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The Springtime in the Rockies Caravan will take place in Spring, 2018 and repeat again in Spring 2019 and Spring 2020, starting in Estes Park, Colorado and ending in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
2015 Rocky Mountain High Caravan Video https://youtu.be/eLQ146sj4Y0
Created by Sue Heist, Nebraska Unit
The audio has been muted because of copyright laws. Just hum “On the Road Again” while watching this. You’ll get the idea.
WBCCI National Caravan Number: N-47-J
Caravan Name: Springtime in the Rockies
Start Date: May 23, 2018
Start Location: Estes Park
Stop Date: June 16, 2018
Stop Location: Yellowstone National Park
Total Number of Nights: 25
Number of Stops: 8
Leaders & WBCCI #: Bob & Sue Heist #16401
Home phone: 402-304-1843
Cell phone: 402-968-0823
Mailing address: 6401 Rainier Dr, Lincoln, NE 68510
Co-Leader & WBCCI # None
Maximum RV Units/With Leader: 26 Total With Leader and Coleader
Fees: Total Cost $3,000
Kitty Fee w/2: $3,000
Kitty Fee w/1: $2,600
Deposit Amount: $400 Due with Application
Dates of Payments: ½ of remainder by July 1, 2017
Date Balance Due: Final Payment by January 5, 2018
Cancellation Fee: $50 plus non-refundable deposits prior to January 5, 2018.
Leaders discretion after January 5, 2018
Come share in the adventure of traveling through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, from the summit on Trailridge Road, to the Beauty of the Garden of the Gods, to the bottom of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, to the Teton Mountains and the geysers of Yellowstone. Be prepared for vistas that will take your breath away, literally. We’ll travel at some of the highest elevations possible in North America. Stops in order are Estes Park, Manitou Springs, Cimarron, Grand Junction, Dinosaur NM, Flaming Gorge, Jackson Hole and Yellowstone NP.
Because of the time of year we could possibly run into snow at any location throughout the caravan with evening temperatures possibly in the lower 30’s. The snow usually doesn’t stick around long since daytime temperatures typically range in the 60’s to 70’s. We are attempting to find campgrounds with full service hookups or at minimum 30 Amp electrical services due to the cold evenings. However, we are planning two (2) days of dry camping close to the Dinosaur National Monument, one of the warmer locations. Good vehicle/trailer maintenance and appropriate accessories will be important due to our planned mountain traversing routes and high elevation camp sites.
The route will require driving long distances with steep mountainous grades, many switchbacks and high altitudes. Some roads have no guardrails. Your familiarity with your rig and your ability to control it under these driving conditions is critical. This caravan should not be the place to learn.
Campgrounds will range in altitudes from 6000 ft. to close to 8,000 ft. in elevation and with mountain passes and self guided auto tours as high as 12,000 ft. ANYONE with health issues affected by high altitude should think twice and check with their health care provider before joining this caravan. In order to gain the most from this caravan, hiking some distances (one to three miles round trip) may be required.
If we haven’t scared you off, come join us in the beautiful Rocky Mountains for a great adventure in Spring 2018 or Spring 2019.
This caravan will end at Yellowstone on Sat June 16, 2018 with sufficient time for those who would like to extend their travel to attend the WBCCI International Rally at Salem OR.
DESTINATION INFORMATION FOR THE 2018 and 2019 SPRING TIME IN THE ROCKIES CARAVAN
Yellowstone National Park
- 8-hour tour of a specific aspect of the park with a scientist from the Yellowstone institute in a small (13 passenger) bus. You can choose the PRIVATE TOUR you prefer from those listed on the YA website.
Here’s some additional Private Tours Information about the choices and requirements for the 8-hour tours.
o Tour 1-Wildlife Watching on the Northern Range: Discover the diverse and abundant wildlife of Yellowstone’s Northern Range. Learn how to search for wildlife and interpret their behavior. You’ll also explore the vital role each species plays in the Yellowstone ecosystem.
o Tour 2 – Geysers, Mudpots & Hot Springs: We will take participants to the geyser, mud pot & hot spring basins near Old Faithful and focus on the geology of the Yellowstone Volcano and thermal basins. This could be a “Level 2” activity day – up to three miles hiking on relatively flat terrain.
o Tour 3 -Yellowstone lake & Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone: We’ll take folks to the grand canyon of the Yellowstone to enjoys views there. The trails along the north and south rim of the canyon provide spectacular views, so we’ll try to get out of the bus as much as possible to enjoy these views. Given this, this could be up to a level 3 day (Brisk hikes, up to 5 miles total for the day). After enjoying the Grand Canyon, we’ll travel south to the shores of Yellowstone Lake and do another short hike.
o Tour 4 – Day Hiking: This is geared towards the most active bunch. We could choose from a number of hikes in the park, depending on the physical ability of the group. Ours will be a level 2 hike of 3 miles with an elevation gain of 500’.
Important: If possible, print and complete the YA Health Questionnaire before you arrive at the caravan rendezvous on Sept. 8. The Questionnaire will be sent to you in mid-May.
Tips for preparing for your PRIVATE TOUR.
Daypack. With enough capacity to carry extra clothes, water, lunch, camera, binoculars, field guides, etc.
- Water bottle. Staying hydrated is very important. One quart/liter is the minimum recommended. Camelback or similar hydration systems work as well. We’ll have water coolers but you must bring your own containers.
- Sunscreen/Lip Protector. Sun at high altitude can burn unprotected skin quickly.
- Camera, binoculars
- Pocket Hand and Foot Warmers.
Much of your time will be spent outdoors and all programs are held rain or shine. Participants should be prepared for a variety of mountain weather conditions, including cold temperatures. Appropriate clothing, equipment, and footwear are very important. Temperatures can range from below freezing in the mornings to hot in the early afternoons. The layered use of garments for protection against the wind, sun, and temperature extremes should guide your clothing choices. Loose fitting layers allow you to maintain a comfortable and dry body as outside temperatures change and as your own body’s temperature and moisture output changes with different levels of exertion.
Insulating Underwear. Capilene, silk, polypropylene, or similar. Should have ability to wick away moisture.
Midweight Insulating Layer. A light 200-weight synthetic fleece or wool shirt/pullover.
Heavyweight Insulating Layer. Can be wool, down or heavy-weight fleece jacket—for less active times. (May, June, and September programs)
Waterproof and Windproof Outer Layer (jacket and pants). Should be lightweight, and breathable if possible.
Short Sleeved Shirts. Cotton t-shirts are OK to wear in the summer. Synthetic shirts are ideal, because they wick moisture away from the body.
Pants. Synthetic hiking pants, lightweight pile/fleece pants or tights (spring and fall), or similar pants. Jeans are not recommended.
Hat. Bring two: A brimmed hat for sun protection, and an insulating hat for cool weather (May, June, September).
Gloves. Lightweight glove liners, and a pair of wool/fleece gloves or mittens (May, June, September).
Socks. A light wool or synthetic liner sock with a heavier wool or synthetic outer sock. The inner-outer sock combination helps prevent blistering, wicks moisture and reduces friction. Cotton socks do not wick moisture and are not recommended.
Hiking Boots. Must provide stability, traction, and comfort. Unless you’ve consistently hiked in athletic shoes, bring boots that provide ankle support.
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