Monday, December 5, 2016

Henry’s Lake State Park

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Since we started traveling fulltime we have had a mouse in Scoopy on three occasions and two of them have been while we are in the Teton Valley! And this time, the mouse brought his friends! We caught three in a matter of hours and though they weren't inside for long, they sure made a mess!

That is one of the main reasons we decided to move on to Henry's Lake State Park where we could enjoy full hook-ups and thoroughly clean Scoopy! It didn't hurt that the setting was gorgeous! It was also fairly close to Yellowstone, which we thought we'd enjoy often, but once we got started on cleaning, the process took on a life of it's own and kept us fairly close to home.

Every drawer and cabinet was emptied, wiped with Clorox cloths and adorned with a light-colored liner. This will make it much easier to spot any offending matter in the drawers in the future. The washing machine was in constant use as was the vacuum cleaner. Bits and pieces of stray dry goods and various and sundry foodstuffs were tossed and the trash bags piled up. That was the other great thing about staying in a FHU campground - garbage disposal!

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Steven did a lot of the icky stuff, like disinfecting everything and operating Stanley. He did a great job!

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We made great use of the makeshift “dumpster” at the park :)

The thing about this kind of deep clean is that the place gets completely trashed during the process. Then we decided to shampoo the carpet and things really got ugly. Our home was in complete disarray. 

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Our newest family member: Stanley!

All-in-all, it was a multi-day project that needed to be done, even if our favorite National Park was just down the road. We did manage to take a day off and visit Yellowstone which, of course, was spectacular as always. We originally intended to stay at Henry’s Lake for five days, but we extended for three more. Oh, glorious hook-ups! I've said it before, no matter how long we boondock, it takes about a nano-second to adjust and become addicted to FHUs! 

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Yellowstone was glorious, of course! We also got to see a wolf off in the high grass.

For the first few days at Henry's Lake we kept up with our walking, trying to get at least 10k steps per day. (Now, it makes me LOL that we thought we could physically prepare ourselves for Amazon by walking 10k steps each day....we were so innocent!) It certainly helped that we were in a beautiful setting with lots of trails to walk. But, after a few days, we both kind of gave up. We got bored with walking and figured we'd just tough it out at Amazon.

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Trumpeter Swans at Henry’s Lake State Park.

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The views of Henry’s Lake were just wonderful with an ever-changing light.

When we left Henry's Lake State Park, we drove through Yellowstone N.P. to Buffalo Bill State Park just outside Cody, WY.  We'd never driven Scoopy through the park before and it was a gorgeous drive, kind of overcast with dramatic clouds. You know, a photographer's dream.

We only stayed one night, but we still managed to visit a few places, including historic Old Town, a must-see attraction with beautifully preserved buildings and paraphernalia from the late 1800s. But mostly we just enjoyed the beautiful view from our campsite. At this point, we had a few stays along our route to Kentucky and, while we couldn’t stay in Cody as long as we’d like, there’s always next time!

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Our spot at Buffalo Bill State Park.

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And here’s the man himself in the center of downtown Cody.

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Old Town was a great place to visit with lots of authentic Wild West curiosities.

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