie National Forest we found a good spot to dry camp for our first night. We took forest road 063. (If we were to come in from the North on 89, we would take Hwy. 14 at Long Valley Junction and drive down the Stout Canyon Rd.)
- July 7: We took Hwy. 31 after Fairview, Utah and camped at Gooseberry Campground in the aspens in the Manti La Sal Mountains for 2 nights. A nice spot.
- July 8: Our 20th wedding anniversary. We left our tent and sleeping bags at the Gooseberry C.G. and drove to Provo and walked around town looking for restaurant possibilities to celebrate. We headed towards BYU campus to look for a nearby restaurant and found an Italian one. Provo became too much for us with bustling traffic and our not knowing our way around the city. It was hot and we wanted to get away from the city, so we drove out to Utah Lake. It is a huge lake with boaters, fishermen and swimming areas. The lake is a beautiful pale sea green color with mountains surrounding it. We spent a couple of hours walking along the shore and out onto a pier where we sat on rocks and soaked our feet in the water. Back at the car in the parking lot we changed into our finer clothing and drove back into Provo and had a lovely dinner in the Italian restaurant. Then before it got dark, we drove back to Gooseberry C.G., where we drank the bottle of champagne we'd brought along with us from Sedona.
- July 9: We had toyed with the idea of visiting Alvin Olsen in Salt Lake City. (An old neighbor of Elmo and Lilly, turned Mormon many years ago,) but after the hectic traffic in Provo, we talked ourselves out of it.We simply did not want to deal with Salt Lake City traffic while trying to locate him. We really don't know Alvin, and we were afraid he would feel obliged to offer us a meal or entertain us. The entire venture could take a whole day, plus we needed to get into the mountains to find a camping spot. We used the day driving further north instead. We got to Logan and found it to be a nice town to wander around in. Drove into Logan Canyon to find camping possibilities, and discovered it is a very popular canyon. There were people all over the place. Every campground was a zoo and we spent a long time driving from one end of the cyn. to the other before we found a spot on the Tony Grove Lake Road, called the Louis M.Turner C.G. which we are not crazy about because we are real close to Bear Lake at the top edge of Utah which attract lots of people.
- July 10: Drove into Idaho from Bear Lake through Soda Springs where we toured the pioneer Oregon Trail museum. Got a very nice presentation of what it is like to travel in a covered wagon. Then we drove past Pocatello, beyond Arco then at Leslie we headed into Salmon Challis National Forest. We dry camped next to Pass Creek. We were too close to a dirt road and every time a vehicle came by we got blasted with dust. There were also lots of irritating insects.
- July 11: We spent 2 nights dry camping in that dusty buggy place. We wanted to go hiking. (So far on this trip we've not had a chance to do any hiking,) so we left the tent and drove towards the road that leads up to the Bear Lake trail head. (a glacial lake, not the Bear Lake we left behind in Utah) A high clearance vehicle was needed to drive up to the trail head, so we parked the Cruiser off the main road and walked to the trail head. The trail was steep and rocky and the beautiful glacial Bear Lake was above timber line. It was supposed to be a short 1½ mile hike but turned out to be 7 miles all together. When I was in my prime and fit for hiking, 8 miles in one day was my limit. This hike really did me in. My back and knees were killing me and I got blisters on the soles of my feet. It took 4 hours to hike in and 3 hours to come out. I was in pain and going so slow, that eventually Preben had to carry my pack. At one point I simply couldn't go any further. Preben hiked on out back to the car with both our packs, while I sat on a stump and waited for him. He drove the car as far as he could up the bad road until he dared not drive any further, then walked to where I was waiting, and we both walked back to the car.
- July 12: We left the site by the dirt road and drove to Challis where we went to a historical museum. We saw a 17 minute video of pioneer days during the gold rush. The curator told us she was from Big Piney, Wyo. She also said her great grand father was Danish. We saw a lot of Danish names with photos in the museum. We ate out lunch on the museum grounds, then we followed the Salmon River up Hwy. 93 into Montana. We camped just inside the Montana border, on the other side of the continental divide. We drove through Sula to forest road 370, to Warm Springs Creek C.G. ca. 1 mile from the road. On this trip I've tried to phone my mother every day on the cell phone Preben bought. Since we are in mountains a great deal, (in dead zones) I can't always make a connection.
- July 13: We took a very scenic road up towards Missoula, then Hwy. 200 through Bonner, then 83 where we camped at Holland Lake. It was a nice enough spot. Our camping dinners are usually something from a can and bread, cheese, and box wine. Breakfasts are juice, oatmeal, camp coffee, bread and cheese and jam. We often pack up our lunches during breakfast while we have all the cooking utensils out, and pack them in the cooler for a later hike or roadside lunch break.
- July 14: Got up early. It had rained while we were eating dinner last evening. We packed up a wet tent and headed for Glacier National park. It rained off and on all day. We got a site early in the day at Fish Creek C.G., by McDonald Lake, in C-Loop. We had most of the day to explore, so we took the shuttle busses to Logan Pass. It was so cloudy and rainy that we couldn't see the the high rugged peaks and it was freezing cold at the top, but we got some good photos. When we got back to the turist village we couldn't find our car! We wandered and wandered from one parking lot to the next for a good 35 minutes. Finally Preben found it and we drove back to our campground.
- July 15: It rained very hard on our tent last night, but we had good weather today. Fishing in Glacier is free! You don't need a license. We parked the car in the Lake McDonald parking lot and Preben hiked the Sperry Creek trail to Snyder Lakes. I walked part way with him up Snyder creek looking for fishing possibilities along the creek. The trail was steep and climbing higher and higher away from the creek. There was thick dense brush and the creek was roaring. No chance of fishing there, so I left Preben and walked back down to the car. I drove around for about 45 minutes looking for a good place to fish. There had to be something nearby. I ended up back at the parking lot at Lake McDonald. Not wanting to waste precious time getting my line wet, I was forced to fish just a limited stretch of McDonald Creek. Not ideal, what with all the lakes streams and rivers and great possibilities here in Glacier. I caught 2 small cut throat trout which we ate for dinner. Delicious! I sat on a rock by the creek and had my lunch. Then met Preben back at the car. We drove ourselves up the Road- to-the-Sun road. Stopped to take lots of photos. The sun was out and the glacial peaks magnificent. Went as far as Weeping Wall, then turned around to get back to our campground site for a dinner of cut throat trout and canned tamales.
- July 16: Left the west side of Glacier early this morning. Drove again on the Road-to the-Sun over Logan Pass to the eastern side and into the campground at Many Glaciers. We wanted to arrive as early as possible. The C.G. was quite full at 10:00 a.m. There were only 5 sites left to choose from. We picked one, and got the tent set up. Then we went hiking. Preben wanted to show me the lake where he saw 2 bears and some moose 2 years ago. We hiked and hiked and hiked past a string of lakes towards Swift Current Pass and climbed over the rocks next to 2 waterfalls. It was a beautiful area with spectacular flowers and grand views, but my back was killing me and both feet still had blisters on the soles from the last hike. On our way back, Preben could see it was the first lake we came to where he saw the bears, not the very last lake. It turned out to be a 5 hour hike. Beautiful scenery, but I'm in pain with my back, knees and feet.
- July 17: Maws 83rd birthday. Preben went on a long hard hike, so I took the car and drove out of the park to a more open area so I could call my mother to wish her happy birthday. She had opened the gifts I'd brought her from Denmark. While I was at it, I called Bob and Janine and Lolly to set dates for us to visit them in a few days. Also called Robert, and left a message on his phone. Drove back to Many Glaciers. While Preben was hiking I used the time to do 2 weeks worth of camping laundry and went into the camp store to buy jars of gooseberry jam as gifts for family. Fished a little in the creek by the campground but didn't catch anything. Probably the Swift Current Creek was fished out, so close to the campground. There are shower facilities here, which we took advantage of. We bought tokens from the hotel next to the store to pay for the showers.
- July 18: Packed up and drove out of Glacier National Park. Headed South towards Helene and drove towards Holter Lake. The area was swarming with hundreds of people camping and recreating in the water. All the campgrounds were full, with overflow into the boonies beyond. This being a Saturday in July, what can you expect. We have learned that lakes and reservoirs attract hoards of people. We followed a winding dirt road away from the lake and were able to find a flat area of prairie grass for dry camping. Across the dirt road were several families, with dirt bikes and all terrain vehicles. The road beyond is off limits to vehicles as the area is a nature preserve. We took a walk down it after it cooled down a bit. We'd gotten tired of canned dinners, so earlier in the day we bought some steaks and baked beans to cook. It was hot in the sun on that prairie grass. We found the only shade available next to some spindly bushes in a little draw, to cook our steak dinner. We are always so glad we have the lawn chairs with us to sit on while dry camping.
- July 19: We packed up real early and got away from that spot and drove towards Butte. We found a nice campsite early in the day. It was a free campground with no water, called Mormon Gulch C.G. on Boulder Creek Rd. (From I-15, exit 151 north of Butte.) I was driving on I-15 when the steering wheel began to shake and feel strange. When I got off the freeway and drove more slowly, heading towards Mormon Gulch C.G., the steering wheel became stiff and difficult to turn. The power steering had gone out! I pulled into our camp site, and we could smell and see smoke from the engine. Preben opened the hood and we saw a cute tiny mouse sitting behind the battery, trembling with fear, and we spoted a nest in the engine. Preben chased the mouse away and we removed the nest. We think we carried the mouse with us from the dry campsite the night before. The nest was made of the same prairie grass. We were afraid the mouse had nibbled on the power steering cable and possibly other electrical cables.
- We set up camp, then drove into Butte to site-see and to get a better cell phone connection, so I could call the Enterprise car rental outfit in Cottonwood. It was of course closed this being Sunday, so I left a message. Every time we drove a little and looked under the hood, we could see the engine was still smoking. We ate our packed lunch on some steps at the Butte High School. Then I called a 1-800 number for Enterprise. Got a friendly empathic woman on the line who was very helpful. She said Enterprise would do everything to minimize our inconvenience. She told me there was an Enterprise outfit in Butte. We were glad to hear that! She thought we could make it back to our campsite in the mountains and then back into Butte Monday to the Enterprise place, even without power steering. She said the smoke in the engine worried her though, and it might be dangerous to drive back to our campsite. She gave me the number of a towing service in the Butte area, should we need it. She also told me that Enterprise would most likely give us a different car if it looked like the repair on the Cruiser would take a long time.
We spent some time walking around Butte, a fascinating mining town. We took a $30.00 tour of the Mining Museum, given by a student from the School of Mines who really knew a lot about Buttes' history and the mining industry. He grew up in Butte and his father worked in the mines. We wore hard hats with lanterns with a cable going down our backs to and energy pack attached to a belt. The tour was exceptionally good. We then cautiously drove back into the mountains to our camp site.
- July 20: Got up early to drive into Butte to the Enterprise office to see about the car. Before leaving the campsite I opened the hood of the car. That little mouse had gotten into the motor again! It looked like the very same mouse. This time there were 2 nests in the motor and the mouse ran away. We picked up the tent and carried it to another site, in the hope of getting away from the mouse who seemed to be so persistent about getting into the cars' engine. We drove into Butte. The man at Enterprise said he didn't have an extra car to trade with us, and sent us to a mechanic at the Dodge dealership 2 doors down, to have the Cruiser repaired. It took 2 hours, and they didn't have a reserve power steering cable, so he spliced it together and said it should hold for the rest of our journey until we got back to Cottonwood. We used the time to wander in the nearby Wall Mart, and then got our sack lunches out of the cooler in the trunk and walked across the street and sat next to a cemetery to eat. After we got the car back, we spent more time exploring in Butte. We went to the Berkley Pit. An awesome site! The water is an ugly purple and very poisonous. The mine is so massive that it replaced several small towns in the area. A man who told us about the history was wearing a baseball cap with the expression ”Tap 'er lite.” He asked the crowd if anyone had questions. No one did, so I said ”I like your hat!” He looked supprised and asked me if I knew about ”tap 'er lite” I told him I learned about it the day before, from the School of Mines student when we were down in the Museum Mine. He still looked inquisitive and said ”only miners know that expression.”
We are now camping for a second night in the Mormon Gulch C.G., on a flatter spot for the tent and hopefully the mouse won't find us. This is a lovely campground, with clean outhouses, tables, no dust and cool at night. There is no water however, but we had enough with us.
- July 21: Found another mouse in the engine this morning! This time a different mouse. It was larger and not as cute. We cleaned out the nest material before leaving the site. Headed East on 90 towards Bozeman. We wandered around town a bit and I bought a 2-day Montana fishing license for $25.00. From there we drove to Red Lodge. Found a nice campground named Sheridan C.G., outside of Red Lodge in the Custer National Forest. It is part of the G.C.C. (Gallatin Canyon Campgrounds) Fished Rock Creek by the campground, but didn't catch anything. It is a very nice campground and we are the only ones here.
- July 22: Had a quiet night and a good nights sleep. We drove into Red Lodge to get information at the ranger station about hiking and fishing possibilities. We bought some bread and ice and I called Bob and Janine to let them know we'd be in Thermopolis tomorrow. We noticed Red Lodge has a lot of brand new and expensive log homes. We drove up to the Lake Fork Trail head, not far from our campsite. Preben hiked to several lakes and I fished the creek for 5½ hours but didn't catch a thing! I ran into a man with a flyrod sitting by the trail. I asked if he'd caught anything. He said ”yea, I caught several Brookies and 2 big Rainbows from the bridge.” I was skeptical because there is no way one could fly fish from that bridge. Besides he was wearing flip flops and had no creel. To fish that creek one had to scramble over rocks up and down the bank which requires sturdy boots. I went back to the car, got myself a beer and sat on a boulder by the creek and waited for Preben to finish his hike. We drove back to our campsite. I tried one last time to fish the creek that ran through the campground. My back was killing me, but I was determined to get my moneys worth. I managed to catch one little Brookie, which we had as an appetizer for dinner. A disappointment after 2 days of fishing with a $25.00 license. I'll just have to consider it a $25.00 donation to the Montana Game and Fish.
- July 23: We followed the dirt road from the Sheridan Campground the other way past lots of fancy homes. It is called the East Side Road when it enters the highway. This is shorter than taking the road at the National Forest Campgrounds sign to the Lake Fork Road from Red Lodge. We took the scenic steep mountain road with many switchbacks and spectacular views. The summet is called “Top of the World. We ate our lunch near Island Lake Recreation area. We stayed away from people and cars and walked across lovely tundra with granite boulders, beaver ponds and bristle cone pine. We walked along the lake a bit then turned around to find a spot for our lunch. I staked out a large boulder to sit on and Preben went back to the car to fetch our lunch. It was an enjoyable spot with the lake and mountain tundra in all directions. At this high altitude with a steep winding road, the cars' engine began to smoke again. No mice this time but we were worried the splicing job done in Butte had come undone. We left Montana and entered Wyoming. We hope there is an Enterprise outfit in Cody, even thought the plan is to drive to Thermopolis first. Janine is juggling company all this week and asked if we could switch dates with Lolly and Alan and come there before going to Cody. Car problems might force us to go to Cody first.
- July 24: After we got out of the high mountains the car seemed fine, so we drove straight to Thermopolis. Got there at 4:00 p.m. It was good seeing Bob and Janine. Janine went all out by fixing a lovely dinner. It was wonderful sleeping in a real bed and getting a hot shower last night. Today Bob and Janine and Preben and I went to the Dinosaur Museum. We hadn't been there in many years, not since Robert worked there. Afterwards Bob and Janine went home and Preben went to the County Museum. I seized the opportunity to go to the laundromat. Janine had asked if we had any laundry and offered their machine, but we didn't want to impose. This was my only chance to get it done. I left the clothes in the dryer and dashed over to the museum to pick up Preben so we could meet Bob and Janine at Pumperniks. We wanted to treat theme, but they made arrangements with the waitress before we got there and wouldn't let us pay for the lunch. We parted after lunch to site see and drive around. Preben and I dashed back to the laundromat to get the clothes out of the dryer, but they were still wet. We fed more quarters into the dryer, and headed over to the Thermopolis Hardware Store on the off chance of seeing Robert. Janine had said she thought Robert was on a 2 week vacation, and we wouldn't get to see him, but he was there after all. I asked a gal at the cash resister if Robert Phillips was there and she said, “he's in the back, just go and look for him.” As I was looking up and down the isles, he came up behind me and said, “can I help you ma'am?” I turned around and said, “Robert!!” He gave me a hug. We walked out to the parking lot where Preben was waiting in the car. We could only talk for about 10 minutes. He had to get back to work, and that was the only chance to see him, because the weekend was on, his busiest time. Preben and I then went to get our laundry from the laundromat and drove over to Buffalo Park and saw the buffalo, Smokey Row Cemetery and the hot springs. Then we stopped at the liquor store to buy some wine for dinner, then back to Bob and Janines for buffalo burgers.
- July 25: Said good by to Bob and Janine and drove over to Cody to visit Lolly and Alan. Stopped in Meeteetse. Drove around a bit to see more of the town than just the small central area along the highway. We went into the museum where there was a well displayed collection of photos by Charlie Belden. We then drove up the Pitchfork Road to the high school and found a bench in the shade to eat our lunch. Phoned Lolly from there, to say we were on our way. Arrived in Cody in mid afternoon. Went to Wall Mart to see about getting the cell phone re-activated. The Cody Wall Mart did not yet carry the “Straight Talk” cards. Back at the house I tried doing it over the phone. Got a hold a foreign sounding woman who sounded like a chipmunk. She asked me Prebens' date of birth and what grade school he went to. I told her I had no idea about his grade school and the name would be in Danish. We continued on with the unnecessarily complicated process of reactivating the phone, when she told me I had 715 minutes left, and the “contract” runs out August 1st. So I decide not to re-activate it.
Lolly made a nice lasagne dinner, and afterwards they took us to a marvelous western musical review in the old theater downtown where we were greatly entertained by 4 talented musicians doing cowboy music. Among them was an 11 year old girl who played the fiddle. She was fantastic. I bought a C/D from them.
- July 26: Lolly took us on a bird walk along the river. Later we treated Lolly and Alan to lunch at the Proud Cut. Their prime rib beef is delicious. Then Lolly gave us free passes to the Buffalo Bill Cody Museum. She later joined us and I walked around with her. It was like getting a private tour of the museum. Lolly is so knowledgeable about the artists and their families and their lives. I learned more about what Lolly does as a volunteer at the museum. We came back to the house and had dinner. Lolly had invited Edie and we had a good visit. Edie bought a new house about 6 months ago, and she showed it to us. For fun, Alan let us try out his new GPS navigator device to find Edies house in the dark. It worked, but takes some getting used to.
- July 27: We left Cody and drove through Yellowstone Park paying $25.00 to get through the East Gate. There was road construction much of the way, with delays. We drove on through and camped in the Gros Ventre C.G. It was a real hassle getting our site. They use a different method. As usual, we picked out one site and I waited with the lawn chairs, in the rain, for Preben to register and pay for the site. While I waited, another couple pulled into the site and told me they had just paid for it. I walked across the road with the lawn chairs and I waited in another spot for Preben to return. I got back into the car with the lawn chairs and we drove around the camp ground looking for other sites. It was a mad race, because other people were doing the same thing. We learned that you have to make a list of 3 or 4 sites as possibilities, then go back to the office and tell them your choices. They will then tell you which sites on your list are taken and which are not. Then you pay for one of the sites and then go back and set up camp and place a registration tag on the post. After we had done all that, someone drove up to us and asked if we were packing to leave, in the hope that they could have our site. I did not like Gros Ventre camp ground. There is no privacy. We were in a center ”island,” so we were surrounded by people on all sides. To change clothes we had to go into the tent.
- July 28: We decided to spend 2 nights in the Gros Ventre C.G. We took the Antelope Flats Road through the small town of Kelly. We saw 2 large herds of Buffalo. We then drove to the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve, so we could get in some hiking and later some site-seeing in the Teton area. This area provided a good chance for Preben to do the kind of hiking he likes and for me to do a trail that was not as challenging. I hiked the Woodland Trail up to Phelps Lake, then out to Huckleberry Point where I had my lunch on a big boulder in the lake. Preben came along later after having hiked the Aspen Ridge Trail and joined me on the rock with his lunch. Then we followed the Phelps Lake Trail to where it joined 2 other trails. Preben took the Boulder Ridge Trail and I took the Lake Creek Trail. Very pleasant for both of us.
We had the afternoon in front of us, so we decided to drive towards Jenny Lake. We had to go through the Moose Entrance Station to get into Teton Park. The ranger in the booth almost did not let us go through.(The entrance fee for Yellowstone also covers Teton Park.) We told him we had payed $25.00 to come through the East Entrance the day before and that we were camped at Gros Ventre. We told him the woman at the East entrance failed to give us a map and a receipt. The only thing we could show him was the newsprint paper and brochures on ranger talks they gave us at the East Entrance. Preben told him he thought the lady pocketed the money. The guy reluctantly let us in. That interaction left us with an unpleasant feeling as we continued up the park road. We never did see Jenny Lake. We turned onto the road, but the area was mobbed with people and their campers, so we turned around. We drove further up to Jackson Lake. Got out, took some pictures, then headed back down the highway toward our campsite. On the way we stoppeed at the Cunningham Cabin. An old log cabin with incredible views of the Tetons and the Snake River valley and ”buck and rail” fences.
- July 29: Left Gros Ventre C.G. And drove through Jackson Hole where we stopped at Albertson's and bought ice and provisions. We continued south on the road through Big Piney and Kemmerer. We stopped for lunch on the Green River south of La Barge at Fontenelle Resevoire. We left Wyoming and entered Utah south of Evanston on highway 150. It is a very scenic road with lots og campgrounds. The campgrounds by lakes are crowded with people. We found a lovely campground further down the road, not by a lake. Gobler's Rest C.G. It was cheaper than the other national park or forest service campgrounds. Just $12.00. However in order to use the Wasatch-Cache National Forest one has to buy a $6.00 pass. We stayed there one night.
- July 30: We drove through Heber City, then Provo then on I-15 south, in order to get a good jump on distance. We stopped and had our lunch on the grounds of the Territorial State House in Fillmore. This was Utahs' first capitol with Brigham Young as governor. The woman curator was Mormon and did a good job of of explaining a lot about the buildings' history, without missioning to us. As we wandered around the grounds a young fellow working there suggested we visit Old Cove Fort saying it was even better than the historical site there at Fillmore. We did, and were immediately greeted by a Mormon couple who took us under their wings and gave us a very guided tour. Guests were not permitted to wander around unsupervised.
We could quickly see it coming, and began to feel like a captive audience. Even though their friendliness and gracious behavior had undertones of missionary talk, we liked the couple and they gave very good information, but by the end of the tour, we received a handful of syrupy religious propaganda, and they had our street address in Denmark and will be sending us a Danish version of The Book of Mormon. We also suspect it might be hand-delivered by missionaries.
We left Fort Cove and took I-70 to Sevier, then went south on 89 to Junction where we took F.S. Road 153. It was a narrow steep road and we dared not drive further on it. We found a site, free og charge, with a table. The out house and drinking water were in the main campground down the road a bit. We checked it out and saw a couple of tents there, but the rest of the sites were not level and on slopes. So we went up a ways and found a more suitable site to ourselves.
- July 31: Spent the morning looking for a good place with views to go hiking. We drove up the steep narrow F.S. road with switch backs towards Puffer Lake. On the road we passed a camper coming in the opposite direction, obviously moving from one camp site to a different one. It was very hap hazardly packed. We saw that a blanket had fallen out of it and was in a heap in the middle of the road. We continued on and came to a campground where the 3 mile long jeep road took off and led to Puffer Lake. We put on our packs, but before we even got started we saw dirt bikes and ATV's leaving the campground and heading down the road. In disgust, we aborted our hike, got into the car and drove away. We stopped by the blanket and I got out and moved it to the side of the road. There was also a child's flashlight which was lit. A bit further down the road we found a bag of apples. I gathered them up and we drove a bit further and parked the car on a side road that led to the Recreational Skyline Trail. I hung the bag of apples on the trail marker post. We thought surely the people with the camper would come back looking for their belongings. We put our day packs back on and started hiking down the road, when we spotted more ATV activity ahead of us. So once again in frustration and disgust, we got back into the car and drove away. We spotted the hap hazard camper down the road a ways, and stopped to tell them about their blanket, flashlight and apples. They were very grateful and said they would go back and gather them up.
We drove on and parked the car at a spot called Grindstone Flat and walked cross-country without a trail. We went down a slope and into a draw. There were wild raspberries and strawberries. It got to be too steep for me so I waited on a log while Preben explored the draw. It took scrambling over lots of fallen tree debris. Preben said it was hard work. 45 minutes later he returned and joined me on the log and we had our lunch. On our way back to the car, we saw a grouse and took pictures of it. We had the rest of the day left, so we stopped in Circleville and bought some frozen hamburger and an onion. Then we drove on Hwy. 62 going through Kingston Canyon to Otter Creek State Park and Reservoir. The entrance fee was only $3 .00. We decided to put on our swimming suites and jump into the lake. It was refreshing. Came back to the campsite and cooked up the hamburger and onion. Preben built a fire.
- August 1: Drove from Panguich to Sedona in one long day. We'd stopped at Safeway in Flagstaff to buy some steaks, wine and dinner items. I called my mother from there to say we were on our way and bringing dinner with us. It took for ever to drive through Oak Creek Canyon. There was a single slow car holding up a line of cars all the way through the canyon. It was great seeing my mother again. August 1st was the cell phones last day. I won't reactivate it again until the next time I / we are in the U.S.
- August 2: We went to church. It was wonderful seeing everyone and getting hugs and greetings. Came home, had lunch, then Preben and I drove into town. I went to Basha's while he took the car to get it washed. It had gotten very dirty after 4 weeks of camping. In cleaning the car, Preben found the Yellowstone map and attached receipt under the drivers' seat from the East entrance of Yellowstone, so the lady had given it to us after all and didn't pocket the money.
- August 3: Preben drove to Flagstaff. I stayed in Sedona and went to physical therapy with my mother, This time it was for and evaluation to start balance training again.
- August 4: We got up early and Preben and I worked in Maw's yard. Preben chopped and sawed a lot of branches, and I pulled a lot of weeds and cleared yard debris. I got over-heated and red in the face so I had to stop and take a shower. We drove over to Cottonwood to run errands.
- August 5: Preben spent the day driving to Jerome, Prescott, Williams and Flagstaff. My mothers Hospice nurse Jen came by and I wanted to talk with her. I did some canning for my mother. I made several jars of curried chutney.
- August 6: Went to physical therapy with my mother. Preben doesn't feel too well. Influenza symptoms. We drove over to Cottonwood again. Maw treated us to lunch at Sweet Jills.
- August 7: We've spent most of the past few days doing yard work for my mother. Today is the last full day of our vacation. Maw took us to dinner at Judi's.
- August 8: Left on the 2:00 Sedona-Phoenix Shuttle to fly back to Denmark.
- August 10: Arrived at our house at 1:00 a.m. last night. We had a 6 hour wait in London. It was chaotic in the baggage hall at Kastrup, with hundreds of people milling around the conveyor belts, but we got all of our baggage. We took the train to Espergærde and Peben called for a cab on his cell phone.
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