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FALCON'S ODYSSEY
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Build thread is here...


Hello folks. This is the start of my full-time overland adventuring.

I've built up a camper van. I've sold my house. I have two days left in my last week of work.

I'll be sharing a lot of pictures and probably some rambling text here.

I've been out in Colorado for a few weeks, and soon I'll be heading north and west with the intention of arriving in Seattle in early-mid August and spending a couple weeks with friends there. I'll then go down to Portland and do the same. After that, life is full of possibilities :-)

Here are some pictures from my first CO camping trip of 2016. I went out near Jefferson.

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I camped here the first night. The next day I hiked around the area and found better campsites.
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This was the site of choice. I like open spaces and big views.
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This is a guy deciding to quit his 'perfectly good' job.
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I spent an afternoon sitting on this log, just reading and looking
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View from my table/desk inside the van
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After a couple days up there, my brother and dad came out for the weekend
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We went to Jefferson lake one morning and my dad fished.
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I'm planning to travel from Denver to Seattle, starting this weekend and taking about 25 days to get there. I'll post my current draft of a route below, and if you have advice on different routes to take or where to camp, I'd appreciate it. I've never been up in these areas (other than inside the cities of Seattle and Portland a bit), so I've made up this route without knowing the areas and without doing much/any research yet.


first part
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Denver,+...m0!1m0!3e0

Second part:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/48.30256...062095!3e0

(Some of the destinations are areas I may want to camp and some are just in there to get the route on the roads I want)
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Looks like a blast!


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I would change the lower leg through Wyoming to this:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Denver,+...m0!1m0!3e0

You take about 75 miles of dirt road through one of the prettiest places I've ever been. The wildflowers may be in bloom now, if so they will knock your socks off. Fantastic drive!!

Also, you don't have the Beartooth Scenic Byway on there--you MUST drive it!  http://beartoothhighway.com/
Bob


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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm using that route as my plan for now.

Yeah, I looked up the scenic byways and saw that there were so many of them. I was thinking it would be good to go up through Grand Teton and Yellowstone south to north, and I don't really want to back-track on this trip. I am planing to spend the entire summer next year up in these areas and I'll have a lot more time then to see all the best places

Would it be better to go up this way, in order to go on Beartooth? https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Denver/4...93!1m0!3e0
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Falcon great pics, keep them coming. highdesertranger
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NOOOO. That second route is almost all high plains--nothing to see there. No, go up 89 and down the Beartooth, then up to the freeway and across. The problem with Yellowstone is the drives into the Park are prettier than the park, except for the geo-thermal features. The Park itself is not very pretty.  There are three fantastic drives into Yellowstone:

1) Beartooth is the best from Red Lodge, Montana and easier to drive down going north.
2) Chief Joseph Scenic Byway from the road just North of Cody, Wyoming
3) Buffalo Bill Scenic byway from Cody Wyoming.

I'd strongly consider driving north on 89 to enter the park. If I were never going to be there again, after you see all of the park you want to see, through the Tetons and Yellowstone, EXIT down the Buffalo Bill Scenic Byway to Cody, spending a few days in Cody, then driving up again by the Chief Joseph. But you never have to re-enter the park that way, you can turn north (right) and drive out on the Beartooth, and north to the freeway and continuing east. 

I'd consider seeing the Custer last Stand Monument on the way--it can be very moving to stand right there where so many died. 
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Jahmai (05-28-2017)
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Send me a PM when you swing by Grand Teton; I'm currently working in Colter Bay Village.
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Falcon, awesome pictures. I'll be at North Fork campground above Meeker, CO this weekend visiting a friend. If you swing through that way I'd love to meet you. Ram 2500 with red cargo trailer conversion. Person I'm visiting is the campground host and has been on the road several years - could be a wealth of information.
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