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My wife is afraid of hieghts. We are 18 miles west of Cody now. RT. 16 betweeen Buffalo, and Cody made her cry. How bad is the rest.
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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Auto/Motorcycle, Preservation, Safety
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The road into the park rises considerably in elevation as you travel on the Chief Joseph Highway, which is quite beautiful but not great if you're afraid of heights. I rode through there two years ago on a cross country motorcycle trip and had two moose sightings, one of a mom and calf, right in the middle of the road! There was snow on the side of the road in June, which gives you an idea of the elevation change. Given where you are, you may have no choice but to anticipate the section with curves and have your wife close her eyes and try take a nap. If you can leave the park via West Yellowstone, she'll likely be much more at ease on that road. Hopefully the beauty of the park will replace any memories of some of the high places. When you're in the park, avoid the overlooks at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, as she won't be comfortable with the heights there. Good luck and have fun!
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Oops, I misread the question and realized that you'll be going through the Fishing Bridge and not on the Beartooth Highway. As a result, you're not going to experience quite the highs and lows that I mentioned you would see on the Chief Joseph Highway. (I went the long way from Cody specifically because I love the twisty mountain roads!) Still, there's no other practical way into the park coming from the east, so hopefully the terrain won't be too scary. One thing's for certain, Yellowstone is beautiful and filled with attractions that are nice and level. Enjoy!
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When does the sun usually set in Sequoia National Park in early August?
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In early August you can expect the sun to set at 8 p.m. Enjoy your trip and be sure to post some of your pictures.
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What kind of insects are in Glacier national park?
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Glacier National Park, Gear, Camping, Safety
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Good question. Please see this article from the National Park Service, www.nps.gov/glac "It would be nearly impossible to compile a complete list of arthropods (insects, spiders, etc.) for any one area of the world. There are simply too many. Glacier National Park is no exception. Every year scientists discover new species of insects, mites or spiders. Experts say there may be 5 million species worldwide -- most still unidentified. There are many strange and interesting arthropods in the park. For an education on insect diversity, examine any large rotting log in the west-side ancient forest. Centipedes, millipedes, sowbugs, mites, beetles, spiders -- in some logs, 20,000 species -- go about their work turning a dead tree into soil. Here, life is dedicated to recycling dead matter into nutrients that will nurture new life. The prairies to the east of the park are hot in the summer. To escape the heat, millions of army cutworm moths migrate to high, cool alpine areas in the mountains of Glacier Park and roost under the loose rocks of talus slopes. Grizzly bears turn these over and feast on the moths for a few weeks during late summer. Ladybird beetles also congregate in certain alpine areas and grizzlies, always hungry, also know about this natural gathering. In five areas of the park (at last count), small colonies of 10 to 30 Yellowstone checkerspot butterflies live. They lay their eggs only on black bearberry leaves in sunny, wet spots. The black bearberry is an early-stage successional plant -- it grows just after the pioneer species take root following a fire. The combination of dependency on wildfire and utilization of a specific plant for reproduction makes life precarious for checkerspots. But they are here. Natural systems comprise a complex mix of species, habitats and the nuances of inanimate and environmental factors. The magic of Glacier Park is that we can observe life in a truly wild and intact system. The recent discovery of 80 or more species of organisms living deep below some river floodplains is another interesting story. Twenty feet deep in the gravels of these dry riverbeds, an entire system exists beginning with various species of algae and culminating in large predatory stoneflies at the top of the food chain. This system fertilizes springs and upwellings in adjacent wetlands making them more fertile and enabling hungry grizzlies to eat well early in the spring when they need the food most. This vast system was discovered about ten years ago along the western boundary of Glacier Park. Since then it's been discovered that many rivers and creeks overlay such a system. How many other stories like this await discovery?" Happy hunting! And make sure to check back with us at OhRanger.com if you have any more questions along the way.
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We will be at Bonanza Creek Campground near Challis, ID July 6-10. What are some good trails to hike and other activities to do nearby?
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If you enjoy scenic beauty, extended hikes, short day hikes, and the serenity of escaping from the crowds, then you'll love the area around Bonanza Creek Campground in Challis Salmon National Forest. The campground is located in the Yankee Fork Ranger District offers over 300 miles of trails to enjoy. There are trails that will take you into a mixture of rugged peaks, timbered slopes, narrow canyon bottoms and majestic lakes. The Yankee Fork District offers a vast variety of trails to satisfy the desires of all kinds of uses, motorcycles, four wheelers, horseback, bicyclers and hikers, whether they are a novice or experienced. You can find a lot more information about the area here: http://www.fs.fed.us/r4/sc/yankeefork/trails.shtml have a great trip!
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Crews Douse 500 Acre Grass Fire Near Badlands

March 16, 2009, 8:59 am
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