RV: Yellowstone

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We stayed several days in this park. What can I say? Such an amazing and diverse place. A park like none other. We saw everything that you are supposed to see. We drove pretty much every road in the park (except the east portal). Felt like we covered a lot of ground.

Probably the only thing not captured in photos (well) was our bear encounter. As usual, we came up on a pack of cars along the road. Kim figured it out it was a black bear and then finally saw him just out the car window. The RV was too big so I had to keep going to a pull off a head about 100 yards. When we got down there, we got out and walked back towards the crowd behind the RV. Suddenly, the bear darts out of the woods into the road, stand on his hind legs, looks both ways, and cross the street filled with cards into the forest. You couldn’t have been closer. It happened so quick we didn’t even get photos.

So here is other pretty stuff. Photos don’t do it justice. Go there if you have never been.

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And the locals up there are sort of rude. Walk right in front of your car!

RV: Grand Tetons

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Time for the first real RV trip! We had the destinations picked out long before the RV was a reality. So now it was time to pack up and head northwest to…Wyoming? While much of Wyoming is a big vast nothingness, the NW corner packs some of the best landscape in the United States. And there it appeared on the horizon as I drove in. You don’t see mountains quite like those in Colorado.

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Kim and I had road tripped through here on a cross-country college adventure.  But we never really had time to stop and enjoy.  Now with the kids, it was an even better time to enjoy it.  I felt like the RV had arrived so I took its picture…with no humans.

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Rare selfie of the parents.  The camera doesn’t do those mountains justice.

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The kids.  I really think they believe these mountains are normal.  I am still in awe.

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We actually didn’t go into the park itself that night.  You can drive through but not really into the park.  We had to get down to Jackson (Hole), WY just south of the park for our RV spot.  First true dinner.

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The dogs were like we drove all day and now we get to chew bones in a yard?  Sweet.

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The next day we went to Jackson to check it out.  Never been.  There is the ski hill in the background of course.  The town is pretty cool if you are into touristy stuff.  But it has a less cheesy, more upscale tone than say, Estes Park.  The kids have fun shopping so we spent a few hours going around town.  That is a huge arch made of antlers in the back.  There are 4 of them actually.  One on each corner of that town square.  Everyone agreed they would like to go back to Jackson again.

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Minutes later, we were at the park.  Here is the mandatory sign picture.  While I was taking this, Lizzy jumped out of the RV window and came running up to me.  She cannot be separated from me.

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As we drove through the park, Kim and her buddy are always making out.

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Time for some water!  I knew people paddleboarded at the park and we found out it was best at a place called String Lake.  It was very busy so we had to leave and try back for lack of RV parking space.  But we finally got in and got on our boards.  It is a nice thin shallow lake that warms up more than most mountain lakes.  It was fun to get wet and cruise around.

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Sydney rated this her favorite stop of the whole trip.

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Kayla was ready to party and get wet.

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The big girls out on the boards.  It has been a long winter so nobody had there “stand up” legs yet I guess.

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Reagan also voted this a “must see” stop.

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After some more sight seeing, we headed north to our next stop: Yellowstone.  The kids crashed on various beds in the RV while we motored on.

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This spring we decided as a family that we needed to hit the road a bit more. When we started going to Leadville, we only went to Leadville. It is nice to have a home base in the mountains but it closes your mind to anything that is too far from home. So we started looking at campers. We shopped for travel trailers. Then went shopping for 5th wheels. Then went shopping for new trucks to pull those heavy monsters. Then shopped for Class A RV. Then went back to trailers. Then someone finally told us what we needed because we didn’t know what we wanted. A Class C RV.

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The kids and the dogs get to just hang out while we put the miles in up front in the cab. You have all the nice comforts of home. I can drag any toys, tools, and accessories I want. It has Wifi so it is like a mobile office. It seemed like the right addition to our family. The dogs agree. They stand guard when we get out and it looks like this when we return.

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We had to take it on a test overnight to just see if everything worked. A recommended practice by the dealer before you try and go far away for a long time. We headed up to Estes Park. Not too far but close enough. Just to practice backing into a camp site, hooking everything up, and seeing what 101 things we need that we don’t have. It is a mini-house so you gotta outfit the kitchen, shower, bedroom, etc.

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The kids enjoy the campground life.  There are always things to do.  Places to ride your bike.  Games to play and more.

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Dinner time.  We have a pretty nice kitchen inside with our grill outside.  Kim can whip up a meal that everyone will eat.

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Remember, the dog mention?  Yeah, they like it too.  Riding around with the whole family instead of being at some kennel.  That’s a good life.

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Metallica @ Mile High / Denver, CO / 2017

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It had been too long since there was a Metallica stadium tour. For me, it was the show of the summer — even though I have watched like every concert they do on YouTube. Just an old fan boy. And it never gets old.

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This tour had a set design Metallica had been using the past few years but I had never seen.  Basically, 5 huge LED screens (that NIN had 10 years ago) showing the action.  The guys are so small that unless you are like 5 rows back, you can’t see much.

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So you get the big James!

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Hoped this would show the scale but probably not.

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Just a few songs in, the unthinkable happened — they stopped the show!  See the lightning warning below.  It had started raining and lightning was seen around the stadium.  That white thing in the picture was the light rig and guys were working on those.  Pretty much a lightning rod.  We all found it ironic that Metallica had to stop for lightning — given their 2nd album is called “Ride the Lightning”.

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The majority of the stadium was cleared and people hung out in the concourses.  It was a bit claustrophobic in there.

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When we finally got going again, it took forever to get back onto the floor.  Made for some cool shots from a distance I guess.

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Of course, Metallica published some video of each show. Here is a song from Denver!

They also did a “Thank You” video for each city. Nice touch. They played as the show ended and the crowd funneled out.

  • Hardwired
  • Atlas, Rise!
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Creeping Death
  • The Unforgiven
  • — Lightening Delay —
  • Now That We’re Dead
  • Moth Into Flame
  • Wherever I May Roam
  • Motorbreath
  • Sad but True
  • One
  • Master of Puppets
  • Fade to Black
  • Seek & Destroy
  • Fight Fire With Fire
  • Enter Sandman

Of course, two of my favorite bands, Volbeat and Avenged Sevenfold, opened. However, I spent my time in the food and t-shirt lines for nearly their entire sets. Seen them before. Nothing much new. Hard to get close with a big crowd so I just enjoyed what I could.

Bush @ Paramount Theater / Denver, CO / 2017

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Hadn’t been to this theater for anything but comedy shows. Wondered how it would be for a rock show. Turns it was pretty good! Easy to park close. Nice GA standing pit up front. Liked it.

Bush. Gavin. Always a treat. I think we have covered this before but he is sort of a man-crush for me. And Sixteen Stone was like the best album of the 1990s so anytime I can hear it live again, I am in.

The concert was fairly standard for them. Gavin always starts out kinda sedate and ramps up over the course of the night. He came out into the crowd once again. This time going up to the balcony and standing on the edge. True rock star shit. Loved it.

A fan forever.

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  • Everything Zen
  • Nurse
  • The Chemicals Between Us
  • The Sound of Winter
  • Mad Love
  • Greedy Fly
  • The People That We Love
  • Swallowed
  • The Gift
  • Alien
  • Peace-S
  • Little Things
  • Machinehead
  • The One I Love (R.E.M. cover) (with snippet of “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden)
  • Glycerine
  • Comedown