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02/20/2008 02:21:15 PM · #1
Rare Yellowstone Park / Cody, Wyoming / Rodeo Opportunity
Aug 1-3 2008

This is truly a “chance of a lifetime” opportunity to photograph wildlife, geysers, incredible scenery, waterfalls and flora. My uncle Bob Richards, who owns and operates Grub Steak Tours, was the last horse ranger in Yellowstone Park and knows the park and surrounding area inside and out – his knowledge of history, geology, folklore and photography are unbelievable. His father, Jack Richard, was one of the best-known photojournalists of the west and Yellowstone, and Bob has followed in his footsteps.

I recently toured Yellowstone and Cody with him as part of a family vacation, and was so impressed that I asked him about putting a package together for DPC. He is generously offering his tours at ½ price. His recommendation is a three-day tour including Yellowstone, the North Fork of the Shoshone River between Cody, WY and the park (which Teddy Roosevelt called “the most scenic 50 miles in the US), and Grand Teton.

I haven't processed most of my photos from my recent trip, but here is a small sampling:

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The itinerary is as follows:

July 31 – Thursday: Arrive in Cody, WY (there are direct flights from Denver, CO). As Bob has generously offered me the use of one of his vehicles, I can pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in downtown Cody. We can assist with hotel arrangements. Bob recommends The Americana Hotel, around $150 per night.

Aug 1 – Friday: 1st Day Tour of Yellowstone Park. Lunch is provided.

Aug 2 – Saturday: 2nd Day Tour of Yellowstone Park. Lunch is provided. Attend Cody Night Rodeo, the longest running rodeo in the United States, having operated for over 60 years. Many of the nation's greatest cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Tickets are $17.00 each for adults. The rodeo begins at 8:00 PM.

Aug 3 – Sunday: Tour Grand Teton. Lunch is provided. Those needing to return home can do so.

Aug 4 – Monday: Return home.

Bob knows the places we are most likely to encounter mammals living in Yellowstone, big and small. When I toured with him this winter I saw wolves, bighorn sheep, bison (American buffalo), coyotes, snowshoe hares, trumpeter swans, eagles (both bald and golden), elk and a variety of other smaller mammals and birds. Moreover, Bob knew how to safely get me close enough to photograph them!

The price of this package is $225 per person or couple per day (there is a small surcharge for meals for couples). Bob’s usual rate is $450 per day.

Bob would like to limit this opportunity to six photographers, so it is first come, first serve. Further information on the company: http://www.grubsteaktours.com. Please PM me for further info or post here.
02/20/2008 02:31:12 PM · #2
OMG. What a wonderful opportunity. I'm sure you'll get responses in no time!
- Larry in NYC
02/20/2008 02:34:18 PM · #3
Sounds great, makes me wish I hadnt already made vacation plans to go to the everglades. Good Luck, I was there in 2006 and it was great... cannot wait to go back.
02/20/2008 02:49:11 PM · #4
Catherine
Let me check with the boss and see if she is up for this. Sounds like a great idea and a northern trek in late August to get us out of the Houston heat & humidity sounds awesome.
02/20/2008 02:53:01 PM · #5
I am soooo there! Just a hop, skip and a jump from where I live. weee.
02/20/2008 09:05:23 PM · #6
Bump for the evening crowd. Looks so far like I've got interest from 31_F.gif sonifo and possibly 21.gif signal2noise
02/22/2008 02:47:14 AM · #7
Hmm..I live in Casper Wyoming and did a tour of Yellowstone last year (un-guided) and this sounds great! Espically after reviewing other sites/tours!

I'll have to see what my schedule looks like and maybe jump on this one.
02/22/2008 03:20:04 AM · #8
wow im currently planning my trip to the states in august/september with my prime objective to go to yellowstone! thank you for posting this i will definitely look into it
02/22/2008 04:24:22 AM · #9
Ah dang, i'm going to be in MT/WY about a month before that! Shame because this looks awesome.
02/28/2008 09:18:14 AM · #10
So far I've got lots of interest via PM's, etc. but no firm commitments. I realize it is hard to plan this far in advance, but please let me know if you have questions or are ready to sign up, as my uncle is only holding the slot open to me for a limited time (he can make a lot more money by filling it with a regular tour - he is offering this tour at cost as a favor to me).
02/28/2008 03:24:40 PM · #11
Originally posted by noraneko:

Rare Yellowstone Park / Cody, Wyoming / Rodeo Opportunity
Aug 1-3 2008

This is truly a “chance of a lifetime” opportunity to photograph wildlife, geysers, incredible scenery, waterfalls and flora. My uncle Bob Richards, who owns and operates Grub Steak Tours, was the last horse ranger in Yellowstone Park and knows the park and surrounding area inside and out – his knowledge of history, geology, folklore and photography are unbelievable. His father, Jack Richard, was one of the best-known photojournalists of the west and Yellowstone, and Bob has followed in his footsteps.

I recently toured Yellowstone and Cody with him as part of a family vacation, and was so impressed that I asked him about putting a package together for DPC. He is generously offering his tours at ½ price. His recommendation is a three-day tour including Yellowstone, the North Fork of the Shoshone River between Cody, WY and the park (which Teddy Roosevelt called “the most scenic 50 miles in the US), and Grand Teton.

I haven't processed most of my photos from my recent trip, but here is a small sampling:

640211.jpg 627355.jpg 640641.jpg 639662.jpg640868.jpg 649228.jpg 649226.jpg 634445.jpg 634441.jpg 649227.jpg 639663.jpg

The itinerary is as follows:

July 31 – Thursday: Arrive in Cody, WY (there are direct flights from Denver, CO). As Bob has generously offered me the use of one of his vehicles, I can pick you up at the airport and take you to your hotel in downtown Cody. We can assist with hotel arrangements. Bob recommends The Americana Hotel, around $150 per night.

Aug 1 – Friday: 1st Day Tour of Yellowstone Park. Lunch is provided.

Aug 2 – Saturday: 2nd Day Tour of Yellowstone Park. Lunch is provided. Attend Cody Night Rodeo, the longest running rodeo in the United States, having operated for over 60 years. Many of the nation's greatest cowboys started their rodeo careers in Cody. Tickets are $17.00 each for adults. The rodeo begins at 8:00 PM.

Aug 3 – Sunday: Tour Grand Teton. Lunch is provided. Those needing to return home can do so.

Aug 4 – Monday: Return home.

Bob knows the places we are most likely to encounter mammals living in Yellowstone, big and small. When I toured with him this winter I saw wolves, bighorn sheep, bison (American buffalo), coyotes, snowshoe hares, trumpeter swans, eagles (both bald and golden), elk and a variety of other smaller mammals and birds. Moreover, Bob knew how to safely get me close enough to photograph them!

The price of this package is $225 per person or couple per day (there is a small surcharge for meals for couples). Bob’s usual rate is $450 per day.

Bob would like to limit this opportunity to six photographers, so it is first come, first serve. Further information on the company: http://www.grubsteaktours.com. Please PM me for further info or post here.
02/28/2008 04:32:50 PM · #12
Sounds like a lot of fun. Don't know if I'd be able to make it, so I'll leave the slots open for somebody else. But I'd love to go some day!

02/28/2008 04:46:08 PM · #13
This looks like a great trip. I'm like most ... it will take me a bit to check out summer plans and see if I can make it happen, but I've got enough frequent flyer miles to make it out there and the rest of the cost is way way cheap for what you get. I'd reserve and pay for a spot right now, so long as it would be OK to try to sell it off to another DPCer if it turns out I can't make that date.
02/28/2008 04:51:55 PM · #14
I sent you a PM, as well as another member friend of mine. This sounds like a blast!

E
02/28/2008 05:40:27 PM · #15
I would also be interested please keep me informed . Tom
02/28/2008 06:50:41 PM · #16
Is the plan to slep in Cody for all the nights? Oddly enough, its cheaper fro me to fly into Jackson from Atlanta.

E
02/28/2008 07:17:43 PM · #17
I am in if there is still room
02/28/2008 07:47:30 PM · #18
Eric - if you are flying from Atlanta, there are a couple of options. If you decide to fly into Jackson, it is a 3 hour drive minimum to Cody (180 miles, much of it through the park - so it's very pretty, but takes awhile). You could fly into Jackson and rent a car to drive to Cody, drop the car off, and we could take you back to Jackson Sunday, since we're planning to tour the Grand Teton NP that day. Otherwise, you may want to consider flying into Billings, MT and renting a car - Billings is 115 miles from Cody over much faster roads, and it is a fairly large city, so the rates may be a lot cheaper. I'll PM you as well with this.

Randy - I'll PM you.
02/28/2008 08:41:33 PM · #19
Catherine - are we talking bus/van tour or horseback? Looks like van from his website. If it is a van do you get out and hike in or is it all from the road? Thanks for offering this up.

Message edited by author 2008-02-28 20:49:41.
02/28/2008 09:29:53 PM · #20
I'm interested...are there any spots left?
02/29/2008 08:49:26 AM · #21
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

Catherine - are we talking bus/van tour or horseback? Looks like van from his website. If it is a van do you get out and hike in or is it all from the road? Thanks for offering this up.


We will be taking a van, and getting out and doing short hikes. We will also be stopping anytime there are good wildlife ops for shots. Bob is very flexible and in fact will stop anytime someone sees something they want to shoot unless it isn't feasible at all.

Eve - will send you a PM

Message edited by author 2008-02-29 08:50:52.
02/29/2008 09:01:34 AM · #22
This looks wonderful. We would love to go but my husband's schedule is not firm. We never know what days off he will have for each month until the 15th of the previous month....sounds confusing even to me....;) Anyway, it's difficult to plan that far in advance. If you would have a cancellation, perhaps you could contact us.
Way to go for setting it up and organizing it!
02/29/2008 09:12:01 AM · #23
Don't for get the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. It is fantastic.
02/29/2008 09:46:49 AM · #24
Originally posted by vtruan:

Don't for get the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody. It is fantastic.


No doubt, it is an absolutely fabulous museum.
02/29/2008 10:08:49 AM · #25
Catherine
we're out. We just booked a trip to North Woods of Maine. Maybe next time.
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