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05/13/2015 12:06:14 PM · #1
I'm starting to plan our move from Oregon to Toronto, and I'd like some help with places to see on the way, descriptions and photos if you've gottem'!

Currently the plan is to pop out of the East side of Oregon, roughly in the middle, and head as straight East as makes sense. There will be some zigging and zagging in order to hit places of interest.

Yellowstone is my #1. I know it's a huge park, so tips on locations within the park would be dandy. My husband would also like to head down to Mt Rushmore. My aunt recommended Deadwood, which also got my husband's eyes'a twittering.

Other places I've jotted down:
- Hell's Half Acre. Apparently some good milkshakes at the Yellowstone Drug Store near there
- Badlands National Park

Things of note:
- We'll be going by car and not towing anything.
- Our kitty will be with us, so we'll need to be able to house him in a hotel/motel for any excursions that will be longer than a few minutes. Pet-friendly parks maybe?
- We're not in a terrible rush, but since our kitty will be with us, we'd like to keep moving. A full day (two nights) at Yellowstone is in the plans though.
05/13/2015 12:29:23 PM · #2
As we say over here, here is my twopennorth. I did a tour in 2013 to Colorado, Wyoming and Utah, starting and finishing at Denver. The most interesting thing I did (to me), was to visit the site of the Battle of The Little Bighorn. It's not that interesting photographically, but I listened to a talk about the battle from one of the Rangers(?) there and for forty minutes to an hour he had us all entranced. Maybe I was lucky with the speaker, but he really did make me feel as though I was there. Also you can drive around the site - there are stop off points - and see where various people fell.
05/13/2015 01:10:13 PM · #3
If you're planning on Yellowstone then I would also take a drive down to Jackson. Very cool town, and the drive will give you a magnificent view of the Tetons. But these things can get out of hand pretty easily and expand into the unrealistic as far as time goes. There are so many amazing places to see. I made a move from Arizona to Seattle in the late '90s, so I got a Golden Eagle national park pass and spent three weeks camping my way up. Amazing.
05/13/2015 02:28:02 PM · #4
Originally posted by bohemka:

If you're planning on Yellowstone then I would also take a drive down to Jackson. Very cool town, and the drive will give you a magnificent view of the Tetons.

About 30 years I drove cross-country to Boston, partway through Canada (almost everyplace except Toronto). There is an elk preserve just east of Jackson where I think you can camp.
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05/18/2015 06:45:05 PM · #5
There is a post on Nikonians that discusses a little about photographing Yellowstone:
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I have been there several times, and will be there again in June. I suggest that you budget more than a day for Yellowstone. Firehole Canyon, Norris Geyser Basin, Mammoth Springs, A more scenic drive than I-90, east of Yellowstone, is to exit the park east, toward Cody, Wy. Take US-14 out of Cody and over the Bighorn Mountains, toward Mt Rushmore. If your husband thinks that he might like Deadwood, check out Virginia City, Mt. It's about 80 min northeast of West Yellowstone.
If you are planning the trip for October,or after, expect most of the roads to be closed. Also, i have found Yellowstone to not be pet friendly, and make room reservations early, they go fast.

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06/10/2015 10:36:23 AM · #6
Whelp, I have arrived in Toronto.

There was a big storm at Yellowstone when we arrived. Torrential downpour, thunder, and lightning. Due to the weather, we decided to pay our $30 toll and just drive on through. Just after exiting on the East side of the park, I nearly killed a deer/young elk. It was standing peacefully on the side of the highway, so I slowed down. At the last second, he of course decided the way of the road was a better choice than the way of the forest and leaped into the road. I slammed on the brakes, camera with my wide angle slid from the center console, knocked the car into neutral, slammed into my calf and landed on the floor of the car. The 70-200 that was resting between my legs slid out and onto the floor too. Yes, I know, I should have put it all away as we left the park, but there was still a wee bit of light, and the area was so pretty! Deer/elk thing lived as did we, and the car received no damage. I'm fairly certain I clipped a hoof though. Camera equipment all lived. Then later, a mouse did the same thing, though I didn't hit the brakes. Pretty sure he lived too.

We did stop in Deadwood, which was also a disappointment. It's just a mini-Vegas with flashy neon slot machines and tons of people on the sidewalk always walking into your photos. If you manage to time it so someone wasn't walking directly through, you caught them in a reflection somewhere along with a car or two. You have to really look to get any sense of history.

The rest of the trip was uneventful and mainly open plains and corn fields. Meh.

I'll post some photos in the next few days once we get settled in.
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