Almost Canada -- Wyoming to Minnesota

On September 2, we finally left Wyoming and headed for northern Minnesota. The first night we made it as far as eastern Montana. On the way, we passed what is possibly the funniest high school mascot we’ve ever seen! But then, if your town is named Belfry, what else are you going to have for a mascot? LOL We stayed in Eastern Montana for the first night, then headed East in the morning.

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Under the Big Sky

So eventually we reached our destination in St. Regis and stayed there a couple of nights, catching up on laundry, rest, reading and writing. We then made our way to Deer Lodge, again staying two nights. Finally we drove south to West Yellowstone which we intended to use as a base for our Yellowstone explorations. I wondered where the motto “Big Sky” came from. Obviously there are wide-open vistas here, but the same could be said for many places west of the Mississippi River.

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Grove of Titans

Two of our favorite authors are Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child. You may have seen the movie ‘The Relic’ which was based on some of their books. Douglas Preston has also written several non-fiction books which we love. Back in May of 2007 I stumbled across a book written by Douglas’ brother, Richard, entitled The Wild Trees: A Story of Passion and Daring. We were captivated and enthralled by these stories of people exploring vast acres of previously unexplored redwood forests and finding and climbing taller and taller trees.

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Bryce Canyon

When we finally left the North Rim area of the Grand Canyon, we drove off of the Kaibab Plateau and over to Utah. We stopped for the night in Hatch in a nice little campground. Good prices and the most amazing bathrooms of the trip so far! http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=255178074499020&set=a.248887665128061.84396.197146780302150&type=1&theater Before sunset we drove on into Bryce Canyon. On the way there we passed through Red Canyon, which has several smaller features and is a nice introduction to the area.

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Amarillo -- May 1 and 2

After escaping the rain in Lawton and the scary lady with a hammer, we stopped for a couple of days of work in Amarillo at the La Quinta East. I wrote stuff, Dixie wrote stuff. While we were there someone posted a picture of a ridiculous looking plane that was supposedly at the Amarillo Airport. Steve Miller said it should still be there, so we took a break to go see it.

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Catching Up

One thing that I really like about other travel blogs that I read is when they write about where they are right now, not about some place they visited years ago. We’ve been trying to do that, but the tricky part is that we have been seeing so many places and taking so many pictures that it is difficult to keep up! As a matter of fact, I (Glenn) am flat out behind.

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A Bigger Tent -- on Wheels

There is a saying in the RV world, especially true for those who intend to travel full-time: Buy your third RV first. Of course most people start with a small travel trailer and graduate to a larger fifth-wheel. Others start with a little Class C motor home (built on a van chassis) and end up driving one of those monster buses. I think it is safe to say that Dixie and I are one of the very few to even attempt to travel full-time in nothing but a car and a tent.

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