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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and My First Boondocking Attempt

The day I knew I'd be traveling through Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, we were up and on the road early. 

This leg of the trip was part of my route so I was towing Bridget through both parks. I knew it would be a long drive and there would be a lot of traffic and slowdowns.
We entered Yellowstone using my National Park Pass. I'm really glad I bought that pass. 

The weather was a little cloudy but warm and dry. Pulling Bridget through the parks was no problem but I wasn't able to stop very often because there was no room for us to park so I missed a lot of photo opportunities. 

I was truly surprised by the lack of visible wildlife during my visit. I only saw two lone, male bison during the two days I was in the parks. 

As I came to the south end of Grand Teton NP, I began looking for the area where I wanted to try boondocking for the first time. It's called Upper Teton View. I had entered the information into my navigation system but wasn't able to locate it. 
Honestly, I could have tried harder but it was getting late and with the traffic and no co-pilot I just gave up and continued south. I really need to teach Murphy how to help with these things. 

I drove on through Jackson, Wyoming and started looking for a place to camp for the night. Eventually, I saw this sign and took a chance. 
I pulled into the campground and drove slowly around the loop looking for a spot where we might fit and found one. I drove back to the pay kiosk and dropped my payment and registration in the metal post and around the loop again to pull into my spot. 

Murphy and I jumped out and had a quick look around. He approved because there were lots of trees, chipmunks, squirrels, and fabulous smells. 
I pulled forward as far as possible to get mostly level without having to unhitch and we did a very minimal setup. It was late and getting dark. 
So, I had failed at finding a boondocking spot but succeeded at finding a dry camping spot. What's the difference you ask? 

  • Boondocking is camping in a dispersed wilderness area with no hookups. For years I have dreamed of doing this near a river or creek. 


  • Dry camping is just camping without any hookups in a place like an organized campground, a driveway, a parking lot or similar. 

Where Murphy, Bridget, Max and I have been so far.
The next morning we were up and out of the campground to make our way back through the parks and east to Cody, Wyoming. 

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