We are a Big Rig looking for a Tent Experience.
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In Island Park , ID
As a gateway to Yellowstone, It has gained a reputation as a destination independent of the National Park as well. The area is known for its wildlife, flowers, majestic mountains, Henry's Lake, the Henry's Fork of the Snake River, the Island Park Reservoir.
Blue Dot marks the spot.
We can camp here for 14 days and for free. We get afternoon shade from our very own pine tree. What's not to like.
From here we can explore Island Park and West Yellowstone. And with our new truck the back forest roads. Adventures to be found. Terry goes fishing in the AM while I of course sleep in. Us old people need our beauty sleep.
We did have a taradgey my WeBoost celll signal booster crapped out. No light on it. That ment we had to get out our HughesNet Gen 5 Satellite unit and set it up. Trying to find a WeBoost replacement was a challance. Best Buy in Idaho Falls could order it in a week. . But online Besty Buy could ship 2 day. So using my cell phone got it ordered. The local gas staion offeres free UPS and FedEX dropoff point so that it was a done deal. Expept when Best Buy sent a tracking code it was for USPS. They don't deliver out here and have PO Boxes. So went to the post officce and they said that happens all the time and they would hold it for me. Whew. Got it and it is working just fine. I like to say we are a Big Rig lookinng for a Tent experience, but with cell internet service of course.
A fellow camper told Terry about a forest road that leads to a remote fishing access on the Buffalo River. So off we went exploring. Well we had a huge wind and rain storm the niht before and found trees blown down across the back roads. So much for that idea.
This was just a small one. I was surprized at the other big one and forget to take a picture. We had discussed getting a electric small chan saw but didn't do it. Would have come in handy.
We have two MH bays full of fire wood but can't use it as Campfire bans are in effect unless in a orgainized campground.
One day we just had to head off the West Yellowstone for lunch. About 30 miles. Found it just we had left it years ago. Busy with tourists. But most were off in the park during the day. I bet this place gets crazy late in the afternoon when they all return.
We found a nice Chinese restaurant right next to the IMax and hardly anyone in it. It was their first day from moving from an other location.
Just try to find a parkign spot on main street.
We have solar panels on thop and a solar charge controller and a big Magnum inverter and of course our 10K Onan onboard generator so we have power to bondock all we want. But with oiur curent AGM batteries and having a redidentual refrideger they just do stay up to charge alll night like they should. They are four years old and have equalized them but swtill we need a little more night time power. We get up and run the big generator for a few mins and alll is well again. But now looking at replacing them with Battle Borne liltium batteries. My currect inverter and solar controler will work with them but each battery is, get trhis $900, and we would need four of them. Sure they last for over 10 years andaare cost effective as they say, but still.
Now for the why.
Last ten times longer.
2 -3 times more power.
Charge 5 times faster.
Lighter 1/2 to 2/3 the weight of lead acid.
Hight discharege capabilities.
10 year warranty
Here in an older post .
Back at our old campground hosting site that we did for three years. 2017 - 2019 seasons
We got there on Monday June 28 to hopefully make sure there would be sites available for the next weekend of the 4th of July.
The 16 electric site were mostly already taken. Not by the rules mnid you be by dropping units and for them to come back later in the week for the 4 th.
That had always been a problem for us as this is a first come first serve campground and to hold sites is a NO NO.
Guess the current hosts are not so strict with the rules.
But never the less we got just the camp spot were were hoping for. Way up on top in the dry camping sites where we could overlook the whole place. Best site in the house so to speak.
We were at the red spot
We have an onboard 10K watt generator and full solar so why not just sit back and enjoy.
BTW with Sernior Discount the site was $2.50 a day.
I'm sure we disappointed many other campers as they came on about Thursday and were hoping to get our site as they like to camp in groups of many units and gather around. This site is the ideal spot for that but they found we had it already. So they had to go down the hill a bit and regroup in other areas. I think all had a good time in any case.
We brought two bays of firewood but for the first few days we use are Little Red Fire propane unit.
It works swell and later on we may be in fire restricted areas so it should be handy.
The hose curles up and pop on the lid and all ready for travel.
We found the grounds to be much better maintained, like in mowing the sites and picnic areas.
We met the current hosts and they knew all about us as the prior hosts and we talked about the BLM managment.
The host told us she had insisted that the mowing be done. She seemed like a incharge type of person and we were not like that as we felt the BLM was the maker of what should be done, not us demanding it.
We had a good time just being there and not having to be incharge.
On the 4th weekend the village people, as we like to call them, compete with bragging rights with fireworks. Some people have summer homes right the inlet and have money to burn or shoot off as the case my be.
On Saturday it started around 9:30 and lasted till after midnight and about the same on Sunday the 4th.
Us being up on the hill over looking it all. It was some show with each home onwer tring to outdo the other.
We knew this woudl be this way as we had hosted here for three years so one of the reaons we wanted to came back for the show.
While at Blackfoot Res. we tried to do a telemedicine video call with Terrys Dr. back in AZ. Long story short it didn't work off HughesNet Gen 5 Satellite so it was reschedluled for July 8 th.
So we had to move to get better internet service. I tried Idaho falls fairground and they we not open for overnighters due to a special event. The Indian Casinos were full but I found Bannock Evnent Center with openings. So reservied online.
That way we would be assured of great cell hot spot for the next tele med meeting
Now moved on to the Pocatello Fairgrounds (Bannock Events Center) to be exact.for a couple of days. $45 for FHUs. Kind of pricy but the A/C feels nice. Got to let the weekenders go home so we can move into the wilderness on Sunday. Needed better cell service for internet as Terry has a telemedicine video call later this afternoon. Went to Sizzler for lunch. Don't have to do that anytime soon again.
Terry had Dr tele appointment and he prescribed new meds Victoza which has to be kept cold. Working to get script sent to local Walmart in Pocatello. There is no CVS here. Local Walmart is bending over backwords to get with Dr. to get it. BTW Victoza is not cheep. It's only money.
The script came through. 60 day two pin. Had hoped for 3 pin 90 days supply. But 60 day was $806 if cash and $310 for us with the Silver Script Part D plan. Walmart was higher than the Part D plan said it would be was to be $345 for 90 day. It is what it is. Century Link now Lumen pays for our Medicare Sup plans and Part D so the extra is not a huge deal. Most everything else was already free to us.
So this morning was the time for Terry to get his first shot. I had taken this years ago so we were not new to it so to speak. It weat well and if as with me after a time I was able to get off it and return to good A1C levels. I was even down to 5.9 and am now at 6.2. So hoping Terry will get his levels down after a while. He is only just a little above 7 so not like this is life threating.
So here we are at Bannock Events Center.
Kind of dry but, there is a drought YA know.
We have been touring the town as we will be here till Sunday AM when we head our for more adventures.
Found the Sporting Good Stores have abandoned camipng stuff and are more fashion centers for the pretty people who jog or play tennis. SAD. Most camping stuff was at Walmart.
Today Saturday they had a huge horsey event and the horse trailers showed up big time and almost overpowered the place. Barrel racing, calf roping, and team roping. All the good stuff horsey people love to do.
We stopped and Fried Myers and I found a nice pair of new shoes.
When we got back to the RV park Terry looked at mine liked them so well he asked if he could go back and get a pair for him.
So off he went. So we want to be the bopsie twins. People aready ask if we are brothers.
Well he came back with pair just a little different.
Are we having fun yet.
His mine are above. BTW they were on sale. $55
On onward north tomorrow to Henry's Fork .
Looks like temps may coming down a bit.
We stocked up on food and I'm surprised the residential fridge (even with it's size ) can handle it all.
YA ALL HAVE FUN OUT THERE......