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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #45 on: August 30, 2020, 12:42:38 AM »
I actually prefer the sink outside the bathroom. (Mainly when staying with others)

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #46 on: August 30, 2020, 12:43:11 AM »
Nice! Are you going to have time to visit the least visited state in the US: ND?

Nope. He's posting these from Montana

@JuryDuty is correct. I spent shabbos in Red Lodge, Montana, and am catching up. Get your bear spray and bear with me!

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #47 on: August 30, 2020, 12:44:09 AM »
I actually prefer the sink outside the bathroom. (Mainly when staying with others)

Understood. When staying with others I hear that, but I'm solo this trip. Also, most Holiday Inn Suites have sinks inside AND outside the bathroom :)

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #48 on: August 30, 2020, 12:45:29 AM »
@JuryDuty is correct. I spent shabbos in Red Lodge, Montana, and am catching up. Get your bear spray and bear with me!
Oh well. You're hitting up so many states as it is on this trip, ND will have to wait for another time.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #49 on: August 30, 2020, 12:48:48 AM »
@JuryDuty is correct. I spent shabbos in Red Lodge, Montana, and am catching up. Get your bear spray and bear with me!
Nice! Waiting for the Beartooth highway update

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #50 on: August 30, 2020, 12:50:12 AM »
Nice! Waiting for the Beartooth highway update
Waiting for the SoCal part...

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #51 on: August 30, 2020, 12:52:18 AM »
TR Day 5

I had 3 clients this morning, from 10am-1pm...or 8am-11am Mountain time. I woke up early to get some breakfast. The hard boiled eggs were vacuum sealed and OU :)

I tried to get out at 12, but I just fell asleep when I laid down for ďjust a few minutesĒ. The travel was really getting to me! A big part of this trip is personal adventure, which for me means exploring both the amazing natural world, and my own internal self. Sorry not sorry for getting all therapist-y on you. So I took a breath, and allowed myself to leave late. Thankfully, the front desk let as well :)

I left after two, and headed to Mount Rushmore, a scant 40 minutes away. I entered the Black Forest, and enjoyed the rolling hills and thick trees. Passing though Keystone, I noted a bunch of touristy things I wanted to come back and see, like chainsaw wood carvings and fresh taffy.



I tried to get in with my Annual Pass, but I was informed that ďadmission is free, but parking is ten dollarsĒ. Cute. You have to pay for parking at a kiosk, kind of like at a mall.

Itís about a 5-10 minute walk to the monument, slightly uphill. You can see the faces upon approach, and it does look pretty cool. Thereís also a nice spirit of patriotism in the air.










I had a great random conversation with a Texas police officer about America, New York history, Israel, and the current social unrest around police brutality and Black Lives Matter. He said that heís a police training office and he teaches Krav-maga, has been to Israel...definitely an interesting fellow.

(Please note that I say all of this without political comment. I ask that you show similar restraint on this thread.)

From there I stopped in Keystone, and saw the sightsÖThis would NOT fly in NYC! Again, posting without commentary, as a curious observer.




I got bored pretty quickly. Most of these tourist attractions are the same.

True story.

In general, I would say Mount Rushmore is a good stop on a larger trip, but donít plan to spend much time here. Thereís not much to do. Take a few pictures, stop at the gift shop, move on.

Next stop was Crazy Horse Memorial, which I donít recommend unless youíre super interested in Native American history and trivia. This may have been related to my being more and more tired as the day went on, but I really didnít enjoy this stop.



The next stop was going to be Devilís Tower Monument, but I nixed it. Too tired and too much looking at weird rocks all day. (Come to think of it, I WAS pretty grumpy).

The sunset was really nice, though.



I pulled up my IHG map, found a Holiday Inn in Gillette, Wyoming, and headed there full speed ahead. Which is pretty fast.


No state representatives were seen.

Summary: Some gas Iím sure (donít remember), Less than 4 hours on the road, 172 miles driving.







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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #52 on: August 30, 2020, 12:53:56 AM »
Nice! Waiting for the Beartooth highway update

Doing that tomorrow morning!! The drive, not the TR :)

Waiting for the SoCal part...
Soon soon...

Ok, it's bedtime. In TR time I'm up to Friday morning, but in real life it's Saturday night and I want to get an early start tomorrow. Good night!

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #53 on: August 30, 2020, 12:56:37 AM »
Awesome! Great stuff!
Jury Duty: A time with nothing to do but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach without a view and an ocean breeze.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #54 on: August 30, 2020, 02:37:16 AM »
Nice! But now that I know you backtracked and went from WI to MT, you lost your excuse for not backtracking and going from SD to ND... Just saying.

Looking forward to the rest!

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #55 on: August 30, 2020, 10:44:01 AM »

Thursday 9/3
Work till 1
More Yosemite
Drive to Sequoia 4.5 hours

Friday 9/4
Sequoia National Park
 

Are the forest fires making this a no-go?

you backtracked and went from WI to MT

When did he do that?
Jury Duty: A time with nothing to do but chill and write a TR. Kinda like the beach without a view and an ocean breeze.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #56 on: August 30, 2020, 10:46:06 AM »
Are the forest fires making this a no-go?

When did he do that?
Sorry, I meant WY to MT.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #57 on: August 30, 2020, 11:57:28 AM »
Are the forest fires making this a no-go?

Iím having trouble finding info about Sequoia. Rumor is itís closed because of fires. Nothing about Yosemite.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #58 on: August 30, 2020, 11:59:03 AM »
Sorry, I meant WY to MT.

I had to go to MT, even though itís officially out of the way. The 90 dips up through MT, and I wanted to hit the Beartooth.

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Re: NYC - CA - NYC Solo National Parks Road Trip Summer 2020
« Reply #59 on: August 30, 2020, 11:59:45 AM »
I had to go to MT, even though itís officially out of the way. The 90 dips up through MT, and I wanted to hit the Beartooth.
Ah, makes sense then