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Long's Peak, tallest peak of Rocky Mt. Nat. Park - View from...

Rocky Mt. Nat. Park - View from Far View Curve.

Just above the tree line called the Tundra Region.

Rocky Mt. Nat. Park

View from Propect Mt. overlooking town of Estes Park and looking toward...

Flag at Visitor Center and Long's Peak.

View from RV window going down into Big Thompson River Gorge. Carol...

River Gorge on the way to Thermopolis, WY.

Big Spring at Thermopolis, WY.

One of the tunnels after leaving Cody, WY.

View of mt. at Yellowstone Valley RV Park.

July 24, 2010, we returned to Kansas City. Thursday, July 29, we loaded the two daughters and two grandkids and all their luggage into the RV and headed to Wichita. There we had a fun family gathering for the next four days. We returned to Kansas City on Sunday, August 1st. I had the oil changed on the RV and the generator and we left KC on Saturday August 7th. We headed north on I-29 and then west on I-80 and stopped for the night near Waco, Nebraska a half price Passport America Park. Sunday we again headed west on I-80 for a short stop at the Archway over I-80 near Kearney, NE to visit the Great Platte River Road Archway Monument. It was well done but not much there, we did the two floor levels in about 45 minutes. We then drove on to North Platte, NE to spend the night there. Monday morning, Carol slept in and I visited the Golden Spike Tower, which overlooks the largest railroad-switching yard in the World that belongs to Union Pacific RR. They claim to handle 10,000 cars a day and the yard stretches out for eight miles. They have two hump tracks, one for eastbound traffic and one for westbound traffic. It was very interesting, with pictures and a computer screen to point out the various areas of the yard. I spent a couple hours there and then returned to the RV so we could continue west on I-80. It was a short drive to Big Springs, NE for our nightly stopover at another Passport America park. Tuesday morning we took I-76 and drove through barren northeast Colorado to Loveland, CO. Then the RV did a great job of climbing through the twist and turns of Big Thompson Gorge and climbed from about 4000 ft. to 8,000 ft in about 45 minutes. We arrived at the tourist town of Estes Park, which sits at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park. It was great to get out of the heat of Nebraska and into some nice cool mountain air. Wednesday we took an all day bus tour of the National Park. I thought I would let someone else do the mountain driving and besides we had a cute little college student and volunteer park ranger to give us all the details about the park. Thursday morning we took the Jeep to explore the town of Estes Park. I dropped Carol off at the shopping district and I took the Gondola ride up the Prospect Mountain to take photos and feed the chipmunks, birds and myself some peanuts they conveniently had for sale. Up there was a great view of the town, our RV Park and the National Park. Friday we did some more exploring of the town and the National Park. I also discovered that my desktop computer hard-drive had crashed which meant that I lost all my files and most importantly, I lost all my photos that I have taken the last four years. I know I should have backed-up my files and photos but I did not. The only photos I have are the ones that are on My Trip Journal web site. I am using my laptop now. Saturday morning we drove the RV back down to Loveland and then north on I-25 to spend the night at a Passport America Park in Casper, Wyoming. Southern Wyoming is very desolate and there were many miles between towns or anything that even looked like a farmhouse. Sunday morning we took highway 20 west out of Casper, again through desolate areas but then the highway turns north. Wow, what a change in terrain. We were headed for the mountains and soon were in a beautiful river gorge and then through three short tunnels before we arrived in the small town of Thermopolis. There, we stopped to visit their claim to fame, the big hot spring. It reminded us of the springs we saw in Yellowstone because it bubbled out of a deep sulfur smelling pool in the ground and trickled down the hill and they captured the water to use in three different swimming pools. After lunch in our RV we headed northwest on highway 120 to Cody, WY. We topped off the fuel and headed west on highway 14/20. We again travel through another mountain river gorge and again through three short tunnels. That makes it six tunnels in one day of driving. This river is dammed and produces the Buffalo Bill Reservoir, which we drive along side for a couple miles. Our route continues on into a very pretty mountain valley where we are surrounded by mountains. Our stop for the next few nights is at the Yellowstone Valley RV Park near the East Entrance of Yellowstone National Park. (Sunday Aug. 15)

I will stop here and get this posted. I am way behind on getting these posted.

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