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Snowmobiling in Yellowstone

This was an incredible trip today. We had a guided tour (Togwatee) that picked us up from our condo at 0600, took us to get winter clothes, gt breakfast, took us to Yellowstone park where our snowmobiles were waiting and literally traveled 122 miles in the park on the snowmobile (I reset the trip odometer before we set out).

So, this was my first time on a snowmobile. I had no idea these things could speed you along at 65mph. They are not as smooth as I thought they would be, but part of that is being on a road that has been traveled by dozens of other sleds. Having handlebars and a throttle with heat is pretty slick. It's really a wild ride to be speeding along at an average speed of 45mph through the snow. The main road takes us by several lakes with an incredible amount of wind which made it a bit uncomfortable at times, but only temporarily.

Along the way we saw numerous waterfalls, coyotes (3 of them), buffalo (lots of these and you have to pass them carefully not to spook them), moose, lakes (one had 3' ice with a big crack due to a recent earthquake)..., just all kinds of things. I have pictures, but we've having some bandwidth issues here and can't upload them right now. I will try again in the morning.

All of this took the entire day. We left at 0600 and got back around 1800 this evening. Seems like it was only a few hours though. My hands and shoulders are worn out from the ride.

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wooferstl
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:51 am (UTC)
WOW, that sounds like an amazing adventure. Color me jealous! Hurry home with the pics!
paterson_si
Jan. 30th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
WOW sounds great! And enjoy the rest of your vacation, Joe!
mississippicub
Jan. 30th, 2009 01:16 pm (UTC)
awesome!
davegrrr
Jan. 30th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
Yellowstone is still my favorite place. Ever. And I'm officially jealous now.
manley1
Jan. 30th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
Man, that sounds like fun!
bradferd23
Jan. 31st, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
I am glad you did that... it is so beautiful up there in the winter.
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