June 30, 2011 § Leave a comment
You know those old people that you see driving by irritatingly slowly in their trailers and motorhomes? I have met the enemy and it is us! Up over Montana’s high passes, down into Wyoming valleys green with the late spring melt we’ve ventured far afield with truck and trailer before lighting near Cody, WY in the Yellowstone Valley.
Here’s a tip for all of you who haven’t quite hit 65. Make this a must do: apply for your lifetime “America the Beautiful” Senior Pass which gives you free access into national parks and federal recreational lands. As we sailed past the entrance into Yellowstone without paying the hefty fee we were smiling and thinking the $10 we paid for the pass well worth it.
After touring Yellowstone all day yesterday we came home to a flooding forest service campsite as the Shoshone River left its banks. More snowfall than usual and a warm early summer has turned the river into a roiling, muddy get-out-of-my-way force to be reckoned with. That didn’t stop a couple of middle aged kayakers from showing off their white water skills as we watched safely from the shoreline.
A hasty move to another site helped us sleep peacefully without wondering if we’d be surrounded by water in the a.m. Morning brought pancakes and eggs on the griddle, hot coffee in the morning sun and a sighting of six Dall Sheep ewes and three kids on the high pinnacles bordering the river.
This trip I’m testing how far my technology leash will stretch without breaking. With no wi-fi or cell service at our forest service campsite I get excited when I can connect. Right now I’m at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, WY happily tapping away in the air conditioning outside the Plains Indian Peoples exhibit as vacationers, families and groups of school children stream past.
Life is good! More senior citizens hit the road reports to follow! That is, if I run into wi-fi again.
© Inger Logelin 2011