9/13/16 (Tuesday) in Cody, WY (Buffalo Bill State Park – $22/night)
On our way by 8:10. Snow on the mountains now, from our campground. Not to mention snow alongside the road once we entered Yellowstone NP.
Thankfully we didn’t experience as much congestion in the first section like we had previously. The other gift is the snow, lending itself to great photos, with the added gift of no snow on the road. Plus we saw bison on the side of the road.
We hit congestion near the top of the second pass. It looked like a bear in some distance. Yet many people simply stopped in the middle of the road. Sheesh! There was a bright spot to this aggravation: we took this opportunity to get our restroom break. As we neared the East Entrance we got snow! That’s a first for us: driving our motor home in snow. Admittedly it was very light, small flakes. At Sylvan Pass (8500′) we had packed snow on the road, rough riding but not for too long. Going downhill on a very curvy, snowy road sure is hard. Downhill from the pass you could really tell you were in the Rocky Mountains.
Interestingly, the snow pretty much went away after we passed the East Entrance, so I guess it was destined to adorn Yellowstone NP.
This was one of our most difficult trips, about 100 of the 136 miles were mountain style: twisty and steep, with snow thrown in just for the heck of it. So glad to get through it so well. I sure enjoyed the scenery, not so sure John got to though. At least Hwy 14 after the park was easier, a big relief.
We arrived before noon, discovering that our site (A Loop, #5) is NOT LEVEL. Even with parking at an angle and putting 3 blocks under one set of duels, we still couldn’t get the jacks to level our rig without lifting our rear wheels. So I asked that we not put our 2 big slides out, in case we’d have issues getting them in when we’re so not level. Most of the sites on this loop (the one with Power/Water) are not level. Several seem as bad as ours. The other 2 loops are dry, with C Loop seeming to have the most sites closer to level. The water power is abysmal, about 8 psi, so we’re using our fresh water tank. That’s what you get for $22/night (plus $10 reservation fee) I guess. They do have pit bathrooms (no washroom).
Once we got settled in, I got talking with our neighbors, so in time we all gathered in their camper (cold day) to share RV woes and tips. Eventually we returned to our tight quarters. I took a nap while John read, then supper and a walk around the campground.