2003 Rocky Mountain Summer Tour

Shortly after Yumi and I started dating, we thought it might be fun to take the entire tribe out to the Rocky Mountains. I had been there a few times in my youth, but Todd and Matt along with Yumi and her kids had never been. Yumi had been to the mountains before, but those were the quaint little hills of Vermont. Everyone was going to see big piles of rock for the first time. My mother would also come along, revisiting some of the places she and my dad had been together.

After a little planning we decided that we had to see Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore. We would undertake the mission in August. But how to get there? The cost of such a trip dictated that we would need to rent an RV since there was no way we were going to be able to afford hotel rooms for 8 people or take two vehicles needed in order to carry every one. Besides, we wanted to "camp".

The Gang at Gibbon Falls

Grandma and Yumi took care of most of the planning. They took care of the RV rental, camp site reservations and the meal planning. By the end of June most of the details were set, but I still wasn't into it as I'd be once we got closer to our departure date. I was also worried about Yumi and my mother being able to handle a 29' motor home and travelling with 5 kids aged 6,8,10, 11 and 11. Eventually I began to get excited and started to count down the days until we could leave.

Overall this was a fun trip despite the close quarters in the RV. Yumi and I figured if we could survive 10 days with all of the kids all of the time we could survive anything. Everyone got to see the mountains and we got to know each other better. The trip also got the juices flowing for a return trip west to do some backpacking during the summer of 2004. If we had to do it again---which I'm sure we will--- I don't know what changes could be made to make the trip easier. Yumi and Grandma did a wonderful job of planning the trip. I do know that we would have hit the Black Hills first and then over to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. After seeing the Rockies, the Black Hills seemed anti-climactic and a little boring.

Trip Image Gallerys

The Drive West, Beartooth Highway
Grand Teton National Park, Hidden Falls
Rafting the Snake River
Yellowstone National Park I: Grant Village, Lewis Falls, Old Faithful, Kepler Cascades
Yellowstone National Park II: Gibbon River, Morning Glory Pool, Mystic Falls, Virginia Cascade
Yellowstone National Park III: Upper Falls, Lower Falls, Thermal features
Yellowstone National Park IV: Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone Lake

Bighorn Mountains: Cody Dam, Shell Falls, Devils Tower National Monument
Black Hills: Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse Monument, Wind Cave

 

 
February, 2008: Phoenix
Yumi, Nick and I go to a frigid Phoenix for soccer
August, 2006: Japan
Yumi takes her kids to Japan
December 2005: Ski Brule
Another exciting weekend of spills and thrills
August 2005: RMNP
Yumi and I take the family out to RMNP for a week.
December 2004: Ski Brule
We head back to Ski Brule and hit the slopes

October 2004: Agawa Canyon
Yumi and I go north

August 2004: Mall of America
We survived.
June 2004: The Dells
Waterparks and stuff
December 2003: Ski Brule
Skiing and snowboarding during Christmas break
August 2003: RV Tour
29' RV to Yellowstone, Tetons & Black Hills
June 2003: The Dells
What could be more "Wisconsin" than the Dells
February 2003: Toad the Wet Sprocket
To Milwaukee to see Toad

     
   


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