it to our first Prime stopping point.
Green River Lakes
center right on map.
It took a week sitting
down on the flats (where the Geen River runs under HW 191) waiting for
the weather to clear but on Thursday we took off and after many miles of
not so perfect rutty (after the rain and snows) road we made it to Green
River Lakes campground only to find the water hasn't been turned on yet.
(We dumped our fresh water tank so it read E). The out houses are still
locked, but we don't need them. We carry our own bathroom or can do it
in the woods like bears do. BTW this is bear country so nothing gets left
outside. Anyway since the campground is not officially open that means
This is in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
nice brochure of the area.pdf
Headwaters of the Green River.
It doesn't get much better than this.
On our way up river we spotted momma elk
and baby crossing the river. We stopped as I did not want to get between
momma and her young one as they were going to cross the road in front of
Foot bridge crossing the headwaters leading
to the horse and foot trails to the high country.
We are in site 11 high overlooking the
lower end of lake. The last site in the loop. We had stayed in this same
site many years ago before the pine beatle took out many of the trees.
Now there is much light for our solar system and great views. The young
green pine trees make it a nice campsite again. They cut and cleaned the
dead trees several years ago.
Terry is off fishing at the bridge as
I do this post.
The Green River starts in the left center
of this picture.
Our first campfire
of many as we plan to be here this week before the campground officially
opens and then for the limit of 16 days after that. 1/2 price at $6 a day
since I'm past 62. The might move down river to one of many boondocking
sites on the river itself. Later on there is Granet Creek and hot springs
between here and Jackson Hole when we get tired of all lthis.
The trail into the
Just found out they are turning on the
water to the campground later today. The campground is scheduled to open
Juily 1. Stilll need to flush the system but can use it if we boil it for
3 min we were told. Terry missed his tea this morning. We did find another
water source (a pipe stuck in a small creek held up on a log high enough
to geet a 5 gal buckek under) and put some in our tank for washing etc.
Added chlorine. It's all just snow met runoff we assume.
Too give you more perspective, Google Earth
view of this special place.
Looking south.... we are at the red dot.
Gotta get this posted as a fire and happy
hour is awaiting....
cold out there.
We have been in
our BLM campground west of Pindale, WY at Warren Bridge for about a week
just relaxing waiting to move up to the Green River for a month or so.
We have mail forwarding and Amazon Prime stuff being sent to us so we are
just hanging out. So next week about mid week we will be ready to make
the move up river.
The weather has
turned darn right cold with scattered showers... like freeze warnings for
the last two nights. Not that it got that cold but still broken cloulds
and windy and cold by my standards. We right now are inside the 5er listinging
om XM radio. We are NOT sitting outside around the campfire tonight,
to be sure.
So since this is
Saturday when we got up this AM we thought a day trip to explore where
we want to go after a month or so here and to get supplies in Jackson Hole
The famous Cowboy Bar in Jackson... We
have never been in this place.
Think it is about time we stopped by,
but where do we park the 5er.
Have to submit a
couple of pics... north of Jackson... cloudy but still impressive.
We like to scout
out the path ahead, much like sending a scout ahead in the Louis and Clark
days of yesterdays.
Since we got to
Jackson in good time we took a drive north into Grand Teton National Park
to check out the Gros Ventre campground. Over 400 campsites and not a place
we would want to spend much time in. Generator time from only 8 PM to 10
PM. Pretty much run down. After returning to Jackson and stopping
at a huge Alertsons food store we headed back to our now camp home.
But the main point
of the drive was to scope out places to camp or boondock between here and
there on the way back from Jackson. And we did find what we wanted... (we
had explored this many years ago) we headed up Gros Ventre Road east
on on Granite Creek with many sites to camp and at the upper end is a good
turnaround so no to be stuck with no way out. BTW there is a Hot
Spring up here.Granite
This pic taken from
the trail head turnaround where if we can't find a boondocking site up
the road at the main FS campground which we found closed in and not big
rig friendly. Below we can still turn around and head back down the
road to the left. The rigs were all from WY so we think if we get
here in mid week we can have this all to ourselves. You can't see the bridge
and the creek in this picture below.
We had been here
many years ago and happy to see the road was much improved. We will stop
here after we tire of the Green River on our later summer travels. The
main campground up 9 miles is not big rig friendly but there are many boondocking
sites on this road.
Other boondocking sites... This may be
just as great as the Green River road as for boondocking and fishing as
we will report on later in our travels. Stay tuned. We have just begun
to report on this season of our adventures.
This site is right on the creek below.
Oh let me not forget Terry did his thing
in the dutch oven. It was on of his best. tasty...
out our next move.
Our goal for coming
to this area of WY was the fishing and camping along the Green River headwaters.
Checking online at www.pinedaleonline.com
it was saying the campgrounds and roads to Green River Lake were closed
due to 7 foot drifts. O damn... tell me it's not so.
So yesterday we went on a day trip to see
for ourselves. What did we find, for one thing no snow blocking anything,
only rough roads. We could see someone had attempted to grade the road
but didn't do a very good job of it. When we were all the way to the lake
there sat two huge graders looking like they were about to start the return
trip and finish the job.
We had resigned ourselves that we might
have to stay where we were at for a month and just wait it out, but now
happily discovered the road open and ready for the adventurous to travel
this out of the way spot. Oh and the high non fishable river turned
out not to be so bad at its headwaters. People were actually fishing and
floating in a dory boat. Water clear which is always a good sign.
They call this Table Top mountian.
And below this was good section of road.
So we think we will stay till next week
in our nice BLM campground at Warren Bridge and relax (with my 4G LTE)
cell signal and just take it easy. In the mean time the road should get
better and the fishing WILL only also get better. We do plan to spend a
month or more in this area as three are several great boondocking sites
right on the river so no rush.
Now for some pictures of us here way back
That's when we were in vacation mode because
it really was vacation time from work. I retired in 2003.
This above Jayco was the second of now
four 5th wheels.
We had the first one, a tiny 5er,18 ft.
Fleetwood 5th wheel which we pulled behind Terrys Ford Ranger. Or should
I say tried to pull. Those were the days. This is what it looked like,
not the actual unit. We even pulled it also to the Green River. I also
had about three pop up campers before even this unit. This was real step
up and it took much talking to get Terry to agree for me to buy it. Look
at us know.
Our campsite high on a ridge overlooking
the river. Notice how much we had to jack up the front to get it level.
Terry took this post card shot.
Terry fishing in the lake at the headwaters
of the Green River back in 2002.
Get this we even hiked all the way around
the lake... That would not be attempted these days.
Yup, Terry tied his own flies even whay
We hope to make more memories.
time was 11 AM
Last evening we
made it to Evenston, WY after escaping the campground from hell. See below.
To the only RV park
in town. Pricey but after what we had just been through... we welcomed
We had to run to
Walmart this AM to get my meds and a fishing lic for Terry. It was about
11:10 when got back to the RV park and pulled out. We are just getting
used to the time change of one hour earlier now.
Off we went on US
189 north toward Pinedale. We have spent many vacation days in past
lives in this area so we are familiar and are looking forward to exploring
this great area. We headed straight to Warren Bridge BLM campground right
on the Green River west of Pinedale.
So at $5 what a bargain with a Senior
Our site. The drivers side facing west
to block the wind and afternoon sun.
And note no boulders on the sides of the
drives to restrict access.
Terry checked out
the Green River and it is way up due to still large spring runoff. It should
go down soon for good fishing... like in a month... Remember
we are in no hurry and can wait it out.
And Terry just got
his fishing lic. today at Walmart in Evenston for $102 for the season.
So we are not leaving Wyoming anytime soon.
Also the river should be lower at its source
at Green River Lakes as we WILL be going there later on.
Reading the reports of campgrounds...
Oh My... as of the Memorial Weekend report the road is still blocked by
7 ft drifts. Guess we are a bit early and a late spring with heavier snow
this winter. Now that's a good thing for the area and we can adapt. We
will just stay here for the month. I mean we just left HOT AZ six days
ago. We were in vacation mode now time to slow down and enjoy the cooler
weather here for a spell. Oh, I can handle that as at this
campground I find I have 4G LTE 5 bar data. Must have some Mc Mansions
in the area. That means we can watch Amazon Prime free videos if we want.
Now for the maps..
Note we took US 189 from Evanston all
the way up to Warren Bridge Campground.
You can see where we want to go to Green
River Lake when the road is clear.
There are many great spots to boondock
all along the road getting there right along the river.
Just a couple of pics of where we want
ot go later on up the Green River.
These are file photos by me from years
past. You can see how low the rive is compared to the current pics above.
Stay tuned as we will report on what we
find so you might want to follow along after us.
First off it
is Terry's birthday today.
Took HW 150 in northern Utah. A great
scenic road and well worth a drive.
The campgrounds on the pass were closed
do to snow. So on we went to the lower campgrounds on the west side of
the pass but found then not user friendly for RV campers. Found the campgrounds
just tooooo small for anything. And they had huge boulders on all the roads
and pull thrus and the trees have limbs way to low. Had to have the host
come and move some boulders so we could even get out of there and also
cut a tree branch on a main road. What a nightmare.
Terry and the camp host got up and cut
this branch off so we could escape.
It was about to rip off my Sat dish. We
took off and made it to Evenston, WY and found the only RV park in town.
It was nice but kind of pricey at $33. We are not used to paying that.
Last year we didn't spend that much in a month.
We got out of
southern Arizona just in time.
Heat wave 108° in the shade weather
warnings is what my new cell phone is sending me. But not for us
we are at about 8000 ft and 75°. We did have to get in gear and trvel
450 miles the first day as we left Benson, AZ at 7 AM. For me that's a
record on getting up time. Took the fast route I 10 to I 17 to Flagstaff
and then HW 89 to Less Ferry. (The HW from Lees Ferry to Page is still
closed... BTW) We were going to stay at Lees Ferry but it was 97° and
of course with no electric in that campground so off we went on HW 89 to
Jacobs Lake just north of The Grand Canyon at a forest service campground.
We laughed as we went on by Lees Ferry
as I tend to just keep on trucking. I then tend to get grumpy when we do
find a stopping point as it tends to get late.
Jacabs Lake campground site 19. Good for
Sat dish and solar and for $9 with Senior discount. Love these Ponderosa
Pines. We were surprised there were several sites open and it still hasn't
even filled up.
The next day we took a day trip to the
North Rim to see the sights. HW 67 is a grand drive.
Grand Canyon main web site.
Rim Guide .pdf A great guide with lots of information.
Did you know the 1928 Lodge burnt down
in 1932 and was rebuilt in 1937. Read all about it in the North Rim Guide.
You could continue on the path to go out
on the upper ledge. Terry did that while I relaxed on the bench under a
We opted to stay a third night in this
peaceful (cool as in temps) campground so I could do this blog post and
just relax... We have all summer and fall so what's the rush.
Our plans are to head on up through Utah
on US 89. Later take scenic route HW 150 in northern Utah heading to Evanston,
WY and follow US 189 up the Green river to its source fishing all along
the way. And taking our time. So later going out to have a small campfire
and just enjoy being alive.
BTW I got my Verizon wireless
plan restored to unlimited data as was on my old plan and at the old plans
cost. Took a week but it did happen. A happy camper to be sure now
with my new Samsung Galaxy S 5 and 4G LTE network speed. How you ask...
I had bought the phone on their Edge plan with monthly payments but that
changed my plan to 3G of data. They allowed me to return the phone and
then buy it outright and then they would restore my old unlimited plan
which they did.
Also our Datastorm internet
dish is performing swell now that I got it refurbished. Updated base with
newer upper control board. New 2 watt transmitter, spare D3 controller.
Had to re run the installer routine as Hughes changed my satellite transponder
assignment on me.
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