WELCOME TO RIVER DAVES PLACE

Johnson Family vacation!

Taboma

Well-Known Member
Joined
Apr 4, 2008
Messages
9,354
Reaction score
11,952
Enjoying tagging along, I'm retired, I should be doing exactly this 🥴 When you get home, I'm going to drop by and steal those seats 🤫 They look amazing 😁
 

Singleton

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2008
Messages
13,498
Reaction score
13,611
Love these threads.
@RiverDave - make sure you wake you early and get into Yellowstone before traffic becomes a PIA @ gate and on main roads! We were inside the park by 7am each day and most days had breakfast burritos that we warmed in the engine bay while driving from RV to stop 1.
 

Christopher Lucero

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2018
Messages
1,177
Reaction score
699
if you go through Jackson, don't miss the gunfight. It is starting up again as of today.
My friends 'set me up' and didn't tell me why we were lingering around, and guys started arguing and they draw guns and...I nearly ...well...you know.
<edit> the spectacle did not seem staged at all, this was back in the early 90's. luckily others were in the know and calm, so I watched calmly but in awe<edit>

Also, Pinky G's for Pizza. It is AWESOME.
lastly, the million dollar cowboy bar. On that same trip, we are in $M cowboy bar (before our lingering session) and in from outside, in silhouette, walks a guy with sidearm in full chaps and duster, like 6'4"
 
Last edited:

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
if you go through Jackson, don't miss the gunfight. It is starting up again as of today.
My friends 'set me up' and didn't tell me why we were lingering around, and guys started arguing and they draw guns and...I nearly ...well...you know.
Also, Pinky G's for Pizza. It is AWESOME.
lastly, the million dollar cowboy bar. On that same trip, we are in $M cowboy bar and in from outside, in silhouette, walks a guy with sidearm in full chaps and duster, like 6'4"
What’s a duster? A hat?
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
Kinda shitty pics but I just woke up and haven’t moved 10’ from the motorhome yet.. between all the driving and amusement park etc I was pretty worn out. The weather was literally freezing last night and cold AF this am (we didn’t bring a lot of cold weather gear) so today was sleep in bed lazy day.. kids had donuts and milk for breakfast.. lol

Valley View RV Park here’s where we are at

14B92A76-AD65-48D9-84DF-72A069DB626A.jpeg
0034F64A-3EB4-4511-A09A-E6586CE605F2.jpeg
8449E866-EFFF-4F8A-B9C4-0949D9914082.jpeg
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
I’m gonna take a shower and go unload the TOAD and we are off just cruising around and seeing what’s what. We will plan our next 3-5 days here today.

open to suggestions from the experts!
 

rivermobster

Club Banned
Joined
Dec 28, 2009
Messages
41,262
Reaction score
23,338
What a great birthday! I am so glad the kids are going to get to experience Yellowstone. It is an absolutely amazing place. I'm looking forward to getting to go again this summer, but we will be camping about 1.5 hours away for 6 weeks, so we plan to go a couple of times for day trips and get to actually do some hiking this time and skip the traditional tourist spots.
Both you and RD need to check out Yellowstone Lake when you're there. It's thirty miles long if memory serves. There is lookout point that has an absolutely amazing view. 👍
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
No hiking for me btw if that’s on the suggestion list..
 

Singleton

Well-Known Member
Joined
Feb 5, 2008
Messages
13,498
Reaction score
13,611
No hiking for me btw if that’s on the suggestion list..
that kind of F’s everything.
almost 100% of the things to see require walking/hiking. Our first trip was all the main places and we averaged 6 miles of walking a day.

I enjoyed the grand canyon of Yellowstone and upper and tower falls area (northeast side of Yellowstone).

areas we enjoyed the most
- Canyon Village
- Mammoth hot springs
- tower
 

ArizonaKevin

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 16, 2015
Messages
2,578
Reaction score
2,950
Apparently there is a half marathon happening in Yellowstone this weekend, a friend of mine is running it.

I would prepare for potentially higher than usual crowds.
 

Flying_Lavey

Dreaming of the lake
Joined
Feb 13, 2008
Messages
17,395
Reaction score
12,058
Apparently there is a half marathon happening in Yellowstone this weekend, a friend of mine is running it.

I would prepare for potentially higher than usual crowds.
That's why RD is there..... duh! He is an athlete in the prime of his life ready to take on the world!









Oh man..... I had a really hard time keeping a straight face while typing that... lol!

Sent from my SM-G781V using Tapatalk
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
that kind of F’s everything.
almost 100% of the things to see require walking/hiking. Our first trip was all the main places and we averaged 6 miles of walking a day.

I enjoyed the grand canyon of Yellowstone and upper and tower falls area (northeast side of Yellowstone).

areas we enjoyed the most
- Canyon Village
- Mammoth hot springs
- tower
Well that is the life of a cripple.. lol. Stacy got hurt down in sand hollow so she is gimping right along with me. 😳
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
So against the advice of getting up early. We went over to west Yellowstone and I told Stacy “wel let’s just get the pass now so we don’t have to deal with it in the morning”. There was one car in front of us..

so then I asked the lady “what do ya think we could see real quick?” We entered the park at 2:30-3:00’ish?

we saw several hundred bison.. multiple times, herds far away. Individuals up close, and then herds really up close.. lol.
We saw so many Geysers that the kids said they don’t care if they ever see one again. We saw paint pots, and a whole bunch of stuff..

This is 5hours with no plan in Yellowstone
E22D6269-746D-4829-A22A-C415FF0B11C0.jpeg
1248C1B9-FD68-47F5-81DA-3B6B0F861697.jpeg
3C510B9E-8477-458D-850C-AC71DE4F554E.jpeg
F776D460-114C-478E-A723-2DA6F97B7FC9.jpeg
E3BF54B6-BEAB-444E-BE96-3B221B11EF75.jpeg
A7D2003B-40A0-4103-A892-F8AC4E0A00F0.jpeg
5C80FDC8-4BE5-4563-9538-8682F52BBB58.jpeg
F0273581-078A-4304-B36B-03FD5CF93373.jpeg
DFB13C9A-4473-4E17-A5A5-36C826CD76B3.jpeg
A7731E4D-C98E-4C77-B248-BEED32CC9A66.jpeg
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
So apparently when you to old faithful around 5:00 pm on a Friday nobody is there.. lol

I went into the gift shop and asked the lady early am or evening? She said place is packed in the early am till the afternoon and the park empty’s out in the late afternoon.

FYI it’s 9:41 right now pm and it’s still light out. 😳 (These pics were taken earlier today.). Jist saying there’s no reason to rush leaving Yellowstone in the summer. We are sitting down for dinner right now at 9:40

This is where I parked at old faithful. I took a pic of old faithful, my parking spot and the lodge deal.. the parking lots we drove through to get to this one were huge and empty.

6A67100E-9F36-468F-80AC-8B0AD4E6D1F4.jpeg
85D9B854-1416-4C3F-811B-02F8548F765A.jpeg
8CA9E2FA-B611-4140-8976-363DF9B4B79C.jpeg
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
On the way home we saw Elk / Deer and my kids said if we say the word Bison one more time they won’t go back.. lol. We had a heard run past us for what seemed like 20 minutes.. it was one of the coolest things I have seen.

then we had another group a few miles later.. then another lol. You get the idea.

Apparently they all go home for dinner at around 8:00-8:30’ish? Not sure
EB3A29DD-300A-40E6-952E-FC0FB529221D.jpeg
D3725DC6-85A1-4C49-BDE0-DBE46BA33B83.jpeg
5A7A7EAD-B9BD-44F8-A188-9A2A04645B89.jpeg
B723B5D3-25EB-4048-975B-9BC886FA826E.jpeg
DD7EE4FD-D651-4D48-A99E-1E31ED21BBB7.jpeg
66BF16D0-D195-4529-B03B-3BAE3172BB6B.jpeg
B80562AD-18FE-417E-BAF5-45A3FC795F97.jpeg
3D7A8FE9-D849-4EE2-8D52-7F86F94A8D6C.jpeg
2C808B6D-A0ED-40F8-9B97-20BBD6D3559C.jpeg
Do
 

snowhammer

Well-Known Member
Joined
Aug 14, 2018
Messages
1,487
Reaction score
2,749
So far everything has been amazing except the Three Bear restaurant.. I’d pass on that if I was you guys. Steak sucked / spaghetti sucked / potatoes sucked.. etc 🤨

Pretty stoked on our first day here though!
Dave, if you are in west Yellowstone and looking for steak and potatoes, head north to High Country Tavern, formerly Einos Tavern. It is on Hebgen Lake straight north of town, 191 to 287 west. When it was Eino's, you would pick a steak out of the cooler and she would heat up cheese potatoes while you grilled the steak and had a beer.

Since hiking is out, it would make a nice loop with plenty of scenery of Hebgen Lake and Quake Lake. You could keep heading west to 87, take that south to Island Park. Then come back over the continental divide by Two Top Mountain back to West Yellowstone.
 

DILLIGAF

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
13,918
Reaction score
14,965
Done that entire loop many times. I love Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and of course Jackson......you have to go into Jackson...

The kids will always remember this trip for sure
 

Riverbound

Banned
Joined
Sep 26, 2007
Messages
25,597
Reaction score
15,762

That’s awesome. It wa smithing like that’s when we were there. Packed to the gills. We had to make reservations to have a seat at the bar. Would be awesome to have the place to yourselves like that.
 

rivermobster

Club Banned
Joined
Dec 28, 2009
Messages
41,262
Reaction score
23,338
Done that entire loop many times. I love Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and of course Jackson......you have to go into Jackson...

The kids will always remember this trip for sure
No they won't. LoL

Mine don't. If I didn't have the pics, they would have never known they were there! I went as a kid and don't remember a single thing about it. 😝

My kids DO remember the Glamis trips though. They were a bit older by then. Seems like mine don't remember much before 10?

Take lots of pics!!!
 

DILLIGAF

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
13,918
Reaction score
14,965
No they won't. LoL

Mine don't. If I didn't have the pics, they would have never known they were there! I went as a kid and don't remember a single thing about it. 😝

My kids DO remember the Glamis trips though. They were a bit older by then. Seems like mine don't remember much before 10?

Take lots of pics!!!
well mine and my grandkids do. Lol
 

DILLIGAF

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 10, 2008
Messages
13,918
Reaction score
14,965
The bison thing is quite terrifying on a bike…..if you listen closely you can hear me shitting my pants

plus if a Buffalo ends your life while on a Harley you reach legend status. Lol


View attachment 1012689
lol. I never worried about it. If they charge you you are fucked so just turn it off and sit quietly.

plus…If a Buffalo takes you out while on your Harley you become legend status. Lol
 

billperkins3@att.net

Well-Known Member
Joined
May 6, 2016
Messages
2,395
Reaction score
2,560
lol. I never worried about it. If they charge you you are fucked so just turn it off and sit quietly.

plus…If a Buffalo takes you out while on your Harley you become legend status. Lol
Oh boy.... these things.... I was in Two Harbors on Catalina Island and one came down from hill to get soaked by a water sprinkler by the bar. Some teenage boy got a bit too close for a pic and got gored and medi vac outta there. Heard they get a bit testy when cubs are around. I was maybe 70' from it and man was it a big .... like a freight train.
 

Christopher Lucero

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jul 27, 2018
Messages
1,177
Reaction score
699
is that the grand prismatic pool? it is amazing.
Pictures are great memory pokers, but never do the real thing justice...same with yellowstone falls and the canyon...
you are so lucky you got to do this.
don't you find it weird to think you are strolling around on a 43x28mi dormant volcano?
laissez les bon temps rouler!
 

1tonfun

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 6, 2020
Messages
99
Reaction score
174
Dave, we did the exact same thing a couple of years ago when we went to Yellowstone. Hit the gate in the afternoon to get the pass and headed down the south loop to old faithful. Got stuck in the middle of a heard of Bison for about an hour. There is a bypass road called Firehole Canyon Rd along the road to Old Faithful that takes you to some amazing waterfalls in Firehole canyon. It was worth the detour to see that. After that bypass, we started looking for the other off the beaten path loops you could take. There are a couple of dirt back roads in the park that are open to travel which allowed us to see more of the park without the crowds. On our third day we hit the gate and headed straight to the south entrance that takes you to Grand Teton National park and into Jackson Hole WY. We started early and had lunch in Jackson Hole then headed back to West Yellowstone on the 22/33 rd out of Jackson. The 33 takes you all the way back to St Anthony's in Idaho, we took the 32 north and it kicked us out just south of West Yellowstone.
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
is that the grand prismatic pool? it is amazing.
Pictures are great memory pokers, but never do the real thing justice...same with yellowstone falls and the canyon...
you are so lucky you got to do this.
don't you find it weird to think you are strolling around on a 43x28mi dormant volcano?
laissez les bon temps rouler!
this was not the grand prismatic.. that’s on our list to do before we leave. The colors on these though were a lot brighter than come across in the pics
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
Dave, we did the exact same thing a couple of years ago when we went to Yellowstone. Hit the gate in the afternoon to get the pass and headed down the south loop to old faithful. Got stuck in the middle of a heard of Bison for about an hour. There is a bypass road called Firehole Canyon Rd along the road to Old Faithful that takes you to some amazing waterfalls in Firehole canyon. It was worth the detour to see that. After that bypass, we started looking for the other off the beaten path loops you could take. There are a couple of dirt back roads in the park that are open to travel which allowed us to see more of the park without the crowds. On our third day we hit the gate and headed straight to the south entrance that takes you to Grand Teton National park and into Jackson Hole WY. We started early and had lunch in Jackson Hole then headed back to West Yellowstone on the 22/33 rd out of Jackson. The 33 takes you all the way back to St Anthony's in Idaho, we took the 32 north and it kicked us out just south of West Yellowstone.
we have an app called “what’s ahead” that literally tells you all the cool shit coming up while you are driving as well as history etc..

We hit the fire hole bypass as well as the Geiser flats and some others.. Stacy got most the pics which I will have to get from her.
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
Today we skipped Yellowstone and went to the bear / wolf discovery had a great lunch and then jist went off roading for a few hours in the pathfinder out in west Yellowstone! Super relaxing day that was much needed after the non stop hustle of trying to cram too much into a vacation.

Couple pics from the bear wolf deal.. It’s cheap and you can see it all in 20-45 minutes.. educational for the kids and for a good cause.
They also have owls / hawks / eagles / otters etc..

E7AED36A-62D2-45B2-8798-7632E1B05BEC.jpeg
4020E9C1-9A27-4F3F-A174-CE26F93A1833.jpeg
6F6CA407-09A2-4784-9962-BFE1673731F5.jpeg
E93411D2-C5CB-4596-8020-6655A976ECF5.jpeg
23A46A30-3CE3-40B8-A944-17CBF4A75C90.jpeg
A14337F3-58D9-4468-98D2-FFCC4FF64E93.jpeg
7E866083-A030-4D13-9879-3D50AF26F074.jpeg
6F185EB7-9368-463F-99BD-F5DDE5484666.jpeg
 

RiverDave

In it to win it
Joined
Sep 13, 2007
Messages
107,144
Reaction score
94,830
This is the only pic I took of us offroad.. we went 10’ish miles or so out Stage Coach pass. Basically saw a dirt road and turned and then kept going until we had enough then turned left and headed back to the highway.
50064DFB-BFCF-4551-86C6-2FF59FB7E803.jpeg

Absolutely amazing snd relaxing.. stopping to listen to the wind in the trees and the occasional animal etc.. I really enjoyed it.
 

TITTIES AND BEER

Well-Known Member
Joined
Sep 28, 2007
Messages
13,227
Reaction score
12,699
This is the only pic I took of us offroad.. we went 10’ish miles or so out Stage Coach pass. Basically saw a dirt road and turned and then kept going until we had enough then turned left and headed back to the highway. View attachment 1013031
Absolutely amazing snd relaxing.. stopping to listen to the wind in the trees and the occasional animal etc.. I really enjoyed it.
Clear your mind your ass will follow 😎
 

http404

New But Seasoned Inmate #2002
Joined
Jun 20, 2008
Messages
637
Reaction score
1,323
This is the only pic I took of us offroad.. we went 10’ish miles or so out Stage Coach pass. Basically saw a dirt road and turned and then kept going until we had enough then turned left and headed back to the highway. View attachment 1013031
Absolutely amazing snd relaxing.. stopping to listen to the wind in the trees and the occasional animal etc.. I really enjoyed it.
God's Country!
 

Jefftowz

Formerly Old School Ultra
Joined
Feb 5, 2008
Messages
4,046
Reaction score
3,048
This is the only pic I took of us offroad.. we went 10’ish miles or so out Stage Coach pass. Basically saw a dirt road and turned and then kept going until we had enough then turned left and headed back to the highway. View attachment 1013031
Absolutely amazing snd relaxing.. stopping to listen to the wind in the trees and the occasional animal etc.. I really enjoyed it.
I told my kids to stop and listen to the green ocean when we go the trees are amazing.
 
Top