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Lyrhawn
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Anyone ever been to Yellowstone, Grand Teton or Glacier National parks?

I'm heading out there in July and wanted to know if anyone here had any suggestions for can't miss or out of the way quirky things to do and see.

I'm just hoping there's no snow on the trail by the beginning of July.

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been to all three. yellowstone is nearly back to form after the 1988 fire. it is by far the most amazing of the three to experience. stay at, eat at, and generally live and breathe the old faithful lodge. while not detoxing in there or sitting in front of the stone fireplace, go find the most surreal hydro/geo/thermo features that the park has to offer, inbetween trailheads to the less-travelled, more geothermically stable majesty of nature

and if you're in the grand tetons in the summer you can sign up with some Jackson Hole horse and mule train outfitters and it is not impossible depending on who you go out into the tetons with, that the literally-armed-for-bear woman guiding the pack while riding a nine hands high horse is literally my mom, which will provide endless 'samprimary's literal mom' jokes

also there's fishing and or hunting so there's that

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Your mom is an armed sherpa? That's so awesome!
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much like my father's desire to work eight hundred million hours a week forever always, my mother is not content to just be an international baccalaureate teacher, because there's three whole months where she isn't automatically overworked by the educational system

so like any sane rational person the second the pencils drop in the finals she hauls off to wyoming and drives horse trains full of expeditioneers and heavy duty camp equipment up to game expedition grounds

once there her duties mostly pertain to

1. don't let bears eat the meal tickets
2. feed everyone bacon, beans, and galantines

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I'm jealous...my mom is in a play.
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My mother is homeless, unemployed, and dying of lung cancer. But she enjoys yard sales.
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Um...holy schitte dude...that seems like a very personal share mostly out of nowhere...you okay Tom? There is no concerned smiley.
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A great trip! We go on our motorcycle frequently and never tire of it. Yellowstone is endlessly fascinating-- and the most user friendly of all the parks-- and we have been to almost every national park in the US. It is high in elevation, so can be cold even in the summer-- and can get hot too. It is very bright light, be sure to have sunglasses and sunscreen. It is beautiful, and interesting-- and so are the people!

The Tetons are majestic. We always plan on a chuckwagon dinner near Jackson and love the cowboy singers... Bar J Wranglers (I think.)

The Highway to the Sun in Glacier leaves you speechless. Have food and drink in your vehicle-- no place to really eat on the road.

Be patient with people at all 3 parks-- they are on vacation too.
You will love it at any age.

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Glacier was actually the park i wanted to spend the most time at. But the more I hear, I'm thinking of moving some days over to the two Wyoming parks. This will probably be my only time over here for many years so I want to see as much as I can. And I want to experience glacier while it's still glacier.

Also, anyone know if they do anything special for the Fourth of July?

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All 3 parks are fantastic for hiking, with many levels -easy to difficult- They are all just beautiful with a camera worthy place around every corner.

I think Yellowstone has the most variety-- the geologic sites, geysers, variety of animals everywhere-- if I was a 1st timer, that is where I'd spend the most time.

All 3 can be crowded in the summer, but you don't feel it too much as it is all just so big. All 3 are really clean too. As much as I like Yosemite, you felt the over-crowdedness there and it seemed dirty...just too much use.

It is just funny to watch people and vehicles when an animal is spotted... all sense of keeping traffic laws go out the window. It is frightening on a motorcycle when a buffalo is walking down the center of the road-- absolutely happens regularly.

July 4th- one year we stayed in Silver Gate (little town north,just barely outside the park, in Montana)on the 4th. Wild and I do mean wild. The short main street had cowboys at each end shooting bottle rockets AT EACH OTHER. ...And laughing maniacally. The 'festivities' went on and got more extreme as the night wore on, (and the alcohol flowed.) We retired as, well, it just felt so UNSAFE to us. Next morning we found spent fireworks in the SPOKES OF OUR MOTORCYCLE. Nothing was hurt, but sheesh! What could have happened-- We left pretty early and the town was absolutely still. We hoped they all were sleeping it off and were not all dead.

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