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September 19, 2012

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Filed under: Places To Visit,Wyoming — Laura Moncur @ 11:26 am

I love Yellowstone and I’ve talked about it many times over the years. One of my favorite features is the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which is a sadly neglected part of the park. Because the area is only open a couple months of the year, Mike and I have only been able to see it every other year (or so). We usually visit in late April and that time of the year is a crap shoot for Yellowstone. Sometimes we are buried in ten feet of snow.

Yellowstone Park 04-20-08 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Sometimes we enjoy sunshine, warm days and grizzly bears.

Grizzly Bear (click for larger photo)

Whenever we CAN visit the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, we do, and it never disappoints.

Lower Falls 2009 by LauraMoncur from Flickr

Here is a video from RV Geeks about it.

Just like all videos of majestic natural phenomena, it’s impossible to capture the grandeur of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on video, yet people rarely talk about it when they come back from a visit. When it has to compete with huge jets of boiling water that shoot hundreds of feet into the air on a schedule, the loveliness and shocking size of the falls kind of gets lost.

The next time you visit Yellowstone, make sure you schedule it during the time of the year that the road to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is open and accessible. It’s worth juggling your time in order to see it live and in person.

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September 6, 2012

Pack-Away Bucket

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:44 am

I LOVE the idea of the Pack-Away Bucket. It collapses and packs up nice and flat in the trailer.

Pack-Away Collapsible Bucket from Starling Travel

Unfortunately, it’s only available for sale from companies in Great Britain (like Wacky Practicals), so the shipping costs as much as the bucket itself. It’s not quite worth the 64 bucks to have a flat bucket for waste water from my sink.

Instead, I’ve been using a small paint bucket that I found at Home Depot. It holds a couple of gallons and is small enough to store under the dinette table when it’s down in the bed position for travel. It only cost a couple of bucks, so I guess it’s worth the sixty dollars I saved for the extra space to store it.

Still, that collapsible bucket looks really cool!

Via: Starling Travel / Collapsible Bucket packs up nice and flat in the trailer.

September 4, 2012

DIY Portable Air Conditioner

Filed under: Camping — Laura Moncur @ 8:08 am

I found this how-to on Pinterest today:

DIY Portable Air Conditioner from Starling Travel

It seems like a lot of work for something that takes up as much space as a NORMAL air conditioner. I found this General Electric 5,000 BTU Window air conditioner at for only $87 (I’ve seen a similar one at Home Depot for fifty bucks).

General Electric 5,000 BTU Window air conditioner at

It’s about the same size as that big red cooler, doesn’t require any tools and uses about the same amount of electricity with no need for frozen bottles of water.

Oh, and it gets your room MUCH cooler than a mere five degrees.

I’m all for do-it-yourself projects, but only when they make sense. A DIY project needs to make something that isn’t readily available or is more beautiful than what you can purchase in a store. It should at least COST less than the commercially made product you’re reproducing. This is one DIY project that isn’t really worth the effort.


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