Yellowstone Makes Me Do Crazy Things

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Posted by TeeJay ( on 10:32:27 08/03/15

Disclaimer - I apologize if this post is long.

My wife and I first went to Yellowstone in August 2008 and
obviously were hooked instantly, from the wildlife, thermal
features, and amazing scenery. Since then, we've been back
August 2010, June 2012 and June 2014. And yes, we've already
booked our June 2016 trip. We usually stay between 11-16 days
and have met some amazing people. Wildlife viewing is our main
priority, especially wolves and bears, but any animal is

We had a vacation planned for the first week of August,
spending that time up in Maine. (FYI, we're from New Jersey)
Plans fell through due to a horrible lodging experience, about
a month ago. Last weekend, my wife joking said we could drive
to YNP for our vacation this year. Well...I took it seriously,
and after checking on drive times, etc, we are going to drive
from our home in NJ to YNP, roughly 2100 miles each way. We
will not be stopping for any sights on the way out, so I figure
we will leave at 3am August 28th, and should be driving in the
East Entrance around noon on the 30th, making sleeping stops in
Madison WI and Sheridan WY.

We were able to book 6 nights at Canyon Campground, so we'll
head for home on September 5th, getting home on Labor Day.

Are we crazy?!?

The other crazy things YNP has made me do is buy stuff. Our
first trip we had an old pair of binoculars, a cheap point &
shoot digital camera, and my wife's film SLR. This trip, I'll
have 2 spotting scopes, 2 pair of high power binoculars, my
Canon 60D DSLR with multiple lenses, and my wife has a Canon
T3i DSLR. I guess we're hooked.

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