2011.06.10 – Rest in the West

After 4,600 miles on the camel the time had come to stay in one spot for a while. Well, at least in terms of motion by motorcycle. With Idaho as home base for over a month it was time to relax with family, bachelor party it up in Denver, and tour the wild west with Adel.

Thanks to my friend Kent for finally getting married, there was the perfect excuse for a reunion of friends doing what we do best (or worst?) – party. And thanks to Ed’s planning, this meant three days of debauchery in the fine city of Denver including go-cart racing, high-octane dragsters at the Bandimere Speedway, art museums, micro brew tours, and any bar that hadn’t already kicked us out.

The go kart crew

The go kart crew

Note the Viper in the video above reaches 210.80 mph, and completes the quarter mile in 6.708 seconds!

A few more horsepower than the Camel, and capable of 180 mph!

A few more horsepower than the Camel, and capable of 180 mph!

Note the wrinkles in the tire as the driver drops the clutch

Note the wrinkles in the tire as the driver drops the clutch

If only Wile E. Coyote had technology like this

If only Wile E. Coyote had technology like this

The Hamilton Building of the Denver Art Museum (DAM), designed by architect Daniel Libeskind

The Hamilton Building of the Denver Art Museum (DAM), designed by architect Daniel Libeskind

Fox Games by Sandy Skoglund at the DAM

Fox Games by Sandy Skoglund at the DAM

Art at the DAM

Art at the DAM

Untitled by Barbara Kruger at the DAM

Untitled by Barbara Kruger at the DAM

Art at the DAM, somehow reminiscent of the book "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov I'd just finished

Art at the DAM, somehow reminiscent of the book "The Master and Margarita" by Mikhail Bulgakov I'd just finished

Starting to get silly on the Denver Microbrew Tour

Starting to get silly on the Denver Microbrew Tour

Just a few days after I returned from Denver, Adel landed in Salt Lake City after a journey half way around the world from Malaysia. We soon set up camp at our family cabin near Yellowstone National Park and thanks to a car on loan from my sister, explored close to 2,000 warm, dry miles of the still wintry Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming scenery. First a few day trips from the cabin to the Snake River and Yellowstone.

Adel and the St. Clair cabin, both still bundled up for the winter

Adel and the St. Clair cabin, both still bundled up for the winter

Fountain Paint Pot in Yellowstone National Park

Fountain Paint Pot in Yellowstone National Park

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Baby bison in Yellowstone National Park

Baby bison in Yellowstone National Park

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Bison in Yellowstone National Park

Another baby bison, this one with six legs and a hairy ass

Another baby bison, this one with six legs and a hairy ass

Hiking near Bear Gulch, Idaho on a rails-to-trails path

Hiking near Bear Gulch, Idaho on a rails-to-trails path

Upper Mesa Falls (114ft) on the Snake River, Idaho

Upper Mesa Falls (114ft) on the Snake River, Idaho

Midway through our stay my folks, Aunt Marge and Charles joined us for their own tour of the parks and a birthday celebration. As usual when mom and Aunt Marge get together, little could be heard over their contagious laughter, especially during Adel’s morning Tai Chi lesson.

Charles, Aunt Marge, yours truly, Mom, and Dad

Charles, Aunt Marge, yours truly, Mom, and Dad

Celebrating Aunt Marge's 29th birthday with some flaming oranges

Celebrating Aunt Marge's 29th birthday with some flaming oranges

Fun with fire

Fun with fire

Maybe a little too much fun with the fire (or is it just camera trickery?)

Maybe a little too much fun with the fire (or is it just camera trickery?)

The morning workout

The morning workout

Our next trip was up to Bozeman, Montana for a surprise radiator replacement (my sister loves it when I borrow her car!) and visit with old MSU classmate Richard and Mike. We then ventured down Paradise Valley into the northern part of Yellowstone National Park for horseback riding, camping, and more sightseeing.

Hyalite Reservoir still mostly frozen over near Bozeman, MT - HDR

Hyalite Reservoir still mostly frozen over near Bozeman, MT - HDR

Riding Sally and Radish into the Absaroka mountains

Riding Sally and Radish into the Absaroka mountains

Tower Fall (132ft) near where we camped in Yellowstone National Park

Tower Fall (132ft) near where we camped in Yellowstone National Park

Spring road work in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Spring road work in the Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

Lower Falls (308ft) entering the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Lower Falls (308ft) entering the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Driving toward Bear Tooth Pass, stil a fair amount of snow for June!

Driving toward Bear Tooth Pass, stil a fair amount of snow for June!

It was time to head back to the cabin for delicious food and to float the Snake River, then on to Teton National Park before Adel’s sad, inevitable departure for home. It’s amazing how fast two weeks can pass.

Fresh ingredients for steamboat dinner, yummmm! Thanks

Fresh ingredients for steamboat dinner, yummmm! Thanks Adel!

Paddling the Snake River from Big Springs, Idaho back to the cabin

Paddling the Snake River from Big Springs, Idaho back to the cabin

Looking up at the South Teton where Wray Landon made his final turns last spring - we miss you Big Wray!

Looking up at the South Teton where Wray Landon made his final turns last spring - we miss you Big Wray!

It's not the grizzly bears you need to worry about, it's the tourist dogs, this one ate half our pizza!

It's not the grizzly bears you need to worry about, it's the tourist dogs, this one ate half our pizza!

Mt. Moran and the Tetons over Jackson Lake

Mt. Moran and the Tetons over Jackson Lake

So I suppose now it’s about time to start traveling on. Guess I’ll get to that soon, lost as usual, I wonder which way the Camel will take me next – North, South, East, West? Who knows.

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3 Responses to 2011.06.10 – Rest in the West

  1. Simo says:

    wow Ryan, that’s awesome!

  2. Keith says:

    Those are some amazing pictures bro! I look forward to seeing more great pictures!

  3. Dave says:

    I would leave a comment here, but like your photos, I fear I’d just be censored. Wah wah wah….

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