Saturday, July 19, 2014

Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellowstone National Park

I am currently workamping in Yellowstone National Park.  I am staying at Fishing Bridge RV Park.  It is the only full service hook up RV park in Yellowstone.  It is located one the Grand Loop Road which is basically a circle that takes you to all the major attractions of the park.  The park is a little dated and there are rumors that a major rework of the park is scheduled soon.  Here's the video:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Buffalo On the Lawn at Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellow National Park

     You get the most interesting visitors in the National Parks.  This guy stopped by for a morning snack.  Soon after this he crossed the parking lot and laid down to ruminate a while.  Never a dull moment.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hellroaring Trail and Suspension Bridge, Yellowstone National Park

I'm here working in Yellowstone at the Fishing Bridge RV Park and on my off time I try to get in a hike of two.  The camp ground itself is at 7800 feet and it took me a little time to get used to the thin air.  I had seen the Hellroaring Creek hike in a Yellowstone hiking book and was interested in seeing the suspension bridge that crosses the Yellowstone river.  The only problem was that there was a 600 foot drop in elevation at the head of the trail.  I had done 600 foot elevation changes before but this was at the beginning of the trail which means that I would have to make the climb at the end of my walk.  I thought I was going to die.  I made it and also make another video.  Here's the link:

The video covers the Yellowstone River trail, the Buffalo Plateau and Hellroaring Creek.

Related Pages

Natural Bridge

Friday, June 27, 2014

Yellowstone's Natural Bridge and the Bridge Bay Trail

I've been in Yellowstone for about two months now and I have had a chance to get around the park some and visit some of the parks treasures.  There is a natural bridge in the park.  I had no idea that it was here.  The other day I took a walk up the trail and got some video on the way.  It is a very easy walk with little change in elevation except for the last little bit.  The trail take you to the base of a water fall where you can look up and see the natural bridge.  If you take the short hike up the switch backs you can stand behind the arch and look out on the landscape.  As usual I made a video.

Related Pages
Fairy Falls Trail
Hellroaring Creek

Friday, June 20, 2014

Big Horn Sheep Grazing By the Road in Yellowstone

There are many perks to working in Yellowstone.  I am working here so that I can visit the park over a long period of time.  Driving around the park you have the opportunity to see lots of wonderful sights.  High on the list is the wild life.  The other day while driving this was what was encountered.  Big Horn Sheep grazing by the road.  And the adventure continues.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fairy Falls Trail, Yellowstone National Park

     The Firehole river is the first thing you encounter along Fairy Falls Trail.  This river get a quarter of its water from hot springs as can be seen as water tumbles over its banks. The trail is located in the Midway geyser basin.  The trail head is about four and a half miles north of the Old Faithful area along the road between Old Faithful and Madison. 
     The trail continues along the remains of the historic Foutain freight Road.  The road skirts the base of the Madison Plateau as you approach the Midway Geyser Basin.  This area was once known as hell’s Half acre.  This area contains the Grand Prismatic Spring, a most colorful thermal feature.  The Fairy Falls Trail makes a left turn off the Frieght road and continues through an area burned out by the 1988 fire storms.  There has been substantial recover from those fires and this can be witness along this trail. 
     The trail is relatively flat and it is an easy 2.6 mile walk.  You are rewarded by a 197 foot waterfall and cascade into a small pool at the bottom.  

Friday, June 13, 2014

Workamping perks at Yellowstone National Park

One of the many perks to workamping in Yellowstone is the  free stuff we get to do.  There are tours and adventure companies everywhere.  The other day we went to Gardner Montana for a rafting tour.  Free.
Gardiner was the place that allowed the general public its first access to Yellowstone Park in the late 1800's.  It is where the Roosevelt arch is located.  It is a sleepy little place that comes to life in the tourist season.

 The place we went to was called Flying Pig Adventures and this company does camping, rafting, and horseback tours of the Yellowstone area.  I went with a group of other workampers and it was all free.

The rafting site is next to the Yellowstone river that flows through Gardiner.  I was a little wary about going because I'm not good when I'm cold.  The company fixes you up with a wet suit and shoes and frankly my hands were the only things that got a little cold.  We took the one hour tour.  It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to anyone.

As a workamper I have also had the opportunity to take the Circle of Fire Tour in Yellowstone.  This is an $85 tour around the park that last all day.  This too was free.  There are any number of other tours that are available to visitors in the park that are available to workampers at no charge.

These perks increase the value of the compensation paid to workampers.  After all one of the main reasons that I am in Yellowstone in the experience the park.