A Close Encounter with Devils Tower

After stopping over in Portland to visit Glenn and Michele and make a couple of repairs (as well as visit Outside Van), we finally turned east to truly head for Wisconsin.  Two of the few tourist stops we made along the way was the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana and the Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming.  The Museum of the Rockies has a few rotating exhibits but its showcase is its dinosaur collection which includes “some thirty-five thousand specimens, including the world’s largest collection of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, along with America’s largest collection of dinosaur eggs, embryos, and babies”.

Continuing on but before we came upon Devils Tower, I had to sit Darlene down the night before our arrival to watch “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.  We arrived early the next morning (before 7 am) to beat the crowds.  (Apparently it gets crazy busy there everyday from 10 am to late in the afternoon.)  Darlene slept in on the early morning drive and awoke to this view out the campervan window:

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Ski Road Trip to Jackson Hole/Yellowstone

This is a video montage from a December 1990 ski trip/road trip from various parts of California to Jackson, Wyoming with Hoan, Huy, and Corey and picking up my brother Glenn from Reno on the way.

The weather was so cold that Jackson Hole shut down lift operations for a couple of days and so we ended up renting snowmobiles to go into Yellowstone National Park.  That was a lot of fun but we ended up paying nearly the cost of a snowmobile in late charges after Huy inadvertently drove his over an embankment.  Oh, and did I mention that I pissed off a bison into charging?  We also made an attempt at snow sledding one day using a plastic tarp – but gave up after a while due to the intense wind and cold.


(re-edited in July 2020, 7.5 minutes, 114 MB download)