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If you are asking whether to drive on the east side of the Tetons and in through the southern entrance of Yellowstone through Grand Teton National Park as opposed to up the western side of the Tetons up through Driggs and West Yellowstone, the answer is an emphatic YES. I don't know of anyone who has seen the Tetons who does not think they are gorgeous--there is a reason the national park is on the east side of the range rather than the west sode (and why the Idaho potato ad was shot on the Wyoming side of the Tetons instead of the Idaho side, but I digress). You have to make the drive regardless. Reward yourself with beautiful views!!!!

Statistics: Posted by Zackdog31 — Mon Mar 19, 2018 12:35 pm

Author: Zackdog31
Posted: March 19, 2018, 6:35 pm
Since nobody I know of refers to teton Pass as highway 26 I will logically assume you mean US 26/287 over Togwotee Pass from Dubois to Moran, WY. I have family with a Guest Ranch outside of Dubois and the south Absaroka Wall is my favorite place on earth.

The highway itself is in my obviously biased opinion the most varied transition of landscape of any highway in the Rocky Mountain West. A dozen miles East of Dubois at the border of the Wind River Indian Reservation you are right next to the Wind River with towering Red Badland Cliffs. Badlands continue into and around Dubois but you have incredible views of Both the South Absaroka Wall and the Northeastern Wind River Range. If you look at a map you will see these badlands are but a dozen or so lateral miles from the largest glaciers outside of Oregon.

10 miles West of Dubois you go around Stoney Point and the badlands fade and the magnificence of the Upper Wind River Valley unfolds. Be sure to look North from the pullout of the Union Pass Road. Here the magnificent Absarokas frame the true headwaters of the Wind River at the head of the Dunoir Valley. Continuing West the Pinnacle Buttes and Mt. Sublette ["Brooks Lake Cliffs"] increasingly resemble the Dolomites. If you have time for the 5 mile side trip to Brooks Lake DO IT. This stop was a favorite of T. Roosevelt and others on the Old Yellowstone Highway.

When you crest Togwotee the Pinnacles and the Cliffs of the Continental and Breccia Divides are enthralling. After about 7 miles of driving through a classic Greater Yellowstone sub-alpine meadows you come to the Togwotee Overlook just above Togwotee Mountain Lodge. Here it's more than easy to see why so many think this is the greatest first highway view of the Teton Range.

As you descend Togwotee down into Buffalo Valley the Tetons get closer and closer. If you take the back road down to Turpin Meadow Ranch you can skip a fair amount of highway taking the Buffalo Valley Road. NEar the Turpin Meadow Trailhead and the Ranch some of the best boondocking sites you will ever find are on the Buffalo Fork.

There are many serious reasons why TR and others saw to the Shoshone becoming the world's first National Forest. The forest's Wind River Ranger District East of Togwotee Pass offers some of the finest and most spectacular backroads you will ever find. Double Cabin, East Fork, Union Pass, Long's a wonderful place on the southern end of the 48 states remotest wilderness.

Brooks Lake from the Bonneville Pass Road.


Short hike along Brooks Lake west shore.


Upper Jade Lake, a 2.4 mile hike from Brooks Lake


Hiking the Badlands right above the town of Dubois.


Hiking the Continetal Divide near Brooks Lake


A bumpy, rocky back road near Dubois.


On the Bridge of Brooks Lake Creek at the lake's outlet.


On the road to the Glacier Trailhead of the Wind River Range looking at the Absaroka.


Strolling the Breccia Divide above Togwotee Pass.


The remotest mountains of the 48 States, Younts Peak and Thorofare Mountain on an easy/moderate dayhike of the Continental Divide near Brooks Lake.


Double Cabin, one of the most spectacular roads you will ever drive.


The Wind River Range from the Union Pass Road.


Statistics: Posted by Absarokanaut — Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:28 am

Author: Absarokanaut
Posted: March 19, 2018, 4:28 pm
From Facebook Monday
Kelly Inn West Yellowstone shared Yellowstone National Park's video.
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Yellowstone National Park
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After reviewing seismic and temperature data from sensors in the Norris Geyser Basin, scientists believe Steamboat Geyser erupted at 5:30 AM (MDT) on Thursday March 15. With most park roads closed for spring plowing, no one witnessed the eruption. Park employees reported seeing a significant steam plume late on the 15th, and park geologists shot this video on Friday, March 16.

Verified account

53m53 minutes ago

Video of Steamboat Geyser taken on March 16, more than 24 hours after an eruption documented by seismic and thermal sensors in the Norris Geyser Basin.
0:36 / 0:36
5m5 minutes ago
Like most geysers, eruptions of Steamboat can't be predicted: they may be days or decades apart. When it erupts, Steamboat reaches heights up to 380 feet. That makes it more than three times the size of Old Faithful, and higher than any other active geyser in the world!

Statistics: Posted by lah — Mon Mar 19, 2018 10:03 am

Author: lah
Posted: March 19, 2018, 4:03 pm
In the last few days multiple news sites have reported minor eruptions of Steamboat Geyser,these have been both verified by witnesses and by monitoring equipment.The experts can't say whether this is pre-eruption activity or just blowing off steam.

I think that they have already started plowing so no one can reach it by snow coach or by auto yet,it would be a real shame if it fully erupted and there was no one there to record the event.

Statistics: Posted by Mike — Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:06 am

Author: Mike
Posted: March 18, 2018, 3:06 pm
I went from 500 v1 to 600 v2. Never regretted it.
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Statistics: Posted by F55 — Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:41 am

Author: F55
Posted: March 17, 2018, 4:41 pm
Thank you for everyone who have posted a comment.... It is a big decision, and any information is greatly appreciated. After reading some and hearing the comments so far I am now in a mental struggle between my pocket book and the 600 F/4 V11. I am in this for the long haul now and I should look at it that way. I have purchased many lenses over the years always trying to save money and in the end I always seem to compromise somewhere, and money is always the problem, in the end never really getting what I want. Maybe this time I will take the advise of the more experienced people on this forum and do it right this time.

Thank you again and any and all comments are welcome... Do you know of any ways to save some money on buying these lenses? What are some favorite and secure places to buy online? Also is the online

Is this website real? or should I stay away from it? Any other places besides B&H, Adorama, Canon to shop ?

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:51 am

Author: pugman170
Posted: March 17, 2018, 3:51 pm
I tend to agree with Max. I had the 500mm M I and when I decided to upgrade, I looked at the 500, 600 and 800. I decided on the 600mm f/4 Mark II. It's a great lens and is definitely clearer than my older 500. But, that is absolutely your choice. I have an indulgent wife who let me spend the money on the 600 (if I got great shots with it!). But, if it came down to a choice between the 500mm Mark II and the 600mm Mark II, I would go for the 600. It's a little bit more, but you just can't beat the range, especially with a 1.4 or 2.0 Mark III extender on it!


Statistics: Posted by scottwilkes — Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:10 am

Author: scottwilkes
Posted: March 17, 2018, 12:10 pm
I'm not sure if it's worth the sizable investment to get the version II if you already have the version I, unless size and weight are a considerable issue for you. In my case, I went from the 500mm vI to the 600mm vII. If I wanted to stick with 500mm, I probably wouldn't have gotten rid of the old one. The new versions are excellent, and they do save you in terms of weight and length, but it is a costly trade.


Statistics: Posted by Max — Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:24 pm

Author: Max
Posted: March 17, 2018, 12:24 am
Nice! I just switched to Sony as well and love it. I did buy a raffle ticket anyway for a great cause!

Statistics: Posted by Doubledub — Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:20 pm

Author: Doubledub
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:20 pm
I would recommend googling reviews and looking at You tube. They have much good information out there from reputable photographers. I had decided on the 600 II, but at the last minute switched to Sony. You can pick up good quality used copies from Keh, Adorama, B &H as well as Bird as Art blog has a used gear section. You need to be patient, but they do come available every so often. I love both of the lenses, excellent, super sharp and much lighter than their v1 counter parts. Now I just have to wait for Sony to make one or adapt a Canon version!

Statistics: Posted by Doubledub — Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:00 am

Author: Doubledub
Posted: March 16, 2018, 5:00 pm
" On Tuesday, March 6, staff observed an 11-year-old male grizzly bear wearing a radio collar in the west-central part of the park. On Wednesday, March 7, employees reported seeing a grizzly bear in the east-central part of the park." ... 12293.html

Statistics: Posted by Mike — Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:26 pm

Author: Mike
Posted: March 15, 2018, 4:26 am
I have no personal opinion on them, but studies have shown they're the most efficient and safe arrangement.

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:09 am

Author: RikWriter
Posted: March 14, 2018, 3:09 pm
Be aware that there will be road construction on US26 @ Gros Ventre Rd starting this spring and lasting through the fall. ... 3bb0b.html


Opinion......A traffic circle ? my town put a bunch of these in and they lasted about a year,more accidents,slowed the traffic down considerably,and cars and especially trucks(or their trailers) were always plowing right over the things knocking down signs

Statistics: Posted by Mike — Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:24 am

Author: Mike
Posted: March 14, 2018, 2:24 pm
I have been thinking about upgrading to the new version of the Canon 500 Lens. I currently own and use Canon 500 Version 1 and like it very much. The new Canon 500 has been out long enough now for people to try and I would be interested in everyone's opinion on the subject, Pro's... Con's... everything you have to offer. If you know of ways to buy the new version and save some money that info would be great too. For those of you who have purchased one of the new lenses be it the 500 or 600 was it worth the investment? would you purchase one again? What are your thoughts on the subject.... Spring is almost here and I am ready for some Grizzly action..... but what lens do I use this year? Please help me to decide.

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:45 pm

Author: pugman170
Posted: March 14, 2018, 1:45 am
Looks like a productive weekend.

Statistics: Posted by GoHike — Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:11 pm

Author: GoHike
Posted: March 13, 2018, 11:11 pm

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