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Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 12:19:44 PM
Got about 9 days this summer to drive around/camp/drink Jim Beam and talk to bears. Never been to any of these three states. Have you?





(Do not merge with travel thread.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wetwillie on May 07, 2013, 12:31:02 PM
Please watch the grizzly man on netflix prior to going. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 07, 2013, 12:32:59 PM
The only time I went to Wyoming was when we lived in Colorado and we'd go up there for fireworks, so grab those. Everything you need to know about Montana is in a "River runs through it" (OMG Brad Pitt  :love:) and I would do some kind of potato tour in Idaho. You're welcome!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on May 07, 2013, 12:46:27 PM
The only time I went to Wyoming was when we lived in Colorado and we'd go up there for fireworks, so grab those. Everything you need to know about Montana is in a "River runs through it" (OMG Brad Pitt  :love:) and I would do some kind of potato tour in Idaho. You're welcome!
Wacky, I have to say that nothing about your post except (OMG Brad Pitt  :love:) sounds elite vision questy.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 12:49:20 PM
Need info on where to camp and stuff. And, is Missoula awesome?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: steve dave on May 07, 2013, 12:50:57 PM
thoughts on merging this with the travel thread?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on May 07, 2013, 12:54:32 PM
Need info on where to camp and stuff. And, is Missoula awesome?
Camp wherever you want to! Yes, Missoula is awesome. At one time I had access to a cabin about 20 miles from Missoula that was surrounded on three sides by national parks. Very cool, and if I could, I'd let you stay there!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 12:56:14 PM
NO TRAVEL THREAD MERGE!!! :curse:  When I'm staring down a fearsome bear in some national park and need to know how to keep him at bay, I can't be sifting through 47 pages of people talking about Pago Pago.  :chainsaw:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:03:12 PM
I vacation in MT for about 2 weeks every year.

What do you like to do SB?  What are the dates?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on May 07, 2013, 01:03:21 PM
http://music.yahoo.com/photos/on-the-road-10-000-miles-in-100-days-one-man-s-amazing-road-trip-1367266786-slideshow/grand-canyon-arizona-photo-1467118405.html (http://music.yahoo.com/photos/on-the-road-10-000-miles-in-100-days-one-man-s-amazing-road-trip-1367266786-slideshow/grand-canyon-arizona-photo-1467118405.html)

This guy had a pretty sweet 100 day vision quest
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:05:40 PM
Oh step 1, you should read history books before your journey.  Stuff like Ambrose's Undaunted Courage or his book on Custer/Crazy Horse.  When I drive I like to look over to the river next to me and think "damn those crazy fuckers pulled those boats all the way up that thing."
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 01:06:31 PM
I vacation in MT for about 2 weeks every year.

What do you like to do SB?  What are the dates?

I'm down to do pretty much whatever. I am planning on camping but would be down for exploring cities and stuff too and I like to party with randos. Mainly I want to go to Bozeman and see where stud QB coach Jonathan Beasley cut his teeth with the MSU Bobqatz.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 01:07:08 PM
*edit* I'm down to do pretty much whatever except read history books.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:08:28 PM
How about watching and betting on pig races while chowing down on delicious hamburgers?   :excited:

What are the dates?  I'm in Cody, WY for a week in middle July.  Fishing/paking trip.

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 01:09:59 PM
How about watching and betting on pig races while chowing down on delicious hamburgers?   :excited:

What are the dates?  I'm in Cody, WY for a week in middle July.  Fishing/paking trip.

Oh man that sounds incredible. Unfortunately I'll be there sometime in mid-June. Is Cody cool?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:16:27 PM
It's okay I guess?  Like I'm not sure what you're looking for.  It's a town full of cowboys for sure.  Nice enough folks.  The pig racing just north of Cody in Belfry, MT.  If you're looking for like young people to party with I bet Bozeman & Missoula would be good (have been to both but partied in neither).  One time in Dillon MT a country concert just got out and the bars were overrun with young drunk college kids, think there's a small school in Dillon.  Most of my experience is either family vacation or fishing/hunting related. 

I bet you would love this:  http://www.braunbrothersreunion.com/  (August though)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: raquetcat on May 07, 2013, 01:24:45 PM
Montana: whitefish is a nice little resort town (as of 2007) and pretty awesome and you can hike up the mountain and take a free ski left down! (at least you could a few years ago). Lots of cool little local restaurants and a good brewery as well. Lots of huckleberries to eat too! Glacier national park is pretty great, lots of camping, wildlife, cool lakes to look at, easy hiking, and great scenery. There's also some fun white water rafting in this area. Stay away from eastern Montana unless you like driving for hours and not seeing anything but sky and prairie.

Wyoming: Teton national park was cool, but all I did was look at the mountains so I can't give you a whole lot of advice there. Yellowstone is nice with lots of animals but you'll probably be fighting crowds. All parts of Wyoming that aren't in the NW corner are pretty desolate.

Idaho: I've only been to coeur d'alene and it was a nice resort town, but kind of ritzy. I don't know anything else about the rest of the state.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 07, 2013, 01:28:47 PM
Oh skin ben, man, you are in luck.

I have been to Montana twice this spring. Go to Polson, at the south edge of Flat Head Lake (largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi) and stay at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, right on the lake. It's probably the most beautiful thing on earth. Just look at this:

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/65282_10100969303869241_237200237_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/561458_10100974610215281_689065376_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:28:48 PM
Sky and prairie  :love: :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 01:30:05 PM
If you like horseback riding you should do it, but don't do like one of those pack train deals. Hire a guide (few hundred bucks a day) and he'll take you up in the mountains and it's way more fun.

Will you be by yourself?
Title: Re: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: raquetcat on May 07, 2013, 01:32:06 PM
Oh skin ben, man, you are in luck.

I have been to Montana twice this spring. Go to Polson, at the south edge of Flat Head Lake (largest natural fresh water lake west of the Mississippi) and stay at the KwaTaqNuk Resort, right on the lake. It's probably the most beautiful thing on earth. Just look at this:

(http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/65282_10100969303869241_237200237_n.jpg)

(http://sphotos-f.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash3/561458_10100974610215281_689065376_n.jpg)

If you go to flathead lake you're 30 minutes from whitefish, and it's totally worth the little extra drive
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: jtksu on May 07, 2013, 01:32:42 PM
Need info on where to camp and stuff. And, is Missoula awesome?
Camp wherever you want to! Yes, Missoula is awesome. At one time I had access to a cabin about 20 miles from Missoula that was surrounded on three sides by national parks. Very cool, and if I could, I'd let you stay there!

Yeah, Missoula is pretty incredible. I have couple buddies who went there for grad school and never came back.  Also, you should do a crap load of peyote before you attempt any conversations with bears. I hear it helps bridge the language barrier.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: steve dave on May 07, 2013, 01:33:44 PM
bring an absolute shitload of mosquito spray
Title: Re: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: raquetcat on May 07, 2013, 01:38:33 PM
Sky and prairie  :love: :love:

most people aren't big on sky and prairie driving, but having driven from the eastern border of Montana to the western border I found it very relaxing and it might be something that skin ben would enjoy on his vision quest :dunno:

Montana is a very underrated state IMO. When I was in whitefish all the locals were complaining about the Californians coming in and ruining their town, but now that I think about it, they were just getting gentrified (michcat please check my usage for correctness here)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on May 07, 2013, 01:41:41 PM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: pissclams on May 07, 2013, 02:14:25 PM
pack Xbox 360 + CoD MW3.  pay for wifi/broadband internet connection at cheap hotel.  online videogame your ass off.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 02:15:14 PM
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_i5eGsBH-8V4/SRB1fhv_aEI/AAAAAAAAALs/z07n0qfWl5k/s1600/DSC01598.JPG)

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_i5eGsBH-8V4/SQIS8TwXmfI/AAAAAAAAAJ8/MsoEHP7icsc/s1600/DSC01578.JPG)

(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_i5eGsBH-8V4/SRB0CQCiV6I/AAAAAAAAAKs/IdEOF23RZ90/s1600/Picture+632.jpg)

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/466259_10101010383021291_463222664_o.jpg)

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 07, 2013, 02:16:48 PM
 :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 07, 2013, 02:28:57 PM
:love:
You're cheating on ben ji's dog, "lady!" STOP IT!!!!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 02:30:04 PM
:love:
You're cheating on ben ji's dog, "lady!" STOP IT!!!!

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_i5eGsBH-8V4/TJyqQH1qOEI/AAAAAAAAAnE/UXL8dagInLg/s1600/IMG_1988%5B1%5D.jpg)
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 02:31:01 PM
Prolly gonna be alone. What better way to vision quest?

Thinking about flying into Denver and catching a show at Red Rocks too. :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on May 07, 2013, 02:32:53 PM
Prolly gonna be alone. What better way to vision quest?

Thinking about flying into Denver and catching a show at Red Rocks too. :love:

Oh man, this is a must if you've never been
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 02:39:20 PM
I gotta get a dog for this, don't I? I mean it just seems like it would be way more elite that way.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 02:42:34 PM
Yes a dog is a must. 
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 02:57:45 PM
Gonna be hard coming from Louisiana. Definitely don't wanna be one of those dogs on a plane guys. :flush:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: jtksu on May 07, 2013, 03:23:54 PM
Prolly gonna be alone. What better way to vision quest?

Thinking about flying into Denver and catching a show at Red Rocks too. :love:

Dude, you can take a train from Denver to like Grand Junction. (Pretty sure it goes farther but I've never ridden it passed GJ.)  Its a damn pretty ride.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on May 07, 2013, 03:32:50 PM
SB I live in Missoula...will answer any questions go cats.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 03:51:41 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on May 07, 2013, 05:28:26 PM
so Emo EMAW, i get that those pictures are beautiful or whatever, but what and the world made you go walk around in the middle of nothingness? 

i'm with clams, COD all up in that muthafucka.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on May 07, 2013, 05:49:37 PM
I've been through Wyoming a couple times on trips to Yellowstone.

First off, Wyoming is not fun to drive through to get to a destination. It's very flat and very windy. But, it's great for just cruising. Jackson and Yellowstone are a must. Crazy stuff you'll never see anywhere else. Very minimum in Yellowstone is 3 days, IMO. Check out both loops, not just the bottom.

As for other towns in WY, driving through Thermopolis is awesome. Crazy land formations. Cody is nothing great, but an ok place to stop and grab lunch. Everywhere else is only good for getting gas. That said, I would absolutely love to own a ranch anywhere in WY and just live out in the middle of nowhere.

Let me know if you need any other info or tips in Yellowstone.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on May 07, 2013, 06:29:07 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?

Indeed. PM me as you get close and I'll be full of insidery tips and microbrew adventure plans.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on May 07, 2013, 06:48:50 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?

Indeed. PM me as you get close and I'll be full of insidery tips and microbrew adventure plans.
If this goEMAW encounter happens, that name must be changed. Mods, stay tuned.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Dugout DickStone on May 07, 2013, 07:20:31 PM
thoughts on merging this with the travel thread?

Hell yes.

Jackson Hole is elite.  Been there like 10 times
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 09:11:10 PM
ew2x4 have you been to Laramie? Is there any college town aspect to it?
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: pissclams on May 07, 2013, 09:25:02 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?

Indeed. PM me as you get close and I'll be full of insidery tips and microbrew adventure plans.
If this goEMAW encounter happens, that name must be changed. Mods, stay tuned.
says "dobber"  :lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 07, 2013, 09:31:05 PM
so Emo EMAW, i get that those pictures are beautiful or whatever, but what and the world made you go walk around in the middle of nothingness? 

i'm with clams, COD all up in that muthafucka.

It can be a thousand different emotions.  Everything from achievement, despair, exhaustion, hope, elation, graditude, and exhileration.  The foundation is that they're great times with the best of friends.  I could write a book on it and I think about it every day.  I get that not everyone would understand or appreciate it.  But that's the rub for me....I wouldn't want to spend that time with people that didn't "get it."
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on May 07, 2013, 09:59:06 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?

Indeed. PM me as you get close and I'll be full of insidery tips and microbrew adventure plans.
If this goEMAW encounter happens, that name must be changed. Mods, stay tuned.
says "dobber"  :lol:
  :bang: :bang:I AIN'T ASKIN' TO CHANGE MY NAME! IT WAS A STUPID CHOICE AND THAT HAS BEEN COVERED ALREADY!!!!! :curse: :curse:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 07, 2013, 10:40:23 PM
Dauber played a cop briefly in Weeds. He's not looking so hot these days.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on May 07, 2013, 10:42:50 PM
 :billdance:
so Emo EMAW, i get that those pictures are beautiful or whatever, but what and the world made you go walk around in the middle of nothingness? 

i'm with clams, COD all up in that muthafucka.

It can be a thousand different emotions.  Everything from achievement, despair, exhaustion, hope, elation, graditude, and exhileration.  The foundation is that they're great times with the best of friends.  I could write a book on it and I think about it every day.  I get that not everyone would understand or appreciate it.  But that's the rub for me....I wouldn't want to spend that time with people that didn't "get it."

 :cheers:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 08, 2013, 08:01:29 AM
Dauber played a cop briefly in Weeds. He's not looking so hot these days.

Isn't this a photo of Dauber? (on the right)

(http://www.palzoo.net/file/pic/gallery/11738_view.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 08, 2013, 08:04:07 AM
You bet your ass that's Dauber.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Frankenklein on May 08, 2013, 10:49:04 AM
   Maybe hangout with the Hutterites for a while
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 08, 2013, 10:53:36 AM
   Maybe hangout with the Hutterites for a while

eff yes.  Two years ago we got invited to a Hutterite pig roast.  Got drunk with them.  One of them comes up to me and my buddy and asks us to have sex with his daughters.  We were like  :sdeek:.  They need diverse genetics I guess. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 08, 2013, 10:56:51 AM
   Maybe hangout with the Hutterites for a while

Frankenklein is like an incredible pinch hitter on the team that is this gE blog.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 08, 2013, 09:25:00 PM
Porky Morgan do you go to shows at the Big Sky Brewery a lot? I really want to go to one of the concerts in their summer schedule but I don't think it's going to work out with MY schedule. :frown: Will definitely go to Missoula though. Looks super elite. I've done nothing at work the last few days except do Google image searches of Montana, pretty much.

(http://www.bigskybrew.com/content/images/postThumbs/BSB_Wilco_3-Panosmall.jpg)
:love:

Also I think I'm going to get super duper wasted in Missoula at some point. I love getting hamboned in new places and meeting weirdo strangers at bars and stuff. 'Paktime.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 08, 2013, 09:54:56 PM
If you go to Missoula you should then take the pass over to Kelly Creek in Idaho.  Supposed to be some of the best scenery in the country.  Very remote, great camping.  If that sounds interesting I'll get some more deetz.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 08, 2013, 09:57:07 PM
If you go to Missoula you should then take the pass over to Kelly Creek in Idaho.  Supposed to be some of the best scenery in the country.  Very remote, great camping.  If that sounds interesting I'll get some more deetz.

EXTREMELY INTERESTING!  :excited: :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: jtksu on May 08, 2013, 10:11:14 PM
   Maybe hangout with the Hutterites for a while

Frankenklein is like an incredible pinch hitter on the team that is this gE blog.

I honestly had never heard of Hutterites until that post. Really interesting stuff...

Quote
During World War I, the pacifist Hutterites suffered persecution in the United States. In the most severe case, four Hutterite men subjected to military draft who refused to comply were imprisoned and physically abused. Ultimately, two of the four men, the brothers Joseph and Michael Hofer, died at Leavenworth Military Prison from mistreatment, after the Armistice had been signed ending the war.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Bloodfart on May 08, 2013, 10:28:28 PM
:excited:
Pak'y Morgan?

Indeed. PM me as you get close and I'll be full of insidery tips and microbrew adventure plans.
If this goEMAW encounter happens, that name must be changed. Mods, stay tuned.
says "dobber"  :lol:
  :bang: :bang:I AIN'T ASKIN' TO CHANGE MY NAME! IT WAS A STUPID CHOICE AND THAT HAS BEEN COVERED ALREADY!!!!! :curse: :curse:

 Pffffffftt  :lol:
Title: Re: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 08, 2013, 10:36:37 PM
If you go to Missoula you should then take the pass over to Kelly Creek in Idaho.  Supposed to be some of the best scenery in the country.  Very remote, great camping.  If that sounds interesting I'll get some more deetz.

EXTREMELY INTERESTING!  :excited: :excited:

PorkyMissoulaCat do you know anything about this?  Never done it before but heard from several it is elite.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 08, 2013, 10:44:40 PM
It's Lolo Pass.  Same one Lewis and Clark took on their way to the ocean. 

Obviously you should watch A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall like a hundred times before your trip to get you psyched up.   :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 08, 2013, 10:58:46 PM
It's Lolo Pass.  Same one Lewis and Clark took on their way to the ocean. 

Obviously you should watch A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall like a hundred times before your trip to get you psyched up.   :excited:


I'll probably just watch Coneheads for the 900th time.  I can only assume Idaho looks a lot like Remulak. :dunno:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: jtksu on May 08, 2013, 11:43:57 PM
It's Lolo Pass.  Same one Lewis and Clark took on their way to the ocean. 

Obviously you should watch A River Runs Through It and Legends of the Fall like a hundred times before your trip to get you psyched up.   :excited:


I'll probably just watch Coneheads for the 900th time.  I can only assume Idaho looks a lot like Remulak. :dunno:

eff it. Have an upvote.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 10, 2013, 09:57:45 AM
So do I fly with a tent? :confused:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on May 10, 2013, 10:40:32 AM
Best bar to meet diverse people and get wasted (good cajun food too): Charlie B's
http://www.yelp.com/biz/charlies-bar-missoula
Big Sky Concert series: yes, saw Wilco there last summer. Another good concert series is the annual Roots Fest (august?), where they close off downtown streets, bring in good acts for the outdoor stages, food trucks, beers, good times. An everyday kind of good local music venue is the Top Hat.
Kelly Creek: Yes! A favorite! Stupid good cutthroat trout fly fishing. If you go, hike upstream from the end of the road to fish. Not that close though-two hours away at least. Some other good camping and fishing options are closer, like Rock Creek.
Lolo creek/pass: nice drive, a couple of decent natl forest campgrounds, and a good hot springs place at the top, great place to get in a shower and soak if you've been camping and feeling all grimy and stuff. Also, if you go on over the pass the Lochsa river beautiful and decent fishing for smaller cutties and has cool rope bridges and a trail to a remote hot springs where people get nekkid (Jerry Johnson Hot Springs.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 10, 2013, 10:54:21 AM
So do I fly with a tent? :confused:

UPS to first destination.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 10, 2013, 10:58:46 AM
So do I fly with a tent? :confused:

UPS to first destination.

This.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on May 10, 2013, 10:59:18 AM
Flying with a tent isn't a big deal. Just put it in a checked bag.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: yoga-like_abana on May 10, 2013, 11:01:57 AM
So do I fly with a tent? :confused:

UPS to first destination.

This.
is it really camping then?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 10, 2013, 11:03:58 AM
http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml (http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 10, 2013, 11:08:14 AM
So do I fly with a tent? :confused:

UPS to first destination.

This.
is it really camping then?

I suppose he should walk.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 10, 2013, 11:15:47 AM
This is gonna make me want to move to Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho, isn't it?  :frown:

Also I really wish I knew jack crap about fishing. Seems like maybe I'll just buy some cheap pole when I get there and just give it the ol' college try. Assuming I can figure out how to put a line on my fishing rod then I'll probably catch all the fish.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on May 10, 2013, 11:43:32 AM
This is gonna make me want to move to Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho, isn't it?  :frown:

Probably so...I meant to mention to you that you absolutely should rent a cabin from one of the national forests. There are several old fire lookouts on top of mountains, with 360 views and incredible night skies with a jillion shooting stars. Very vision quest-y. And about $30 a night! Here is one to get you started, but by all means start investigating this now, as they book up pretty fast.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lolo/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=10271&actid=101
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 10, 2013, 11:44:29 AM
This is gonna make me want to move to Wyoming, Montana, or Idaho, isn't it?  :frown:

Probably so...I meant to mention to you that you absolutely should rent a cabin from one of the national forests. There are several old fire lookouts on top of mountains, with 360 views and incredible night skies with a jillion shooting stars. Very vision quest-y. And about $30 a night! Here is one to get you started, but by all means start investigating this now, as they book up pretty fast.

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/lolo/recreation/camping-cabins/recarea/?recid=10271&actid=101

They have these in the Misty Fjords of Alaska and I have ALWAYS WANTED TO DO IT! T-y Porky Morgan for all your invaluable advice itt.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 17, 2013, 01:04:36 PM
Flights booked into and back out of Denver. Trip will be from June 6th to June 20th. Gonna go see Uhh Yeah Dude live in Denver at the beginning of the trip and then a show at Red Rocks at the end. Between? A whole bunch of other elite crap in WY/ID/MONT. :billdance: :dance:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 17, 2013, 01:16:19 PM
Do you have Sprint skinben? There is zero sprint service in Missoula/surrounding parts of MT.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 17, 2013, 01:39:49 PM
Do you have Sprint skinben? There is zero sprint service in Missoula/surrounding parts of MT.

I was involved in an accident in central MT three years ago.  My phone (Sprint) was the only one that would work to call 911.  Verizon, AT&T, and Tmobile all failed.  Which is sorta stupid because don't they all share towers?  Anyway...
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 17, 2013, 01:41:19 PM
I do have Sprint. But man. Being free from the constraints of our technopoly is kinda the point, you know? (Except I gotta BBS somehow.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 17, 2013, 01:50:57 PM
Do you have Sprint skinben? There is zero sprint service in Missoula/surrounding parts of MT.

I was involved in an accident in central MT three years ago.  My phone (Sprint) was the only one that would work to call 911.  Verizon, AT&T, and Tmobile all failed.  Which is sorta stupid because don't they all share towers?  Anyway...

That is wild. Literally a big fat X instead of cell service bars in the entirety of Missoula/Polson and everything between for me.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 17, 2013, 01:58:53 PM
Damn.  They say they have coverage there.  :dunno:  My Samsung gets really shitty reception compared to my buddy's HTC. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 20, 2013, 01:06:22 PM
Hey SB, didn't realize it until today but you can do 1 day canoe floats on the Upper Missouri River (like around Great Falls or Fort Benton) if you want to get in touch with your inner Meriwether Louis (or Clark).
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: O-town Kat on May 20, 2013, 02:07:19 PM
Wherever Napoleon Dynamite lived in ID (as did that co-writer who started at MHS)
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 22, 2013, 05:44:05 AM
Do you guys know anything about permits for state and/or national parks? What are the best deals? How do I avoid buying a bunch of extraneous passes? How strict are they about that crap?


Also taking suggestos for a vision quest playlist.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 22, 2013, 07:46:13 AM
I've only ever bought them for national parks.  See if you can get a season pass or something so then you can do Yellowstone and Glacier, but we're talking peanuts compared to what you'll be spending in gas, and I doubt you spend that much time in national parks.  State parks might have camping fees for improved camp grounds but if this is a vision question you should just camp up in national forest areas (free) or on BLM or state ground (also free). KOA's have nice tent camping if you want to take a shower and be more social.

On that note, probably a good idea to buy a 5 gal water jug when you get to Denver, or whenever you buy your supplies.  Gas can with a few extra gallons could come in handy, too. 
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 22, 2013, 08:28:53 AM
EmoEMAW coming through with some serious info itt. :wow: Going to see Uhh Yeah Dude live in Denver to kick off my trip and then I'll just be cruising through the mountains, chugging water and burning  gas. :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 30, 2013, 05:53:44 PM
Guys. GUYS! One week till I fly to Denver. ONE WEEK!

I am so excited. I have a couple things still to take care of, though.

ONE: is there any must-have camping gear that I need that I don't already have? I mean I have the obviously tent and sleeping bag, but I'm looking to step up my sleeping game. You guys know anything about Eagle's Nest Camping Hammocks? I've had those recommended to me but am open to other comfy sleeping solutions. *edit* and now that I'm looking at pictures of them, it looks like you can only set them up outside, so that's probably out as a possibility because I don't want to get eaten by bears, right?

TWO: Gonna need a playlist for those long and lonesome drives. :cool:  Paging Michigancat and any other people who can help me come up with an elite playlist that includes lots of rock music good for the mountains.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on May 30, 2013, 06:02:34 PM
pretty jealous SB, this is going to be a blast
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 30, 2013, 09:38:47 PM
Totally jelly here too.  You owe us craptons of pictures.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 30, 2013, 11:00:45 PM
http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml (http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml)


Good lord. I just got around to reading this. I...I don't even know what this is. :horrorsurprise:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Panjandrum on May 31, 2013, 02:13:58 AM
SB, there is a place in Missoula called the Iron Horse Brew Pub.  Good food, good booze.  We ate there every time we flew into and out of Missoula.

I loved that place.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2013, 10:03:44 AM
http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml (http://www.erowid.org/plants/cacti/cacti_preparation5.shtml)


Good lord. I just got around to reading this. I...I don't even know what this is. :horrorsurprise:

You said you wanted a vision quest. I'm trying to give it to you.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 31, 2013, 10:25:13 AM
Also would take a spirit quest, a vision journey, or a vision journey odyssey.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on May 31, 2013, 10:27:23 AM
Definitely try to hit up Red Rocks while you're in the Denver area Skinny
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2013, 10:36:27 AM
Also would take a spirit quest, a vision journey, or a vision journey odyssey.

all of these are possibilities with the power of the cactus.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 31, 2013, 12:40:42 PM
Definitely try to hit up Red Rocks while you're in the Denver area Skinny

Am! :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 05, 2013, 12:37:32 AM
Oh man oh man oh man, I leave for the airport in less than 36 hours.  :excited:  Flying SW metal. :flush:

So I'm going to be in Denver 'paking and doing Denver'y things with former KSU rugby elites and other friends through Saturday night (June 8) and then I hop in my rental car and crank up Whitesnake 'cuz here I go again on my own. I will then have exactly ten days to explore before I have to be back in Denver the night of June 18th. (Future Mrs. SB is flying in to meet up with me and some friends and Red Rocks will be involved.)

So. Ten days to explore. How should I divide my time? This is the nagging question. I know I want to spend AT LEAST two days in both Yellowstone and Glacier National Park...but should I really instead budget three in each? Two in one and three in the other? Looking specifically from people who have done both. And which parts of Yellowstone are the best, btw? Because it's stretched over, like, three different states.

Also. Porky Morgan. Let's get drunk. I'll probably PM you a few days from now when I have a better idea of when I'll be in Missoula--but know that I'm planning on spending at least one day/night in that area and would love to 'pak if you're available. You are of course under no obligation and can totally bail last minute with an excuse if you get nervous about meeting up with an internet bud.

I'll definitely take a crapton of pictures and post them in this thread, but I'm guessing I won't be BBS'n very much during the trip, because, you know, nature (Goulet).


Finally, a friend of mine who spent some time in Montana (park ranger or something) sent me this. Thoughts from any of you Montana people?

Quote
I can only give you good advice on Montana. Personally, if I were going up there right now, I'd have a hook in the water. Most of the spawn restriction should be lifted by then, so small stream fishing is open. If you are of that persuasion, I can give you hints on lures, flies, and locations.

As for places you have to see, I think you would be missing out if you didn't go to Glacier NP. Awesome hikes, chance for a lot of wildlife viewing, and you get to see the glaciers while they still are there. Camping can be expensive and hard to find in the park, but there is a lot on National Forest land near West Glacier near Hungry Horse Reservoir that's free or cheap.

If you have to hit any "big" cities in Montana, you have to do Missoula. Tons of camping sites within driving distance of town in all directions. I'd suggest toward the Lolo Pass area down the Bitterroot Valley or in the Blackfoot River Corridor (Russell Gates Memorial) on MT 200. Missoula is like Austin, but fewer people, surrounded by mountains, and very close to anything and everything outdoors. The music scene is awesome. Hit Rockin' Rudy's near the UM campus, they are the box office and central hub for all things music in Missoula. If you like craft beer, Missoula has 3 breweries ranging from standard German lagers to over the top imperials. You can’t go wrong with Bozeman or Butte, but Missoula is an awesome town.

Depending on the weekend in June you are in Montana, you HAVE to go to Summer Celebration in Fort Benton, MT. This was the town I lived in when I was up there. It is about 2 hours off the Front Range of the Rockies and on the shores of the Missouri River. It is definitely a small town festival, but it would be worth stopping and going to if possible. Space is hard to come by in the town, so if you are interested I can contact a couple of friends in town to see if they have room for you to pitch a tent. One of them is from Abilene, KS with a ton of ties to K-State, so I’m sure it wouldn’t take too much coaxing to get him to let you crash there.
I think that is a good start.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 05, 2013, 10:49:26 AM
I know your friend's friend in Fort Benton.  :horrorsurprise:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 05, 2013, 12:00:36 PM
I know your friend's friend in Fort Benton.  :horrorsurprise:

:horrorsurprise:

Looks like the festival isn't until late June so it won't match up time-wise. :frown:

Is Ft. Benton cool?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 05, 2013, 02:05:49 PM
Never been but was thinking it hitting it later this summer to meet up with that guy and do some fishing and running of the dogs.

Lewistown is super cool if you like 1) elite eating and 2) getting pak'd in a bar that literally has a river flowing through it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on June 05, 2013, 02:10:31 PM
You got good advice from your park ranger guy. Fort Benton is cool but probably out of your way...and pretty quiet if the festival isn't going on. Yellowstone and Glacier are pretty different. You can see most of either in two days. Yellowstone is a lot of sitting in your car going from one weird geothermal bubbly thing to another, with a lot of traffic. The falls are worth seeing. It's the better wildlife spotting park which is good (elk, bison, grizzlies, wolves) but also causes the gawkers to jam the road and leave you sitting in your car. Glacier is more dramatic scenery, like the Alps. And is a hiker's park, with any kind of hike you could want. All the info is right there at the entrances. My favorite area there is Many Glacier on the east side. And yes pm me I'll try to get out.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 05, 2013, 02:29:31 PM
I did a Montana trip in early June several years ago and hit Yellowstone and Glacier about a day and a half each.  The trip was awesome but I wish I had more time at both. 

Yellowstone was everything you'd expect... geysers, colorful pools/rocks, wildlife everywhere, but also people everywhere.  I didn't see even half of the park (and that only the major spots).  Would love to go back with more time to hike/camp in more secluded areas.

Glacier is absolutely gorgeous.  The road through the middle of the park wasn't open yet, so I spent a day on the west side and then drove around and spent a day on the east side.  The main roads had plenty if traffic, but once you get on a trail you may not see anyone for hours.  Again would live to go back and spend a few days off the beaten path.

I know that I missed a lot of what these parks have to offer, but  I'm glad I did both just because I don't know when I'll get a chance to go back.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 05, 2013, 03:45:19 PM
Cool beans. I think I'll shorten Yellowstone to two days (traffic is dumb and I've seen probably a lot of similar wildlife in Alaska :cool: already). Glacier sounds so incredible. I mean, just look at this.

(http://media.away.com//away/images/glacier-national-park---robert-glusic----photodisc-na008587.jpg)


:love: :love:

Lewistown is super cool if you like 1) elite eating and 2) getting pak'd in a bar that literally has a river flowing through it.

I do. Or, I assume I do. Maybe I'll catch some Boozecat games there. :ump: Funny that you should mention this because right now I'm going to watch A River Runs Through It in preparation.  :excited:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2013, 05:24:12 AM
Airport :excited:

New Orleans airport is super pud, btw. SUPER pud.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: TheCatFanSpeaks on June 06, 2013, 05:56:19 AM
congrats sb!
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2013, 06:06:54 AM
T-y, TCFS.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Boom Roasted on June 06, 2013, 07:59:49 AM
Airport :excited:

New Orleans airport is super pud, btw. SUPER pud.
Sure is.  Have a blast SB. 

I'm super jealous now and want to go on my own trip like this  :bawl:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 06, 2013, 08:47:41 AM
Seriously though, take a crap ton of pictures.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2013, 09:10:16 AM
:lol: Some chubby awesome 9 year-old girl next to me was wearing this, but on a shirt. Pretty boss move to wear on a plane.

http://www.zazzle.com/not_found_fridge_magnets-147406556052911529
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 12, 2013, 11:25:54 AM
Just popping in from Bozeman, Montana to say that this is easily one of the best things I've ever done. I mean, I just.........   :surprised: at the scenery.

See all you beautiful gE'rs in a week or so. And Porky Morgan, I'll probably be seeing you sooner than that. (Check PMs in like an hour or two.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on June 12, 2013, 11:29:33 AM
sounds like a great time SB :party:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 12, 2013, 11:44:48 AM
 :thumbs: :thumbs: :thumbs:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 12, 2013, 12:35:11 PM
:horrorsurprise: :horrorsurprise:

Just walked into Montana State's basketball arena. Nobody there except one guy coming out as I am walking in (rocking EMAW t-shirt).

Guy: K-State? I'm from Manhattan!
SB: I'm from Manhattan, too!
Guy: I was raised there and graduated from K-State in [XXXX year].
SB: I was raised there and graduated from K-State in [same XXXX year]!

Then we talked for a while and parted company. It was excellent, and then I went into the actual arena part and they're repainting the floor and blaring "Little Pink Houses" by John Kegel Mellonballs.

Cats, man. Ain't that America!?!?
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 13, 2013, 03:13:48 PM
PM! Check your PMs! :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: raquetcat on June 14, 2013, 02:21:38 PM
Sounds awesome skinny! Glacier is awesome, I had the chance to work basically right beside the park for a summer and everyday I just marveled at the scenery.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 14, 2013, 05:10:25 PM
Where'd you work? Met a lot of those types while filling up on gas and whatnot.

Going to St. Mary Lake and Many Glacier 2maro. Google it!
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 17, 2013, 02:59:47 PM
I am currently in the pudville known as Moscow, ID. and it is woof city over here. Will post pics of Idaho's absolutely horrendous facilities in a few days. You will barf.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 17, 2013, 03:02:49 PM
I am currently in the pudville known as Moscow, ID. and it is woof city over here. Will post pics of Idaho's absolutely horrendous facilities in a few days.

Oh man one of my good buddies is going to be so disappointed to see this.  He's Vandals4Life but I'm turning him EMAW.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 17, 2013, 03:06:41 PM
I am currently in the pudville known as Moscow, ID. and it is woof city over here. Will post pics of Idaho's absolutely horrendous facilities in a few days.

Oh man one of my good buddies is going to be so disappointed to see this.  He's Vandals4Life but I'm turning him EMAW.

Please don't tell him, I feel bad. :frown: But their facilities...I mean...

Downtown is fairly cute, though! :excited:

Also ask him why there are so many weird water towers everywhere.
Title: Re: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: raquetcat on June 17, 2013, 03:44:52 PM
Where'd you work? Met a lot of those types while filling up on gas and whatnot.

Going to St. Mary Lake and Many Glacier 2maro. Google it!
I worked on the railroad (intern)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: yoga-like_abana on June 17, 2013, 03:46:39 PM
:horrorsurprise: :horrorsurprise:

Just walked into Montana State's basketball arena. Nobody there except one guy coming out as I am walking in (rocking EMAW t-shirt).

Guy: K-State? I'm from Manhattan!
SB: I'm from Manhattan, too!
Guy: I was raised there and graduated from K-State in [XXXX year].
SB: I was raised there and graduated from K-State in [same XXXX year]!

Then we talked for a while and parted company. It was excellent, and then I went into the actual arena part and they're repainting the floor and blaring "Little Pink Houses" by John Kegel Mellonballs.

Cats, man. Ain't that America!?!?
thats amazing.. summer of skinnybenny!
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 17, 2013, 05:58:25 PM
:D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on June 17, 2013, 08:01:18 PM
What happened to the post about "Family", or did I dream that?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on June 17, 2013, 08:10:51 PM
What happened to the post about "Family", or did I dream that?

Encounters thread
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 17, 2013, 09:44:15 PM
But I'll probably talk about it here in my recap too, eventually.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on June 18, 2013, 04:08:45 PM
Long time no lurk, but I just got back from MT/WY last week. Ran into the KSU Spirit Club of Jackson Hole at the Silver Dollar Bar and Grill, watching game 2 of the Bat 'cats vs. Oregon State series.

Sounds like I'm too late, but I'd be happy to try to help answer any Bozeman/Yellowstone/Teton/Jackson questions you might have as you live BBS this trip, SkinBen.

If you haven't already discovered this, camping might be a little tricky for you in Yellowstone. There are some sites that don't accept reservations, but it seemed like everything was pretty damn full. And it doesn't sound like backcountry sites are an option for you, is that correct? I'm not even sure they would give you a permit if you're by yourself. And if you're planning even a day hike on your own, use a bear bell, carry bear spray and be careful.

Yes, lots of people go to Yellowstone, but most of them are lazy and/or stupid and it doesn't take much effort to get to places were you have the place completely to yourself. Sometimes you don't even have to leave your car. Check out the one way roads just off the Grand Loop (Firehole Canyon Drive, Firehole Lake Drive, Virginia Cascade Drive,  Fountain Flats Drive, and if they're open the Old Gardiner Road and Blacktail Plateau Drive).

As far as time to allow, if you haven't already moved on, we spent five days in Yellowstone and I don't feel like we even came close to "seeing it all."
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 18, 2013, 05:16:00 PM
Oh man. We could've pak'd in Jackson Hole 2gether. :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 18, 2013, 05:18:43 PM
Had no idea there was a K-State club in Jackson Hole.  My folks just bought land in Driggs.   :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on June 18, 2013, 05:36:19 PM
Oh well, safe travels!

Yeah the there were like six Spirit-Clubbers/'Catbackers (3 couples?) at the Silver Dollar. They were all really nice and said there were usually more people, but it was only baseball. 
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 18, 2013, 06:13:11 PM
crap! If I had known I would've gone there to watch instead of Pinky G's Pizza place. :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WonderMeal on June 18, 2013, 08:26:03 PM
=Mods?=, please merge with travel thread.

 :rolleyes:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 29, 2013, 12:52:57 PM
Enormous photo drop within the next day or so hopefully.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on June 29, 2013, 02:41:37 PM
Enormous photo drop within the next day or so hopefully.

:drool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 29, 2013, 02:46:03 PM
It was really fun you guys.  :blush:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on July 01, 2013, 01:22:50 PM
Enormous photo drop within the next day or so hopefully.

 :don'tcare:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 02, 2013, 03:08:56 PM
Enormous photo drop within the next day or so hopefully.

 :don'tcare:

Sorry. Taking way longer than I though to sort through/edit the 50 billion pictures I took.

Montana teaser:
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1050171_zps4e476db1.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 02, 2013, 03:28:03 PM
:D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: hemmy on July 02, 2013, 03:39:09 PM
Much better visibility than my trip to the Austrian Alps last month.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 02, 2013, 04:07:25 PM
Much better visibility than my trip to the Austrian Alps last month.

Post pics anyway, still sounds elite. :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 02, 2013, 04:10:08 PM
(https://fbcdn-sphotos-e-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-frc1/1003961_10201317759371858_1688262838_n.jpg)

Did you see any of these?


(http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f145/adamregicide/0942a9b8-43dd-4f7b-be69-8400d09424b2_zps9890841f.jpg)

Plenty of these, I imagine.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 02, 2013, 05:08:25 PM
Firehole?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 04, 2013, 01:34:02 AM
All right. So I've been slowly editing and uploading the 50 billion pictures I took on this journey. I'll try to skinny it down to make it tolerable, but guys. It was so great. In addition to all the stud hikes and boss scenery I saw in nature, I also went to a bunch of college towns in the area and got a lot of pictures of their pud press boxes and whatnot. I won't clutter up this thread with those, I'll put them in their own thread. I'll go state by state with these updates in subsequent posts.

Feel free to :martaviousdnr: the crap out of these next very long posts and just look at the pictures. Fine by me.  :don'tcare:


COLORADO

Landed in Denver. First thing I saw was that awesome girl on the plane who was wearing that Amelia Earhart shirt. Picked up my luggage (which btw, I flew SW and just put a ton of camping crap including my tent in my 2 free checked bags) and found my way to the rental car place about 10 miles away. I saved a ton of money by renting a car A) through Costco, and 2) from a rental car place off-site. Got unlimited miles on my car, which was good because at the end of the journey I had run up a tab of about 4,100 miles.  :eek: 

Went to a Rockies game with some buds I haven't seen in a few years. It was fun. No idea who won because we were sitting a mile away, kinda behind a pole (why the F are there any baseball stadiums built in the last 20 years that have obstructed view?  :curse: ). We just decided to get super pak'd and not pay attention. I forgot to take pictures, which is too bad because there were signs everywhere for the prevalent local grocery story which has the name King Sooper's. Lolwut.

Anyway, I stayed the night in Littleton, which was just adorable you guys. The next morning I went about an hour south to Colorado Springs. spent a bunch of time exploring the Air Force Academy, which was like Cult Aggie only real and respectable. I went to their visitor center thing and watched a 20 minute documentary on what it's like to be a frosh falconcat. Seems like it wouldn't be very fun. But as for football, their The Setting is fantastic. (Still nothing on THE The Setting, obviously, but that's for another thread.)

Here's the Air Force academy's weird cathedral thingy that seems to be their signature building. Crane!  :excited:
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1040880_zps2cff2b50.jpg)

Spent most of the day in Colorado Springs. Seems like a medium elite to elite place to live, other than the wildfires which would ravage the city about a week and a half later. Cool downtown and whatnot. Drove around playing REO Speedwagon really loud and people seemed into it. The only thing really holding them back from being a super elite city is probably the religi-weirdos. In retrospect, I wish I had gone to see the Focus On The Family visitor center. Would've signed GPC's office up for some free inspirational tapes or something. Anyway.

From there it was on to a small town outside of Greeley, CO., where a few other friends live. Planned to hang out there for about a day and a half, watch the Bat Cats pull off a 9th inning miracle against the Beavcats, and go to see Uhh Yeah Dude live. There's a small town betwixt Greeley and Fort Collins that is REALLY proud of how many testicles they eat. Weird.

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Know what's the most elite place? Like, THE most elite? (Possibly more elite than Boulder because the people are still studs but not awful humans?) Fort Collins. Holy wow. Hour from Denver, close to Wyoming, great setting right at the Rockies, and a completely elite downtown. They even have a Taco Bell in a really fancy building right near campus. I hiked a mountain that overlooks CSU's stadium. When I got to the top I walked over the other side and saw that there was this picturesque, sparkling lake at the bottom of the other side. Would no doubt have been a site for elite Mountain West roadies.

This one's from the top of the mountain. Doesn't really do justic to how great it was, because it's looking off in the other direction away from the mountains. But just trust me that it was sweet. Sorry about the weird dusty stuff on my lens.  :embarrassed:
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1040926_zps47434396.jpg)

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That's the end of the first few days because I had to get on to Wyoming, but I ended my trip with a few days back in Denver so we'll revisit that later.

Also, there is weed everywhere. Nobody cares.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: puniraptor on July 10, 2013, 01:12:26 PM
Beautiful storytelling and wondrous images, skinben.

made me feel like I had a vacation.

 :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 10, 2013, 01:40:46 PM
Good stuff skin ben.

Thinking about taking a mini vision quest to colorado to do some hiking/fishing/camping in early august.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on July 10, 2013, 02:05:15 PM
We totally could have pak'd at the AF Cathedral.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 10, 2013, 06:48:26 PM
We totally could have pak'd at the AF Cathedral.

 :don'tcare:

Haven't even really started on the good stuff yet, btw. Got busy with work and kinda forgot about this. My burst. Pics coming soon.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on July 10, 2013, 06:55:52 PM
Agree on Ft. Collins.  It's the best.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 10, 2013, 07:45:01 PM

WYOMING


Wyoming is super awesome. I loved it. It's very much an alien planet, if I haven't said that already. Weirdo rock formations, lots of bubbling pools, bison everywhere, etc. Or they may be buffalo. I don't know the difference. Either way, enormous photo drop coming here. If you quote this post, be sure to delete all the image code because it's gonna be reeeeeally long I bet.

So I drove up from Fort Collins in the late afternoon/early evening. My first impression of SE Wyoming is that it was very Flint Hills-y but not quite as plateau'd and with some weird rock formations thrown in. None in this photo, but you can picture it.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1040929_zps9024de79.jpg)




Got into Cheyenne with enough time before the Bat Cats' impending OSU game 2 beatdown to cruise the downtown near the capitol. The building itself is nice (gold dome), but whatever. You've seen one state capitol, you've seen 'em all (except LA, NY, FL, and AK). One thing I did notice though is that they have this statue out front. I was conflicted about it because the townie MHS Indian in me loved it, but also it seemed like an ominous reminder of the inevitably racist sculpture they're gonna put in the MHK roundabout. Either way, giving him a peace pipe seems a bit much. Racists.

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Here's a good picture of what SE/Southern Wyoming looks like. State is SUUUUUPER deserted, btw. Always jockeying for 49th in population with Alaska, if I recall correctly.

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Drove an hour past Cheyenne and stopped off in Laramie to see UW's town and campus and stadium and arena. It was decent. Verrry small though, like 30,000 townies small. I'll post a bunch of stadium pictures in the other stadium thread, but they did have this that I'll just drop off here.
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I don't know.

From Laramie I basically drove the length of southern Wyoming along the interstate, heading toward Jackson Hole. I saw this kinda weird billboard in Wyoming a lot. She's crying. Buckle up.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1040957_zpscb22e07b.jpg)




Now we get into the really elite nature'y stuff, because there is almost no civilization that I could find west of Laramie. But tons of awesome crap to look at. After a few hours, the rolling hills and rock formations turn to small, rock'y (not Rocky) mountains, and then before you know it you're 45 minutes outside of Jackson Hole and looking at these badboys.
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It's important to note that practically every day I thought to myself, "This is so badass. Way cooler than the badass thing I saw yesterday." Each day the scenery kept getting increasingly better. It was amazing. And I realized I'd stepped into Mother Nature's big leagues when I reached that point about 45 minutes outside of Jackson. I want to live on this farm.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1040962_zps546defa3.jpg)




Fast interstates gave way to windy mountain roads and I knew I was heading into one of the truly elite areas in our country.
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That night I went into Jackson Hole's downtown. Went to Pinky G's pizzeria to watch the Bat Cats lose a heartbreaker in the third game. Watched on a tiny TV while some hot chick at the bar was being relentlessly hit on by some dicknose. The town itself is about what I expected: extremely elite, very touristy/resorty, and full of seasonal worker early twentysomethings who come there to smoke weed and take people on whitewater rafting tours. Small town, but every inch of it is great. Weird note: Jackson Hole High School is located on a street called High School Road. lolwut.

Camped that night at a campground on Hoback River. Just kinda found it. Had to set up my tent in the dark after the game which sucked, until I finished and looked up and saw more stars than I have ever seen in my life. Man. Super starry skies are way better than skies with very few stars. I wish I had a camera capable of getting a picture of it, but I don't so here's a daytime picture of where I camped. It was right by a rushing river.

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From there it was on to Grand Teton National Park/Yellowstone National Park. What I didn't realize is that the Grand Tetons start, like, six miles after you get through Jackson Hole. Here are a bunch of Teton pictures.


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Then it was Yellowstone time. I actually ended up spending way less time in Yellowstone than was recommended here. Basically wasn't even there for a full 24 hours, unfortunately. This was partly because all the campsites were completely booked up. Which was weird, because it wasn't even bumper-to-bumper traffic or anything and it was, like, Tuesday or something. Would love to go back, because what I did see was very cool. I basically just went up the west side of it. Didn't get to explore the eastern part of Yellowstone at all, which is gonna be first on my list when I go back to the area. Feel like I missed out on a lot of cool stuff, but I realized it would be absolutely impossible to do everything I wanted to do in the ten or so days I had, so I cut Yellowstone short this time so I could get on up to Montana. Anyway, here are a bunch of Yellowstone pictures. Notable things I saw besides a ton of incredible views were Lewis Falls, and Old Faithful Bubbly Ground Park.

Lots of tall, skinny trees all bunched together along the highway. Actually this was all over western Wyoming. Any arborkats know what kinda trees they were?

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Stud kid fishing all by himself in Lewis Falls.
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Now for pictures from Old Faithful. I expected it to be just that one big dumb geyser, but the park in which Old Faithful is contained is actually very big. Lots of geysers. Lots of blurbling, foamy, steamy pools rising up from the center of the earth. And yeah, bison everywhere. I sent Future Mrs. SB a picture and she called it The Land Before Time and she was right. I walked around TLBT for about 4 hours. Probably walked a total of about 5 miles. Also there's a huuuge lodge there. Might consider staying there if I ever go back, just because it looks weird and kinda hokey. Anyway, pictures.


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After a few days in Wyoming SB already knew this was the best, #1 trip. Thought it couldn't possibly get any cooler. But SB hadn't been to Montana yet.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Kat Kid on July 10, 2013, 07:50:15 PM
Good job skinny Benny.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 10, 2013, 08:33:12 PM
great trip report.  can't wait to see Montana.  (http://www.myemoticons.com/images/hobbies-leisure/outdoor/hiker.gif)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 10, 2013, 11:17:02 PM
Little 10 y/o Emo stayed in that lodge.  I'd get up early every morning to grab the paper and see which MLB teams won and lost and the pitching match ups for the day.   Good times. 

No bears or woofs?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 11, 2013, 12:13:42 AM
Little 10 y/o Emo stayed in that lodge.  I'd get up early every morning to grab the paper and see which MLB teams won and lost and the pitching match ups for the day.   Good times. 

No bears or woofs?

Not yet. :peek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Bloodfart on July 11, 2013, 12:28:53 AM
Bad ass pics Skin Ben.  :thumbs: So jealous.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 11, 2013, 02:25:00 PM
Great pics, SkinnyBenny.

We totally just missed each other, heading in opposite directions.

Stayed one night in Old Faithful Inn. It was awesome, but be aware that the walls are very thin and there are no bathrooms in most rooms of the old section. But the bathroom right down the hall was nothing but immaculate marble.

Firehole?

Correct. Just downstream of Biscuit Basin. It was really, really, really cool to fish around geysers and bison, but I got skunked. Further down stream the next night, I fished the biggest combination caddis/mayfly hatch I've ever seen. I let the excitement get to me though and forgot how to fish/cast, missed a number of strikes and lined way more fish than I care to admit.

Any arborkats know what kinda trees they were?

Lodgepole pine.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 11, 2013, 07:22:04 PM
MONTANA.

Holy crap. Guys. Montana.

Montana.

Definitely my favorite state that I visited, which is tough because each one was incredibly elite. But Montana is easily a top 4 state in the country behind Kansas and then some order of Alaska/Hawaii. I left Wyoming to camp in West Yellowstone, MT. and ended up spending, I think, four days in Montana? Maybe 5? It was so fantastic.

I started by driving in the very SW part of Montana through Gallatin National Forest. Gallatin is just incredibly underrated and is definitely one of the coolest drives you can make in the lower 48. Blared "Sprawl II" and looked at the mountains beyond mountains and I think I creamed my jeans. Canadian friend I know put up this video. Doesn't really do it justice but whatever. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqVlcvE8kmM&feature=c4-overview&list=UUqxEq_ihF39BSt8ieVxrwpQ



LOOK AT THIS FARM. LOOK AT IT. LOOK HOW GREEN.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1050037_zps3c47693f.jpg)



Stopped in Bozeman to explore for a few hours. Seems like a pretty cool town. Home of Montana State and former home of The Jonathan Beasley. The town is probably about as big as Laramie, maybe a little bigger. 30,000 or so, I'd guess, plus students. I mainly checked out the university and will post stadium photos in the stadium thread, but I wanted to post this picture of Fat Tim Riggins in here. And some other Bozeman pics.

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Left Bozeman and headed toward Butte, which is on the way up to Polson (Flathead Lake) where I was eventually to stay the night. The scenery near Butte is different from Bozeman but super increds elite, also. I want this farm too.

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1050058_zpsdde32975.jpg)



Big old thanks to whichever gE'r told me to go to Flathead Lake near Polson, MT., by the way. It was so absolutely elite. I stayed in Big Arm State Park about 16 miles away from Polson. Place was deserted and I got to set up camp 5 feet from the lake. Fell asleep to lapping waves. Was  :love: .

(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1050064_zps667dd8ff.jpg)

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Next morning at Flathead:
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I considered staying a second day at Flathead because it was so peaceful and elite. Decided instead to stick to the plan and go on up to Glacier National Park to maximize my time there. Drove along the entire east shore (?) of Flathead Lake and it was gorge the whole way. Then from that point to the SW entrance of GNP it was nothing but mountains and advertisements for huckleberries. Huckleberry stuff was srsly everywhere. Huck yeah.

Arrived at GNP late afternoon and spent a bunch of time 'splorin before setting up my camp at Big Arm Campground on Lake McDonald. Here are some pictures from the western portion of GNP.


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Whoa. "That's way bigger than a normal-sized car." Now, for GNP prairie dogs.

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Lake McDonald through the trees.
(http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r312/shaggsCD/P1050098_zps995de26f.jpg)

Guys. Look.
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The western part of GNP was amazing. Going-To-The-Sun Road was closed for construction in, like, the middle five miles. I got to drive almost the length of it from each side except for the middle five miles or so. So, in order to get from the west side to the east side I had to go all the way around the bottom of the park and enter from the east side. Here are some pictures from that drive. There are MAAAAD rolling hills (again, v. beautiful Flint Hills'y, but this time with enormo mountains in the background). And I saw a herd of wild horses. I mean what in the world. Kay. Pictures.


Misty Mountain Hop.
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That drive had a collection of mountains near Black Feet (Blackfoot? Blackfeet?) Reservation that were super cool. I called it the pincushion forest in my head. :D

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Drove into Many Glacier on the east side of GNP. It was so good. The water was such a great color. Hiked about a mile up a mountain to Apikuni Falls and had an increds view of Many Glacier. Rainbows and stuff. Pictures from the hike:


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oh eff help me i can't stop posting pictures.




Next day I went 8 miles south in GNP to St. Mary Lake. It was my last day in GNP.

Hey there little buddy! :D
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I didn't even know scenery like this existed within the lower 48.
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I was sad to leave.





The last night of my Montana trip was spent in Missoula at the Auntie Mae's Satellite Campus for Fattyfest NW. I detailed that in the goEMAW encounters thread so I won't be redundant here but let's just say it was life-changing and I am a better person for having pak'd with Porky Morgan. Missoula is super cool. Downtown is very very elite and there's a big ol' butte (or mountain?) overlooking their stadium. Again much of that will be in the other stadium threads but here are some pictures from atop said butte.

This is what Worden's Deli considers to be a "half" sandwich. Some other guy's glasses next to sandwich for scale.
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Montana, man.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on July 11, 2013, 08:34:24 PM
That's awesome sb. Montana is amazing. Glad you got to go.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Brock Landers on July 11, 2013, 08:35:18 PM
Outstanding work Skin Ben. I think I cried a little.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 11, 2013, 08:45:36 PM
 :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 12, 2013, 08:41:51 AM
SB, it's pictures like what you posted that really prevent me from spending money to travel abroad for vacation.  I worry that there is so much to see in my own country and I might die before I ever see everything I would have liked to see.  You're right, Montana is amazing.  Those "rolling hills" you mentioned is my favorite habitat type in Montana.  It's properly called "intermountain grassland."  There is such a diversity of scenery, wildlife, raw nature and agriculture, and people. 

Fantastic pictures BTW, what kind of camera were you using?  The coyote up close was very good, and the scenery, my God. 

Another question, when you were on your VQ, alone, did you find yourself longing for company?  I used to go fishing to Colorado by myself when I was in college, sometimes for a week.  Found myself getting lonely.  I wanted to share these experiences with someone.  No homo.  I bet it was awesome to meet up with PM. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: puniraptor on July 12, 2013, 09:12:13 AM
Ten Thumbs. This is probably the best vacation ever taken by any one man.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on July 12, 2013, 09:36:27 AM
Great pics SB. :thumbs:  Makes me want to head west, right now.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 12, 2013, 10:36:57 AM
Intermountain grassland :drool:

Those are some great Q's, EmoEMAW. I'll have some A's for you when I have a break later.

Also don't forget there are still Idaho pics to come! And Red Rocks pics! :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 12, 2013, 10:39:24 AM
honestly the most impressive picture was of the sandwich.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 12, 2013, 10:42:21 AM
honestly the most impressive picture was of the sandwich.

It was absurd. Asava have you updated the bachelor parties thread? (Haven't checked it recently.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 12, 2013, 10:51:24 AM
honestly the most impressive picture was of the sandwich.

It was absurd. Asava have you updated the bachelor parties thread? (Haven't checked it recently.)

NO. Will do. And that wasn't a slight on the rest of the pictures (bc they are incredible), it was more of a comment on how amazing that sandwich looked. Jealous of your trip, bro.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 8manpick on July 12, 2013, 10:55:07 AM
That was beautiful man. I've spent a lot of time all over Colorado, but now I know I need to head north too. Thanks.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 14, 2013, 09:08:13 PM
spent the last half hour in this thread. Great job so far SB. so jelly.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 14, 2013, 10:39:33 PM
IDAHO.

Came into Idaho near the northern part, almost up in the panhandle. Didn't get to Coeur d' Alene this trip because I wanted to save it for when I inevitably make this trip again with Future Mrs. SB. There were extreme, winding roads all the way through Clearwater National Forest, because it goes right along the banks of the Lochsa River the whole way. The winding roads got kind of old after a while because it took so damn long to go ten miles, but the scenery was beyond elite. Definitely wish I could've spent more time in Idaho. I only ended up being there for two days because I had already spent so much time in Montana, and Idaho was at the tail end of my trip. I definitely was starting to be ready to get back to civilization, though, so two days in Idaho was cool with me.

These were all over. I guess it's the much nicer Idaho version of Don't Mess With Texas. Idahoids. You are so kind-hearted.  :blush:
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Lochsa River.
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Hiked through the forest as someone here suggested. Went about two miles in and even got to ford a river! :D One funny thing: in doing my research, apparently there are signs posted along this hike that said, "Warning: you may encounter nude hikers past this point." I didn't actually see any n00d d00ds wearing only packs, but it's a funny mental image.
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Set up camp my first night in Idaho about halfway through the forest at a very large campground that for some reason happened to be almost completely deserted. May have gotten drunk by myself next to the fire and then played guitar naked under the stars.




The next morning I woke up (still in the pretty northern panhandle-y part of Idaho) and begun my long drive for the day. Places to hit were the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, ID. (Go Vandalkats), Martin Stadium in Pullman, WA. 8 miles west of Moscow, and then down to Boise for the night. Boise is pretty far southwest in Idaho, so the drive from WSU down to Boise was long and winding. There are definitely two Idahos. The upper foresty part and then the lower half, which is very hilly/small mountainy and tan colored and straight out of Napoleon Dynamite. A lot of times you'd be driving up this slow, barely noticeable incline for a long time, then you'd come around a curve and have an incredible view of a valley. (For whoever had been to Lewiston, you know what I'm talking about.)

Here are examples. Happened at least three times on the drive.
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Here's the only wildlife I saw in Idaho. I missed a highway switch and ended up in some weird small town where I saw this Bed & Breakfast. :D Look at that port-a-potty. You leave your car around back in the "Barking Lot." :lol:

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These gas stations were all over Idaho. Weird name.

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Boise State's The Setting:

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Oh and thanks to Porky Morgan for the elite Jerry Johnson Hot Springs tip. I met two of the weirdest humans on the planet there. The 55 year-old hippy d00d's whole life consists of camping all up and down the hot springs of the United States, spending about two weeks at each before moving on. He's tooootally going to write a book exposing the flaws of our capitalist system called Apes of Math, ("you know, like that book Grapes of Wrath"). The girl told me that she grew up in a yurt, she's drank exclusively river water her entire life,  and then she offered me mescaline. The three of us were nude together steaming in the springs for over an hour.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: yoga-like_abana on July 14, 2013, 10:48:40 PM
sounds like a good time sb  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 14, 2013, 11:11:12 PM
It was. Future Mrs. SB flew into Denver about 10 pm, and Boise (where I spent my last night) is a solid 12 or 13-hour drive from Denver. So really the last day of my Vision Quest was spent driving, hauling balls through southern Idaho, a little bit of Utah, alllll the way back across southern Wyoming, and then down through Cheyenne for another hour and a half or so to the Denver airport.

Mini-album:

RED ROCKS.

Went to Red Rocks to see Guster and Ben Folds Five. That is by far the premiere music venue in the country. Well, I haven't been to The Gorge in George, Washington, which is the only one I could think of that might compare. But Red Rocks is beyond elite. Just increds.
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 14, 2013, 11:44:46 PM
Great post SB, i'm going to be dusting off alot of your trail (in reverse) here in mid August, to help a bro move back from Portland and i wondered if you had any thoughts on my proposed route, or any must dos?

(http://ubuntuone.com/3yMnq4sk8PsoL017iVSpde)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 14, 2013, 11:54:31 PM
Great post SB, i'm going to be dusting off alot of your trail (in reverse) here in mid August, to help a bro move back from Portland and i wondered if you had any thoughts on my proposed route, or any must dos?

(http://ubuntuone.com/3yMnq4sk8PsoL017iVSpde)


Oh man Herr Sontag, that'll be a great drive. Although, are you driving a U-Haul? The windy mountain roads might be annoying and gas will be insane with all that stuff in a truck (make your bro pay), but other than that it will be fantastic. It's hard for me to say for sure without seeing the actual cities, but the route you've proposed looks like it'll put you through a lot of the similar territory that I went through. It looks like you might not go north enough in Montana to go to Glacier National Park. Is that right? If you have a day or two of wiggle room at all, it absolutely behooves you to go there if you've never been. So absolutely elite, as you've seen from these pictures. Are you guys camping, or doing hotels, or...?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: eastcat on July 14, 2013, 11:57:47 PM
Great post SB, i'm going to be dusting off alot of your trail (in reverse) here in mid August, to help a bro move back from Portland and i wondered if you had any thoughts on my proposed route, or any must dos?

(http://ubuntuone.com/3yMnq4sk8PsoL017iVSpde)

Why is he moving back from Portland? I know it's tough finding a job there.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 15, 2013, 12:12:13 AM
Enrolling in law school at the school down river, had been working for Dell building clean rooms for the past few years.  I believe hes probably getting a UHaul, not certain, I hadn't thought about camping out, but that might be a good option, at the least i can bring my ten with me so we'll have that option.

Don't know if I'll make it to Glacier NP, i don't know if we could fit it in the trip without adding another day to the drive

Plan now is leaving Portland Thursday morning, heading through the Palouse region and staying somewhere between Spokane and Missoula, Friday driving to Yellowstone, Saturday to Fort Collins, New Belgium Tour in the morning then the last leg back to KS on Sunday

Heres the route in a little more searchable form

https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Portland,+OR&daddr=46.9874132,-117.3498809+to:44.4212628,-110.5920379+to:Wichita,+KS&hl=en&ll=47.857403,-116.696777&spn=4.238573,10.107422&sll=46.969008,-117.778931&sspn=1.077678,2.526855&geocode=FfyhtgIdERyw-CkndKl9CwuVVDGRhdH25rk2HA%3BFZX4zAIdCGIB-SnL3YHnqaKfVDHgbtgkUyH3-w%3BFY7QpQId239o-Snd5hTqcPpRUzEEyGn2r1NOrQ%3BFTkWPwId0cQy-iktGH_Satu6hzE-PdN0v9WWkw&oq=Wic&gl=us&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=9&via=1,2&t=m&z=7 (https://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Portland,+OR&daddr=46.9874132,-117.3498809+to:44.4212628,-110.5920379+to:Wichita,+KS&hl=en&ll=47.857403,-116.696777&spn=4.238573,10.107422&sll=46.969008,-117.778931&sspn=1.077678,2.526855&geocode=FfyhtgIdERyw-CkndKl9CwuVVDGRhdH25rk2HA%3BFZX4zAIdCGIB-SnL3YHnqaKfVDHgbtgkUyH3-w%3BFY7QpQId239o-Snd5hTqcPpRUzEEyGn2r1NOrQ%3BFTkWPwId0cQy-iktGH_Satu6hzE-PdN0v9WWkw&oq=Wic&gl=us&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=9&via=1,2&t=m&z=7)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 15, 2013, 08:22:42 AM
MONTANA.

Big old thanks to whichever gE'r told me to go to Flathead Lake near Polson, MT., by the way. It was so absolutely elite. I stayed in Big Arm State Park about 16 miles away from Polson. Place was deserted and I got to set up camp 5 feet from the lake. Fell asleep to lapping waves. Was  :love: .


 :blush:

Glad you enjoyed yourself, SkinBen. I was in Polson 3 times this year. Did you notice the weird alcohol laws they have in MT?
Liquor stores do not sell beer. You have to buy beer at a gas station.

Also, great recaps. I enjoyed the Sprawl II part. There is a part on the road from Missoula up to Polson where you come around a turn and first really see the mountains. My first time in MT I was listening to Sparks (by Coldplay) on the highway by myself and it was kind of overwhelming. Montana is a gem.  :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 15, 2013, 08:49:49 AM
Great post SB, i'm going to be dusting off alot of your trail (in reverse) here in mid August, to help a bro move back from Portland and i wondered if you had any thoughts on my proposed route, or any must dos?

(http://ubuntuone.com/3yMnq4sk8PsoL017iVSpde)

Agree with SB, if you're in a Uhaul or large/slow truck, take the southern ID route down to Salt Lake and then over.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 16, 2013, 01:56:05 PM
I'd like to dedicate this link to SkinnyBenny:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbci_n3chv0

Take comfort in knowing that in a moment's notice you could roam.  Roam on, SB, roam on.

(Other good western road trip tracks:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B38pNFM9a3k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RTYcZOicek
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Io9EQBW0vio

There's a bunch more but you'll find them if you like this stuff.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 17, 2013, 05:17:48 PM
SB, it's pictures like what you posted that really prevent me from spending money to travel abroad for vacation.  I worry that there is so much to see in my own country and I might die before I ever see everything I would have liked to see.


Yeah. I've seen a ton of the US (been to 49 states) but there's still a ton that I've never seen. America is absolutely huge, and geographically should really be about 5 different countries. So much variety. You ever been to Alaska?

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Fantastic pictures BTW, what kind of camera were you using?  The coyote up close was very good, and the scenery, my God. 

This one.
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It's...okay. Cost about $250-$275 when I bought it like 2 1/2 years ago or something. Best Buy. I'm not a huge camera guy so I just bought what my friend told me to buy. It's bulky as hell for a point and shoot because of the lens, and that can definitely be annoying in my pocket sometimes. I got some great pictures on this trip for sure, but there's something wacky going on with the lens (dust particles or dirt or something on it inside?) that sometimes makes junk show up in the corners when I take pictures of the sky. These pictures actually ended up requiring a ton of cropping/scrubbing out. I don't know. It's okay. Definitely have gotten  some really good ones from it, no doubt, but there are some not awesome things about it.

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Another question, when you were on your VQ, alone, did you find yourself longing for company?  I used to go fishing to Colorado by myself when I was in college, sometimes for a week.  Found myself getting lonely.  I wanted to share these experiences with someone.  No homo.  I bet it was awesome to meet up with PM.

Great VQ Q right here. There were no doubt times that I wished I could've shared it with someone just because what I was looking at was so spectacular that it was hard to describe over the phone. Would've been nice to share it with someone. But I think it was really, really great to experience it alone for the first time too b/c I had no real itinerary or timeline. Just went where I want, when I wanted. No one hassled me about being sure to set up my tent before dark, no "why on earth do we have to detour into Moscow so you can cross the Vandals' football stadium off your list?" No one telling me, "You're getting dirt in the tent," or "Hey SB, I know you're drunk but you're going to get mosquito bites all over if you keep playing guitar by the fire naked."  Freedom, man. Isn't that what these 50 nifty United States are really about, anyway???

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 17, 2013, 05:18:41 PM
also I blared tunes as loud as I wanted and there wasn't nothing my mom could do about it
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Dr.Spaceman on July 17, 2013, 06:06:45 PM
dang, SB.  I was slightly skeptical of the idea before you started the VQ but I must say that it looks incredz.  Now I feel like I need to do this at some point in the next few years.  Grats!   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 17, 2013, 06:14:05 PM
dang, SB.  I was slightly skeptical of the idea before you started the VQ but I must say that it looks incredz.  Now I feel like I need to do this at some point in the next few years.  Grats!   :thumbsup:

I rented a car from Costco with unlimited miles and drove it over 4,100 miles in 2 weeks. I think they were kinda mad. :lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 17, 2013, 06:15:35 PM
LCOIQ here, where do you shower and poop?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 17, 2013, 06:32:12 PM
LCOIQ here, where do you shower and poop?

I stayed at campgrounds, which had actual bathrooms. Many of those campgrounds also had coin-operated showers. But I've been to Bonnaroo twice so going 4 days with no shower is no biggie.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: TheCatFanSpeaks on July 17, 2013, 08:03:04 PM
Very jealous of #vq2013. Great trip and great report!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 17, 2013, 08:33:34 PM
Other thread where I post pictures I took of stadiums along the way:

http://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=28264.0
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 17, 2013, 11:02:57 PM
SB, a work buddy who i told about my VQ asked if i was going to come back through the badlands instead of ft. colins, and it got me thinking about maybe staying further north and going through glacier national instead of yellowstone... throwing my tip upside down.  So i'm thinking about straight from Portland to Flathead, spending most of the next day in GNC, then driving out in the afternoon to post up in either Bozeman, Butte, or Missoula then driving to the badlands Saturday, and back to Wichita Sunday.   Between those 3 citys, weighing taking some time off the Mt. Rushmore/badlands drive, which would be more badass?

Also, any other elite travelers, i was very young the last time i went to the badlands and don't remember it, but weighing the alternative involves alot of eastern co./western ks, should i even make the trip bend through there?
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 18, 2013, 12:25:51 AM
I actually know nothing about the Badlands at all. Want to go there but won't be in the area any time soon. Ft. Collins is a really cool large town/small city, but who knows how long you'd stay there. I mean I went through it twice and only spent a few hours there each time. Badlands might be cooler. Basically, do whatever will get you up to Flathead Lake and GNP. :love: Know though that whatever you do will probably be turrible in a U-Haul or moving truck. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 18, 2013, 12:35:35 AM
yeah, i have to check that first, i know my buddy drives an old beater that he bought out there and he has no furniture that he needs brought home, i just don't know if he plans on fitting  all his other crap in there...
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 18, 2013, 08:08:34 AM
Badlands is increds but not sure how its going to follow glacier. There's parts of Badlands that are just moon rocks or something. Also, what's the status of crazy horse?
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 18, 2013, 12:47:43 PM
Really nothing could top Glacier imo except maybe Alaska and Hawaii. Truly a gem of these fifty nifty imo.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 18, 2013, 01:23:17 PM
If you're in Bozeman and don't at least spend some time in Yellowstone, you're beyond any help you're going to get from a message board. 


"I've been about the world a lot and pretty much over our own country,but I was totally unprepared for that revelation called the Dakota Bad Lands... What I saw gave me indescribable sense of mysterious otherwhere.
 
"Let sculptors come to the Badlands. Let painters come. But first of all the true architect should come. He who could interpret this vast gift of nature in terms of human habitation so that Americans on their own continent might glimpse a new and higher civilization certainly, and touch it and feel it as they lived in it and deserved to call it their own. Yes, I say the aspects of the Dakota Badlands have more spiritual quality to impart to the mind of America than anything else in it made by man's God."
-Frank Lloyd Wright

But I guess a lot of good beers come from Ft. Collins, so it's a coin toss really.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 18, 2013, 03:41:59 PM
I think i just need to take an extra day off, and do all of them
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 18, 2013, 03:54:50 PM
I think i just need to take an extra day off, and do all of them

Or even two or three.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Boom Roasted on August 04, 2013, 03:29:09 PM
SB! Looks like I've got a new client in Boise and could be making trips up there a couple times a year.  Will have to tag on a few personal days to a trip and do my own baby vision quest.  If I were to have. Meetings on say a Wednesday and didn't come home till Sunday, what would you do? 

Looking through your thread for the third time, I was thinking maybe drive north and explore Idaho forests wed night, get to Missoula and see surrounding area next, flathead lake that Friday, coeur d Alene sat, then Spokane for flight home Sunday.  Do I make GNP a priority even though its a very long drive?

 This is at min a few months out and could be affected by cats fball so this might be a spring thing.  I'm just getting too excited.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 04, 2013, 04:57:30 PM
SB! Looks like I've got a new client in Boise and could be making trips up there a couple times a year.  Will have to tag on a few personal days to a trip and do my own baby vision quest.  If I were to have. Meetings on say a Wednesday and didn't come home till Sunday, what would you do? 

Looking through your thread for the third time, I was thinking maybe drive north and explore Idaho forests wed night, get to Missoula and see surrounding area next, flathead lake that Friday, coeur d Alene sat, then Spokane for flight home Sunday.  Do I make GNP a priority even though its a very long drive?

 This is at min a few months out and could be affected by cats fball so this might be a spring thing.  I'm just getting too excited.

Sounds sweet. Keep in mind that Boise is a good distance from the northern part of Idaho that is really nature-y so make sure to check Google maps before you get too far ahead of yourself. If you're coming from Boise, I'd probably wait to do Glacier. To do it right, you really need probably three days minimum . . . and also keep in mind that much of Glacier is limited except during the summer months because there's still a lot of snow and stuff. So if you're going up there, you want to have the time to do everything you should with Glacier. No sense in playing Just the Tip and then having to leave. Missoula/Flathead/Coeur D' Alene is more than enough to keep you busy and having a great time for that amount of days. Try to drive through SW Montana's Gallatin National Forest if you can, you will definitely not regret it. Crank tunes.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 07, 2013, 10:51:38 PM
So, SB, i'm approaching one week to my trip to Portland, followed by a drive back to Kansas.

As it stands now, i'm driving from Portland up through Spokane then pretty much taking I90 back to the Black hills area, then snaking through hiways and biways back to KS.

Thinking about staying near Flathead Lake the first night, Yellowstone area the second night, and Black hills area the third night... and elite insider camping spot tips for any of thos place?  Or any Elite stops we need to make on the way?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 08, 2013, 08:54:15 AM
So, SB, i'm approaching one week to my trip to Portland, followed by a drive back to Kansas.

As it stands now, i'm driving from Portland up through Spokane then pretty much taking I90 back to the Black hills area, then snaking through hiways and biways back to KS.

Thinking about staying near Flathead Lake the first night, Yellowstone area the second night, and Black hills area the third night... and elite insider camping spot tips for any of thos place?  Or any Elite stops we need to make on the way?

Be sure to take the Chief Joseph highway out of Yellowstone on your way to Cody.  One of the most scenic drives in the country.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 08, 2013, 09:48:37 AM
So, SB, i'm approaching one week to my trip to Portland, followed by a drive back to Kansas.

As it stands now, i'm driving from Portland up through Spokane then pretty much taking I90 back to the Black hills area, then snaking through hiways and biways back to KS.

Thinking about staying near Flathead Lake the first night, Yellowstone area the second night, and Black hills area the third night... and elite insider camping spot tips for any of thos place?  Or any Elite stops we need to make on the way?

Oh man you are in luck. If you're tent camping then I definitely recommend Big Arm State Park on Flathead Lake. It's about 16 miles away from Polson (which is at the southern part of Flathead), but worth the drive. If you get there early enough and beat everyone you can set up your tent like 5 feet from the water. Might technically be breaking the rules but I did it when there was barely anybody there so it wasn't a big deal. Also if you're feeling like getting weird, Big Arm Campgrounds have yurts. You can stay there for like $45 or so, which is about twice the price of renting the camping space. They're funny looking and would be a good story I bet. But they're up a bit, not by the water. Big Arm Campgrounds also have coin-operated showers and super normal plumbing if you're looking for that. I found a tiny spider in the shower but it was no biggie.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 11, 2013, 09:19:23 PM
HS, are you IRL excited?? :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 11, 2013, 10:36:50 PM
Suuuuper pumped, got all my bags packed already!!!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 14, 2013, 07:47:15 AM
Boarding my flight!   :excited:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 14, 2013, 09:15:06 AM
:excited:  If you see a kickass girl in an Amelia Earhart shirt, get a picture with her.

Oh btw, you also owe us craptons of pictures. :drool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Havs on August 14, 2013, 10:26:52 AM
Heading to Wyoming this weekend.  :driving:
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 15, 2013, 04:12:32 PM
:excited: Where?
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 16, 2013, 08:14:40 AM
Need updates. :don'tcare:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Havs on August 16, 2013, 08:39:01 AM
:excited: Where?

Devil's Tower
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 16, 2013, 08:51:36 AM
:excited: Where?

Devil's Tower

rough ridin' cursed place it is.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Brock Landers on August 16, 2013, 11:47:29 AM
:excited: Where?

Devil's Tower


Be sure to get pics of the UFO landing strip!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 18, 2013, 11:27:41 PM
Need updates. :don'tcare:
Ran a pretty tight schedule, waking up at 6 sightseeing all morning driving all afternoon making camp at sundown so didn't really have time for updates.  Just got back to Wichita half an hour ago, let me sort through the pics and post them tomorrow
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 19, 2013, 11:19:35 PM
So we started out in Portland Oregon with our sights set on Kansas, this was our story.

Multnomah Falls
(http://ubuntuone.com/1bl7P5RrK1VYIuuPF6bt90)
Herman the 400lbs Sturgeon in the Bonneville fish hatchery!
(http://ubuntuone.com/6IaVp8dXsgvhMHwtMeN5WL)
The Columbia River gorge
(http://ubuntuone.com/7VEvYyCwaynCozOYJOC1yH)
Stopped for a beer at Fullsail Brewery, heres the rig we were working with (taking up 4 parking meters with zero quarters in them  :gocho: )
(http://ubuntuone.com/6uNGG0prSp9R9KaMm4EHsm)
Some pictures of the Palouse
(http://ubuntuone.com/7A93Q5ryXmsv4oy4bz639J)
(http://ubuntuone.com/4YDwpXxvHQDf3GAeSljQvG)
Ended up not being able to make it to Glacier on night one, it was probably a little too ambitious a drive anyway, so we stayed at Lake Coeur d'Alene
(http://ubuntuone.com/6bOJ0NF5YISrV09A6AJCLC)
(http://ubuntuone.com/0yJ3vMH40sd0UBfILVP7ln)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 19, 2013, 11:27:42 PM
More Palouse
(http://ubuntuone.com/7JRH6e9frR3XzmHTPK20Vs)
(http://ubuntuone.com/6i5ah2Cbr8hhRIEXNR0o43)
More Coeur d'Alene (town and lake)
(http://ubuntuone.com/20tFgLx0d4miLWgySB2sO1)
(http://ubuntuone.com/4YYKMwKDrvIZ4qtu3gsXb6)
Drove by 2 different forest fires on the way out there, one outside of Missoula, one outside of Yellowstone (made the whole park all smokey and misty lookin)
(http://ubuntuone.com/3FCtwbnIg64DNwPSzyhIlj)
(http://ubuntuone.com/38jzcaSAzXi6oynAaJNSSz)
Couple shots of yellowstone
(http://ubuntuone.com/5Vf9PrCs5NxUBVsKKmDOjI)
(http://ubuntuone.com/3tbQvvbsEk2jEdPrzxUpZ5)
(http://ubuntuone.com/2gG6JlwztgFAKdOrs0Jzgw)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 19, 2013, 11:45:23 PM
Some N. Dakota St. fans grazing
(http://ubuntuone.com/4AhH0heDBlT7oKwgE3VhDh)
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
(http://ubuntuone.com/6zIAjPWM5rvHaHnHH4dCQU)
Buddy not noticing the "Do not climb" sign
(http://ubuntuone.com/6RpZOXfGgClbiuRGvH0QhV)
The Penske on Chief Joe memorial Highway
(http://ubuntuone.com/06lxImgtM4izui2dKdKbXP)
(http://ubuntuone.com/5rWkiNhDJRF1WwlzK933Mg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 19, 2013, 11:50:48 PM
Bighorn Nat. Forest
(http://ubuntuone.com/1nXJ72PmMW983ljA2UD0Bx)
Sunrise in the Black Hills
(http://ubuntuone.com/1IcQwR33fOt7S8zLb3BaU7)
America0
(http://ubuntuone.com/7X68bmlK1adE4ru4sjL7Gn)
Probably the closest thing igot to a good shot of South Dakota
(http://ubuntuone.com/0syhbH3eJgqihtThHiIuJa)
The route, in map form
(http://ubuntuone.com/7ieDTMTOPL11mHieQfqTlp)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 20, 2013, 09:25:02 AM
That's a good route.  Any stories from the res in SD?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: porky morgan on August 20, 2013, 09:49:27 AM
How am I only now discovering the last 6 page of this thread? Anyway Skinny great recap and pics. And like I suggested your timing was perfect as the lush green stuff you saw is now brown or engulfed in flames. The highway from Lolo to the pass is closed now and looks like a scene from The Road. SMH.
http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/lolo-complex-fires-at-acres-after-overnight-burnout/article_ced732ee-0995-11e3-b3f1-001a4bcf887a.html

Also, here's my western road trip song
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNTQ2DuJKtU
Go cats.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on August 20, 2013, 10:47:07 AM
 :emawkid:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 20, 2013, 01:47:15 PM
That's a good route.  Any stories from the res in SD?

It was kind of unnerving when i first got on the res and you'd see people walking along side the highway, miles from any kind of homoes or town... and they all waved at you as you passed by... a friendly pedestrian people.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 20, 2013, 01:59:27 PM
Great pics from HerrSontag. :thumbs: :thumbs:  Multnomah Falls looks super awesome. Never been there, even though I've been to Portland so I probably should've gone. Did you listen to a bunch of The Decemberists while there? They have the very un-rock and roll lyric "I figured I had paid my debt to society by paying my overdue fines at the Multnomah County Library." Weird. But good.

Your pictures are very much making me wish I had spent more time in Yellowstone. :frown:

So what was your favorite part of the whole thing? How was the camping? Encounter any wildlife besides all the NDSU fans grazing?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 20, 2013, 10:09:20 PM
Huh, good reference, we probably should have been listening to that song... i actually should have put together more of a playlist, had Pandora about 60% of the time but during the blackouts we had to listen to the colorful airways of rural Montana.

I had alot of favorite parts, i suppose.  Driving the Columbia from Portland to Kennewick was cool, just seeing the country seeing the country change so fast (relatively).  Northern Idaho was really cool, but it was also the first wooded area I'd seen since i got out there.   Montana and Wyoming were amazing to see out the window, just so immense.  Yellowstone was cool, if i had to do it again i'd plan on doing a couple days of backwoods camping, the main parts were too touristy, there was always people everywhere.  The drive through Bighorn Nat. Forest was surprisingly scenic, and it looked like it had some badass backwoods Jeep trails that made it on my bucketlist.  And the drive itself, pretty much had good scenery too look at the whole route.  Camping was good, we were able to get in and setup quick every evening, which was good because we never showed up earlier than 8 to 10pm, even $5 firewood bundles. It was an effort to get a rig that size parked in a stall but we made it 3 nights in a row (i really should have gotten a pick of the sardine can we parked in at lake coeur d'alene)  Didn't see a whole lot of wildlife in YS, saw a bear, saw alot of ND St. fans, saw some pronghorns... on Chief Joe Highway we went through an area of open range pasture and got to see cows hitchhiking down the highway... now SD was infested with pronghorns, i literally saw a group of 2-4 of them over every hill, like 30 in an hour period, i need to drive up there with a fridge truck, harvest a couple dozen, and make a mint off of turning them into a commercial scale amount of antelope jerky)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 20, 2013, 10:13:12 PM
(http://rlv.zcache.com/gone_squatchin_hats-rb47e4967575a46328db181dc9b7e0bf3_v9wib_8byvr_324.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 20, 2013, 10:25:54 PM
good eye!

(http://ubuntuone.com/7IgBu1Dw2R7dTYWzgi4Ood)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 25, 2013, 09:03:10 AM
Guys I leave for my annual Fall Classic to Montana this Friday.  Pretty pumped!  Two full weeks!  :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 25, 2013, 09:23:26 AM
Guys I leave for my annual Fall Classic to Montana this Friday.  Pretty pumped!  Two full weeks!  :excited:

:excited:

What classic? Also what part of MT? If I recall, you're an Eastern Montana Big Sky Country type of d00d.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 25, 2013, 09:27:57 AM
A few buddies and I go central MT every year to let dogs chase the horizon in search of cagey galliformes.  We might also wet a line or try our hand at varmint control, weather dependent.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on September 25, 2013, 09:49:44 AM
Sounds fun Emo.  More after sharpies or pheasants?

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 25, 2013, 10:39:29 AM
Huns mostly but we'll kill some sharpies and maybe sage grouse and mountain grouse.  Pheasants won't open until the weekend we're leaving. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 25, 2013, 10:46:30 AM
Teaser!

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/352_597349424971_8199_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/364_597348881061_8637_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/364_597348920981_801_n.jpg)

(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/352_597349444931_9404_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on September 25, 2013, 10:59:39 AM
Ahhh, cool.  Got into Huns a couple of times in Sask.  Pretty cool birds.  Reminded me a lot of a large quail.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on September 25, 2013, 11:17:41 AM
(https://scontent-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/364_597348881061_8637_n.jpg)

Adorbs  :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 25, 2013, 11:20:05 AM
Huns mostly but we'll kill some sharpies and maybe sage grouse and mountain grouse.  Pheasants won't open until the weekend we're leaving.

No idea what any of that means :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 27, 2013, 07:16:26 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/28/e4ezuqyz.jpg)Good one over St Joe tonight.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 28, 2013, 07:45:50 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/28/ateze9ym.jpg)Trail boss says push on...from the Badlands of SD.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 28, 2013, 08:25:08 AM
Oh man. What's the name of this trail boss?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 28, 2013, 08:48:16 AM
That's ole Sage, aptly named as I can always count on him to make the right call. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wetwillie on September 28, 2013, 02:14:07 PM
if you find yourself in Wolf Point, make sure to visit your friendly hometown ALCO.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 28, 2013, 09:09:28 PM
 (http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/eza5y5er.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/29/banetyma.jpg)Point!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: StevieWonderSniperSchool on September 28, 2013, 09:16:51 PM
Emo, what kind of gas mileage are you getting in the tacoma?  been thinking of going on a road trip myself, and would like to plan accordingly.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Frankenklein on September 28, 2013, 10:25:22 PM
FIND SOME HUTTERITES
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 29, 2013, 07:36:00 AM
I get 17ish with the topper on.  Probably a little worse loaded down and driving fast.  And my eff the wind.  Gusting to 50 mph today.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 29, 2013, 10:21:53 AM
So jeal. Saw a lady at the Kat bar before the Texas game wearing a Montana hat. Spent way too much time talking her ear off about how much I love her state. Then at the end I ran down for her my list of Top 5 states.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 29, 2013, 12:50:25 PM
FIND SOME HUTTERITES
we are going to a hutterite grocery soon. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 30, 2013, 08:50:26 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/09/30/ujemabyg.jpg)Motel dog I play fetch with.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 30, 2013, 02:10:01 PM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/01/ne3amyga.jpg)Break time!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on September 30, 2013, 02:26:17 PM
BLOODY HELL MATE THAT LOOKS LIKE SCOTLAND
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 30, 2013, 04:29:44 PM
Man. Montana is so great. If they had D-I football it would be paradise.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on September 30, 2013, 09:48:23 PM
Two things.  One, I am abusing the pano setting on my cell phone camera.  Two, its tough to tell but this was steep as crap.(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/01/upema4ag.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 30, 2013, 10:36:04 PM
Yeah I abused the crap out of my pano, too. It does definitely distory the height of things which is a bummer when you're pano'ing beautiful Montana mountains and whatnot.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: TheCatFanSpeaks on October 01, 2013, 10:59:46 AM
Great pics, Emo!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on October 01, 2013, 11:45:18 AM
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/01/ne3amyga.jpg)Break time!

 :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 03, 2013, 12:55:58 PM
Trying to figure out how to post pics from Dropbox....until then...

That last pic of the dog, you see that antenna?  That's a GPS tracking device.  Has several miles of range although the dogs only range to a max of like 700 or 800 yards, and most the time are less than 400 yards.  It's a pretty elite way to make sure your dog doesn't get on a road or get 'et by woofs.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 24, 2013, 08:27:41 PM
Man, I really neglected this thread.  But I did just make this video today!  Be sure to watch in HD.

http://youtu.be/W2HM2M40xOw
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on October 25, 2013, 10:20:50 AM
Man, I really neglected this thread.  But I did just make this video today!  Be sure to watch in HD.

http://youtu.be/W2HM2M40xOw

I enjoyed this
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on October 25, 2013, 02:26:55 PM
Man, I really neglected this thread.  But I did just make this video today!  Be sure to watch in HD.

http://youtu.be/W2HM2M40xOw

I enjoyed this

Would've enjoyed it more if there was some Sprawl II playing in the background.  :D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 25, 2013, 04:38:32 PM
the amount of happiness over killing things is kind of psychopathic.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on October 26, 2013, 09:28:21 PM
the amount of happiness over killing things is kind of psychopathic.

You are psychopathic
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 28, 2013, 09:34:03 AM
the amount of happiness over killing things is kind of psychopathic.

You must be a vegan.   :D

(Srsly tho, he was pretty pumped because that white dog is pretty young and it was the first time we got to shoot huns over him.  It'd analogous to like your kid standing up for the first time.  A happy moment for sure.)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on October 28, 2013, 03:13:48 PM
EMO, is that you?  :peek:

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 28, 2013, 03:20:42 PM
Hey nice rig!  Here's ours. 

(https://scontent-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1375699_10101274429814401_1040945413_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 28, 2013, 03:32:13 PM
like, i really don't care if people go hunting, and i'm pretty sure you are one of those that actually eat the kills so that's cool.  it's just chilling to see people celebrating like that.  if i shot your dog and started high-fiving all my friends, that wouldn't bother you?

maybe i'm just wierd, i thought the party in the streets for killing bin laden was pretty disgusting too.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 28, 2013, 03:34:23 PM
ps, i don't want to shoot your dog, it's very cute.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on October 28, 2013, 03:35:47 PM
like, i really don't care if people go hunting, and i'm pretty sure you are one of those that actually eat the kills so that's cool.  it's just chilling to see people celebrating like that.  if i shot your dog and started high-fiving all my friends, that wouldn't bother you?

maybe i'm just wierd, i thought the party in the streets for killing bin laden was pretty disgusting too.

i'm pretty sure everyone would be bothered by killing a domesticated animal :dunno:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 28, 2013, 03:49:45 PM
It's a weird thing for sure seven.  Like I said, it was more of a celebration of the dog's (puppy's) achievement than the death of those particular birds. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Brock Landers on October 28, 2013, 03:52:36 PM
Wow, I thought the nekkid lady silhouette thingy was only available on mudflaps.    :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 28, 2013, 04:11:37 PM
It's a weird thing for sure seven.  Like I said, it was more of a celebration of the dog's (puppy's) achievement than the death of those particular birds.

alright.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on October 28, 2013, 04:24:38 PM
It's a weird thing for sure seven.  Like I said, it was more of a celebration of the dog's (puppy's) achievement than the death of those particular birds.

alright.

you could also see it as a celebration of the birds' lives. they were, and are, valuable members of our ecosystem in life and death, since Emo is going to eat them. that's the way I have always seen it. I get real excited after the kill but after the original rush I get pretty sad. I think about the fact that I just killed a living animal and try to do my best to appreciate that it is going to give me food to eat.

I guess you could say that the process of hunting and harvesting game is really the only "spiritual" part of my life.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 28, 2013, 04:38:12 PM
It's a weird thing for sure seven.  Like I said, it was more of a celebration of the dog's (puppy's) achievement than the death of those particular birds.

alright.

you could also see it as a celebration of the birds' lives. they were, and are, valuable members of our ecosystem in life and death, since Emo is going to eat them. that's the way I have always seen it. I get real excited after the kill but after the original rush I get pretty sad. I think about the fact that I just killed a living animal and try to do my best to appreciate that it is going to give me food to eat.

I guess you could say that the process of hunting and harvesting game is really the only "spiritual" part of my life.

i could see that, and like i said, i really don't have a problem with people hunting, especially when they use the meat.  there was just something very chilling about that video when they are holding a wounded bird in their hands and hooting and hollering and slapping high fives.  it was like those videos of bad person teenagers setting a dog on fire and laughing as it runs around injured and yelping.

i think this just furthers my suspicion that i would not enjoy hunting at all, and probably shouldn't watch any more videos.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on October 29, 2013, 07:32:02 AM
Just more videos of SB blaring Sprawl II and driving through the Gallatin National Forest?  :drool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on January 27, 2014, 09:39:10 AM
Probably about time to start thinking about planning your summer vision quests, guys. :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2014, 09:49:36 AM
Here's what I do every year:

1.  Socialize with my wife the idea of a summer trip to MT.  It's usually met with mild support.
2.  Convince myself that anything we can do in July or August we can do in September, when bird hunting season is open, so let's make the trip during that time and if we get to run some dogs that's all gravy.
3.  Decide that she wouldn't appreciate it anyway and just add an extra week on to my usual October fall classic.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on January 27, 2014, 10:07:13 AM
Hmm. If I recall (been a while since I read this thread), you are more a hunt'y, Eastern Montana'y type, right? Maybe she would enjoy less of a hunting thing and more of a Glacier National Park thing and then going up to the little part of the forest in Canada? Could be cool? :dunno:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2014, 10:30:14 AM
Hmm. If I recall (been a while since I read this thread), you are more a hunt'y, Eastern Montana'y type, right? Maybe she would enjoy less of a hunting thing and more of a Glacier National Park thing and then going up to the little part of the forest in Canada? Could be cool? :dunno:

We're in central MT.  The area I hunt is on the plains but surrounded by mountain ranges.  Remember "intermountain grassland?"   :D  Was thinking of some hiking up in the mountains and then some horseback rides in some remotes areas.  And then maybe some fishing and some running of the dogs if weather permits. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on January 27, 2014, 11:07:24 AM
Heading back to Yellowstone this summer (getting hitched at Mammoth Hot Springs). I'm about to send in our backcountry permit application for the Lamar Valley, with Slough Creek as a backup.

Planned route: Wind Cave, Crazy Horse, Little Big Horn and then entering Yellowstone at the northeast entrance via Beartooth Highway.

I'm incredibly excited and slightly terrified for that last stretch of road. It crests at 10,947 feet.  :eek:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/BeartoothHwy_near_BeartoothPass.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2014, 11:14:45 AM
Oh man, Slough Creek.  Hiked up to the second meadows one time and saw wolf tracks.  Didn't see any bears but supposedly they are in there pretty thick.

Beartooth sounds rad.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on January 27, 2014, 11:17:23 AM
(getting hitched at Mammoth Hot Springs).


:surprised:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on January 27, 2014, 12:41:05 PM
Oh man, Slough Creek.  Hiked up to the second meadows one time and saw wolf tracks.  Didn't see any bears but supposedly they are in there pretty thick.

Beartooth sounds rad.

Nice. I'll be happy with either itinerary. Did you fish Slough? It and the Lamar will probably still be in runoff when we're there, but I'll likely still chuck a few streamers or huge nymphs anyway, just to see what happens.

We'd love to see wolves, missed those last summer, but would probably assume keep any grizzly encounters to roadside sightings.

I was initially looking at a campsite right on the edge of the Gallatin Bear Management Area, where off-trail activity is prohibited and groups of at least four are encouraged. But Future Mrs. wELLsculptedbrows and I quickly decided it was probably better not to so obviously tempt fate into ruining the wedding ceremony we are planning to hold in the same basin later that week.

(getting hitched at Mammoth Hot Springs).


:surprise:

If you happen to be in the same vicinity a couple of weeks later than you were last year, I feel like you have to consider yourself invited to crash our reception in the Map Room ... to make up for the missed chance for a Jackson Hole Bat Cat Pak.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on January 27, 2014, 12:49:02 PM
Heading back to Yellowstone this summer (getting hitched at Mammoth Hot Springs). I'm about to send in our backcountry permit application for the Lamar Valley, with Slough Creek as a backup.

Planned route: Wind Cave, Crazy Horse, Little Big Horn and then entering Yellowstone at the northeast entrance via Beartooth Highway.

I'm incredibly excited and slightly terrified for that last stretch of road. It crests at 10,947 feet.  :eek:

(http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/4f/BeartoothHwy_near_BeartoothPass.jpg)

Grats.

That road isn't horrible. It's at least a decently wide paved road. But definitely no guard rails. I'm not a fan of heights at all, and it took me a minute or two to acclimate to my potential immanent demise. Lamar Valley is one of the coolest, calmest places I've been to. Lots of bears and potential of wolves, so be careful! And mammoth, I love it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2014, 12:51:47 PM
Oh man, Slough Creek.  Hiked up to the second meadows one time and saw wolf tracks.  Didn't see any bears but supposedly they are in there pretty thick.

Beartooth sounds rad.

Nice. I'll be happy with either itinerary. Did you fish Slough? It and the Lamar will probably still be in runoff when we're there, but I'll likely still chuck a few streamers or huge nymphs anyway, just to see what happens.

We'd love to see wolves, missed those last summer, but would probably assume keep any grizzly encounters to roadside sightings.

I was initially looking at a campsite right on the edge of the Gallatin Bear Management Area, where off-trail activity is prohibited and groups of at least four are encouraged. But Future Mrs. wELLsculptedbrows and I quickly decided it was probably better not to so obviously tempt fate into ruining the wedding ceremony we are planning to hold in the same basin later that week.

Yup, hiked up just to fish. It was early September and it was cold and snowing/raining but they still wanted hoppers pretty bad.  Just spent 10 minutes looking for some old pics but couldn't find.  Some nice fish up there.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on January 27, 2014, 01:12:19 PM
Grats.

That road isn't horrible. It's at least a decently wide paved road. But definitely no guard rails. I'm not a fan of heights at all, and it took me a minute or two to acclimate to my potential immanent demise. Lamar Valley is one of the coolest, calmest places I've been to. Lots of bears and potential of wolves, so be careful! And mammoth, I love it.

Thanks!

I'm mainly worried about my engine exploding ... and possibly weather. I'm sure it will be fine, I just haven't driven above tree line before.

Super excited to send some time in the NE part of the park, didn't make it past Tower last year.

We've both got bear spray and are pretty vigilant about making noise and safely storing smellables. But last year, when we started to hear bears (right after we got our bear bag up), all I could think was "What kind of idiot brings his fiance here?" We both are still convinced the back country experience is definitely worth the relatively slight risk though.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ew2x4 on January 27, 2014, 02:46:09 PM
I had a rental the last time I drove that road. Brand new Chevy Equinox, or whatever their small SUV was. I would highly advise never buying a used rental. I abused that thing getting up that mountain. That said, it's a fairly gentle constant slope. If the weather is bad, they will definitely shut it down.

As for the bears, invest in some bells to hang from your belt. That helps most of the time. Definitely have the spray. If you ever camp with your car nearby, make sure your car remote is with you and ring your alarm if you hear anything.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on May 22, 2014, 07:15:31 PM
... It's very much an alien planet, if I haven't said that already. Weirdo rock formations, lots of bubbling pools, bison everywhere, etc. ...

... Mrs. SB  called it The Land Before Time and she was right. ...


http://vimeo.com/77097538 (http://vimeo.com/77097538)

Pretty excited to head west in three weeks.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2014, 01:03:40 PM
:lol: Some chubby awesome 9 year-old girl next to me was wearing this, but on a shirt. Pretty boss move to wear on a plane.

http://www.zazzle.com/not_found_fridge_magnets-147406556052911529

Just realized that one year ago today I left to go do something way more exciting than I'm doing today. Getting Vision Quest wistfulness here, you guys. :frown: Is anyone VQing this summer? :frown: :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on June 06, 2014, 01:38:04 PM
Just realized that one year ago today I left to go do something way more exciting than I'm doing today. Getting Vision Quest wistfulness here, you guys. :frown: Is anyone VQing this summer? :frown: :frown:

Mounting the Yakima Space Cadet (complete with WHERE THE HECK IS WALL DRUG bumper sticker, lol) this weekend so I can just flaunt my intentions around town for a week before taking off next Friday. (Not sure if I'd call this trip VQing, but maybe ... probably?) 

If no cosmic mysteries are revealed to me here: http://carhenge.com/ (http://carhenge.com/) maybe they will be here:  http://solar-center.stanford.edu/AO/bighorn.html (http://solar-center.stanford.edu/AO/bighorn.html)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 06, 2014, 01:41:37 PM
On account of Emo fetus my fall classic has been shortened from two weeks to one week.   :frown: but still kinda  :gocho: and  :D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2014, 03:01:26 PM
congratudolences
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 07, 2014, 10:39:25 AM
Mrs. Schreds and I leave sat morning for the annual vq to NW Wyoming.   Can't wait guys!  Prolly won't get a damn thing done this week at work.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 07, 2014, 10:41:38 AM
Mrs. Schreds and I leave sat morning for the annual vq to NW Wyoming.   Can't wait guys!  Prolly won't get a damn thing done this week at work.


:excited: lucky. Where are you going?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 07, 2014, 10:56:10 AM
Will be in the Dubois area.  It's about 60 mi as the crow flies east of Jackson.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 10, 2014, 06:22:59 AM
Will be balls deep in a Rocky Mountain trout stream by lunch time today.

Sent from my SPH-L710 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 10, 2014, 02:45:15 PM
You guys are so lucky. :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 10, 2014, 08:30:06 PM
Also why aren't you VQing Qatz posting pictures?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 12, 2014, 12:15:24 AM
I will.  Right now I'm in my vehicle waiting out thunder storm.  Banged a few big fish today and got kinda burned.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 12, 2014, 02:06:50 AM
Emo I just wanted you to know that you are being very very selfish right now :don'tcare: :don'tcare: :don'tcare:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 14, 2014, 11:00:40 AM
Teaser!!!

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/07/15/paqu3usy.jpg)


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 14, 2014, 09:24:39 PM
 :impatient:  pic tease
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 14, 2014, 10:26:31 PM
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, mustache style

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/ol123bbc8me95wm/crestones.jpg?dl=1)

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/7107v7k1he0kh7x/crestones2.jpg?dl=1)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 14, 2014, 11:48:48 PM
Yes, Sonntag!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 15, 2014, 05:58:37 PM
Ok some pics.  We flew into BZN on Thursday morning, drove to Twin Bridges and up the Ruby Valley and fished there that afternoon.  Fishing was good.  Also Ima @ben ji because I'm not sure if he reads this thread?

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The next day we floated the dam to Pipe Organ section of the Beaverhead River.  It's said that there is a 20 inch fish every 50 feet on "the Beav" based on shocking surveys.  It is without a doubt the best river I've fished from a size perspective.  The first fish is 18" and the second is 20".

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Some scenery from the float...

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This river absolutely hauls balls at a swift 8 mph.  It really moves.  We called it Hustle and Flow.  Most of the fish are right up against the outside banks so you just pound them the whole time.  We float in these little kickboats, a limited run you can't buy anymore.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t31.0-8/10271340_10100236207700339_1663720676193962194_o.jpg)

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You sit in them and have fins strapped to your boots and you can kick around to control yourself.  Most fishing is done while floating but you can stand up and stop if you want.

The next day we floated Divide Bridge to Salmonfly (Melrose) on the Big Hole River.  We wanted to float the upper section but non-residents are barred from that section on Saturday.

(https://scontent-a-sea.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/t1.0-9/10505320_10101727329070661_8419828157694867401_n.jpg)

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Fishing was okay there, I think I got one or two fishing pushing 17".

Then we drove down to Dillon and back over towards Ennis to float the Madison.  This is from the pass between Virginia City/Nevada City (which seem like cool places to visit, FWIW).

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We ate dinner at the Gravel Bar in Ennis, a local bar/grill frequented by the fishing guides and other locals.  Would recommend.

We floated Lyons Bridge to McAtee Bridge on the Madison River, which is a really long float.  But that river moves along at about 6mph so we were off the water by 4PM.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpa1/t31.0-8/10515237_10101727328082641_2948131788377666402_o.jpg)

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There are a ton of guides/clients on this river, and some of them gave us the stink eye because we were farming fish out in front of their clients.  I nailed one 18" chunky rainbow right in front of a guided pair, didn't get a picture though because my buddy was a long ways ahead of me.  It was my fish of the trip, she was about 5 pounds, and clean in every way, a perfect specimen.  Here's a pic of a not so big rainbow my buddy caught right in front of me as I waved him the okay to float through my water.  Caught him right in front of me, rough rider. 

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That night we stayed on Bozeman and holy crap what a great town.  We ate dinner at the Bacchus Pub which was excellent and I would recommend.  I had the hippie burger (artichoke hearts and avocado).  Overall great trip, would like to do it every year.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 15, 2014, 09:35:19 PM
Great pics Emo.  Looks like it was a blast, especially with those little boats.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 15, 2014, 09:42:55 PM
after you float down the river, how do you get back to your car
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 15, 2014, 09:47:40 PM
after you float down the river, how do you get back to your car

Every day we hire a shuttle.  It's like 30 bucks.  Just leave the cash in the console and hide the keys somewhere.  Vehicle is waiting for us at the take out.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 15, 2014, 09:49:08 PM
i see, cool
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 15, 2014, 10:57:19 PM
Emo. Hustle and Flow is a great name for a fast moving river. Nice work.

I VQ'd a little bit in Bozeman but didn't spend a night. Did you go to the Montana State stadium and see Fat Tim Riggins? Did you go to the guitar shop downtown that has a guitar that is shaped like an airstream trailor?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 16, 2014, 10:30:32 AM
Oh, man. Jealous. I got maybe 8 hours of fishing in while in YNP last month, and I don't want to talk about the results.

Catching a hog on a Winston outside Twin Bridges seems like a pretty life affirming event. Nice work!

Looks like you were Czech nymphing, maybe? I think I've finally decided to try to move away from my detrimental dedication to dry flies and start fishing that rig.

Those boats seem perfect for air travel. Just came across these the other day, http://www.bigskyinflatables.com (http://www.bigskyinflatables.com), and was kind of intrigued.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 16, 2014, 10:46:09 AM
The Winston is my buddy's.  He jumped on the BIIX bandwagon while I mocked him to his face.  I'm a Sage XP guy, that's all I fish, have 4 and want more.  His BIIX actually is a pretty sweet little dry fly rod, though.  I sold a Sage 486-4XP which also was a sweet dry fly rig, wish I hadn't done that.

Anyway we nymph with indicators, always with two flies and usually with lead shot.  I did get an 18" fish to twice take a dry fly on the Beaverhead but I pulled it out of his mouth both times.   :angry:  The dry fly fishing was otherwise unspectacular, and I usually just stick to what I'm good at (nymphing).

On the boats, get something you can control hands free.  You want to float and fish at the same time, so that means feet in the water with fins to kick around for control. 

Holy crap just found this, didn't realize they were still making one:  http://www.cabelas.com/product/Outcast-Fish-Cat-Commander/1315070.uts?productVariantId=3055087&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=32-376624189-2&WT.tsrc=CSE&WT.mc_id=GoogleProductAds&WT.z_mc_id1=03331006&rid=40

Downsides I see: no pockets for tackle.  They should get rid of the oars and add pockets.  Also the seat back looks weak.  Hello sore back.  Still more functional than what you were proposing though, IMO.  We saw people in small personal pontoons on the Big Hole just flowing/rowing through productive water with rods put away.  They have to stop to fish.  That's incredibly inefficient and unproductive. 

Also just found this one, looks better IMO:  http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=1311430&destination=%2Fcatalog%2Fproduct.jsp%3FproductId%3D1315070%26type%3Dproduct%26productVariantId%3D3055087%26srccode%3Dcii_17588969%26cpncode%3D32-376624189-2%26WT.tsrc%3DCSE%26WT.mc_id%3DGoogleProductAds%26WT.z_mc_id1%3D03331006%26rid%3D40&WTz_l=YMAL%3BIK-322104
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 03, 2014, 01:22:58 PM
I completed a mini vision question this weekend.  It was a 30 mile hike from SLC to Park City that I have been scheming since moving out here.   mrstdaver dropped me off at the trailhead on the east side of SLC at 8 AM Friday morning (about where the shadow meets the corner of a roof left of center in the pic below).  Mt Olympus is on the right side of the pic.  I crossed the ridge just below the cloud about 2 hours later.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/dfzhj4.jpg)

Here’s the view looking back from the ridge.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/ddl2r4.jpg)

I intersected the Desolation Trail on the other side and the next several miles lived up to the name as I saw no one for maybe 3 hours.  That’s unusual here with 1 million people just minutes away from the trails.  The next couple pics are from that section as I approach Mt Raymond from the north and work my way around it and head east.   Mt Raymond is the peak in the background just right of the tree in center.  You will see it and Gobbler’s Knob (the rounded one left of the tree) from the other side later.
(http://i59.tinypic.com/o0cc3d.jpg)

Looking down Big Cottonwood Canyon into SLC.  Backside of Mt Olympus on the right. 
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Looking up Big Cottonwood Canyon.  My trail stays to the left of the pic.
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There was no water source along the trail between mile 1.5 and mile 15.3 and it was fairly warm that day.  I emptied my 3L reservoir a couple miles before reaching a small lake where I drank a liter or so and rested a few minutes before taking on the last 2.4 miles of Day 1.  I finally made it to my Day 1 destination, Lake Desolation, at about 5 PM.  Drank more water first thing and then began looking for a campsite.  There were three other guys there so I chatted them up for a bit.  They were friends from Yale that met up here this week and were bouncing around from lake to lake for several days.  I set up camp not too far away. 

Day 2 started with a short climb up to the Wasatch Crest trail which I followed for about 5 miles before dropping down to a small lake on the other side.  Here’s a look at Lake Desolation from the crest and my favorite pic from the trip.  You can see Mt Raymond and Gobblers Knob again just right of center.
(http://i59.tinypic.com/sw92rp.jpg)

My first view to the east side of the Wasatch crest.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/96b4o5.jpg)

The crest trail is popular with mountain bikers.  Being a Saturday morning they were out in full force.  It was kind of nice to actually have some company on the trail for a change.   I made it the next lake in a couple hours and had only drank the 1L collapsible bottle I was carrying.  I still had the full 3L reservoir so didn’t bother getting any more.  As I sat and reworked the moleskin and tape on my feet (blisters were starting to kill me) I saw runner after runner on a trail across the lake where I was headed.  It turns out that there was a trail run that day.  Our paths intersected for about half a mile and I joined in.  There was an aid station around the bend, so I stopped and talked to the volunteers and drank a glass of Powerade before heading on. It turns out that was the last drink I would have until I reached Park City.  Another half mile down the trail I tried to get a drink from the reservoir but couldn’t.  Thinking maybe the hose was kinked I stopped to check it out.  The reservoir was empty.  It has has its own compartment in my pack and that wasn’t wet.  My sleeping bag at the bottom of the main compartment wasn’t wet.  The reservoir didn’t leak when I checked it back at home later.  I have no explanation.  Where can 3L of water disappear to?  I considered going back to the aid station or the lake, but realized that I only had 6 miles to go and all downhill.  I run further than that regularly without water so just kept going.  The rest of the hike was through a maze of mountain bike trails on the Park City ski resort and went quickly.  Here’s a pic looking down at Park City and Deer Valley ski areas.
(http://i58.tinypic.com/femgxw.jpg)

The Wasatch Brew Pub at noon was our rendezvous and I made it 30 minutes ahead of schedule.  I sat down at the bar, dropped my pack on the floor, ordered a beer, and watched the women’s Crossfit games with an older lady downing Mimosas while I waited for mrstdaver to pick me up.   
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: EllRobersonisInnocent on August 03, 2014, 01:27:19 PM
Incredible,  tdaver
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 03, 2014, 01:43:21 PM
tdaver. That sounds great. Didn't get to check out much Utah but would love to in the future because those pictures look so boss. Did you see any stades up there in the mountains on your 30 mile journey? :excited:

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As I sat and reworked the moleskin and tape on my feet (blisters were starting to kill me) I saw runner after runner on a trail across the lake where I was headed.  It turns out that there was a trail run that day.  Our paths intersected for about half a mile and I joined in.  There was an aid station around the bend, so I stopped and talked to the volunteers and drank a glass of Powerade before heading on.

Take it to the Distance Running Thread :love:


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Another half mile down the trail I tried to get a drink from the reservoir but couldn’t.  Thinking maybe the hose was kinked I stopped to check it out.  The reservoir was empty.  It has has its own compartment in my pack and that wasn’t wet.  My sleeping bag at the bottom of the main compartment wasn’t wet.  The reservoir didn’t leak when I checked it back at home later.  I have no explanation.  Where can 3L of water disappear to?

:Wha: Pretty weird, bro. You ever figure out this whodunit? I'm kinda dying to know.


Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 03, 2014, 02:51:56 PM
tdaver. That sounds great. Didn't get to check out much Utah but would love to in the future because those pictures look so boss.
There's so much VQ worthy terrain here.  The Wasatch Mtns are practically in my backyard, the Uintas are just a 1.5 hours away, and the red rock canyons to the south are amaze.  They are all different and each big enough for endless questing.  I always have a hard time deciding what to do next.

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Did you see any stades up there in the mountains on your 30 mile journey? :excited:
The bowl that I camped in would make a phenomenal amphi-stade.   May have to do something about the water tho.  I'm hoping to catch a Utes game this fall.  Will report back if so.

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:Wha: Pretty weird, bro. You ever figure out this whodunit? I'm kinda dying to know.
Nope.  No explanation.  Filled it up the night before and slipped it into my pack.  The pack was in the tent with me all night.  Neither the pack nor the tent floor were wet the next morning.  My only guess is that maybe I put enough pressure on it when reloading my pack or when I sat it down at a stop that I forced it out the drinking hose.  But 3L?  Come on.  I would have seen that for sure.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 04, 2014, 08:44:14 AM
Any wildlife to speak of tdaver?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 04, 2014, 10:36:12 AM
A few deer and a bull moose.   No decent pics.  The moose was fairly close to the trail and looked grumpy, so I kept moving rather than taking pics.

There are a few lions and bears in the area but none made their presence known.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 04, 2014, 10:40:10 AM
Moose are damn dangerous. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 04, 2014, 10:52:10 AM
nice report tdaver
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 8manpick on August 04, 2014, 12:10:53 PM
 Well thanks tdaver, now I feel like I need to move to the mountains
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 04, 2014, 09:24:22 AM
Milky Way over the Palouse.

(http://ppcdn.500px.org/81966069/e782d2c8f89b615c077e39668b1fb66af09ac1cf/2048.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 04, 2014, 11:38:45 AM
 :love:  wow!  did you take that pic SB?  Deets please
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 04, 2014, 09:59:39 PM
yes, took it on this:

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51D4ZWRJN0L.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 04, 2014, 10:00:28 PM
lol

http://www.startribune.com/nation/274026981.html

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on September 04, 2014, 11:32:06 PM
The palouse was probably the one place on my VQ that i regret most not spending more time in, pretty much just drove around the edge of it.   :cry:

Why can't the poors in western washington have a kick ass scenic byway like 177?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 09, 2014, 08:23:05 AM
Truck is loaded up and dogs are anxious.  Leave tonight for Montana.  Looking forward to some tired puppies.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1915387_696975368781_5306722_n.jpg?oh=b5798235889352ea2bf9ef968a4d22ba&oe=54B5CB3C&__gda__=1422053642_770e6abb85e26c309438a0af829d141c)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on October 09, 2014, 07:49:42 PM
Oh man. How much would I love to be Vision Questing right now? Would crush some St. Mary's in Glacier National right about now. :frown: Where are you going this time, Emo?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on October 09, 2014, 07:51:02 PM
Nice hell hound you have there.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SEK_EMAW on October 22, 2014, 12:58:59 PM
Truck is loaded up and dogs are anxious.  Leave tonight for Montana.  Looking forward to some tired puppies.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1915387_696975368781_5306722_n.jpg?oh=b5798235889352ea2bf9ef968a4d22ba&oe=54B5CB3C&__gda__=1422053642_770e6abb85e26c309438a0af829d141c)

Report?  Pics?
 :impatient:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 23, 2014, 12:00:29 AM
Truck is loaded up and dogs are anxious.  Leave tonight for Montana.  Looking forward to some tired puppies.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1915387_696975368781_5306722_n.jpg?oh=b5798235889352ea2bf9ef968a4d22ba&oe=54B5CB3C&__gda__=1422053642_770e6abb85e26c309438a0af829d141c)

 :D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on January 12, 2015, 09:26:39 AM
Truck is loaded up and dogs are anxious.  Leave tonight for Montana.  Looking forward to some tired puppies.

(https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xap1/v/t1.0-9/1915387_696975368781_5306722_n.jpg?oh=b5798235889352ea2bf9ef968a4d22ba&oe=54B5CB3C&__gda__=1422053642_770e6abb85e26c309438a0af829d141c)

Report?  Pics?
 :impatient:

:impatient: :impatient:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 06, 2015, 10:22:25 PM
Oh hey guys. SB checking in to tell you that HGTV started this new show called Living Big Sky. Right now there's a hot young couple looking for a cabin'y place in Bozeman. Actually they're like 15 miles outside but the views are obvs incredible and just making me hurt on my inside parts for another VQ. Anyone questing this summer?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Bloodfart on June 06, 2015, 11:55:24 PM
I've made a couple quests to Branson this spring.  I think my 6yr old is going pro in foam ball shooting.  He spent both trips either launching foam balls at kids in Lucky's fire House or soaking erry mofo that got too close to our river boat.  We're going back again in July.   :emawkid:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on June 07, 2015, 12:23:10 AM
Gobbler's Knob :Keke:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Dr Rick Daris on June 07, 2015, 01:01:21 AM
Oh hey guys. SB checking in to tell you that HGTV started this new show called Living Big Sky. Right now there's a hot young couple looking for a cabin'y place in Bozeman. Actually they're like 15 miles outside but the views are obvs incredible and just making me hurt on my inside parts for another VQ. Anyone questing this summer?

Questing right now
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 07, 2015, 10:34:13 AM
I will be questing back to the Dubois, WY area in late Aug early Sept.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 07, 2015, 08:53:06 PM
I'm always questing.  Here's some motivation for anyone thinking about a summer trip.

above the inversion in January
(http://i60.tinypic.com/25i2ovl.jpg)

Zion Canyon from Angel's Landing in February
(http://i62.tinypic.com/inswoy.jpg)

sunset in March
(http://i57.tinypic.com/33mweh4.jpg)

Capitol Reef NP in May
(http://i62.tinypic.com/2wmgkf5.jpg)

yesterday morning just because I can
(http://i62.tinypic.com/23kqgwk.jpg)
(http://i61.tinypic.com/2nhdxrr.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 08, 2015, 09:29:17 AM
Tdaver, you are not only a really valued team player  ITT, you have grown into a really consistent heavy hitter on our VQ team. Amazing pictures as always, just beautiful. You ever get to the bottow of the mystery of your 3L of water and where it all went?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 08, 2015, 08:24:28 PM
Nope, unsolved mystery
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on September 06, 2015, 02:30:42 PM
Just watched that movie Wild where Reese Witherspoon hiked the Pacific Crest Trail by herself. Had me really yearnin for a new quest. Feels bad knowing I'm down here in hot-ass Louisiana for the next few months without any getaway to any really cool nature any time soon. Dying to go up to Vision Quest territory and/or the Pacific Northwest again. What do you guys think, should we expand this thread to include naturey stuff from Oregon and Washington?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 06, 2015, 09:55:09 PM
PNW is mos def included in quest territory
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 06, 2015, 10:08:34 PM
and while I'm in the thread, here's a few pics from summer questing

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2s9c0lj.jpg)

(http://i58.tinypic.com/30m4xhi.jpg)

(http://i59.tinypic.com/155183c.jpg)

(http://i60.tinypic.com/10rqxs2.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on September 06, 2015, 10:23:04 PM
oh man! looks like some great adventures tdaver! you camp at all those locals or just during the hike?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on September 06, 2015, 10:28:15 PM
i also watched Wild this weekend and concur it is in the VQ region
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Bloodfart on September 07, 2015, 01:00:12 AM
Canco BC is amaze.  I'll have to dig up my Vancouver trip photogs.  Would do again.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 07, 2015, 10:38:20 AM
oh man! looks like some great adventures tdaver! you camp at all those locals or just during the hike?

Camped at one (my tent is in the pic), the rest just day hikes
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on September 07, 2015, 07:26:37 PM
hike at Smith Rock (Oregon) yesterday:
(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3390.JPG)

from the top
(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3400.JPG)

popular rock climbing place
(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3427.JPG)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 07, 2015, 09:14:01 PM
 :love: catchacold has confirmed, Oregon is VQ territory
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 30, 2015, 09:51:20 AM
I vision quested four times in the last year.  Five if your count a fishing trip.  Some pics.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/t1.0-9/11034222_10102190164040671_321958392988128832_n.jpg?oh=f21f62cf6ff414b9961b1740a6c9b13c&oe=56B46B28)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/11017826_10102190163985781_7354633900565692506_n.jpg?oh=e2b2c212341c635b85c220d95456c713&oe=5684EA90)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/11056058_10102190163915921_4536407009619196093_n.jpg?oh=cc7000d8ee7b69e2c67e0697216e328e&oe=56C8C007)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/1508645_10102126139541281_5437799593458720366_n.jpg?oh=5faa40001d032c403bc12caaf4da4144&oe=56B526F5)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 30, 2015, 09:55:29 AM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10805637_10102344840318171_8744828127103445400_n.jpg?oh=8ddafbce4c90bcafd4ba6a9e87efb9dc&oe=56AFD5C7)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/11205495_10102344840417971_1524699094885465528_n.jpg?oh=db82bb63a4c0a6c17b0251c028eaa1c7&oe=5684AD91)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/10521177_10102344840557691_1547291605990243538_n.jpg?oh=118c33fc336459533c91153776fe993b&oe=56BD92F7)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/v/t1.0-9/11107176_10102344840627551_8545252714346381710_n.jpg?oh=87732d96d8496744a8024be73be04b29&oe=56BB4B29)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/v/t1.0-9/11295706_10102344840772261_3778158949463080061_n.jpg?oh=b9737f3deba695f00ab04e758ed8eba6&oe=56C44237)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/10300887_10102344840976851_4744776519628940170_n.jpg?oh=fd9f54644a270d4513607ebe2ab58e86&oe=56BEE32D)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtp1/v/t1.0-9/11206969_10102344841011781_2104298982350006812_n.jpg?oh=3c02663e9447810da19a98608530b9d9&oe=56C77E4F)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/11351281_10102344841126551_3664809712977667069_n.jpg?oh=7d69d743dc3d2c4704530f1a079a4f52&oe=56AE6DF8)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on October 30, 2015, 10:15:07 AM
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xlf1/t31.0-8/12000984_10102555755981491_3647906904827055893_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xla1/t31.0-8/12039060_10102555755936581_3789667598190951889_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/v/t1.0-9/12003176_10102555759384671_7809954721044385407_n.jpg?oh=cd4f4bb9b191639ba8596e3e344015ec&oe=56C7AB9D)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/12004070_10102555759709021_4652057471034209172_n.jpg?oh=74409ac492b87d6ad88556bfc1f18c2e&oe=56BC9B3D)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/t31.0-8/q82/s2048x2048/12030364_10102555771729931_7718991786850287212_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/12017659_10102555756285881_8357277172938389647_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/12039250_10102560505338741_3260258517204719888_n.jpg?oh=e387e1f493fe11ab2cdb86a14bdb69af&oe=56BC3495)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xat1/t31.0-8/11222981_10102555757114221_3349345349333091413_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/12034394_10102555757668111_828116151008575528_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xap1/t31.0-8/s2048x2048/12029770_10102555761181071_7793005192915606273_o.jpg)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/12006417_10102555761605221_427177330383698887_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on October 31, 2015, 11:14:15 PM
I don't really get hunting but GD those pics are beautiful  :Wha: :Wha: :Wha:


So there's this great songwriter named Joe Pisapia, who used to be in Guster. He wrote a song called "Suitcase and Guitar" which totally makes me think of my VQ :thumbs:
https://joepisapia.bandcamp.com/album/suitcase-and-guitar
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 31, 2015, 11:30:21 PM
Great pics emo.  Where?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on November 01, 2015, 12:05:00 AM
the picture of his yeti was my favorite
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 01, 2015, 12:29:50 AM
Emo is going to make me sad my next chilly AM December sit waiting on something to walk by.  I imagine i will be comforted by there being a nearby bar available and not having to make powdered lemonade mixies (which are awesome, fwiw) to keep the chill out.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on November 01, 2015, 12:56:18 AM
I don't get the point of killing something once you've stalked it. I think it'd be much more fun to try and get as close as possible and take pictures. Appreciating that we belong to the Earth not the other way around. But! Getting out and enjoying nature like you did is great and I love the pictures. Thank you for sharing.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 01, 2015, 01:19:14 AM
Both are thrilling, just different strokes for different folks.  None of those deer die of old age in the wild.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 01, 2015, 01:48:47 AM
Got no prob with hunting if you actually eat it, fwiw. But anyway, Vision Questing. It's great. Amirite guyse? :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 01, 2015, 08:30:07 AM
My wife read Wild and then I watched the movie with her. I had no idea that hiking from Mexico to Canada was actually a thing that people do regularly. I want to do the Continental Divide Trail someday. Maybe after the goEMAW Tokyo trip.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on November 01, 2015, 11:19:35 AM
My wife read Wild and then I watched the movie with her. I had no idea that hiking from Mexico to Canada was actually a thing that people do regularly. I want to do the Continental Divide Trail someday. Maybe after the goEMAW Tokyo trip.

same. just hiked a small section last weekend.

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3638.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3625.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3637.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_3676.JPG)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 01, 2015, 11:23:44 AM
Yeah. Watched Wild and want to hike it. Would totally hike the Appalachian Trail for a summer, too. Dunno which would be better. Probably Appalachian Trail because fewer scorpions.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 02, 2015, 08:47:07 AM
Great pics emo.  Where?

Colorado (west slope), ran out in May for a scouting trip and then in September did 8 days in the backcountry.  Nothing was harmed.  Hunting with a bow is hard.  Efforts will be double and re-doubled until success is attained.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 02, 2015, 03:31:42 PM
Great pics emo.  Where?

Colorado (west slope), ran out in May for a scouting trip and then in September did 8 days in the backcountry.  Nothing was harmed.  Hunting with a bow is hard.  Efforts will be double and re-doubled until success is attained.


Emo you are a valued contributor ITT and a five star vision quest'r, thank you, thank you, good job, good job
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 02, 2015, 10:54:05 PM
We should organize a gE thru hike pak on either the PCT or CDT.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 02, 2015, 11:06:24 PM
and here's a few from the last month or so

(http://i63.tinypic.com/2j0baxx.jpg)
(http://i65.tinypic.com/2igdlrb.jpg)
(http://i68.tinypic.com/290wxnr.jpg)
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2uqkqwx.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 03, 2015, 04:13:59 AM
Tdaver you are a valued contributor ITT and a five star vision quest'r, thank you, thank you, good job, good job

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 03, 2015, 08:14:13 AM
@tdaver you probably come across some stud deer and elk huh?  I need to look into hunting Utah...I know drawing a non-resident tag is very hard, though. :(
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 09:15:40 AM
Hey, guys! Check out my vision quest!

(http://www.unionsportsmen.org/site/assets/images/uploads/ralph_400.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 09:18:17 AM
Check out the mother rough ridin' self-discovery happening right here.

(http://www.travel2canada.com/pics/cal/msmuley05.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 09:20:34 AM
On this trip, I found my purpose in life. It is to be a BAD ASS MOTHER rough rider!

(http://www.washingtonhuntingguides.net/elk.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 03, 2015, 09:54:04 AM
One can discover a lot about themselves after they kill an 800 pound animal at last light 1200 feet into a deep dark hole, and they are awake for nearly three days straight getting it out on their backs.  But I wouldn't expect such a close minded person to consider that (or anything else).  It's much easier to boil down years of training, planning, scouting, and preparing to one image that doesn't even come close to reflecting what those men must have gone through on their respective journeys. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 11:37:35 AM
One can discover a lot about themselves after they kill an 800 pound animal at last light 1200 feet into a deep dark hole, and they are awake for nearly three days straight getting it out on their backs.  But I wouldn't expect such a close minded person to consider that (or anything else).  It's much easier to boil down years of training, planning, scouting, and preparing to one image that doesn't even come close to reflecting what those men must have gone through on their respective journeys.

That wasn't a very manly response. You should probably go kill something to make up for it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on November 03, 2015, 01:13:28 PM
Hey, guys! Check out my vision quest!

(http://www.unionsportsmen.org/site/assets/images/uploads/ralph_400.jpg)
I have never been elk hunting, but good job chum! WOW!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on November 03, 2015, 01:37:29 PM
Nothing quite puts the soul at peace like shooting an arrow into an animal and then posing for a picture with it when it finally succumbs to death after a period of agony. Namaste
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 03, 2015, 02:26:05 PM
Isn't there a pit you could take this to, you guys?  This is for sharing VQs, not making fun of them.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 02:37:47 PM
Isn't there a pit you could take this to, you guys?  This is for sharing VQs, not making fun of them.

Or maybe take the hunting talk to a hunting thread? :dunno:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wiley on November 03, 2015, 02:58:05 PM
My wife read Wild and then I watched the movie with her. I had no idea that hiking from Mexico to Canada was actually a thing that people do regularly. I want to do the Continental Divide Trail someday. Maybe after the goEMAW Tokyo trip.

A friend of mine and I did the southern part (Antelope Well, NM to Salida, CO) of the Continental Divide trail on a Dual Sport motorcycles (we crossed the hiking trail many times).  It was an amazing trip, i'm not a big photo taker so i do not have many amazing shots, but the people you meet along the way and things you get to see will give you stories for a lifetime.  New Mexico is absolutely amazing, we got caught in a downpour and ran into a rancher who let us hang out on the front porch of a hunting lodge (hunting lodge and ranch i think he said 120+ square miles was owned by one of the LA Dodgers owners) until the rain passed.  We are running the northern part of the trip next summer from Canada to Salida, Co.

I'd never hike it, but i can absolutely see why people do it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 03, 2015, 02:58:24 PM
Isn't there a pit you could take this to, you guys?  This is for sharing VQs, not making fun of them.

Or maybe take the hunting talk to a hunting thread? :dunno:
I count a very limited amount of hunting talk until you decided to troll up the thread.  So maybe you could just show yourself out?  Maybe there's a rerun of Legally Blonde you could go check on television, if you hurry.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 03:34:58 PM
Isn't there a pit you could take this to, you guys?  This is for sharing VQs, not making fun of them.

Or maybe take the hunting talk to a hunting thread? :dunno:
I count a very limited amount of hunting talk until you decided to troll up the thread.  So maybe you could just show yourself out?  Maybe there's a rerun of Legally Blonde you could go check on television, if you hurry.

That response was very manly. And you didn't even need to kill anything!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 03, 2015, 03:56:49 PM
My wife read Wild and then I watched the movie with her. I had no idea that hiking from Mexico to Canada was actually a thing that people do regularly. I want to do the Continental Divide Trail someday. Maybe after the goEMAW Tokyo trip.

A friend of mine and I did the southern part (Antelope Well, NM to Salida, CO) of the Continental Divide trail on a Dual Sport motorcycles (we crossed the hiking trail many times).  It was an amazing trip, i'm not a big photo taker so i do not have many amazing shots, but the people you meet along the way and things you get to see will give you stories for a lifetime.  New Mexico is absolutely amazing, we got caught in a downpour and ran into a rancher who let us hang out on the front porch of a hunting lodge (hunting lodge and ranch i think he said 120+ square miles was owned by one of the LA Dodgers owners) until the rain passed.  We are running the northern part of the trip next summer from Canada to Salida, Co.

I'd never hike it, but i can absolutely see why people do it.

Fascinating. I had no idea that was a thing either. I love New Mexico.

(http://www.roadrunner.travel/wp/wp-content/uploads/dividesign-772x579.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wiley on November 03, 2015, 05:46:12 PM
My wife read Wild and then I watched the movie with her. I had no idea that hiking from Mexico to Canada was actually a thing that people do regularly. I want to do the Continental Divide Trail someday. Maybe after the goEMAW Tokyo trip.

A friend of mine and I did the southern part (Antelope Well, NM to Salida, CO) of the Continental Divide trail on a Dual Sport motorcycles (we crossed the hiking trail many times).  It was an amazing trip, i'm not a big photo taker so i do not have many amazing shots, but the people you meet along the way and things you get to see will give you stories for a lifetime.  New Mexico is absolutely amazing, we got caught in a downpour and ran into a rancher who let us hang out on the front porch of a hunting lodge (hunting lodge and ranch i think he said 120+ square miles was owned by one of the LA Dodgers owners) until the rain passed.  We are running the northern part of the trip next summer from Canada to Salida, Co.

I'd never hike it, but i can absolutely see why people do it.

Fascinating. I had no idea that was a thing either. I love New Mexico.

(http://www.roadrunner.travel/wp/wp-content/uploads/dividesign-772x579.jpg)

Warning this thread can be a complete time suck.  This guy did a great write up of his ride (north to south) of the continental divide ride.  Our group is following his track that he's created.  We just have to do it over 2 trips because we cannot take off the amount of time due to work.  Nor will i ever do this detailed of a ride report.

He's included pictures, history, and such.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-cannonride-down-the-great-divide-solo.603076/ (http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/a-cannonride-down-the-great-divide-solo.603076/)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 04, 2015, 07:39:14 AM
Very Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance'y :Wha:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 04, 2015, 07:45:01 PM
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 04, 2015, 11:07:06 PM
How topical!

But in all seriousness, you can have your opinions on things, but theres no need to go internet tough guy-ing about, trying to crap.  If someone wants to share some pictures, gorgeous pictures at that, of the vast expanse of this country its not in the spirit of this thread that they should fret over offending a few people because they are dressed in hunting fatigues.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on November 04, 2015, 11:08:38 PM
No one was offended
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on November 04, 2015, 11:15:21 PM
Offended enough to start spraying this thread with the results of a google search primed with "Dorks posing with game + hunting"
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on November 04, 2015, 11:42:50 PM
the yeti spamming is the only offensive thing imo
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on November 05, 2015, 07:37:34 AM
everyone shut up
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 05, 2015, 08:42:50 AM
the yeti spamming is the only offensive thing imo

I was really just trying to bring some K-State pride into the thread.  :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on November 05, 2015, 01:00:30 PM
Sometimes there is some NOPE! involved.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xtf1/t31.0-8/12191164_10102630099416651_158688845870446378_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on November 09, 2015, 08:04:59 AM
But not enough nope to not take a picture. That'd be cool to see in person, provided no bites!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 03, 2016, 09:43:59 AM
Prime questing season is fast approaching.  If you haven't made plans yet, it's not too late.  Here are some spring pics to kick off the season.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2iqyix4.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/sn32hz.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/34znjub.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/6g8nki.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/10p66o3.jpg)




Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 03, 2016, 09:44:38 AM
Wow!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 03, 2016, 09:46:06 AM
Hi tdaver!  My flights are already booked for VQ 2016 #1.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on May 03, 2016, 09:47:07 AM
Did a helicopter drop you off at the top of that Hill?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 03, 2016, 09:52:02 AM
Hi tdaver!  My flights are already booked for VQ 2016 #1.

Great Emo!  I knew you would be prepared.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 03, 2016, 09:59:46 AM
Did anyone make any acquisitions over the winter/spring?  I got an Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt and Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm to replace a bag/pad combo that I kinda hated.  Ended up shaving about 25 ounces and should be a good bit warmer. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 03, 2016, 10:43:54 AM
I've been thinking about switching to a quilt.  Let me know how you like it.

I picked up a Nathan VaporCloud for day hikes and trail runs.  Should be a huge improvement.  My Altra Lone Peaks are about shot, so that is my top gear priority in the short term.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on May 03, 2016, 11:07:44 AM
All sorts of adorable gear like this:

(https://www.rei.com/media/ebe48218-8372-4bb0-bc52-e2e2dabe754e)

Should help keep the little monster comfy in the Deuter Kid Comfort III.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on May 03, 2016, 11:10:16 AM
Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm

What a ridiculous name  :lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 03, 2016, 12:18:54 PM
Will be really hard to quest this summer with a wee little babe. I think the best I'll be able to get is some Texas hill country action, which will do in a pinch but is not nearly as cool as visiting the Kibbie Dome.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 03, 2016, 12:33:47 PM
Just went back and looked at my Montana pics and now I'm really really sad :frown:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 03, 2016, 03:34:05 PM
That is not the point of pics SB.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 03, 2016, 04:01:06 PM
SB- It's the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.  Load up that baby and go see some sights.  Even if it's just a drive up and take pics kind of trip.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 03, 2016, 04:03:37 PM
Prime questing season is fast approaching.  If you haven't made plans yet, it's not too late.  Here are some spring pics to kick off the season.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2iqyix4.jpg)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/sn32hz.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/34znjub.jpg)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/6g8nki.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/10p66o3.jpg)

Bryce is great.

Fair warning, the desert has been fraught with crap weather the last two weeks.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 03, 2016, 04:14:37 PM
I would love to see Big Bend in spring time. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on May 03, 2016, 05:47:43 PM
Arkansas has got some western feels and, in my experience, was a pretty great introduction to travelling with a baby.

(http://www.talimenadrive.com/images/subpage/slideshow/bettersummer2.jpg)

I know you've already done Bud Walton, but with a little detour you could hit Malone, Joe Aillet, and Robinson Memorial on the way up.

I mean look at this thing, they call it THE HOLE and they don't care what the Squawks think!

(https://www.stadiumsusa.com/images/thumbs/9ae8da28a78165f95b6d4e945e07838e732ae3c0.jpg-590x1000.png)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: CNS on May 04, 2016, 07:52:03 AM
Where in ark is that pic?  (The trees, not the shitty stadium)

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 04, 2016, 08:30:27 AM
Where in ark is that pic?  (The trees, not the shitty stadium)

Sent from my SM-G900T using Tapatalk
NW Arkansas. Boston Mountains.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 04, 2016, 08:38:19 AM
:lol: These bleachers on the opposite side of where this pic was taken weren't always like that. They obviously destroyed an upper level section or 2 to make way for the new Vanier, whose bleachers are SO HIGH UP YET CLOSE TO THE VERTICALITY OF THE BACK OF THE END ZONE. If you sat in those seats I have to think you'd only be able to see like the furthest 60 yards of the entire field. So many lolz

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/69/Joeailletstadium.jpg/800px-Joeailletstadium.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 04, 2016, 08:54:52 AM
Please do not eff up this thread.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on May 04, 2016, 08:59:52 AM
:lol: These bleachers on the opposite side of where this pic was taken weren't always like that. They obviously destroyed an upper level section or 2 to make way for the new Vanier, whose bleachers are SO HIGH UP YET CLOSE TO THE VERTICALITY OF THE BACK OF THE END ZONE. If you sat in those seats I have to think you'd only be able to see like the furthest 60 yards of the entire field. So many lolz

(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/69/Joeailletstadium.jpg/800px-Joeailletstadium.jpg)
You should have went to Monroe.  :gocho:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 04, 2016, 11:10:50 AM
Please do not eff up this thread.

Kind of his thread to eff up tho.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on May 04, 2016, 11:34:26 AM
Yeah, I'd love to see how many pages the "Fill Emo's Elite Unit 681 Elk Tag" gets to.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 04, 2016, 11:35:11 AM
Please do not eff up this thread.


see new thread title

























































































:peek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: Tobias on May 04, 2016, 11:46:51 AM
:D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 04, 2016, 01:04:03 PM
This aggression will not stand, man.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: tdaver on May 04, 2016, 03:46:24 PM
Emo - Maybe we should take our elite outdoor adventures to our own thread?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: asava on May 04, 2016, 03:58:44 PM
LOL at "elite"
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: tdaver on May 04, 2016, 04:08:55 PM
No need for hostility.  Only the good vibes of the great outdoors in this new thread. Join us with your truly elite and epic adventures.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 04, 2016, 04:15:09 PM
tdaver I'm not sure asava has what it takes.  (between you and me)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: asava on May 04, 2016, 04:35:23 PM
Yeah, prolly right. Hello from my backyard tho.

(http://i.imgur.com/zxOlD7t.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: tdaver on May 04, 2016, 04:44:54 PM
And now this thread is back on track.  Good work team.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest To Louisiana Tech's Weird Football Stadium
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 04, 2016, 05:06:43 PM
No need for hostility.  Only the good vibes of the great outdoors and Louisiana Tech's weird football stadium in this new thread. Join us with your truly elite and epic adventures.

fyp
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 21, 2016, 10:52:03 AM
Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm

What a ridiculous name  :lol:

I decided eff it I don't need a rain jacket so I'm running a synthetic insulation jacket until it gets cold enough to snow (then down).  Which one you ask?    The Patagonia "stupid name" Nano-Air. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on June 21, 2016, 12:42:41 PM
How much money you got invested for theses Vision Quests of yours?


Royals aren't gonna win 'em all
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 21, 2016, 12:47:55 PM
Not much since it's just glorified hobo living.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 23, 2016, 12:28:42 AM
Yeah my vision quest was actually relatively cheap for being a 2-week vacation. The biggest expense was probably the gas. Rented my car through Costco's travel page and ended up only paying like $400 for a two-week rental that I drove over 4,000 miles. :lol:

If you're willing to camp and cook beans over a fire then just about anyone could afford to do it every year or so (depending where you live).
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 23, 2016, 05:28:14 PM
Will be making my annual Wyoming quest in less than a month.  Can't wait!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on June 23, 2016, 06:48:53 PM
<--- going to yellowstone for the first time this summer
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on June 23, 2016, 08:53:56 PM
I've been to Yellowstone a ton of times when I lived in Wyoming. Mud volcano was one of my favorites, old faithful is a giant waste of time IMO
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 24, 2016, 08:51:22 AM
Will be making my annual Wyoming quest in less than a month.  Can't wait!

Whereabouts do you go schreds21?  What do you do? :users:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 24, 2016, 08:52:05 AM
<--- going to yellowstone for the first time this summer

FYI, they are wild animals.  It may seem like a petting zoo at times but it is not. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on June 24, 2016, 08:52:45 AM
thanks emo, i will change my plans accordingly
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 24, 2016, 09:03:38 AM
 :lol: :thumbs:

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on June 24, 2016, 11:07:58 AM
You would be amazed at how many people just turn their backs on bison to get pictures with them
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on June 24, 2016, 11:41:20 AM
If you haven't already, read this.

(http://bloximages.chicago2.vip.townnews.com/billingsgazette.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/b/b5/bb50b3f3-e062-5363-9c19-1869d89c2791/571689eba753f.image.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Rage Against the McKee on June 24, 2016, 01:52:06 PM
You would be amazed at how many people just turn their backs on bison to get pictures with them

They probably expect the person holding the camera to let them know if the bison start charging.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 27, 2016, 12:33:03 PM
Will be making my annual Wyoming quest in less than a month.  Can't wait!

Whereabouts do you go schreds21?  What do you do? :users:
Dubois.  About 60 mi east of Jackson.  Spend the week hiking, sight seeing, fishing the Wind River and other creeks and lakes in the area.  Mrs Schreds loves to ride horses so we usually spend a day on a trail ride.  It's not too bad because we usually ride in remote areas that you can't access by vehicle.  Absolutely love it up there.  If I was smart enough to use the pak head on faces, I would post some pics.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 27, 2016, 12:38:01 PM
I also drew a cow elk tag for that area so will be going on an elk hunting excursion in Nov. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 27, 2016, 01:09:54 PM
Inschredible! 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 27, 2016, 01:32:33 PM
 
Inschredible!
:cheers:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 27, 2016, 02:01:40 PM
Which unit is that?  I was actually looking into that part of the state earlier this year.  Applied for the general with 1 point and didn't draw. :(
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 27, 2016, 03:49:32 PM
Which unit is that?  I was actually looking into that part of the state earlier this year.  Applied for the general with 1 point and didn't draw. :(
We drew in unit 67.  If all you want is a Cow/calf, success rate is high.  Three of us applied and all 3 drew tags.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 27, 2016, 03:54:42 PM
Schreds you gotta learn to pakhead so we can see those pics :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 27, 2016, 05:08:34 PM
I will pakhead if he's willing.  I am very trustworthy.  Elk hunters oath and all.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 11:57:29 AM
Ok.  I finally figured out how to post pics (Thanks @Hating Francis!).  Now I just need the pakhead!
This is Lake Louise.  Pretty easy 2-3 hour roundtrip hike (4 if you're with Mrs Schreds)  Did not fish, but breathtakingly beautiful.
(http://i.imgur.com/yU3dO7a.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 28, 2016, 12:03:48 PM
Now we're cookin' :excited:

Also post where the photos are from :excited: :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 12:08:52 PM
They will all be from Wyoming.  Northwest Fremont County
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 28, 2016, 12:42:32 PM
YES I NEED THIS!  :drool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 28, 2016, 02:15:25 PM
schreds!  More please.  I need to plan a long weekend up there ASAP.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 02:24:21 PM
Here are a couple from Wind River Lake.  It is a small lake that sits on the continental divide at Togwotee Pass.  The Wind River starts here.  Good Cutthroat fishing and a few Rainbows.
(http://i.imgur.com/MQMXWCI.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/z3cHu3z.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 02:51:35 PM
Ran into these guys when I was out there last Feb.  This is SE of Dubois.  They have the largest concentration of Bighorn sheep in N America there.

(http://i.imgur.com/MyqEu3c.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/aQtvKRB.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 28, 2016, 03:27:07 PM
Why would you go there in February?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 03:35:26 PM
Why would you go there in February?
Why not?
I had some extra time off work so me, my buddy, and Schred's Dad went out there for a week.  Had never been out there in the winter so we just decided to go.  Did a little ice fishing, drove over to Jackson and saw all the elk in the refuge, drove around just looking for game.  It's a great time to see wildlife since they are all down low.  How often do you get within 20 yards of a bachelor group of Bighorn Sheep with two legal rams in it?  It was a great time.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on June 28, 2016, 03:36:35 PM
Did you see those BHS fight?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 28, 2016, 03:40:39 PM
schreds I'd like to buy you a beer sometime (no homo). 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 03:46:13 PM
Did you see those BHS fight?
Nope.  Wrong time of year for that.  They were all just buddied up Pak'n
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 03:47:06 PM
schreds I'd like to buy you a beer sometime (no homo).
That would be fantastic.  Would love to swap stories and pics.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 04:03:26 PM
Here's a few more reasons to go in the Winter:

The Tetons, with fog coming up off of the Snake River

(http://i.imgur.com/ZXJIhTD.jpg)


(http://i.imgur.com/87AUMll.jpg)

Elk refuge at Jackson
(http://i.imgur.com/kQU2v8D.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 28, 2016, 04:12:05 PM
At least half of those bulls are 6 points or better.  :sdeek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 08:05:25 PM
At least half of those bulls are 6 points or better.  :sdeek:

Yeah, I wish I would have had a real camera and not just my phone.  The pics don't do them justice.  That is just a small portion of the bulls that were out there.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 08:19:59 PM
This is my favorite place to fish up there.  There are not many people that know this lake even exists, and half of them don't know how to find it.  I always just set my rod down for a while and take in the peacefulness and remoteness of this place.....and that is hard to do when you are catching 3-4 pound brook trout.

(http://i.imgur.com/X1EOvRj.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/kxW4zkQ.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/0lfhjPo.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 28, 2016, 10:22:09 PM
:excited:

Love seeing bighorns!  Those guys are huge compared to the desert variety I've run across.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 28, 2016, 10:54:55 PM
saw wolf tracks

Did they look like this? (the track, not the shoe)

(http://i.imgur.com/iMykVb2.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on June 29, 2016, 08:23:30 AM
This is my favorite place to fish up there.  There are not many people that know this lake even exists, and half of them don't know how to find it.  I always just set my rod down for a while and take in the peacefulness and remoteness of this place.....and that is hard to do when you are catching 3-4 pound brook trout.


(http://i.imgur.com/kxW4zkQ.jpg)



Looks like that dude found it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 29, 2016, 09:26:33 AM
saw wolf tracks

Did they look like this? (the track, not the shoe)

(http://i.imgur.com/iMykVb2.jpg)

Yes but in creek side mud.  I'm more afeared of bears honestly.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 09:40:22 AM
saw wolf tracks

Did they look like this? (the track, not the shoe)

(http://i.imgur.com/iMykVb2.jpg)

Yes but in creek side mud.  I'm more afeared of bears honestly.

Me too.  They still leave a big damn track though.  Haven't gotten to see an actual wolf yet.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 09:41:24 AM
This is my favorite place to fish up there.  There are not many people that know this lake even exists, and half of them don't know how to find it.  I always just set my rod down for a while and take in the peacefulness and remoteness of this place.....and that is hard to do when you are catching 3-4 pound brook trout.


(http://i.imgur.com/kxW4zkQ.jpg)



Looks like that dude found it.

Thank God, cause that's the guy that showed me where it is.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on June 29, 2016, 09:41:46 AM
Really? I've no experience in such matters but it seems it'd be easier to defend oneself against a lone bear than a pack of wolves?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on June 29, 2016, 09:42:10 AM
Provided you had the right ammo
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 10:17:57 AM
Wolves tend to avoid people.  Bears avoid nothing.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 11:24:05 AM
A couple of pics of Brooks lake.  If someone would show me how to Pakhead, I will post the pic of Schreds' Dad and the 24" Rainbow he caught out of here.  Also has Lake Trout and Splakes.  I have yet to catch a laker though.  Lots of camping areas here although the last two years they have not allowed tent camping due to grizzly activity and timber falls.  As you can see in the pics, there was significant beetle kill in this area.  They have been logging this area pretty heavily the last couple years.  We'll see if they let the tents back in this year.

(http://i.imgur.com/omPVZCV.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/uyPeS1D.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 29, 2016, 11:55:29 AM
I'm not sure if this is true or not, but wolf advocates always say there is not a single documented case of a healthy wolf attacking humans in the US.  If it has happened, it is so very very rare, like maybe a few times in a hundred years.

Bears have been known to defend themselves, females with cubs.  They also have been known to claim hunter killed elk or deer as their own.  Pushing a bear off a carcass a scary task. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on June 29, 2016, 11:57:43 AM
Also the Revenant  :sdeek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 12:24:52 PM
I just really hope I never have to tangle with one of these things, armed or not.  Saw this sow and her 2 cubs just a couple of miles from Wind River Lake

(http://i.imgur.com/59QI6vq.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on June 29, 2016, 12:33:05 PM
I'm not sure if this is true or not, but wolf advocates always say there is not a single documented case of a healthy wolf attacking humans in the US.  If it has happened, it is so very very rare, like maybe a few times in a hundred years.

Bears have been known to defend themselves, females with cubs.  They also have been known to claim hunter killed elk or deer as their own.  Pushing a bear off a carcass a scary task.
Ahhh ok. That makes sense.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on June 29, 2016, 01:03:36 PM
I'm not sure if this is true or not, but wolf advocates always say there is not a single documented case of a healthy wolf attacking humans in the US.  If it has happened, it is so very very rare, like maybe a few times in a hundred years.

Bears have been known to defend themselves, females with cubs.  They also have been known to claim hunter killed elk or deer as their own.  Pushing a bear off a carcass a scary task.

I'm not sure if this is true or not, but weren't there like 0 wolves left in the US until we imported some from Canada like 15 years ago?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 29, 2016, 02:11:00 PM
I'm not sure if this is true or not, but wolf advocates always say there is not a single documented case of a healthy wolf attacking humans in the US.  If it has happened, it is so very very rare, like maybe a few times in a hundred years.

Bears have been known to defend themselves, females with cubs.  They also have been known to claim hunter killed elk or deer as their own.  Pushing a bear off a carcass a scary task.

I'm not sure if this is true or not, but weren't there like 0 wolves left in the US until we imported some from Canada like 15 years ago?

I believe that is true, or very close to the truth (not sure on date). 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Cartierfor3 on June 29, 2016, 02:59:11 PM
all those trees are brown in every pic
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 08:42:39 PM
all those trees are brown in every pic
Yes, the beetle infestation decimated the white bark pines in this region.  Some people are saying this is one reason the grizzlies are ranging farther and farther as the white bark pine nut is one of their primary food sources. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on June 29, 2016, 08:52:30 PM
all those trees are brown in every pic

And the sky is gray
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on June 29, 2016, 08:59:07 PM
Is this thread even real?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 29, 2016, 09:17:56 PM
Schreds let the haters hate and just sit there drinking their haterade. I love that you went there in weird months and I would totally go there in weird cold dead months too because even though a lot of it looks dreary it still looks beautiful to this VQ'r.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 09:56:17 PM
Schreds let the haters hate and just sit there drinking their haterade. I love that you went there in weird months and I would totally go there in weird cold dead months too because even though a lot of it looks dreary it still looks beautiful to this VQ'r.
:thumbsup:
I'm just gonna keep posting a few pics every day until I go Questing again in a few weeks.  Still waiting on that Pakhead so I can post fish pics.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on June 29, 2016, 10:09:38 PM
Here's some blue sky AND green trees for you assholes.  Those mountains are the Tetons, for you losers who never leave your concrete jungle.

(http://i.imgur.com/cUVWYMT.jpg)

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on June 29, 2016, 10:19:51 PM
Seen better on campus
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 30, 2016, 07:34:39 AM
http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/montana/grizzly-kills-bicyclist-near-glacier-national-park-victim-identified/28369623
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 30, 2016, 12:46:25 PM
Pro-tip:  trails often follow drainages and bears like creek bottoms so there ya go.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on July 01, 2016, 12:42:57 PM
I looked up permits for the John Muir Trail and there's a freaking lottery. Jeez, man.

(https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/images/jmtgraph_2.png)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 08, 2016, 12:41:17 PM
I've been applying to a permit lottery for a particular hike almost every month for a couple years now.  Kinda sucks, but someday if I actually get one I will enjoy not being mobbed by other hikers.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 08, 2016, 01:00:57 PM
Sign of the times, it's only going to get worse.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 08, 2016, 01:59:52 PM
FreundinSonntag and i are driving out to LA for a wedding the last week of September and i've got some time to spend on a VQ aloted.

Right now, the proposed timeframe is between leaving Denver early Saturday morning and arriving in Vegas mid afternoon Tuesday.

Here's the route:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Denver,+CO/Las+Vegas,+NV/@37.9507058,-112.3163565,7z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x876b80aa231f17cf:0x118ef4f8278a36d6!2m2!1d-104.990251!2d39.7392358!1m5!1m1!1s0x80beb782a4f57dd1:0x3accd5e6d5b379a3!2m2!1d-115.1398296!2d36.1699412 (https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Denver,+CO/Las+Vegas,+NV/@37.9507058,-112.3163565,7z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x876b80aa231f17cf:0x118ef4f8278a36d6!2m2!1d-104.990251!2d39.7392358!1m5!1m1!1s0x80beb782a4f57dd1:0x3accd5e6d5b379a3!2m2!1d-115.1398296!2d36.1699412)

What route should i take, places should i overnight Sunday/Monday, to maximize our VQ?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 08, 2016, 02:05:02 PM
Any interest in hearing some rutting bull elk scream their heads off?  Good time of year to hear it and you could do it on almost the entire route.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 08, 2016, 02:49:33 PM
Yes, i'd say that'd be something i'd be interested in.

On that route we go by: Zion, Bryce Canyon and near Canyonlands... if i take the road less traveled (an extra 3 hours on the trip) we could also go by Antelope Canyon/Lake Powell area.

With only 2 nights to spend for all that, and not wanting to spend the whole time driving, i was hoping for some recommendations on how to whittle down that trip into 60 hours well spent.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 08, 2016, 02:58:05 PM
Colorado GMU 40, 61, and 76 would be good bets halfway close to your route.  I'm not familiar with Utah so can't help you there, maybe tdaver can.

(http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_MEDIA/fseprd478891.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 08, 2016, 03:03:20 PM
Antelope Canyon would be a great stop but really puts you out of the way.  I would drop off I70 at hwy24 and then take hwy12 through Escalante and then down hwy89 and through Zion back to I15.  And even before that you could drop down to Moab and check out that area.  There is an endless amount of stuff to see along that route. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 08, 2016, 03:15:53 PM
National Parks - Arches, Canyonlands, CapReef, Bryce, Zion
State Parks - Dead Horse, Goblin Valley, Kodachrome Basin, Snow Canyon
Slot canyons - Little Wild Horse, Peekaboo/spooky, Zebra and several others near Escalante
Scenic drives - all of Hwy 12 is redic (esp between Boulder and Escalante) but also Burr Trail, Hells Backbone, cottonwood canyon as side trips
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on July 09, 2016, 09:06:20 AM
I'd swing through North Carolina.


Royals aren't gonna win 'em all
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 10, 2016, 09:12:50 AM
Ran up to the Uintas after work on Friday.  Hiked in a few miles and found a nice place to setup camp.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/oi6opj.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/120o0te.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: memphis on July 10, 2016, 08:01:04 PM
I wonder if reno was found on one of these elite vision quests
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 10, 2016, 08:04:26 PM
Dunno. He hasn't posted about it if indeed he did VQ.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 10, 2016, 09:20:57 PM
rumblings he VQ'd so hard he thought the snowy peaks were a gravy volcano
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 10, 2016, 10:55:23 PM
Just booked a bonus VisionQuest. Baby Emo doesn't start school for a few years so we are talking him into the Holy Cross Wilderness to scout for a mule deer tag I will draw in a few years.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 11, 2016, 06:21:07 AM
Ran up to the Uintas after work on Friday.  Hiked in a few miles and found a nice place to setup camp.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/oi6opj.jpg)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/120o0te.jpg)
That's beautiful tdaver!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 11, 2016, 01:16:50 PM
Less than a week until my VQ guys!!  I've got the fever so bad I can't stand it.  Can't wait to get up there and get into a few of these guys.  This is Schreds Dad with a 24" rainbow he caught a few years ago at Brooks Lake.

(http://i.imgur.com/6asO32R.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 12, 2016, 09:31:49 AM
Here is a useful tool for planning your respective vision quests:

https://databasin.org/maps/new#datasets=b59447a277a249de8aedb915ea8907e6

It's a dataset that plots the distance to the nearest road of a given location in map form.  So, essentially it's a map of remoteness.  It's not a perfect dataset, fairly outdated, but it is useful no doubt.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 16, 2016, 07:47:45 AM
VQ has begun!  Currently stopped at Loves in Ellis for the first of what will be many bathroom stops for Mrs. Schreds    :angry:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 16, 2016, 11:14:39 AM
VQ has begun!  Currently stopped at Loves in Ellis for the first of what will be many bathroom stops for Mrs. Schreds    :angry:
Well you cant drink roadies and not stop at alot of gas stations
 :cheers:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slobber on July 16, 2016, 11:19:04 AM
VQ has begun!  Currently stopped at Loves in Ellis for the first of what will be many bathroom stops for Mrs. Schreds    :angry:
Well you cant drink roadies and not stop at alot of gas stations
 :cheers:
This is why I stick to hard core drugs and avoid alcohol on road trips.
#nobathroombreaks
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on July 16, 2016, 01:14:33 PM
spent some time wandering through asava's neighborhood and southern utah last week:

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_7972.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_7978.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_8030.JPG)

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_8109.JPG)

 :driving:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 18, 2016, 12:37:22 PM
Questing for visions with a toddler in tow is more difficult logistically, but very  much still possible ... and all in all less difficult than fishing when a bull moose shows up 30 yards downstream.

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160718/f9545b82faea934271eee5abe2a72d47.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 18, 2016, 12:42:33 PM
Mods please change his name to wELLsculptedpanaramo.   :love:

Which drink is that? 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 18, 2016, 12:45:10 PM
spent some time wandering through asava's neighborhood and southern utah last week:

(http://wildcatgrowl.com/images/pictures/DSC_8109.JPG)

 :driving:

look a like a penis.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 18, 2016, 03:39:49 PM
@Catchacold - Is that dick pic from Kodachrome Basin?  Looks like one of the sand pipes there. Where else did you go in the area?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 18, 2016, 04:38:47 PM
Any Pokémon out there?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on July 18, 2016, 07:10:29 PM
@Catchacold - Is that dick pic from Kodachrome Basin?  Looks like one of the sand pipes there. Where else did you go in the area?

Yep, camped 2 nights there. Had already been to Bryce and Zion a few times, so stuck around Kodachrome/Grand Staircase mostly. Drove Cottonwood road, explored the narrows a bit. Went to Escalante for ice cream.  :cool:

then a night in Winnemucca NV, and home to Oregon. That was an interesting drive through the desert. :cactus:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 18, 2016, 09:53:49 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on July 21, 2016, 04:18:42 PM

Which drink is that?

East Inlet - RMNP
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 24, 2016, 07:18:10 PM
@asava - Look familiar?  I spent a few days in your neighborhood recently.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2zqr4p5.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/saz5lj.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/243476e.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 24, 2016, 11:03:08 PM
Now we're talking, beautiful
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 25, 2016, 08:48:39 AM
..sooo green... :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 25, 2016, 10:06:20 AM
@asava - Look familiar?  I spent a few days in your neighborhood recently.

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2zqr4p5.jpg)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/saz5lj.jpg)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/243476e.jpg)

oh yeah. going up there this weekend. loooooookin good! should have let me know, would have been happy to take you out for a beer.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 25, 2016, 10:08:59 AM
where is that?  mini-casual VQing to SLC in a couple weeks
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 25, 2016, 10:17:03 AM
Ice Lakes basin outside of Silverton. I actually posted a photo in here from a trip last year. Fairly easy to moderate hike that is fairly doable in half a day. The wildflowers are going crazy in the high country right now.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 25, 2016, 10:29:45 AM
:thumbs: :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 25, 2016, 10:38:41 AM
oh yeah. going up there this weekend. loooooookin good! should have let me know, would have been happy to take you out for a beer.

Ice Lakes basin outside of Silverton. I actually posted a photo in here from a trip last year. Fairly easy to moderate hike that is fairly doable in half a day. The wildflowers are going crazy in the high country right now.

Actually thought about it, but was with a group of extended family and didn't get much time away.  Mrstdaver and I bailed on the group for this hike and that was about it.

Yes, the wild flowers are at peak right now.  Mrstdaver couldn't stop taking pics.  Tons of purple.  The color of the lakes was what stood out to me.  Ice Lake is just amazingly blue and the green Island Lake is surreal.  Definitely one of the most beatiful hikes I have been on.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 25, 2016, 10:40:52 AM
where is that?  mini-casual VQing to SLC in a couple weeks

Let me know your time, distance, difficulty, etc. requirements if you want some recommendos.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 25, 2016, 11:16:37 AM
oh yeah. going up there this weekend. loooooookin good! should have let me know, would have been happy to take you out for a beer.

Ice Lakes basin outside of Silverton. I actually posted a photo in here from a trip last year. Fairly easy to moderate hike that is fairly doable in half a day. The wildflowers are going crazy in the high country right now.

Actually thought about it, but was with a group of extended family and didn't get much time away.  Mrstdaver and I bailed on the group for this hike and that was about it.

Yes, the wild flowers are at peak right now.  Mrstdaver couldn't stop taking pics.  Tons of purple.  The color of the lakes was what stood out to me.  Ice Lake is just amazingly blue and the green Island Lake is surreal.  Definitely one of the most beatiful hikes I have been on.


Did you go for a dip?

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160725/1f59ac60444dbdf47b202bc1e54fd88f.jpg)[IMG]
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 25, 2016, 12:08:15 PM
A human butt!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 25, 2016, 12:23:36 PM
well now I'm out
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on July 25, 2016, 04:47:28 PM
Looks like the "YOLO" in the snow is almost gone!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on July 25, 2016, 10:27:36 PM
I always think that looks awesome, until i remember the temperature of every alpine lake ever.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on July 26, 2016, 08:26:59 AM
I always think that looks awesome, until i remember the temperature of every alpine lake ever.

Do you even Wim Hof bro?  :lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on July 26, 2016, 09:24:41 AM
To be fair it was really rough ridin' cold.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 02:27:26 PM
just got back from my first Yellowstone VQ

(sorry for phone photos; i don't have a real camera)

(http://oi63.tinypic.com/34ni2l4.jpg)

(http://oi66.tinypic.com/1yalag.jpg)

(http://oi68.tinypic.com/23krqrl.jpg)

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/2jdl25l.jpg)

(http://oi64.tinypic.com/2ytrwna.jpg)

(http://oi66.tinypic.com/nn9lkj.jpg)

(http://oi63.tinypic.com/xcp53c.jpg)

(http://oi64.tinypic.com/14t0wb4.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 08, 2016, 02:30:33 PM
Android camera  :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 02:38:10 PM
bison have hair on the end of their dongs that is strikingly similar to sesame street Bert's haircut
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on August 08, 2016, 02:44:16 PM
Great pics Mocat!  Yellowstone is truly beautiful.  How many days did you spend there?  Did you see any bears?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 08, 2016, 02:50:37 PM
hi mocat. sb here. you have nothing to apologize for. thank you for taking great questin' photos and posting them in this vq thread. good day.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on August 08, 2016, 02:57:38 PM
I think that this is a new thing that I want to do.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 03:03:11 PM
Great pics Mocat!  Yellowstone is truly beautiful.  How many days did you spend there?  Did you see any bears?

5 nights camping at Madison campground.

saw 4 grizzlies from ~1 mile away in Hayden valley, using a scope. they appeared to be tussling over a carcass. was amaze.

one morning we woke up at 4 am and drove to Slough Creek in the Lamar valley and observed 8 wolves for like 2 hours, also ~1 mile away using a scope. there were a bunch of pups just screwing around, and then an adult showed up with some food (couldn't tell what it was) and then all the pups went apeshit and started howling, and the adult led them at full sprint up the side of a hill where (apparently, according to the wolf watching nerds who were there) the adult would regurgitate some food for the pups. it was incredible to watch.

i also jumped off a cliff in Firehole Canyon. i mean i say cliff but it was probably like 30 feet. it appeared to be approximately 7 million feet high when i was up there tho. i have a pretty hilarious gopro video of the jump. i unconsciously made a Hulk/schwarzenegger sound in midair. i even bitched out at first but then decided to do it since several small children did it right in front of me no problem. it was real VQ type stuff
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on August 08, 2016, 03:05:06 PM
Nice! Looks like you got off the Grand Loop as much as possible, as you should.

Where is pic 5? Mystic Falls Trail?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 03:15:52 PM
Nice! Looks like you got off the Grand Loop as much as possible, as you should.

Where is pic 5? Mystic Falls Trail?

yes! pic #5 is mystic falls trail, and pic #6 was taken with the falls directly behind me
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 03:19:58 PM
also i have an enormous pro tip for any would-be yellowstone VQ'rs: wake up early and get out there early. come back to your campground for lunch, and then go out again for sunset. the crowds are huge but they are also a bunch of idiots and they do everything in the middle of the day, so you can avoid them by using the enormous pro tip listed above. another great benefit is that you get more wildlife action at dawn & dusk, and also your photos look better.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 08, 2016, 03:21:09 PM
Are there hotels around or do you have to camp? Also can you rent an atv to get to these places?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 03:24:58 PM
Are there hotels around or do you have to camp? Also can you rent an atv to get to these places?

i believe there are hotels in a couple spots. West Yellowstone, MT is only about 15 minutes away from Madison campground, and there is an inn from 1904 at Old faithful that is pretty cool to see on the inside, but i assume it is v. expensive to stay there. camping is the way to go though. there were flushable toilets at this campground that were cleaned every morning.

Yellowstone is approximately infinity square miles, so you will need a real vehicle to drive everywhere. in 5 nights we filled up the tank twice just from driving around inside the park  :sdeek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on August 08, 2016, 04:12:56 PM
We used the Mystic Falls trailhead a couple of years ago to get to our backcountry camp, and our own private waterfall (for the night). Lovely area.

(http://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/google_map_images/fairy_creek2.jpg)

Lodging in the park isn't necessarily that expensive (except for the Lake Lodge), but you do have to book way far in advance and be ok with shared bathrooms.  The historic rooms at Old Faithful Inn are $115, they are really nice and the shared bathrooms are immaculate.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 08, 2016, 04:18:44 PM
lib really reeled 'em in on that one
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 04:23:04 PM
The historic rooms at Old Faithful Inn are $115, they are really nice and the shared bathrooms are immaculate.

canco  :whistle1:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 04:23:46 PM
lib really reeled 'em in on that one

dangit
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 08, 2016, 04:24:17 PM
I was serious  :curse:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 08, 2016, 04:24:45 PM
:lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 08, 2016, 04:26:14 PM
lib really reeled 'em in on that one

dangit

I was serious  :curse:

dangit
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on August 08, 2016, 05:32:19 PM
Did you see the mud volcano?  That was one of my favorites.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 09, 2016, 09:18:49 AM
Wow mocat awesome pics.  What kind of phone?  And where did you host the pictures?

Looks like a great trip!  I've never seen a wild wolf or grizzly bear in person so I'm pretty jelly.  Have been up Slough before and saw tracks but that was it. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 09, 2016, 09:40:01 AM
Wow mocat awesome pics.  What kind of phone?  And where did you host the pictures?

Looks like a great trip!  I've never seen a wild wolf or grizzly bear in person so I'm pretty jelly.  Have been up Slough before and saw tracks but that was it.

thanks. galaxy s6. tinypic.

here are some more i forgot about

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/14a9zjp.jpg)

(http://oi66.tinypic.com/2qmm8wn.jpg)


great fountain geyser:

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/23kxe7n.jpg)


following minor celebrity wolf watching nerd guy at slough creek, right around dawn:

(http://oi64.tinypic.com/2928bid.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 09, 2016, 09:44:03 AM
I am really glad you did a trip like that, like really experienced it.  Like you mentioned a lot of people are stupid and lazy and their vacation isn't nearly as fulfilling. 

I need a new phone and am waiting until the iPhone camera is as good as the Samsung (that one is really good wow). 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 09, 2016, 09:53:29 AM
I am really glad you did a trip like that, like really experienced it.  Like you mentioned a lot of people are stupid and lazy and their vacation isn't nearly as fulfilling. 

yeah i am sure a lot of people spend a week in yellowstone and leave feeling like they got ripped off or the park is overrated, etc, just because they did it completely wrong. i went with mrs mocat's family who have gone a few times before, or else i probably would have been part of the dumb crowd as well.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 09, 2016, 09:59:28 AM
Was the wolf guy that Casey Anderson guy?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 09, 2016, 10:05:22 AM
great fountain geyser:

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/23kxe7n.jpg)

 :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 09, 2016, 10:08:55 AM
Will iPhone ever catch up to last year's Samsung model? Looking at the difference between these and that tbt oscar pic makes me wonder....
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 09, 2016, 10:10:38 AM
Was the wolf guy that Casey Anderson guy?

it was this cat (doug mclaughlin): http://www.yellowstonewolf.org/yellowstones_wolves.php?pack_id=3 (http://www.yellowstonewolf.org/yellowstones_wolves.php?pack_id=3)

he said he had observed this pack for 112 straight days ( :sdeek: ), so there were some 3-month old pups that he had seen literally every day of their lives.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 09, 2016, 10:16:06 AM
Will iPhone ever catch up to last year's Samsung model? Looking at the difference between these and that tbt oscar pic makes me wonder....

they all look like crap, if you've seen j-von's construction photos from 2012
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on August 09, 2016, 10:37:17 AM
:comeatme:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on August 09, 2016, 10:40:54 AM
Great pics Mocat!  Yellowstone is truly beautiful.  How many days did you spend there?  Did you see any bears?

5 nights camping at Madison campground.

saw 4 grizzlies from ~1 mile away in Hayden valley, using a scope. they appeared to be tussling over a carcass. was amaze.

one morning we woke up at 4 am and drove to Slough Creek in the Lamar valley and observed 8 wolves for like 2 hours, also ~1 mile away using a scope. there were a bunch of pups just screwing around, and then an adult showed up with some food (couldn't tell what it was) and then all the pups went apeshit and started howling, and the adult led them at full sprint up the side of a hill where (apparently, according to the wolf watching nerds who were there) the adult would regurgitate some food for the pups. it was incredible to watch.

i also jumped off a cliff in Firehole Canyon. i mean i say cliff but it was probably like 30 feet. it appeared to be approximately 7 million feet high when i was up there tho. i have a pretty hilarious gopro video of the jump. i unconsciously made a Hulk/schwarzenegger sound in midair. i even bitched out at first but then decided to do it since several small children did it right in front of me no problem. it was real VQ type stuff

 :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on August 09, 2016, 12:17:21 PM
Amazing, mocat.  Amazing stuff.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: jeans on August 09, 2016, 12:27:27 PM
great fountain geyser:

(http://oi67.tinypic.com/23kxe7n.jpg)

 :love:
looks like radiation poisoning

*jeans*
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 09, 2016, 02:03:03 PM
*jeans* i want you to know that you are a fantastic poster and you should do it more.









*skinnybenny*
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 12:54:05 AM
I just returned from some vision quest'y stuff in Colorado.  My wife's folks dropped me off at the trailhead and I got some good solo time.  My wife was meeting me later so I had to pack in some extra gear I normally wouldn't carry (like a tent).  It rained most the first day but I still managed 12 miles (but only half with full pack). 

Spent a couple hours glassing into this bowl at 12,000 ft but didn't turn up anything.

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I had run out of water and was about to head down to camp when I came across this lifesaver puddle, so I was able to eat dinner up there and glass till it was too dark to see.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13882614_10103144251581591_4263050768640568552_n.jpg?oh=7c96596d916230747e837f8d0b062792&oe=584E2AFD)

The weather left a little to be desired.

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But I did turn up these elk 2.5 miles across the major creek drainage.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13876561_10103144254675391_9058518464437939665_n.jpg?oh=5945313ddb6d37945051f622060d67b3&oe=5812FB79)

As the sun set I was treated to some views. 

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13876224_10103144251631491_2488735871078021952_n.jpg?oh=85bf24ac46b38ec56e91e1f054adf2e0&oe=581B8848)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13901509_10103144251676401_3615524653799898249_n.jpg?oh=78b9639685b6ebf39cc65cde8fe455e8&oe=585E6E30)

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13886285_10103144251691371_3845785881710771729_n.jpg?oh=394c465376b840a9c816932f607e83eb&oe=58115AA6)

Got back to camp late and slept pretty good.  Had to be up early the next morning to meet my wife.  I was kinda nervous something would go wrong and I'd be waiting for her with no word but she showed up right on time, and made her pack in just 5 minutes slower than me.  Then we had some nicer weather.

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13934641_10103144251876001_8361212318949136136_n.jpg?oh=134ae871cda0a0efc653bfad12e2aac4&oe=58229ACC)

Pika-boo!

(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13873042_10103144257429871_7697458112490307598_n.jpg?oh=14eef5b1d973f24d39d6836b052621b3&oe=5817A488)

I actually had one pika crawl onto my boots, pretty cool.  Got close to several marmots and a grouse. 

My first trip to Colorado for elk is less than a month away so this was a good primer.  I got to test some new gear and see how/if all the training would pay off (I think it did).  Merino sucks for hot and cold/rainy.  Quilts, I'm a convert.  Superfeet = super.  Gravity filters kinda suck if you can't keep the air out of them, but if you're patient they're fine I guess.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on August 10, 2016, 08:52:23 AM
Great Pics Emo.  Thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 10, 2016, 08:53:21 AM
Glassing? Assuming this is looking around in your telescope thing?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on August 10, 2016, 08:57:11 AM
I didn't think it was safe from drinking out of random small puddles? unless you're about to die of course.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 10, 2016, 08:58:37 AM
I didn't think it was safe from drinking out of random small puddles? unless you're about to die of course.

GRAVITY FILTER BRO

(https://media.giphy.com/media/14ceV8wMLIGO6Q/giphy.gif)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on August 10, 2016, 08:59:42 AM
ahh. I don't pay attention.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 09:01:54 AM
Glassing? Assuming this is looking around in your telescope thing?

Ya, you just sit there and chill and try to keep your heart rate low and keep from getting a head ache and your ass is sore from sitting on a rock and you just look through the scope thingy and try to see stuff and then when you do see stuff you take a compass reading and try to map out where the animals are so that you may hunt them later. 

The elk were actually pretty cool, there were two young ones that kept rearing up on their hind legs and then scraping at each other with their fronts.  Had never seen that before. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 10, 2016, 09:03:01 AM
Like a girl fight
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on August 10, 2016, 09:03:58 AM
lol
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 09:07:20 AM
I just pictured myself glassing with lib^7.  7 is crushing that new Hardee's/Carl's Jr three way burger looking through the scope and he says "oh look those elk are girl fighting." 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on August 10, 2016, 09:12:18 AM
I just pictured myself glassing with lib^7.  7 is crushing that new Hardee's/Carl's Jr three way burger looking through the scope and he says "oh look those elk are girl fighting."

this is a fun mental image for me.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 09:16:05 AM
In my head 7 looks just like silent bob.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on August 10, 2016, 09:17:41 AM
lib has better hair than kevin smith.

however, that would have been a great group halloween costume for he and i when he still lived in mhk. i'm kinda mad we didn't think of it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 10, 2016, 09:20:08 AM
ms tobias and i provided mhk a good jay & silent bob halloween a few years back
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 10, 2016, 09:21:39 AM
I'm blonde, but pretty fair overall description
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 10, 2016, 09:22:40 AM
I'm blonde, but pretty fair overall description

yes, more like jay + silent bob
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 10, 2016, 09:23:32 AM
lol
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 09:25:34 AM
My backup image is like a Zach Galifianakis type. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 10, 2016, 09:28:16 AM
My backup image is like a Zach Galifianakis type.

No, not at all
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 10, 2016, 09:31:26 AM
think more murder-y
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 10, 2016, 09:43:15 AM
Now I'm thinking like a chubby bearded Keifer Sutherland in the character of Ace from Stand by Me.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on August 11, 2016, 11:11:30 AM
made her pack in just 5 minutes slower than me

Wait, so you just left her and hiked at your own pace?  :sdeek:

Superfeet = super. 

I bought a new pair of boots this summer with a pretty thin insole and I am interested in these. What color did you get, standard green? Did you get fit at REI or someplace?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on August 11, 2016, 11:17:12 AM
made her pack in just 5 minutes slower than me

Wait, so you just left her and hiked at your own pace?  :sdeek:

Superfeet = super. 

I bought a new pair of boots this summer with a pretty thin insole and I am interested in these. What color did you get, standard green? Did you get fit at REI or someplace?

1)  Worse.  I went in on Friday and then she came in on Saturday and had to meet me a mile or two from the trailhead.   :facepalm:  I didn't want to drop all that elevation.  She's a big girl, she did it just fine.

2)  I went standard green.  I can't really remember why.  Their sizing/marketing is really confusing.  I took my boots into REI and tried them on and bought them.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on August 11, 2016, 11:48:04 AM
Superfeet are also a pro ski boot upgrade. So good.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 12:39:18 PM
had a pretty great VQ last week. guess the state!

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/449/31642068014_cf072cd5ba_k.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/504/32106982900_146b48dee7_k.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/342/32333960942_4f0a53bd28_k.jpg)

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/755/32356812872_1ef2907b09_k.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 12:41:11 PM
Alaska?  Too blurry to tell
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 12:41:36 PM
Montana
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 12:43:47 PM
someone tell me how to size these mofos down  :lol:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 12:52:23 PM
Alaska?  Too blurry to tell

no

Montana

no
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 12:54:12 PM
Toronto
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on January 27, 2017, 01:04:44 PM
South Dakota
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 01:08:54 PM
South Dakota

(https://media.tenor.co/images/8a4a99d3bd67ba8d9a025c36edf4a624/tenor.gif)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 01:10:29 PM
Wyoming
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on January 27, 2017, 01:20:26 PM
clearly Minnesota you guys
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 01:25:59 PM
Wyoming

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clearly Minnesota you guys

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 01:26:47 PM
Idaho
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 01:27:37 PM
North Dakota
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 01:38:01 PM
Idaho

North Dakota

Quote from: Frederick Douglass
DOUBLE WRONG
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 01:38:42 PM
i can tell you guys are dancing all around it without wanting to waste a guess on it, so i'll just nip this in the bud: it's not Colorado
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 01:39:34 PM
guys that green color is what the lake actually looked like, what on earth
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 01:42:50 PM
Michigan
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 01:44:48 PM
clearly Minnesota you guys
What's your favorite mountain in Minnesota? :D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 01:45:09 PM
Utah
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 02:04:51 PM
Michigan

NOPE
(http://i.imgur.com/RD2xdZO.gif)

Utah

LOL NO
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 02:13:46 PM
Vermont
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 02:15:32 PM
Washington
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 02:18:15 PM
New Hampshire.

If it's none of these, it isn't real.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 02:29:22 PM
Wi
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 27, 2017, 02:29:49 PM
Wi
No mountains
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 02:32:26 PM
i can tell you guys are dancing all around it without wanting to waste a guess on it, so i'll just nip this in the bud: it's not Colorado

Nobody was gonna guess that anyway.  No lake is gonna be frozen over that thick in Colorado.  Give us a break
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 02:33:42 PM
Wi
No mountains

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 02:35:41 PM
Guys let's just get Arizona and New Mexico out of the way too
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Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 02:36:53 PM
I'm gonna go out on a very thin limb and say not Florida either
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 02:38:11 PM
Maine
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 02:38:34 PM
New york
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 02:40:05 PM
New Mexico was my dark horse
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Post by: tdaver on January 27, 2017, 02:50:23 PM
Oregon
Washington
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 02:51:56 PM
New Mexico was my dark horse

your dark horse just won the race, friend
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 02:57:43 PM
just look at the size of this enormous new mexico fish my friend caught, wow

30" / 8 lb Pike

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on January 27, 2017, 02:59:41 PM
New Mexico was my dark horse

your dark horse just won the race, friend

:jerk:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on January 27, 2017, 03:13:49 PM
My grandma used to live in taos
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on January 27, 2017, 03:18:51 PM
Where in NM, mocat?
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Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2017, 03:59:20 PM
I thought the vegetation looked NMish but based on the weather I was going to say Nevada.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 04:05:23 PM
eagle nest lake, right by taos / angel fire
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 27, 2017, 04:07:28 PM
mocat you might be a closet redneck.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on January 27, 2017, 04:43:21 PM
eagle nest lake, right by taos / angel fire

Enchanted Circle  :love:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on January 27, 2017, 05:10:58 PM
Consarnit! I've driven by that lake at least a half dozen times. Never in winter though.

Did you drive through Cimarron Canyon? I imagine the Palisades are beautiful in the snow.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 06:22:10 PM
mocat you might be a closet redneck.

By association or...?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 27, 2017, 06:23:56 PM
Consarnit! I've driven by that lake at least a half dozen times. Never in winter though.

Did you drive through Cimarron Canyon? I imagine the Palisades are beautiful in the snow.

It was 10.9 hours of disgusting western kansas/Oklahoma grain elevators every three miles and then bam 0.1 hours of NM mountains holy crap we're at 9000 feet now oh wow we are here already ok cool
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:06:39 PM
Canada
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Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:06:55 PM
Alberta, Canada
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Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:07:07 PM
Manitoba
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Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:07:16 PM
BC
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Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:07:26 PM
Saskatchewan
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:08:15 PM
Actually just BC or Alberta
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on January 27, 2017, 09:13:51 PM
eagle nest lake, right by taos / angel fire
eff. Hadn't seen this
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on January 28, 2017, 07:14:41 AM
mocat you might be a closet redneck.

By association or...?

That, and by doing redneck things whilst associating.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on February 20, 2017, 08:17:34 PM
Did some VQ'n around Moab this weekend.  What a great place to explore.  Have been several times, but always find something new.

(http://i64.tinypic.com/2niv3fk.jpg)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/21bw6eh.jpg)

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on February 20, 2017, 08:23:52 PM
i saw some of that stuff in red dead redemption
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on February 20, 2017, 08:56:37 PM
Is there much animal life around Moab?  Doesn't seem like there would be enough feed. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on February 20, 2017, 09:11:41 PM
Did some VQ'n around Moab this weekend.  What a great place to explore.  Have been several times, but always find something new.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/21bw6eh.jpg)

Have you ever seen the video of the kids using that thing as a swing?  I would love to do that on that thing.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on February 20, 2017, 09:13:14 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4B36Lr0Unp4
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on February 20, 2017, 09:33:07 PM
Too late.  Rope swing was banned a couple years ago.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on February 21, 2017, 12:31:54 AM
Is there much animal life around Moab?  Doesn't seem like there would be enough feed.

I've seen several mule deer in the area.  I think there's a small herd of desert bighorns in and around Arches NP.  But you're right, there's not much to chew on and the valleys that do probably have livestock on them.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 04, 2017, 02:20:04 PM
I accepted a new job offer and am wanting to take a vacation before I start the new gig.  My folks have offered to give us a vehicle and watch our son while we get all vision quest'y.  They are in PDX.  So I'm looking for ideas to get wild, away from people.  We were there last summer and while it was beautiful everything we saw halfway close to Portland had a lot of other people.  Looking to drive, put a camp on our backs and cover some miles and rough it for a couple days.  Looking for recommendations, probably less than 4 hours from Portland.  I've heard about the Eagle Caps but that's it.  Would imagine Hood and St Helens can be pretty crowded.  Anyone have any local knowledge?


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on April 04, 2017, 02:24:12 PM
wacky is your guy for this voyage
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Post by: mocat on April 04, 2017, 02:26:13 PM
emo, have you ever been to denmark? i've heard it's beautiful.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 04, 2017, 02:29:43 PM
What about doing a section of the PCT?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 04, 2017, 03:18:53 PM
What about doing a section of the PCT?

Winner!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on April 04, 2017, 03:22:19 PM
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley)

Go see some Roosevelt Elk.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 04, 2017, 03:25:42 PM
What about doing a section of the PCT?

Winner!

:emawkid:  Looking forward to your trip report and pics
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 04, 2017, 03:29:22 PM
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley)

Go see some Roosevelt Elk.

Now that looks great as well.  Have you been?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on April 04, 2017, 03:30:05 PM
do it reese witherspoon-style to really challenge yourself
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on April 04, 2017, 03:41:23 PM
There are some good wilderness areas in central OR. Three Sisters, Mt Jefferson, Diamond Peak (PCT goes through these). Or go north around Mt Adams and find DB Cooper.

But those won't be do-able for a while, we got loads of snow this year. Then the mosquitoes can be thick for a few weeks in the summer (July-ish).

I've also heard good things about Eagle Cap (Wallowa Mtns) but haven't been out there yet. The Ochoco Mountains get less snow and have some wilderness areas. (but would check if they were affected by the wildfires the last couple years)

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 04, 2017, 03:46:25 PM
I think Ima tell my wife we are going to see some wineries and then surprise her with a wilderness adventure.  Thanks guys. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 05, 2017, 08:38:43 PM
http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/enchanted-valley)

Go see some Roosevelt Elk.

Now that looks great as well.  Have you been?

That does indeed look awesome.  Isn't that the neighborhood of that crazy long haired midget guy that lives in the woods?  Can't remember his name. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: HerrSonntag on April 06, 2017, 10:09:36 AM
Summer before last, i did this trail and an overnight up south of Mt. Hood.  Its less than a 2 hour drive from most places PDX and it was very lightly peopled in mid-July which is high season.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/boulder-lake-trail (https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/oregon/boulder-lake-trail)

It wasn't much of a trail, only a little over a mile each way (Had some non-hikers with us) but it could be a cool base camp for some other hikes.

Beyond that, it seemed like that whole forest south of Mt. Hood was pretty sparsely populated, i imaging you could pick most any trail and only be a few miles away from being by your lonesome.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on April 06, 2017, 11:54:23 AM
Danke HerrSontag.
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Post by: HerrSonntag on April 06, 2017, 12:17:42 PM
Bitte!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 19, 2017, 12:07:00 PM
Did anyone make any acquisitions over the winter/spring?  I got an Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt and Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm to replace a bag/pad combo that I kinda hated.  Ended up shaving about 25 ounces and should be a good bit warmer.

How do you like the EE quilt?  My bag kinda sucks and I'm looking to cut some weight.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on May 19, 2017, 12:24:21 PM
tdaver I am coming to Salt Lake City in mid to late June for a wedding. I currently only have like 2 1/2 days booked but I might be able to swing an extendo trip...maybe. Like add on an extra couple of days for vision questing. If I do, I'mma need some recommendos. Also, if I do, you're coming with me to the Def Leppard concert at that amphitheater thing on Monday, 6/19.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 19, 2017, 12:56:21 PM
tdaver I am coming to Salt Lake City in mid to late June for a wedding. I currently only have like 2 1/2 days booked but I might be able to swing an extendo trip...maybe. Like add on an extra couple of days for vision questing. If I do, I'mma need some recommendos. Also, if I do, you're coming with me to the Def Leppard concert at that amphitheater thing on Monday, 6/19.

Let me know what you decide and dates.  You can hit some nice Wasatch trails if you have just a few hours to kill.  If you have a couple days, then there are a lot of options.

Def Leppard?  Must be at USANA on the west side.  Can't BYOB there, so that sucks.  Could take you for a quick run up the mountains and recovery beer.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 19, 2017, 01:06:16 PM
Did anyone make any acquisitions over the winter/spring?  I got an Enlightened Equipment Revelation quilt and Thermarest NeoAir Xtherm to replace a bag/pad combo that I kinda hated.  Ended up shaving about 25 ounces and should be a good bit warmer.

How do you like the EE quilt?  My bag kinda sucks and I'm looking to cut some weight.

So I'm coming from a North Face Cats Meow, probably the crappiest bag ever made so take this assessment with a grain of salt.  But I really love the EE, and more importantly the quilt concept.  I have a 20 degree one, haven't slept that cold in it, maybe to the upper 30's.  Was warm.  I like how you can cuddle up with it or use it more like a blanket, kick arms or legs out, get some air flow if it's warm.  The only time I would prefer a bag (I think) is if I was sleeping in the dirt no tent and it was really windy.  Otherwise the quilt concept works for me. 

Lastly, this is my first down bag.  And I'm scared to ruin it somehow, like body oils or dirt or compressing too much or too long.  Fwiw.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 19, 2017, 08:16:33 PM
Ya, it's the quilt concept I'm not sure about.  From your description it sounds like I would probably like it.  I'm looking at EE and Hammock Gear.  They seem to be very similar.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 19, 2017, 08:41:02 PM
And did you end up doing any VQ'n between jobs?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 19, 2017, 09:00:35 PM
Kinda.  Snow was too bad up high so went to Bend for a few days.  Still have some pics to post.  If my new job wasn't so awesome I would move there in a second.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 19, 2017, 09:03:59 PM
Also I pushed my wife to tears one day so that was fun.  Made her cross a swift ice cold stream and she almost froze up.  I'm a jerk but after she said she had fun afterwards.  Type 2 fun I guess.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 19, 2017, 10:04:28 PM
Ha.  Awesome. 

Bend is on my short list of places to visit.  Would love to see what you did.  Post those pics.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 30, 2017, 11:10:22 PM
Took a couples trips south this month before it gets too hot.  Li'ltdavers are loving the slot canyons.

(https://s17.postimg.org/ex4zd1ptb/IMG_5682.jpg)

(https://s17.postimg.org/x17zxonhr/IMG_5901.jpg)

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on May 31, 2017, 08:17:28 AM
Make sure they watch 127 hours
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2017, 09:44:19 AM
Posted some pics from a recent bike packing trip/elite vision quest through the kokopelli trail - Colorado and Utah in the "Any other cyclists" thread. Might be of interest here.

Went on a bike packing trip through the Kokopelli trail this last weekend. Thought you people might enjoy some pics.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 09:59:36 AM
Are you carrying all your gear with you?   Car camping?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 31, 2017, 10:05:54 AM
:love: Yes, tell us more.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on May 31, 2017, 10:40:48 AM
I hiked around Hocking Hills State Park over the weekend.

(http://i.imgur.com/cHH3rBj.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 11:23:11 AM
Awesome pic chumz.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2017, 03:11:37 PM
Are you carrying all your gear with you?   Car camping?

All self supported bike-packing. All of my gear, food, and water was split between myself and another rider. 150ish miles, 14,000 ft of elevation gain, in about 2 days 5 hours.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 03:13:09 PM
Are you carrying all your gear with you?   Car camping?

All self supported bike-packing. All of my gear, food, and water was split between myself and another rider. 150ish miles, 14,000 ft of elevation gain, in about 2 days 5 hours.

Do you have a pic of your rig all loaded up?  Paniers or backpack?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2017, 03:16:58 PM
Are you carrying all your gear with you?   Car camping?

All self supported bike-packing. All of my gear, food, and water was split between myself and another rider. 150ish miles, 14,000 ft of elevation gain, in about 2 days 5 hours.

Do you have a pic of your rig all loaded up?  Paniers or backpack?

(https://scontent-dft4-3.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/18767627_10105099067889030_3615731381199371556_n.jpg?oh=6b85a9bbf7fe38076af43c18fe9f53e3&oe=59E42452)

My bike is on the right, friends on the left. Both had advantages. Will continue bike specs in the bike thread!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 03:19:21 PM
That is kinda sexy.  What's your sleep system?  Like, that looks significantly leaner than what I pack for an overnighter. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2017, 03:28:43 PM
That is kinda sexy.  What's your sleep system?  Like, that looks significantly leaner than what I pack for an overnighter. 

Carrying a two man mountain hardware skylite 2.1 on the front of my bike, mountain hardware 800 fill down mummy (30 degree), exped synmat hl sleeping pad, then as much food and water as we could carry, with like one change of clothes, some tools, msr pocket rocket, and misc cooking utensils, 1 pot.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on May 31, 2017, 03:49:39 PM
How many PED's?  Looks fun :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 04:23:42 PM
Filter water along the way? 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on May 31, 2017, 04:43:26 PM
Filter water along the way? 

where we could. water was most definitely the crux of the problem. the first 40 or so miles didn't have any viable options, and there were some times where things got real sparse. trail angels helped out a lot and got us through quite a bit.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on May 31, 2017, 05:21:13 PM
Asava what is a trail angel?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 31, 2017, 05:50:03 PM
Oh yeah, drinking water is scarce out there. That was my first question as well.  I guess if you were really desperate you could try drinking the Colorado but that's sure to plug a filter quick.

How high up into the La Sals does the trail go?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on May 31, 2017, 09:05:13 PM
Question for the asava and tdavers of the world...have floorless shelters caught on much with the granola (non killing stuff) crowd?  Do either of you run them ever? 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on May 31, 2017, 09:44:52 PM
Lots of people use just a tarp and/or bivy.  I'm not worried too much about cutting weight until it's time to replace current gear. Would seriously consider it if I could get away from work/fam for a several day trek instead of just a night or two.  I've thought about a test run with just the tent fly sometime to see how I like it, but haven't done it yet.

Disclaimer: I don't think I qualify as granola crowd, so can't speak for them.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 06:27:40 AM
Granola / REI same thing.  No offense intended or anything.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on June 01, 2017, 07:58:39 AM
OFFENSE TAKEN :curse:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 08:19:05 AM
OFFENSE TAKEN :curse:

Well answer the question hippie!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 08:23:47 AM
tdaver I've been thinking about putting a stove jack in the fly to my MSR Fury 2 and using that as a 4th season floorless.  I have one of those mini kegs of Newcastle that someday I will make a stove out of.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 01, 2017, 08:47:53 AM
None taken.  Just screwing around. 

Sounds like a cool idea.  Would love to see some pics if if you go through with it.  Is that your main tent or an extra?  I'd be worried about messing it up, but maybe you're more crafty than me.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on June 01, 2017, 08:48:42 AM
Hey SkiBe - you questing out here or what?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on June 01, 2017, 10:02:39 AM
Lots of people use just a tarp and/or bivy.  I'm not worried too much about cutting weight until it's time to replace current gear. Would seriously consider it if I could get away from work/fam for a several day trek instead of just a night or two.  I've thought about a test run with just the tent fly sometime to see how I like it, but haven't done it yet.

Disclaimer: I don't think I qualify as granola crowd, so can't speak for them.

Bivy is what i'm seriously considering switching to. My tent is pretty great, but I know I can save a ton of space with a good bivy. There is an option to just run the rain fly with my footprint, but really the packability of the poles etc is what is more of a concern. I don't think floorless shelters make a ton of sense if you are gonna be sleeping on the ground. Inclimate weather would be one reason, warmth would be another. Unless you are packing an ultralight cot or something, which seems like it would defeat the purpose.

Oh yeah, drinking water is scarce out there. That was my first question as well.  I guess if you were really desperate you could try drinking the Colorado but that's sure to plug a filter quick.

How high up into the La Sals does the trail go?

You can filter out of the Colorado, just need a silt capable filter. Even then we used a shirt to strain prior to the filter intake. Seemed to work pretty well. I think we topped out at like 8000 some odd feet in the La Sals, so we weren't getting above treeline or anything. It was wild to have been in the bottom of a canyon surrounded by desert and red rocks on Sunday morning and then be in an aspen grove later that afternoon.

Asava what is a trail angel?

A trail angel is just someone you meet along the way who gives you water or food, or someone who places stashes of water along the trail for whoever needs it. We ran into both while out there. If you've got trails that people frequently travel, it's a really awesome idea to just drop off gallons of water a spots around the way. It's an amazing feeling when you are out there and you come across something like that.
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 10:25:36 AM
Why do you think floorless doesn't make sense asava?  The pad keeps you warm just the same as if there was a layer of 20D silnylon underneath it or not.  My tarp used appropriately keeps me warm and dry no problem.  Also keeps me cool if needed.  If it's a clear starry night I usually go without a shelter, like don't set it up.  I have been considering a bivy because I can get one for not much weight compared to my groundsheet.  But I wouldn't count on it keeping me dry, just bugs off, and protect the pad.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: asava on June 01, 2017, 12:17:02 PM
Why do you think floorless doesn't make sense asava?  The pad keeps you warm just the same as if there was a layer of 20D silnylon underneath it or not.  My tarp used appropriately keeps me warm and dry no problem.  Also keeps me cool if needed.  If it's a clear starry night I usually go without a shelter, like don't set it up.  I have been considering a bivy because I can get one for not much weight compared to my groundsheet.  But I wouldn't count on it keeping me dry, just bugs off, and protect the pad.

I guess it depends on what you mean by "floorless". If i'm going out into high country, where weather and microclimates are unpredictable at times, I don't want to rely on just my pad to keep me warm and dry. The last thing I'd want in any situation is to be unprepared for rain or moisture.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 12:25:31 PM
I still run a groundsheet.  Polycro if I'm being a weenie or Tyvek if I need it to last.  Just gotta be cognizant when picking a site, which you already do with a tent.  A few stray raindrops aren't going to kill you. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Emo EMAW on June 01, 2017, 12:54:26 PM
I am going to pick up a TarpTent for areas with creepy crawlies or lots of skeeters.  Floorless def is a no go for those.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 09, 2017, 09:24:25 AM
Less than a week until the annual Wyoming VQ, guys!   :excited:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 15, 2017, 09:34:24 PM
My morning run turned into more of a vision quest.  Slowed the pace and enjoyed the views.  All this in a 9.5 mile loop 20 minutes from home.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on July 15, 2017, 10:00:01 PM
WOW. So dreamy.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: schreds21 on July 16, 2017, 10:29:27 PM
Good stuff, Tdaver!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on July 17, 2017, 11:24:23 AM
Damn. Those are great pics
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 24, 2017, 04:47:22 PM
From this morning

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 01, 2017, 11:50:51 AM
I've been applying to a permit lottery for a particular hike almost every month for a couple years now.  Kinda sucks, but someday if I actually get one I will enjoy not being mobbed by other hikers.

:Wha: :ksu: :emawkid: :billdance: :drool: :Woohoo: :driving: :runaway:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on August 03, 2017, 05:45:27 AM
Should be some great pics!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 06, 2017, 10:41:38 PM
Great summer for bull moose encounters.  Just about smacked into one on a trail run.  Another walked right through our campground.  A couple from a distance.  And now these two. 

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 06, 2017, 11:05:40 PM
Wow
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 10, 2017, 11:15:17 PM
Three more bulls tonight.  And a cow.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on August 13, 2017, 09:20:02 AM
:thumbs:

I'll be able to contribute to this thread soon
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 13, 2017, 09:36:52 PM
Where are you going, TBT?


Also, this may be a curveball for this thread, but does anyone have any awesome pictures from Kansas VQs?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on August 13, 2017, 10:02:42 PM
Where are you going, TBT?


Also, this may be a curveball for this thread, but does anyone have any awesome pictures from Kansas VQs?

I'll be in WY for the eclipse next week.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 13, 2017, 10:14:58 PM
This is very meta because Wyoming's landscape is basically the moon.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 13, 2017, 10:15:38 PM
Any fun side adventures planned?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on August 15, 2017, 06:41:01 PM
Tdaver, those are some glorious views! :thumbs:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on August 15, 2017, 09:39:05 PM
Any fun side adventures planned?

Maybe!  I am staying with family so we will see.  They are basically preparing for the apocalypse there so I'm not sure how this will turn out.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on August 19, 2017, 06:14:35 PM
Zip lining in MHK tomorrow. It will be an adventure of sorts. 7 zips and one free fall!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 19, 2017, 08:42:13 PM
Met a person named Montana tonight go cats
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SdK on August 19, 2017, 08:47:26 PM
I know a girl named Montanna
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 27, 2017, 01:44:46 PM
Morning run started out great.  Cool air, amaze views, made it to lake destination on time.  Then I sprained my ankle, hobbled down the last four miles, missed out on a bear sighting by a couple minutes, then backed into another car on my way out.  At least I got these sweet pics.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 27, 2017, 03:27:48 PM
Classic tdaver  :lol:
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Post by: SkinnyBenny on August 27, 2017, 10:39:29 PM
Quote from: 2011 goEMAW
Damn, that sucks!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on September 09, 2017, 08:46:06 PM
I have decided that I want to VQ to Yellowstone next summer. I am beginning to do research/ planning for the trip now. Any pro tips/ reccomendos are appreciated. I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning. This thread is my inspiration.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on September 10, 2017, 01:41:48 AM
I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning.

Why not stay in the park? I'd reserve a spot at Madison.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on September 10, 2017, 09:29:31 AM
I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning.

Why not stay in the park? I'd reserve a spot at Madison.


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no good reason. i believe that i read the suggestion to stay in a campsite outside of the park somewhere when i started kicking around this idea. that is the second time i have seen madison mentioned in this thread. what are the pros to staying there?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on September 10, 2017, 09:40:39 AM
I have decided that I want to VQ to Yellowstone next summer. I am beginning to do research/ planning for the trip now. Any pro tips/ reccomendos are appreciated. I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning. This thread is my inspiration.

5 nights camping at Madison campground.

saw 4 grizzlies from ~1 mile away in Hayden valley, using a scope. they appeared to be tussling over a carcass. was amaze.

one morning we woke up at 4 am and drove to Slough Creek in the Lamar valley and observed 8 wolves for like 2 hours, also ~1 mile away using a scope. there were a bunch of pups just screwing around, and then an adult showed up with some food (couldn't tell what it was) and then all the pups went apeshit and started howling, and the adult led them at full sprint up the side of a hill where (apparently, according to the wolf watching nerds who were there) the adult would regurgitate some food for the pups. it was incredible to watch.

i also jumped off a cliff in Firehole Canyon. i mean i say cliff but it was probably like 30 feet. it appeared to be approximately 7 million feet high when i was up there tho. i have a pretty hilarious gopro video of the jump. i unconsciously made a Hulk/schwarzenegger sound in midair. i even bitched out at first but then decided to do it since several small children did it right in front of me no problem. it was real VQ type stuff

also i have an enormous pro tip for any would-be yellowstone VQ'rs: wake up early and get out there early. come back to your campground for lunch, and then go out again for sunset. the crowds are huge but they are also a bunch of idiots and they do everything in the middle of the day, so you can avoid them by using the enormous pro tip listed above. another great benefit is that you get more wildlife action at dawn & dusk, and also your photos look better.

Yellowstone is approximately infinity square miles, so you will need a real vehicle to drive everywhere. in 5 nights we filled up the tank twice just from driving around inside the park  :sdeek:

congratulations on your decision to go to yellowstone. follow pro tips listed above. it is impossible to overemphasize how enormous the park is. when you want to go somewhere it is like a half day time commitment. Madison is fairly centrally located between a bunch of cool stuff.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on September 10, 2017, 10:06:22 AM
Zip lining in MHK tomorrow. It will be an adventure of sorts. 7 zips and one free fall!
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on September 10, 2017, 10:15:44 AM
I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning.

Why not stay in the park? I'd reserve a spot at Madison.


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no good reason. i believe that i read the suggestion to stay in a campsite outside of the park somewhere when i started kicking around this idea. that is the second time i have seen madison mentioned in this thread. what are the pros to staying there?

it will save you time every day. and imo going outside the park would sort of break up the constant high you experience inside the park. not seeing a liquor store or a mcdonalds or a billboard (etc) for an entire week straight is good for the soul. i would def stay at Madison.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Asteriskhead on September 10, 2017, 10:28:12 AM
I intend to camp outside the park and head in quite early every morning.

Why not stay in the park? I'd reserve a spot at Madison.


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no good reason. i believe that i read the suggestion to stay in a campsite outside of the park somewhere when i started kicking around this idea. that is the second time i have seen madison mentioned in this thread. what are the pros to staying there?

it will save you time every day. and imo going outside the park would sort of break up the constant high you experience inside the park. not seeing a liquor store or a mcdonalds or a billboard (etc) for an entire week straight is good for the soul. i would def stay at Madison.

this is what i was looking for!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on September 10, 2017, 08:20:40 PM
Yeah, that is all really good stuff. Definitely be out and about during magic hour. Last trip we drove from Cody to Mammoth one afternoon/evening and saw like five or six grizzlies along the way, it almost got mundane ... which is ridiculous.

Take all the one-way off shoots off the grand loop. If Blacktail Plateau Drive is open, definitely take it. Same with Gardiner Road.

This website is also one of the best resources on day hikes and backpacking. http://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/yellowstone_hikes/yellowstone_day_hikes.php

Be bear aware. They rent bear spray now, I don't know all of the details on that, but you should definitely have some if you're hiking ... which you should be.



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Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 17, 2017, 09:16:44 PM
I should start a moose thread.  Found a bull, 3 or 4 cows, and a calf this afternoon.  They were right on the trail in the aspens behind this lake

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Had my kids with me so didn't get too close or stay long.  Here's a video. Can't see a lot, but turn the volume to max and listen close for some calls and snorting.  The bull is in the middle.  Two others on the left.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/Z5xYuzetIDc[/youtube]

View on the way back out.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: puniraptor on September 17, 2017, 09:31:16 PM
an important Yellowstone pro tip is to not fall in to boiling hot springs and die like all the foreign tourists
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on October 10, 2017, 09:14:25 AM
Feel free to move this to a more appropriate thread as I couldnt remember if there is one, but the gf and some friends and I tackled the Kanawha Trace Trail this past weekend, or attempted to...

31 miles of Appalachian trails basically through our backyard. Planned on splitting it up to ~10 miles a day. Found out the first 10 is the most difficult, and the gf's knee couldn't take any more after Friday. Hiked out to one of the backroads Saturday morning and her mom picked us up. It's gorgeous trails and country, but with an extra 30lbs on your back and this stupid heat wave we are having just proved too much. We will attempt again asap. :sad:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on October 10, 2017, 09:18:34 AM
Stats...(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171010/e9a1e79d56b90c6ad42c0b3fe1239f0d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171010/926c579d03aad4fe9f4caa7e813981ee.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on October 10, 2017, 01:58:31 PM
Looks like fun!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 10, 2017, 10:56:27 PM
How bout some pics, cdub
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on October 11, 2017, 11:50:04 AM
How bout some pics, cdub
Not many pics taken at all, sadly. Spent most of the time in deep woods and trying to keep our balance. Did stumble upon a pretty neat old barn, though... Next time, more pics for sure. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171011/5f88bb3f57616231b198b9007f80dd0d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171011/0df2ef55f67731777ac222865382268d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171011/abcebd22606d07448229aba31d654b99.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 11, 2017, 08:00:43 PM
 :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 17, 2017, 10:26:17 PM
Haven't shared in awhile.  Here's a few from the last couple weeks.   Colors are about done but were amazing while they lasted.  Cross post with October thread.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on October 17, 2017, 10:49:39 PM
Oh my great photos
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on October 21, 2017, 06:12:15 AM
Beautiful
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on October 22, 2017, 01:54:05 PM
Wow... And I was about to post some New River Gorge pics. Those put mine to shame, though!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on October 22, 2017, 01:56:18 PM
very nice tdaver
Title: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 17, 2017, 11:53:15 PM
I've been applying to a permit lottery for a particular hike almost every month for a couple years now.  Kinda sucks, but someday if I actually get one I will enjoy not being mobbed by other hikers.

Had the place to ourselves.  Was amazing.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 18, 2017, 12:00:20 AM
Also stopped by Buckskin Gulch while in the area

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 8manpick on November 18, 2017, 12:24:50 AM
Holy crap... Where?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slackcat on November 18, 2017, 08:16:02 AM
Haven't shared in awhile.  Here's a few from the last couple weeks.   Colors are about done but were amazing while they lasted.  Cross post with October thread.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 18, 2017, 08:32:09 AM
Holy crap... Where?

The Wave - Coyote Buttes - Vermillion Cliffs National Momument
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: The Big Train on November 18, 2017, 09:13:05 AM
Whoa. That’s looks seriously amazing :thumbs:
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Post by: IPA4Me on November 18, 2017, 10:54:19 AM
Great pics. Place looks amazing.
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Post by: star seed 7 on November 18, 2017, 12:09:14 PM
Holy crap... Where?

The Wave - Coyote Buttes - Vermillion Cliffs National Momument

Amaze
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on April 22, 2018, 11:59:20 AM
It's like a gigantic pita but I really want to do it, so I'm going to bring a F'ing tent to kauai to beach camp. Is this dumb?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 27, 2018, 10:08:56 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on July 27, 2018, 11:08:27 PM
My freaking goodness, I want your picture life.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 29, 2018, 12:10:12 PM
It's like a gigantic pita but I really want to do it, so I'm going to bring a F'ing tent to kauai to beach camp. Is this dumb?

My god. How am I just seeing this? Kauai is increds. Did you end up doing this?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 29, 2018, 12:13:59 PM
@tdaver Where in the Alps are you?

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 29, 2018, 12:16:06 PM
tdaver are those pictures from the flint hills?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 29, 2018, 12:48:30 PM
It's like a gigantic pita but I really want to do it, so I'm going to bring a F'ing tent to kauai to beach camp. Is this dumb?

My god. How am I just seeing this? Kauai is increds. Did you end up doing this?

Sure did and it was worth it! Got woken up by the innumerable roosters at like 5am but it was kind of adorable. Salt Pond beach

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 29, 2018, 12:50:25 PM
Also I'm in crested butte rn. Photos to come soon
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on July 29, 2018, 12:50:40 PM
My goodness, @tdaver... Those are some truly amazing views.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on July 29, 2018, 03:09:06 PM
wow.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 29, 2018, 03:44:29 PM
tdaver did you take all those yourself?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 29, 2018, 04:54:47 PM
@tdaver Where in the Alps are you?

Pics are near Schwyz, Stoos, Mürren, and Stans.  Also spent some time in Lucerne, Locarno, Thun, and the Emmental.

tdaver did you take all those yourself?

Yep
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 29, 2018, 04:57:15 PM
Very nice. Enjoy the Raclette!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 29, 2018, 05:01:26 PM
It's like a gigantic pita but I really want to do it, so I'm going to bring a F'ing tent to kauai to beach camp. Is this dumb?

My god. How am I just seeing this? Kauai is increds. Did you end up doing this?

Sure did and it was worth it! Got woken up by the innumerable roosters at like 5am but it was kind of adorable. Salt Pond beach

Great idea.  How much gear did you take over there?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 17, 2018, 07:45:10 PM
Finally made it to Red Castle.  Distance (both to trailhead and on trail) have made it difficult to cross off the list.  Totally worth it.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on August 17, 2018, 07:45:51 PM
Wow
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 23, 2018, 08:57:38 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: bucket on September 23, 2018, 09:13:57 PM
Where'd you go in Colorado?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on September 23, 2018, 09:19:20 PM
Awesome shots

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 23, 2018, 10:14:29 PM
Where'd you go in Colorado?

Utah.  That’s my Wasatch backyard playground.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on September 30, 2018, 09:46:22 PM
Wow 360

https://youtu.be/FRGF77fBAeM
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on September 30, 2018, 10:09:43 PM
Wow 360

https://youtu.be/FRGF77fBAeM

Holy crap. I did that whole thing from the middle of my living room. Unreal
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on December 26, 2018, 07:46:13 PM
Well that didn't work embedding it so here's the raw url

https://i.imgur.com/I9MBKB3.gifv
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on December 26, 2018, 07:47:44 PM
Wow 360

https://youtu.be/FRGF77fBAeM

Holy crap. I did that whole thing from the middle of my living room. Unreal

I just got a VR/AR headset that I can put my phone into, will have to try with that now too.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on March 27, 2019, 10:55:53 AM
Planning my 2019 Vision Quest and would appreciate any feedback or tips, will be just me and my dog in our Rav4 out taking on the world. Tentative date is middle of July and we will be leaving KC on a Friday after work then taking the whole next week off. Planning spend Saturday at the farm near colby helping my dad do farm stuff like feed the cats then its off to the Mountains on Sunday morning.


Stops –

1.   Somewhere in the mountains in Northern CO for a day or 2 of camping/fishing/hiking. 
2.   Miracle Mile in WY for some trout fishing (Starts just downstream from Seminoe state park)
3.   Follow N Platte river up to Casper, fishing/camping wherever (Tentative spot is Buffalo Berry Campground)
4.   Drive to the Valentine National Refuge in the beautiful Sand Hills of NE for some fishing. 




Besides normal camping gear/food is there anything I might not think of to bring that I should?

Anyone take their dog on a long trip like this? I should have her by my side most of the trip (Bears/Cougars will eat her first sparing me) besides quick runs into stores etc where I can leave her in the car. The only time I might be away from her is if I inflate my kayak and go out on a lake/river. Tie her to a tree and stay in sight? Keep her at campsite in Vehicle with window cracked in the shade? Bring a kennel and set it up outside or in tent?


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on March 27, 2019, 11:39:17 AM
Oh man Ben Ji, I know nothing about the sand hills of Nebraska, but that might be pretty awesome. Best of luck to you and make sure to post an absolutely absurd amount of pics and an even more absurd amount of ben ji dad stories.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on March 27, 2019, 11:58:48 AM
Oh man Ben Ji, I know nothing about the sand hills of Nebraska, but that might be pretty awesome. Best of luck to you and make sure to post an absolutely absurd amount of pics and an even more absurd amount of ben ji dad stories.

Yeah, the sandhills stop if pretty random. When I first started message boarding a long long time ago I read a post talking about fishing in the sandhills and have always wanted to check it out.

I might take a detour up to the Badlands in SD on the drive to the Sand Hills. Have you been? Worth the 1.5 hr detour each way? Probably wont spend the night, just drive through and hang out during the day.

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on March 27, 2019, 12:04:16 PM
I used to take my dog when working in the fields in the summer. I had a 20' wire rope I clipped to the trailer hitch. She would mostly just sleep under the truck but every now and then she'd get the rope wrapped around a tire or something and get stuck like that. I would check on her and refill water every 2-3 hours. I imagine lady would do fine too.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on March 27, 2019, 01:13:17 PM
I used to take my dog when working in the fields in the summer. I had a 20' wire rope I clipped to the trailer hitch. She would mostly just sleep under the truck but every now and then she'd get the rope wrapped around a tire or something and get stuck like that. I would check on her and refill water every 2-3 hours. I imagine lady would do fine too.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:33:00 AM
We are taking spring break in utah right now. Flew into SLC Saturday and drove to vernal  for dinosaur national monument. Found a random arch to hike to (Moonshine) on day 1. Day 2 went to the actual monument and saw the dinosaur quarry which is pretty cool. Did a 5.5 mile loop in the park (monument) where we saw like three people and slogged through some mud but it was still alright. Went to the dino museum in vernal which is surprisingly pretty good. Vernal is a fairly dumpy tourist town on the downswing with creepy/weird dinosaur statues everywhere and I loved it.

I mean look at this thing.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:35:57 AM
We also did a "hike" on a closed dirt road to see some petroglyphs and we were the only people there. Great stuff.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 03, 2019, 10:43:10 AM
If you’re still in Vernal, google Fantasy Canyon.  Where else are you going in Utah?  Let me know if you want any recommendations.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:43:20 AM
Day three we drove to Moab. There's no straight shot south from Vernal to Moab so we went over to Colorado and drove down highway 139 which is a fantastic lonely highway over a  pass and through free range cattle. Got into Moab at like 5pm and thought what the hell let's go to Arches NP since the entrance is close. Driving into Arches for the first time is one of the most amazing views and experiences you can have, it's very similar to seeing Yosemite valley for the first time. Just stunning rock formations around every turn. Went to the windows Arches around sundown and did a hike around them on a little primitive trail.

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:43:54 AM
If you’re still in Vernal, google Fantasy Canyon.  Where else are you going in Utah?  Let me know if you want any recommendations.
We're going to Canyonlands Needles today. Moving slowly.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:44:44 AM
We looked at fantasy canyon but it was just kind of out of the way for what we wanted to do
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:51:58 AM
Day four we got up sort of early to do delicate arch. Made it through the gate with no wait at about 8:15 and went straight to the trailhead parking with no issue. Not really a vision questy hike at first because there are shitloads of Mormon families dragging 6 toddlers up the trail, usually with a dad totally decked out in full Backcountry gear and kids in sweatpants and light up Spiderman shoes. But man oh man it's worth the crowd once you come around the corner and see the arch and the surrounding setting and views. Everything I'd heard about it undersold it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 10:53:25 AM
Here is a picture of me doing a rap squat at the delicate arch

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 03, 2019, 11:07:15 AM
:thumbsup:  Moab and Arches and that area, hell all of Southern Utah, is fantastic.  Keep posting updates.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on April 03, 2019, 11:14:06 AM
MICHCAT, YES. THIS is what the freakin VISION QUEST thread is ALL aBOUT
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 03, 2019, 11:14:06 AM
LOL at the 4x4offroading bros in Moab BTW. So many jeeps and trucker hats and side by sides

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 04, 2019, 09:37:28 AM
We got down from delicate arch about 10:15 then went to the visitor center to get fiery furnace permits. Had to wait till Friday! Watched the video and takes to the ranger and then went to devil's playground. It's really flat to some famous arch so it was super crowded but started to thin out up to the Double O arch. You walk on a scary thin part where you will fall to your death if you slip and it's called a "fin". Got to Double O and considered heading back the way we came but decided to take the primitive trail loop which they make seem death-defying and super crazy. Guess what it was totally pud but we got away from crowds. You just had to hop down a couple rocks, I don't know why morons on AllTrails thought it was so scary. Then we got back to the main trail with hella tourists and broke off on some easy side trails to arches and we were followed by these semi-serious hikers who were clickity clacking their little poles on a trail that was at worst a casual stroll and they reminded me of those Boston scientific robots that walk like people. They were so loud with their clickity clacks and just seemed awful
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 04, 2019, 09:52:58 AM
Yesterday went to Needles part of Canyonlands. Great drive there from Moab and the visitor center is pretty isolated, like fifty miles from anything resembling a town. Saw rock climbers on BLM land on the way in through a great canyon. The one thing you do start to encounter at Canyonlands is hashtag #vanlife dudes aka everlasting vision questers.


Decided on an 8 mile hike through two canyons (Lost Canyon loop). Met 8 people the entire way but when we started there was this group of 2 or 3 families with a couple toddlers who were heading the same direction as us a bit ahead of us. One of the most incredible views ever when you cross between canyons. We thought no way will they make it far so we followed them and eventually passed them. We thought we were in the clear but when we stopped for a break we started hearing yelling and loud talking and eventually we realized that group had shed some dead weight and we had two awful tween boys and their gossipy suburban moms yelling and giggling their way through the canyon. We stopped just to wait them out and let them pass so we wouldn't have to hear them and our efforts to avoid them and getting annoyed by them made the hike way worse than it should have been.

On the way out saw a ton of permanent vision questers on BLM land

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 04, 2019, 02:53:48 PM
Fiery Furnace is great.  Worth the wait.  Tower Arch is another one that will get you away from most tourists.

Corona Arch is outside the park and is very cool.  Probably lots of people though.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 04, 2019, 07:02:35 PM
Did Island in the Sky today. Tried Lathrop Canyon Trail. The views are ridiculous and we didn't see a single person until we got to the top of the crazy switchbacks. We went probably 2/3 down and didn't see much value for continuing. Had lunch and headed back up and ran into a backpacking couple who I'm pretty sure we're trying to bone on the edge of a cliff. Good for them. Parts of this hike were seriously scary since it looks like a wrong step will send you plummetting to your death in this canyon.

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The photo doesn't do it justice but I was afraid to look down. Still we went like 7 miles round trip and met five people. And then you go to whatever arch is there and it's theme park central. But yeah what a ridiculous place to have so much close together
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 04, 2019, 09:51:44 PM
Also @tdaver please recommend a restaurant for dinner in Salt Lake. Like something unique to Utah like a jello themed restaurant or something
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 05, 2019, 12:15:44 AM
Oh man.  Let me sleep on it.

In the meantime, carve out 30 minutes in your itinerary for a truly bizarre SLC experience.  Gilgal Garden.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 05, 2019, 10:03:07 AM
Struggling to think of a good stereotypical Utah option.  You’d probably have to crash a Mormon potluck to get jello and funeral potatoes.  You could try Lion House Pantry or one of the other restaurants in Temple Square but fair warning it’s general conference weekend.  It will be packed like Mormon Disneyland down there.  You will be chum in missionary infested waters.

Not sure if unique to Utah but definitely a surprise to me when I moved here... Utahns love fry sauce, pastrami on their burgers, and super thick milkshakes.  Fry sauce is everywhere.  Has to be the #1 condiment.  Just about any locally based burger joint will have a pastrami burger.  Crown Burger was the original and also has a huge menu that includes gyros, burritos, and all kinds of stuff.  But it’s just fast food.  If you really want a burger, go to Proper Burger and get a beer too.  And the milkshakes... they’re like DQ blizzards.  I have yet to see one you could actually drink with a straw.

If you want to get outside the city and up in the mountains a bit you could try local favs Ruth’s Diner or Silver Fork Lodge. 

Sorry, not coming up with any great options.  There are lots of good normal restaurants around town. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 06, 2019, 12:00:18 AM
Fiery furnace was of course incredible. Better than expected.

Mrs michigancat grew up in sugar House so we went by her childhood home and then the local crown burger and lol wtf it was fantastic and weird. Perfect recommend

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 06, 2019, 12:46:05 AM
Haha.  Shakes, pastrami burgers, and tons of fry sauce.  The Utah trifecta. And I forgot about the weird decor!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on April 06, 2019, 05:02:22 AM
That looks incredible
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on April 06, 2019, 07:26:44 AM
Gluten free bun  :D
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on April 06, 2019, 10:12:18 AM
Just say no to wheat belly.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on April 06, 2019, 11:07:04 AM
What is fry sauce?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 06, 2019, 11:13:25 AM
What is fry sauce?
Half mayo/half ketchup

And my wife is gf you weirdos
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 06, 2019, 11:13:56 AM
Hell yeah

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on April 06, 2019, 12:15:23 PM
What a find!  I love the counterculture stuff like that.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on April 06, 2019, 12:15:59 PM
:sdeek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on April 06, 2019, 05:12:10 PM
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What is fry sauce?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on April 06, 2019, 08:15:02 PM
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What is fry sauce?
Should I know what fry sauce is?? I'm not an obese.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on April 06, 2019, 08:25:36 PM
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What is fry sauce?
Should I know what fry sauce is?? I'm not an obese.

Freddy's has a decent version, imo.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on April 07, 2019, 05:27:52 AM
We also did a "hike" on a closed dirt road to see some petroglyphs and we were the only people there. Great stuff.

off nine mile canyon?  wife and i stopped there on our way back from ks after xmas.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on April 07, 2019, 05:45:04 AM
Anyone take their dog on a long trip like this? I should have her by my side most of the trip (Bears/Cougars will eat her first sparing me) besides quick runs into stores etc where I can leave her in the car. The only time I might be away from her is if I inflate my kayak and go out on a lake/river. Tie her to a tree and stay in sight? Keep her at campsite in Vehicle with window cracked in the shade? Bring a kennel and set it up outside or in tent?

been all over north america with dogs in cars.  hard to imagine traveling any other way.


in the mountains, your dog should be fine in the car in shade.  be generous with the crack.

you can do wonders with these.

https://www.covercraft.com/us/en/sunscreens
http://www.silvershademesh.com/Shade-Tarps-.html


valentine is a cool place.  good snakes up that way.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on April 07, 2019, 08:43:04 AM
We also did a "hike" on a closed dirt road to see some petroglyphs and we were the only people there. Great stuff.

off nine mile canyon?  wife and i stopped there on our way back from ks after xmas.
No it was in dinosaur national monument
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on June 26, 2019, 09:25:21 PM
Planning my 2019 Vision Quest and would appreciate any feedback or tips, will be just me and my dog in our Rav4 out taking on the world. Tentative date is middle of July and we will be leaving KC on a Friday after work then taking the whole next week off. Planning spend Saturday at the farm near colby helping my dad do farm stuff like feed the cats then its off to the Mountains on Sunday morning.


Stops –

1.   Somewhere in the mountains in Northern CO for a day or 2 of camping/fishing/hiking. 
2.   Miracle Mile in WY for some trout fishing (Starts just downstream from Seminoe state park)
3.   Follow N Platte river up to Casper, fishing/camping wherever (Tentative spot is Buffalo Berry Campground)
4.   Drive to the Valentine National Refuge in the beautiful Sand Hills of NE for some fishing. 




Besides normal camping gear/food is there anything I might not think of to bring that I should?

Anyone take their dog on a long trip like this? I should have her by my side most of the trip (Bears/Cougars will eat her first sparing me) besides quick runs into stores etc where I can leave her in the car. The only time I might be away from her is if I inflate my kayak and go out on a lake/river. Tie her to a tree and stay in sight? Keep her at campsite in Vehicle with window cracked in the shade? Bring a kennel and set it up outside or in tent?


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I am starting this vision quest on Friday July 12th, pretty excited.

I've booked a campground spot at Chambers lake in CO for Sunday and Monday. Plan on taking this hike during the day on Monday

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/arp/recarea/?recid=36743

Then on Tuesday I'm heading to the miracle mile in WY to try my luck at trout fishing.

Couple of questions.

1. I've never been on a 5 mile hike up a mountain before but I'm in pretty good shape (weigh the same as I did when I was honorable mention all sunflower league at LB and can still see some of my abs). Lady and I should be able to make that 5 mile hike to blue lake and back with no issues if we leave in the morning, right?

2. Can I just pitch my tent in the middle of nowhere and camp for the night off a dirt road or something as long as its in a park? I've reserved a spot at the campgrounds on Chambers lake for Sunday/Monday but there are no campgrounds close to the miracle mile fishing in WY so I'm thinking I might just pop a squat next to the river on Tuesday/Wednesday.

3. Why can't I buy a daily WY fishing license online? I'm going to have to find a wallys or something I guess.

I'm going to do a 1 night camping test run with Lady over the 4th of July weekend somewhere close to KC so we will see how that goes.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on June 26, 2019, 09:53:31 PM


Planning my 2019 Vision Quest and would appreciate any feedback or tips, will be just me and my dog in our Rav4 out taking on the world. Tentative date is middle of July and we will be leaving KC on a Friday after work then taking the whole next week off. Planning spend Saturday at the farm near colby helping my dad do farm stuff like feed the cats then its off to the Mountains on Sunday morning.


Stops –

1.   Somewhere in the mountains in Northern CO for a day or 2 of camping/fishing/hiking. 
2.   Miracle Mile in WY for some trout fishing (Starts just downstream from Seminoe state park)
3.   Follow N Platte river up to Casper, fishing/camping wherever (Tentative spot is Buffalo Berry Campground)
4.   Drive to the Valentine National Refuge in the beautiful Sand Hills of NE for some fishing. 




Besides normal camping gear/food is there anything I might not think of to bring that I should?

Anyone take their dog on a long trip like this? I should have her by my side most of the trip (Bears/Cougars will eat her first sparing me) besides quick runs into stores etc where I can leave her in the car. The only time I might be away from her is if I inflate my kayak and go out on a lake/river. Tie her to a tree and stay in sight? Keep her at campsite in Vehicle with window cracked in the shade? Bring a kennel and set it up outside or in tent?


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* * *

2. Can I just pitch my tent in the middle of nowhere and camp for the night off a dirt road or something as long as its in a park?

* * *

Yes, but be aware that you won't be able to set up camp if there's too much activity nearby.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 18, 2019, 09:11:37 PM
Currently in the Sand Hills of NE which surprisingly has 4G, headed back to KC tomorrow morning. Will update with some more posts/pics this weekend but here is a primer of my 5 day vision quest through CO/WY/NE (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/76fb988938fa33ba539010e7794f53a1.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/7f630fd08ae79e088c88d9605dd0b9b0.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/b4602f3fe1992eba93881533897a8d4f.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/76e97c242cf97086379f92152133f929.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/0ed5c8ce255bb06005696afdbc4090ee.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/5cf951a9390fb7bfc08b057fc15703c8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/fb3ff60c915ac98edf27b4ac070f48ea.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/6e611983937baedd9a61edacfacfec8e.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/51a97a12f1d82aed9ec15230737778f3.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/47b012894989ef5fd483d7f72d5906ed.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/519396c533787360a80a6741ff61700b.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20190719/3b1bac46d84c8f9ce68bfe7f1646217a.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 25, 2019, 02:35:27 PM
i'm going to VQ my entire head off next week  :eek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 26, 2019, 09:42:52 AM
i'm going to VQ my entire head off next week  :eek:

Where are you headed?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 10:44:54 AM
i'm going to VQ my entire head off next week  :eek:

Where are you headed?

the majority of this VQ is unplanned <-- extreme VQ thing
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on July 26, 2019, 10:57:34 AM
Is this like a hippie quest with shrooms, chodecat? I don't see you much as an outdoor man who fishes and stuff.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on July 26, 2019, 11:00:05 AM
it's a vision quest, not grab ass with your buds quest
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on July 26, 2019, 11:04:08 AM
Is this like a hippie quest with shrooms, chodecat? I don't see you much as an outdoor man who fishes and stuff.

(https://stonerdays.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/shroom-trip-stonerdays.gif)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 26, 2019, 11:26:17 AM
i'm going to VQ my entire head off next week  :eek:

Where are you headed?

the majority of this VQ is unplanned <-- extreme VQ thing

Unplanned is the best. Do you know the general area you will be driving to at least or do you just plan on driving west until you decide to stop?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on July 26, 2019, 11:32:07 AM
Don't forget to pack your avocado toast, chode.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 26, 2019, 11:32:40 AM
sounds fun, mocat
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 26, 2019, 11:33:42 AM
Don't forget to pack your avocado toast, chode.

I don't like mean 420cat, be nice.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on July 26, 2019, 11:48:08 AM
yeah relax 'scat69, it's friday
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 11:58:47 AM
Is this like a hippie quest with shrooms, chodecat? I don't see you much as an outdoor man who fishes and stuff.

https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=27622.msg1674325#msg1674325 (https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=27622.msg1674325#msg1674325)

https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=27622.msg1674454#msg1674454 (https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=27622.msg1674454#msg1674454)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on July 26, 2019, 12:00:35 PM
CASE CLOSED!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 12:00:52 PM
i miss emo

mocat you might be a closet redneck.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 12:01:39 PM
also i bought this ridiculous thing for $80 that boils water in like 60 seconds so i can make real coffee in the mornings. pretty jazzed about it
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on July 26, 2019, 12:02:21 PM
Oof


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 12:03:27 PM
also another thing: why are shrooms and fishing mutually exclusive in your head bud?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on July 26, 2019, 12:08:45 PM
New Mexico is awesome. I love it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on July 26, 2019, 12:17:34 PM
I was here about twelve days ago.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 26, 2019, 03:40:07 PM
also i bought this ridiculous thing for $80 that boils water in like 60 seconds so i can make real coffee in the mornings. pretty jazzed about it

Link? The worst part of camping is waking up in the morning, starting a fire then waiting for your water to boil so you can make coffee.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on July 26, 2019, 03:43:52 PM
jetboil?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 26, 2019, 04:51:54 PM
Yeah it's a jetboil. I also have a little filter that clips onto any cup and you just pour the hot water through the grounds
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 26, 2019, 04:53:06 PM
Literally any cup?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on July 28, 2019, 05:01:01 PM
Jetboil, ftw. We take ours every trip where we are out away from civilization/our car.

Not too heavy, and worth the pack weight on those mornings after hiking 10 miles the previous day.

If you get a propane system it is well worth it to pick up one of these as well, as it will let you know just how much fuel you have left in your tank.

https://www.rei.com/product/127967/jetboil-jetgauge-canister-weight-scale

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on July 28, 2019, 08:26:47 PM
Literally any cup?
Yeah
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 29, 2019, 09:42:46 PM
Jetboil plus a French press is a killer combo
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 04, 2019, 10:21:01 PM
I’ve really been falling behind on pics, so here comes up a bunch all at once from the last few weeks.

Ouray, CO is absolutely gorgeous
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Oops, how’d that get in here
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One of my favorite trails for an early morning run.  Plus EMAW wildflowers.
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Linking up the four local ski areas into one run
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Tetons family camping trip.  Amazing.  It’s so close.  Don’t know why we didn’t go sooner.  Tent-cabins at Colter Bay are a fun alternative to taking your own tent.
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Backpacking to Utah’s high point in the Uintas
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 05, 2019, 12:12:06 AM
Magnificent. Keep up the good work tdaver
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Tobias on August 05, 2019, 12:12:57 AM
tdaver is so goddamned good at quest'n
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 05, 2019, 03:47:01 PM
tdaver that is great
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 05, 2019, 04:49:49 PM
i was all over the great state of Colorado over the last week or so.

couple days in denver with friends. it is hot as crap in denver and there are infinite breweries and decidedly no VQ content of note to share.

drove through Phantom Canyon road from Cripple Creek to Cañon City. it's an old mining railroad route with lots of cool views and tunnels and whatnot.

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next we drove through Medano Pass primitive road, with the intent to camp in Great Sand Dunes NP. this is a 4x4 road and it has 9 creek crossings and some hairy rocky parts. pretty fun. anyway it took about 2 hours but when we got to the entrance to the NP, it was closed due to a torrential storm a few days before that made the road impassable. so we had to camp along the road, and then double back the next morning and go all the way around the park. there were literally zero other people encountered along the road, and crap tons of mosquitos everywhere. so we just car camped out of annoyance with mosquitos and fear of bears. this was at the top of the pass on the way out the next day:

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next day we were planning on driving Cottonwood Pass (highest paved crossing of the continental divide) but it was also closed, so we took boring old Monarch Pass to Gunnison and camped at Taylor Reservoir that night. the campground hosts weren't there so it was free.  :eye:   however some weird olds were running their super loud generator and sitting in their RV irl the entire time. like what are you even doing? idk

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the main desty was Crested Butte, where we stayed with friends for a few days and colorado'd the F out of it.

rented a $6000 santa cruz for a couple days and mtb'd some world class trails. first time actually mtb'ing and i did pretty good!

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SUP'd a few miles on the Slate river with el doggo (mt CB in the background)

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coloradoans call this flower phenomenon a yellow bomb or some silly crap lmao:

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hiked around 3 lakes (lost lake slough/lost/dollar) which was a nice easy hike with good views

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thought of wacky when i saw this enormous shroom. did not not eat this one bc poison, etc.

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all in all pretty fantastic time, albeit not quite as VQ-y as i maybe would have liked but still very great.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: cDubya on August 05, 2019, 05:03:54 PM
Goodness, those are some legit astounding shots, @mocat.

Looks like an amazing trip!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: wELLsculptedbrows on August 05, 2019, 05:40:18 PM
 :drool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 05, 2019, 06:07:49 PM
Goodness, those are some legit astounding shots, @mocat.

Looks like an amazing trip!

samsung did all the work. TY
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 05, 2019, 09:05:20 PM
Great questing, mocat.  Bet the visions would have been amazing if you’d eaten that shroom!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 05, 2019, 10:15:01 PM
Mocat, all those pics look amazing. But have you ever played 18 holes in cabo while its 96 degrees with 80% humidity on back to back days?

Talk about a vision quest, woof.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 02, 2019, 10:05:27 PM
Morning run started out great.  Cool air, amaze views, made it to lake destination on time.  Then I sprained my ankle, hobbled down the last four miles, missed out on a bear sighting by a couple minutes, then backed into another car on my way out.  At least I got these sweet pics.

Do you guys remember this poop parade?  I sure do.  Haven’t been on that trail since.  Until today.  Hit some nearby trails and lakes this morning and then decided to give this one another go.  Rolled my damn ankle again.  But no car accidents!  And I got these sweet pics!

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 29, 2019, 03:13:16 PM
Checking out the trail a couple days before race
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Race day
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Other fun stuff
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on October 30, 2019, 01:31:06 PM
That last one omg
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on October 30, 2019, 01:47:09 PM
Yeah, Oregon is alright.   :)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 30, 2019, 03:52:44 PM
Catchacold, do you live around there?  Absolutely loved our trip and would I totally pick up and move if I could figure out the details.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on November 01, 2019, 11:36:12 AM
Catchacold, do you live around there?  Absolutely loved our trip and would I totally pick up and move if I could figure out the details.

Yeah, have lived in Bend for around 5 years now. The mountain biking was the main draw for me, pretty great to roll out from home and access so much singletrack.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 02, 2019, 08:41:29 AM
I definitely see the draw.  Has similar (maybe in even better) access to trails as I have here, but in a town more my size and pace.  Plus no weird Mormon crap to deal with.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on November 06, 2019, 12:10:02 PM
Spent last week VQing around Moab. Some mtb'ing, hiking, 2 rappels (!) and of course camping

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on November 06, 2019, 12:14:50 PM
Wow. Niiice.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on November 06, 2019, 12:15:42 PM
Some more

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: meow meow on November 06, 2019, 12:18:07 PM
nice pics chode
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on November 06, 2019, 02:38:50 PM
yeah, Utah is alright too I guess.  :cool:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Brock Landers on November 06, 2019, 03:05:28 PM
Repels?  What, like with magnets?   :lol:

jk, nice pics.  Is that where James Franco had to cut his arm off?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on November 06, 2019, 03:32:09 PM
aside from never having rappelled before idk if i had ever seen the word rappelling before  :sdeek:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on November 06, 2019, 03:35:24 PM
irl tho rappelling off that stone bridge/arch thing was the scariest thing i've ever done. it was about 250ft above the canyon floor and you just back up over the edge like an idiot.

VQ!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on November 06, 2019, 03:45:08 PM
Hey moabcat, great pics!  Thanks for the reminder that I’m overdue for a little red rock therapy.

Did you stay long enough to experience the amazing all new 5% Utah beer?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on November 06, 2019, 03:59:36 PM
Hey moabcat, great pics!  Thanks for the reminder that I’m overdue for a little red rock therapy.

Did you stay long enough to experience the amazing all new 5% Utah beer?

i did not! we loaded up on racks of Montucky cold snacks and bottles of whiskey from the world famous liquor barn in grand junction.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on June 10, 2020, 10:14:09 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on June 11, 2020, 08:42:03 AM
I'm getting pretty excited for my vision quest July 10th-17th out in south central WY along the N Platte River. Current plan is to camp here for the majority of the time and fish the N Platte/other streams in the area.  :ksu:

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Pickaroon+Campground/@41.1224421,-106.4227936,8862m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x64b66cb0103f2743!8m2!3d41.1261605!4d-106.4312017?hl=en
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: slackcat on June 11, 2020, 08:36:55 PM
cool
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on June 11, 2020, 08:54:31 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200612/852a0c5b8085e010a7f0dc1c9efea7a3.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 11, 2020, 10:38:24 PM
I haven't made it out to WY yet but about 1 hr south of the cat ranch is the little Jerusalem Badlands.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200712/76e24b41f0b81e7465523afc022ba6f2.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200712/030fde12631e1dc07e210f350a103569.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200712/e30ef0dfd7a9bb4351f5d612fdb3554f.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 11, 2020, 10:40:29 PM
I told lady "Everything the Light touches will one day be yours"

(She believed me)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on July 12, 2020, 06:33:29 AM
I had no idea that existed

Sent from my moto g power using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on July 12, 2020, 10:23:59 AM
I had no idea that existed

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I had no idea that existed

Sent from my moto g power using Tapatalk



just opened recently! used to be private land
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 12, 2020, 06:17:31 PM
FIL snuck me in there a few years ago.  Pretty cool place.  Watch out for the bison.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on July 13, 2020, 09:28:01 PM
Is that close to castle rock?  I only been there once, but it was great.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 16, 2020, 07:56:12 PM
Just got back from 4 days of camping fishing on the N Platte River near Saratoga/Encampment. Easily the most beautiful area I've been.

Enjoy some pictures

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/e41c6b4347fe31fd20d76b4377446593.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/6e209591691a1dd2abf61b2b9de690fd.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/8e0d48dc2b61ac10da3499555e587e87.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 16, 2020, 07:58:03 PM
Had grilled fish over the fire for dinner 3 nights.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/8d7bf2b1bacaa0556fecda204920b3dc.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/43705d448ac9d0b5d174fef5b68896a9.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/6656361d3c930757f458cbed832fe44c.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/7eb65de21d6efc9692ba04690f77daba.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 16, 2020, 08:00:45 PM
About 5 times a day I would be driving down a road and think "This is the most beautiful country in the world"

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/eaaf2d4644369bb6519595da632b9de8.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/b247916ef573d65d4f7c726891df5ecc.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/1a17b810700e04465875ec62022c6901.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/b8ece0425df1713d58b5ab823ce2fe59.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 16, 2020, 08:01:35 PM
Did the new pup get to go?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 16, 2020, 08:07:16 PM
Did the new pup get to go?
No, she was sent to bird dog school for a month.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on July 16, 2020, 08:17:25 PM
very pretty.  kinda mean to the other dog, though.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 16, 2020, 09:27:01 PM
I was driving around some dirt roads on BLM land trying to find a Creek and ignored the sign that says "Road is not maintained beyond this point, proceed with extreme caution. Made it about half a mile until I came across some 1+ feet ruts.

Had to move some dead limbs from beside the road and executed a 12 point turn to get back out.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/47177a5f146ab37beac17fe25e41a30c.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on July 17, 2020, 01:38:48 AM
I was driving around some dirt roads on BLM land trying to find a Creek and ignored the sign that says "Road is not maintained beyond this point, proceed with extreme caution. Made it about half a mile until I came across some 1+ feet ruts.

Had to move some dead limbs from beside the road and executed a 12 point turn to get back out.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/47177a5f146ab37beac17fe25e41a30c.jpg)

Better get a new Bronco.  :)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on July 17, 2020, 09:43:06 AM
you could have made it in whatever you're driving.


the first trout is a brown and the second is a rainbow?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: pissclams on July 17, 2020, 10:58:54 AM
v elite vq'ing benji
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 17, 2020, 03:35:31 PM
you could have made it in whatever you're driving.


the first trout is a brown and the second is a rainbow?

It's a Rav4 and I'd all ready gone through some dicey terrain to get to that point, didn't want to damage my vehicle.

Trout were all brown except for some small randoms I got from a mountain stream.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 17, 2020, 03:36:38 PM
Can't believe sys thought that brown was a rainbow.  :ROFL:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on July 17, 2020, 04:05:17 PM
i'm not very smart at fish.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 17, 2020, 10:00:49 PM
I was driving around some dirt roads on BLM land trying to find a Creek and ignored the sign that says "Road is not maintained beyond this point, proceed with extreme caution. Made it about half a mile until I came across some 1+ feet ruts.

Had to move some dead limbs from beside the road and executed a 12 point turn to get back out.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/47177a5f146ab37beac17fe25e41a30c.jpg)

Just realized my photo's capture the GPS and I was here when I took this photo.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B007'26.0%22N+106%C2%B027'04.5%22W/@41.123875,-106.451254,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.123875!4d-106.451254

I was attempting to go here but had no service so couldn't see exactly where I was and just kept going to explore.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B006'39.4%22N+106%C2%B030'29.4%22W/@41.110944,-106.508161,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.110944!4d-106.508161
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 17, 2020, 10:08:39 PM
I was driving around some dirt roads on BLM land trying to find a Creek and ignored the sign that says "Road is not maintained beyond this point, proceed with extreme caution. Made it about half a mile until I came across some 1+ feet ruts.

Had to move some dead limbs from beside the road and executed a 12 point turn to get back out.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200717/47177a5f146ab37beac17fe25e41a30c.jpg)

Just realized my photo's capture the GPS and I was here when I took this photo.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B007'26.0%22N+106%C2%B027'04.5%22W/@41.123875,-106.451254,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.123875!4d-106.451254

I was attempting to go here but had no service so couldn't see exactly where I was and just kept going to explore.


https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B006'39.4%22N+106%C2%B030'29.4%22W/@41.110944,-106.508161,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.110944!4d-106.508161

Also this spiderweb of roads is like a vertical climb straight up the side of a mountain on a dirt road and I barely made it back up, like I was flooring it and going 5 MPH.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B007'37.0%22N+106%C2%B027'14.8%22W/@41.126935,-106.454122,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.126935!4d-106.454122

No regrets
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 18, 2020, 12:23:15 AM
Did you have a destination in mind
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 18, 2020, 02:52:15 PM
Did you have a destination in mind

Ideally I was going to go here but really I was just living life and exploring random dirt roads

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B006'39.4%22N+106%C2%B030'29.4%22W/@41.110944,-106.508161,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.110944!4d-106.508161
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 18, 2020, 04:29:12 PM
Did you have a destination in mind

Ideally I was going to go here but really I was just living life and exploring random dirt roads

https://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B006'39.4%22N+106%C2%B030'29.4%22W/@41.110944,-106.508161,671m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0x0!8m2!3d41.110944!4d-106.508161

That looks like an ideal spot to set up camp for Dutch, Arthur, and the boys (and ladies).
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 27, 2020, 08:55:31 PM
Wildflowers are hot right now.  Perfect time for some vision questing.  Get out there.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/c0fd48b06f8be7395df0ead8ce8cf216.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/8c1d97c1fa36b522de340e9eaa7b828f.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/932fe699064f896dc061d17441305d7a.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/bdd77959c2a19a2eb011a7df2081bfcd.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/79dffb91fe12fabe59be643f9f3270a2.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/9d4f04f88c1e4c2cd70f42592c815546.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 27, 2020, 09:10:46 PM
Wildflowers are hot right now.  Perfect time for some vision questing.  Get out there.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/c0fd48b06f8be7395df0ead8ce8cf216.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/8c1d97c1fa36b522de340e9eaa7b828f.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/932fe699064f896dc061d17441305d7a.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/bdd77959c2a19a2eb011a7df2081bfcd.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/79dffb91fe12fabe59be643f9f3270a2.jpg)
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200728/9d4f04f88c1e4c2cd70f42592c815546.jpg)
Where at?

I might go back to the N Platte River valley at the end of August.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 27, 2020, 10:11:43 PM
Wasatch
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: SkinnyBenny on July 27, 2020, 10:45:27 PM
Oh dear. Tdaver I love those photos.

Meant to post in this thread a few weeks ago. I went to Ft. Collins for about 5 days and I just can’t even describe how much I love that town and the surrounding hikes and mountain drives. Just amazing. Headed toward Mishawaka, read a book by a river, hiked Greyrock and listened to My Morning Jacket when I got to the top, and then hours later at the end I got back to the trailhead and took off my shoes so my barking dogs could rest in the cool, rushing Poudre River. The next day I went swimming in Horsetooth Reservoir. Can’t stop thinking about Ft. Collins. It might actually be the perfect place for me. Get these motherfuckers in the Big XII immediately.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on July 28, 2020, 08:42:18 AM
Oh dear. Tdaver I love those photos.

Meant to post in this thread a few weeks ago. I went to Ft. Collins for about 5 days and I just can’t even describe how much I love that town and the surrounding hikes and mountain drives. Just amazing. Headed toward Mishawaka, read a book by a river, hiked Greyrock and listened to My Morning Jacket when I got to the top, and then hours later at the end I got back to the trailhead and took off my shoes so my barking dogs could rest in the cool, rushing Poudre River. The next day I went swimming in Horsetooth Reservoir. Can’t stop thinking about Ft. Collins. It might actually be the perfect place for me. Get these motherfuckers in the Big XII immediately.

Drove through it on the way to WY and it seemed like a pretty cool town but my gawd was the traffic bad.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2020, 08:57:17 AM
when I went on a lite vision quest to oregon a couple weeks ago a friend we were traveling with is like obsessed with night photography but is scared to go into the middle of nowhere by himself at night so we went up to this mountain where there's an observatory like a half hour east of Bend and the stars were pretty ridiculous even with the naked eye (and he got some nice shots)

(https://i.imgur.com/xtmV8eO.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/GiLCOyE.png)

(https://i.imgur.com/oB9Cs14.png)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 28, 2020, 08:59:36 AM
Nice pics.

Scared of like, animals? The dark?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2020, 09:07:13 AM
Nice pics.

Scared of like, animals? The dark?

animals and weird dudes murdering him deliverance style. And I kind of teased him about it but you drive through the "badlands" east of bend to get to this place and at like 10:30pm we saw a creepy old pickup with its parking lights on at a side road and a guy with a foot long gray beard to his neck scrolling his phone in a ford tempo on the side of the road. I wasn't weirded out but I could see how it could weird someone out.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Spracne on July 28, 2020, 09:11:25 AM
Imagine the internal struggle of being an avid night photography enthusiast BUT ALSO being scared shitless of dark, desolate areas.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: pissclams on July 28, 2020, 09:15:00 AM
none of the killing in deliverance occurred at night.  drew was either shot or fell out of the canoe (daytime) and rapist mountain man (arrow during the day) or the toothless man (shot during the day)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2020, 09:17:44 AM
Imagine the internal struggle of being an avid night photography enthusiast BUT ALSO being scared shitless of dark, desolate areas.

it's quite a pickle. I was glad to go with him one time but on our way back we stayed a night in Klamath Falls and he wanted to go to Crater Lake at night but I passed.

which isn't very vision-quest-y during the day but still pretty stunning!

(https://i.imgur.com/BEdIgLS.png)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on July 28, 2020, 10:39:54 AM
Earth is pretty amazing
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on July 28, 2020, 10:49:03 AM
I hear those lakes are super deep.  I wonder how good the fishing is and what kind of fish are in them.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on July 28, 2020, 11:22:41 AM
Earth is pretty amazing

Can confirm.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on July 28, 2020, 11:25:34 AM
isn’t a foot long beard just par for the course up there?  And greats pics
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on July 28, 2020, 11:35:27 AM
animals and weird dudes murdering him deliverance style. And I kind of teased him about it but you drive through the "badlands" east of bend to get to this place and at like 10:30pm we saw a creepy old pickup with its parking lights on at a side road and a guy with a foot long gray beard to his neck scrolling his phone in a ford tempo on the side of the road. I wasn't weirded out but I could see how it could weird someone out.

I ride my bike in that area a lot, there are some creepy, um... "campers" out there on the forest service roads. And certain areas on the west side too.

The only animal issues I've had were skunks spraying our dog.  :facepalm:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on July 28, 2020, 11:42:08 AM
isn’t a foot long beard just par for the course up there?  And greats pics

beards and California plates.  :shakesfist:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2020, 12:26:23 PM
I hear those lakes are super deep.  I wonder how good the fishing is and what kind of fish are in them.

crater lake is the deepest lake in the US! There are actually no native fish in Crater Lake but some dumbos wanted to stock it a while back and so now there's a mess of invasive species. Rainbow Trout and a certain kind of salmon are stable and they also added crayfish to feed the trout. And now the crayfish are eating the endangered newts that live there.

we went to this crazy clear lake called "Clear Lake" and it is too cold for anything to grow but they still stock it with fish every year

(https://i.imgur.com/lob1Emq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/s0AGY6Y.png)

and we also went to Paulina Lake which has some hot springs that were about a mile hike to get to.

(https://i.imgur.com/xUjquCs.png)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on July 28, 2020, 12:35:02 PM
animals and weird dudes murdering him deliverance style. And I kind of teased him about it but you drive through the "badlands" east of bend to get to this place and at like 10:30pm we saw a creepy old pickup with its parking lights on at a side road and a guy with a foot long gray beard to his neck scrolling his phone in a ford tempo on the side of the road. I wasn't weirded out but I could see how it could weird someone out.

I ride my bike in that area a lot, there are some creepy, um... "campers" out there on the forest service roads. And certain areas on the west side too.

The only animal issues I've had were skunks spraying our dog.  :facepalm:

yeah we went to Pine Mountain which took like 12 miles of dirt forest road. there was an empty campground there but a pickup was parked there that was another group of stargazers. when we were crossing the road to go to the observatory and peak a sprinter van pulled up and I kinda waved to direct them to the campground and they just turn around and left. Kinda creepy but not too bad
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 01, 2020, 06:20:42 PM
Took the boys for a quick overnighter in the Uintas with some friends.  Saw a little smoke behind us as we started in.  Turned around to see this when we got to our spot.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200801/90969c1276b4b8e812985c13235827a5.jpg)

Watched several planes fly through dropping the smokejumpers. Those guys have to be nuts but I’m glad somebody is doing it.  Hope they get paid well.  Fire was under control a few hours later.  Still smoking a little as we drove out today.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200801/62bc8c9769d2e2ebfa5558600950142b.jpg)

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200801/a9c25f1ac7544aab4b8b75700db8cd86.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 01, 2020, 06:39:09 PM
I hear those lakes are super deep.  I wonder how good the fishing is and what kind of fish are in them.

crater lake is the deepest lake in the US! There are actually no native fish in Crater Lake but some dumbos wanted to stock it a while back and so now there's a mess of invasive species. Rainbow Trout and a certain kind of salmon are stable and they also added crayfish to feed the trout. And now the crayfish are eating the endangered newts that live there.

we went to this crazy clear lake called "Clear Lake" and it is too cold for anything to grow but they still stock it with fish every year

(https://i.imgur.com/lob1Emq.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/s0AGY6Y.png)

and we also went to Paulina Lake which has some hot springs that were about a mile hike to get to.

(https://i.imgur.com/xUjquCs.png)

Would definitely love to check those sites.  I'm jelly, those are some great pic's.  Can a person boat on them, and if so, are there restrictions on type and size?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 02, 2020, 10:06:03 AM
Clear Lake didn't allow motors but you could kayak or SUP or row. Paulina lake had some pontoons and small fishing boats but I don't know of any size limits
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 02, 2020, 07:11:09 PM
I may need to invest in a small flat row boat and an electric troll motor if allowed.  Do they allow camping near these lakes? 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 02, 2020, 07:13:09 PM
I may need to invest in a small flat row boat and an electric troll motor if allowed.  Do they allow camping near these lakes?
Yeah Paulina had a campground right on the beach. Looked pretty amazing.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Catchacold on August 03, 2020, 10:32:02 AM
There are also some boat-in campgrounds

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/deschutes/recarea/?recid=39028
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 03, 2020, 11:38:20 AM
I'm going back to WY along the N Platte river valley Aug 26-29th. Decided against camping this time and rented some tiny cabin in Riverside/Encampment for $60 a night.  :love: :love: :love:

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 03, 2020, 11:46:45 AM
I'm going back to WY along the N Platte river valley Aug 26-29th. Decided against camping this time and rented some tiny cabin in Riverside/Encampment for $60 a night.  :love: :love: :love:
I'm still debating on if I take both my dogs, just lady, or just Milo. Leaning towards just Milo or both....

I've never taken both of them out fishing at the same time so I'll do some practice runs before deciding.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200803/5179ee415bcd1d7579599c26c7a04aab.jpg)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 03, 2020, 12:24:19 PM
TY, this is some great info.!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on August 03, 2020, 03:19:45 PM
take them both, my god.  leaving a dog at home is some psychopath crap.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 03, 2020, 04:18:01 PM
take them both, my god.  leaving a dog at home is some psychopath crap.

I really want to but don't want them wandering off while I'm standing in the middle of a river. I'll probably have to tie both of them up to a tree or something.

I'll take them both fishing at some places around KC and see how it goes.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on August 05, 2020, 09:57:59 AM
My dog would prefer to stay at home. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 05, 2020, 01:53:53 PM
My dog would prefer to stay at home.

House dog?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on August 05, 2020, 09:36:44 PM
15 year old weenie. He likes to go outside to crap and pee and then right back in.

Tried to take him on a walk about 2 months ago. He stopped after about 2 blocks and refused to go any further. Had to carry him home.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on August 05, 2020, 09:37:34 PM
He’s snoring so loud at this very moment that I had to turn up the TV.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 06, 2020, 12:46:11 PM
I had a dog like that, but she only lived for 9 yrs.  She died of heart failure.  :bawl:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on August 23, 2020, 06:16:03 PM
Hiked around 9 miles yesterday. Was really smokey because of the fires in Colorado but a lot of fun. Then stayed at the cabin and grilled steaks on the campfire.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 23, 2020, 07:47:32 PM
TBT, where are you hanging out at?  It looks like the Colorado Rockies around Estates Park.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on August 23, 2020, 08:03:26 PM
TBT, where are you hanging out at?  It looks like the Colorado Rockies around Estates Park.
Laramie Peak in Wyoming.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on August 23, 2020, 09:22:16 PM
very pretty.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on August 23, 2020, 11:05:56 PM
TBT, where are you hanging out at?  It looks like the Colorado Rockies around Estates Park.
Laramie Peak in Wyoming.

I can see by the pics that it's a great place to vacation.  Have fun.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 24, 2020, 08:27:22 AM
TBT, where are you hanging out at?  It looks like the Colorado Rockies around Estates Park.
Laramie Peak in Wyoming.

 :surprised:

I'm heading back to Wyoming (N Platte River Valley(Encampment)) this week for another vision quest. How long are you going to be out there?

Also tell me about Laramie Peak. I just assumed it was near the town of Laramie but it looks like its actually 2 hours away. Any good fishing up that way?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on August 24, 2020, 11:41:01 AM
TBT, where are you hanging out at?  It looks like the Colorado Rockies around Estates Park.
Laramie Peak in Wyoming.

 :surprised:

I'm heading back to Wyoming (N Platte River Valley(Encampment)) this week for another vision quest. How long are you going to be out there?

Also tell me about Laramie Peak. I just assumed it was near the town of Laramie but it looks like its actually 2 hours away. Any good fishing up that way?

I've been in Wyoming for over a week now.  Staying with some family and working from here.  Don't know yet when I'll go back to KC.

Laramie Peak is one of the taller mountains in this part of Wyoming and you can see it from a long ways away.  I lived in Wyoming(and in view of Laramie Peak) for a long time but had never hiked it.  I have deer/antelope/elk hunted in Medicine Bow National Forest a ton of times.  Hiked the trail with some family and it is definitely not a beginner trail but the views were really cool.  It was so smokey so we couldn't quite see as far but it was fun.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/wyoming/laramie-peak#:~:text=Laramie%20Peak%20is%20a%209.9,ft%20Route%20type%20Out%20%26%20Back

As far as fishing I'm sure there are some places but I haven't fished in that area.  I have fished at Glendo a ton of times and rented a pontoon boat and was out on the lake all day when I was here in June.  I posted a picture from the boat looking at Laramie Peak earlier ITT.

https://goEMAW.com/forum/index.php?topic=27622.msg1986707#msg1986707
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 09:52:23 AM
i spent two weeks in CO / moab this summer but i haven't posted anything itt yet! tent camped for 12 consecutive nights. took the 4runner (xpost w/ cars thread) on 5 different off road mountain passes of varying difficulty (for those interested: mosquito, engineer, cinnamon, ophir, la sal), and two trails in moab (dome plateau and fins n things!), did an extreme VQ 9 mile hike in canyonlands, rappelled morning glory arch (again), rented a santa cruz bronson and biked navajo rocks in like 105 degree heat (do not recommend), cooled off in a waterfall every evening while we were in moab. and still cannot compete with ben ji's nsfw fishing photos!

south of leadville near clear creek reservoir

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mosquito pass

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i eventually had to turn around here bc of the snow, but there was a pretty lol moment with all these hardcore 4x4 bros attaching a winch to a vehicle with a winch attached to another vehicle

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on a hike near south fork clear creek

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look at the size of this dang pine tree

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newly paved cottonwood pass

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engineer pass

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i think this was somewhere along cinnamon pass

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i had never seen this before but apparently it is pretty common. that is a F ton of snow from an avalanche, covered in dirt/debris. irl snow tunnel

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on August 28, 2020, 09:59:44 AM
mocat!!!  That is some sweet questing.  Let’s see some more.  Especially throw in some Moab for me. 
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 28, 2020, 10:11:35 AM
That's great mocat. Did the hardcore bros look down on your 4runner or is it more customized than it looks from the photo?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 10:14:57 AM
hike near Needles in canyonlands

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look at those tiny people

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capo (xpost w/ dogs thread) contemplating her existence

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the aforementioned Bronson at navajo rocks. so fing hot.

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i could not believe how green the view was from La Sal pass. like this is in the desert where there is no shade but then you climb a couple miles up a mountain and boom complete forest ? wtf

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so i have rappelled morning glory arch once before on like an unofficially guided tour, and we got to actually rappel off the arch itself. this time we had to rappel next to the arch (lame) bc it was an official guided tour and they are not allowed to do that anymore.

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if you get a chance to do fins n things you should do it. complete lol playground

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 10:25:27 AM
That's great mocat. Did the hardcore bros look down on your 4runner or is it more customized than it looks from the photo?

oh for sure, mine is pretty much stock. there was also a pretty hilarious toyota / jeep dynamic going on where the toyota bros were clearly proud that they were winching out a stuck jeep.

to expand on the situation for those interested (this is the VQ thread after all!): irl i am lucky those guys showed up. i got there first and nobody else was around, and i was mulling over whether or not to attempt driving through the snow, bc it really didn't look that bad. then 3 monster toyota trucks showed up behind me, and the jeep from the other side. the toyota bros convinced the jeep bro to attempt the crossing, with the understanding that they would winch him if he got stuck. well he got stuck immediately and it was difficult to get him across. then 2 of the 3 toyota monster trucks made it (barely, like on the absolute verge of tipping over), and one of them had to bail and just go straight down the mountain through like 4 foot deep snow. it was pretty nuts. so i obviously just turned around.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 28, 2020, 10:34:30 AM
Nice, we went on a pretty similar hike in Canyonlands, it's a pretty stunning spot that photos can't do justice

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 10:46:35 AM
that looks like the same hike! was it the big spring / squaw canyon loop? and yeah, the scale is impossible to convey.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 11:08:22 AM
some other stuff:

- the whole time in co we just did dispersed camping in the natl forests (gunnison and san juan) which is really great BUT
- i know colorado is like buried in a cloud of smoke right now so i can't really complain that much, but it totally blows camping without being able to have a campfire.
- i want to spend more time in the san juans. ouray / lake city / silverton are absolute ditr gem towns. and next time maybe i will have the confidence to try black bear pass (!)
- we stopped and had lunch in aspen on the way back home from moab. the absolute worst humans on the planet are in aspen. amaze.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on August 28, 2020, 11:33:08 AM
Awesome stuff.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: star seed 7 on August 28, 2020, 11:48:47 AM
Man, is that a Samsung camera? What amazing quality.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 12:08:53 PM
of course
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 28, 2020, 01:13:01 PM
That's great mocat. Did the hardcore bros look down on your 4runner or is it more customized than it looks from the photo?

oh for sure, mine is pretty much stock. there was also a pretty hilarious toyota / jeep dynamic going on where the toyota bros were clearly proud that they were winching out a stuck jeep.

to expand on the situation for those interested (this is the VQ thread after all!): irl i am lucky those guys showed up. i got there first and nobody else was around, and i was mulling over whether or not to attempt driving through the snow, bc it really didn't look that bad. then 3 monster toyota trucks showed up behind me, and the jeep from the other side. the toyota bros convinced the jeep bro to attempt the crossing, with the understanding that they would winch him if he got stuck. well he got stuck immediately and it was difficult to get him across. then 2 of the 3 toyota monster trucks made it (barely, like on the absolute verge of tipping over), and one of them had to bail and just go straight down the mountain through like 4 foot deep snow. it was pretty nuts. so i obviously just turned around.
I enjoyed this story, thank you for telling it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 28, 2020, 01:24:46 PM
that looks like the same hike! was it the big spring / squaw canyon loop? and yeah, the scale is impossible to convey.

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yeah it was definitely one of those. I think we did lost canyon to squaw canyon. Another day we went to island in the sky and went part way down the Lathrop Canyon trail.

(https://i.imgur.com/aF95ECK.jpg)

if you look below you can see White Rim Road which is a pretty popular 4x4 route. getting down into the Canyon was honestly pretty scary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ipfQPrfeow
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 01:25:44 PM
omg, that is incred
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: chum1 on August 28, 2020, 01:31:08 PM
This is a pretty boring documentary, but I liked it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyETLdSL4xg
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: sys on August 28, 2020, 02:35:33 PM
i've always wanted to go up into the la sals.  pretty cool.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on August 28, 2020, 03:14:09 PM
i've always wanted to go up into the la sals.  pretty cool.

i entered moab coming straight from telluride. driving up into the la sals on 46 and then la sal pass was fantastic.

which reminds me of a huge moab pro tip if you are driving from KS / I-70: instead of going to highway 191 and down, get off I-70 at highway 128 and take that instead. it follows the colorado river through a canyon and the scenery is nuts
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:42:37 AM
Here are some pics from my most recent vision quest in Wyoming.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:43:18 AM

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:43:54 AM

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:44:52 AM
Caught a fish on this stream!

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:46:16 AM
There was a local watering hole across the street from our cabin that we visited each night and hung out with the locals which was a blast.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:47:18 AM
This guy in the middle cracked my crap up for about 4 hours 1 night.

Random Guy: Yeah, I've been married to 4 different strippers

ben ji: You didn't learn your lesson after 2?

Random Guy: Nope, took me 4 times to learn my lesson.

ben ji: So your not going to marry any more strippers?

Random Guy: Don't put words in my mouth...Normal girls are...well their just normal...But strippers, strippers are FUN.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:56:56 AM
Also the guy in the right of that picture with the cowboy hat is the local state legislature rep for the area and a retired principal. We told him we were from KC and he said he used to take a group of kids to KC every year for the FFA convention or something and they were always fascinated by homeless people.

These kids had never seen a homeless person in their life and it just blew their mind. He said it happened every year.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 10:59:51 AM
On the opposite side of the equation my buddy that came with me was blown away by cattle grazing on the open range.

He just couldn't comprehend that there is no fences to keep the cattle in and they just kind of roam around.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 11:02:38 AM
All we caught here was a buzz

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on August 30, 2020, 12:33:31 PM
There was a local watering hole across the street from our cabin that we visited each night and hung out with the locals which was a blast.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200830/6926e8d016171ae9eb3a46e5b27e231e.jpg)

first of all the shoulder to shoulder at a bar is still kinda crazy to me but also how far do people drive those goddam side-by-sides? does just everyone in town own one?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on August 30, 2020, 12:46:57 PM
There was a local watering hole across the street from our cabin that we visited each night and hung out with the locals which was a blast.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200830/6926e8d016171ae9eb3a46e5b27e231e.jpg)

first of all the shoulder to shoulder at a bar is still kinda crazy to me but also how far do people drive those goddam side-by-sides? does just everyone in town own one?

The bartender said most of the side by sides were from the Ranch hands playing pool in the back but I don't know how far away they came from. Alot of the locals (500ish people) would drive around town in them as well.

And yeah, the side by side at the bar for the first time in 6 months was a little weird...but when in Rome.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on August 30, 2020, 05:03:49 PM
There was a local watering hole across the street from our cabin that we visited each night and hung out with the locals which was a blast.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200830/6926e8d016171ae9eb3a46e5b27e231e.jpg)

first of all the shoulder to shoulder at a bar is still kinda crazy to me but also how far do people drive those goddam side-by-sides? does just everyone in town own one?

The bartender said most of the side by sides were from the Ranch hands playing pool in the back but I don't know how far away they came from. Alot of the locals (500ish people) would drive around town in them as well.

And yeah, the side by side at the bar for the first time in 6 months was a little weird...but when in Rome.

Wyoming is still like the old world pre-covid.  No masks anywhere, people still shake hands, hug friends/neighbors, no social distancing. It was very strange for me too, I didn't go in any bars but I ate out more the 2 weeks I was there than I have since covid started.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on September 01, 2020, 02:21:42 PM
I haven't made it out to WY yet but about 1 hr south of the cat ranch is the little Jerusalem Badlands.

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Joco resident Kevin Morby recorded his new music video there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Q_Ec0V2OQ
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Katpappy on September 01, 2020, 02:32:37 PM
That looks a lot like Castle Rock, but not sure because it's been over forty years since I been there.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on September 01, 2020, 03:08:44 PM
That looks a lot like Castle Rock, but not sure because it's been over forty years since I been there.

Yeah I might be wrong. There's a few places out there it could be and I can't recognize them perfectly
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on September 01, 2020, 03:38:17 PM
Mich appears to be right, imo. However the ending shot sequence may be castle rock.
Same part of the state
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on September 01, 2020, 04:00:12 PM
That looks a lot like Castle Rock, but not sure because it's been over forty years since I been there.

Yeah I might be wrong. There's a few places out there it could be and I can't recognize them perfectly

Definitely castle rock at the start as well...They are right next to each other though and look very similar

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Castle+Rock+Badlands/@38.8611616,-100.1697379,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipMcc31k_f4O4ORFx5Uvfx03_bt7L8eYTpZfD9Ro!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMcc31k_f4O4ORFx5Uvfx03_bt7L8eYTpZfD9Ro%3Dw203-h127-k-no!7i5038!8i3175!4m5!3m4!1s0x87a0f60aa38c5cd5:0x685d5cd1b18acf6!8m2!3d38.8611624!4d-100.1697376?hl=en#
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on September 01, 2020, 04:04:03 PM
That looks a lot like Castle Rock, but not sure because it's been over forty years since I been there.

Yeah I might be wrong. There's a few places out there it could be and I can't recognize them perfectly

Definitely castle rock at the start as well...They are right next to each other though and look very similar

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Castle+Rock+Badlands/@38.8611616,-100.1697379,3a,75y,90t/data=!3m8!1e2!3m6!1sAF1QipMcc31k_f4O4ORFx5Uvfx03_bt7L8eYTpZfD9Ro!2e10!3e12!6shttps:%2F%2Flh5.googleusercontent.com%2Fp%2FAF1QipMcc31k_f4O4ORFx5Uvfx03_bt7L8eYTpZfD9Ro%3Dw203-h127-k-no!7i5038!8i3175!4m5!3m4!1s0x87a0f60aa38c5cd5:0x685d5cd1b18acf6!8m2!3d38.8611624!4d-100.1697376?hl=en#

:thumbs: perfect shot
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on September 01, 2020, 04:05:32 PM
really regret not going to these spots on the way to CO when I was a kid, we usually just went as fast as we could although one time we went to Mt. Sunflower which really sucked compared to how Castle Rock looks. (I know little jerusalem just became a park but still)
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: WillieWatanabe on September 01, 2020, 04:43:46 PM
well damn, castle rock is bigger than i thought. my bad.

On our last trip to CO, we went to the Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado junction. Driving through a pasture was interesting. The Arikaree breaks were the best part tho.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: michigancat on September 01, 2020, 06:15:11 PM
well damn, castle rock is bigger than i thought. my bad.

On our last trip to CO, we went to the Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado junction. Driving through a pasture was interesting. The Arikaree breaks were the best part tho.

based om my googling today it appears there is a castle rock and a castle rock badlands are slightly different

(https://i.imgur.com/GVFJcGV.png)

Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on September 06, 2020, 03:29:42 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on September 06, 2020, 05:31:43 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on September 06, 2020, 05:35:17 PM
Where are you, IC?  Idaho?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: nicname on September 06, 2020, 05:40:29 PM
What river is that?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on September 06, 2020, 06:18:06 PM
Where are you, IC?  Idaho?
Yes.  The first pic is of Malad Gorge in Tuttle, ID. The second pic is the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls.


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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: Institutional Control on September 06, 2020, 06:21:40 PM
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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: DaBigTrain on September 08, 2020, 03:21:44 PM
Those pictures look like they were taken on a 1970’s camera
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on October 29, 2020, 10:14:06 PM
I’ve said it a million times on here, but Southern Utah is the best.  If you’ve been thinking about going someday, just do it.  You will only regret not having gone sooner.

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 21, 2021, 09:55:28 AM
i had a nice mini VQ last weekend, so that means another edition of guess the ice fishing state!

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this one might give it away

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Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on January 21, 2021, 10:55:07 PM
Good looking trout! I'm going to guess Montana?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 08:26:26 AM
Good looking trout! I'm going to guess Montana?

T-Y! nope
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: tdaver on January 22, 2021, 08:47:26 AM
Wyoming?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: passranch on January 22, 2021, 09:17:49 AM
Am I the only one who cheated and looked it up on Google Maps?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 09:21:08 AM
Wyoming?

nope
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 09:22:23 AM
Am I the only one who cheated and looked it up on Google Maps?

 :confused:
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 22, 2021, 09:28:55 AM
New Mexico
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: passranch on January 22, 2021, 09:35:18 AM
Am I the only one who cheated and looked it up on Google Maps?

 :confused:

I read the sign in the last pic.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 09:40:52 AM
New Mexico

thanks for reading the thread! but nope not this time!
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 09:49:33 AM
Am I the only one who cheated and looked it up on Google Maps?

 :confused:

I read the sign in the last pic.

if you read the sign you wouldn't need to look it up on google maps
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on January 22, 2021, 09:53:45 AM
The sign is too small to read.

Idaho?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: passranch on January 22, 2021, 09:55:59 AM
Am I the only one who cheated and looked it up on Google Maps?

 :confused:

I read the sign in the last pic.

if you read the sign you wouldn't need to look it up on google maps

Heh, I guess you're right.  I just looked at the first part of the sign and didn't try to read the seal below, that part was too blurry for me to make out.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 10:01:05 AM
The sign is too small to read.

Idaho?

more like Idano
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 22, 2021, 10:18:04 AM
It has to be somewhere near an airport and like an hour away drive. It's too flat to be Montana. New Mexico was a dumb guess, because it's not cold enough for it to look like that right now. North Dakota?
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on January 22, 2021, 10:33:52 AM
Well he caught some rainbow and brown trout and the vegetation looks like sagebrush so its somewhere out west.

We have guessed CO/WY/ID/MT/NM/ND and were wrong so I'm going to go with Utah OR Washington OR Nevada OR Oregon OR Southern Dakota
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 22, 2021, 11:39:22 AM
Well he caught some rainbow and brown trout and the vegetation looks like sagebrush so its somewhere out west.

We have guessed CO/WY/ID/MT/NM/ND and were wrong so I'm going to go with Utah OR Washington OR Nevada OR Oregon OR Southern Dakota
Oh, it's Utah then. I thought we already guessed it. Mocat is a huge Mormon.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 11:52:58 AM
It has to be somewhere near an airport and like an hour away drive. It's too flat to be Montana. New Mexico was a dumb guess, because it's not cold enough for it to look like that right now. North Dakota?

ok let's break this down.

1) the airport photo is unrelated to this ice fishing trip
2) lmao, no
3) i thought you guessed new mexico because a few years ago in this exact thread i posted very similar looking ice fishing photos from *new mexico*
4) not north dakota
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 11:53:52 AM
We have guessed CO/WY/ID/MT/NM/ND

i don't think this is accurate
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: ben ji on January 22, 2021, 11:58:00 AM
We have guessed CO/WY/ID/MT/NM/ND

i don't think this is accurate

Okay, looks like we did not guess Colorado so thats probably it.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: 420seriouscat69 on January 22, 2021, 11:58:13 AM
 :curse: It definitely looks like a New Mexico landscape, so it was worth a shot. So it’s Colorado.
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 11:59:53 AM
Oh, it's Utah then. I thought we already guessed it. Mocat is a huge Mormon.

incorrect again
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 12:00:36 PM
We have guessed CO/WY/ID/MT/NM/ND

i don't think this is accurate

Okay, looks like we did not guess Colorado so thats probably it.

you crossed the finish line 13 seconds before wackster! congratulations to ben ji and all of our other participants
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: mocat on January 22, 2021, 12:01:19 PM
blue mesa and taylor, for those interested
Title: Re: Plan SB's Elite Vision Quest Through Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho
Post by: IPA4Me on January 23, 2021, 06:16:56 PM
Taylor Reservoir is a beautiful place.

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