Showing logs for date: 2022-06-20
06:26:07 <Kat> sawmill steaming
06:27:50 <Kat> too much steam ths orning
06:28:08 <Kat> this morning*
06:28:18 <Kat> LOL no coffee yet!
06:28:41 <Kat> :daisy:
06:32:19 <Kat> Wow-it's onluy 30 degrees
06:32:30 <Kat> only*
06:48:48 <Kat> OF
06:54:20 <Kat> So odd seeing no cars or people
06:56:17 <ynpvisitor19> :thumbsup:
06:56:42 <Kat> Makes me wish I was there!
06:57:03 <ynpvisitor19> you decided not to go?
06:57:49 <Kat> The trip is not until the end of August. L is in Zion and Grand Canyon
06:58:43 <ynpvisitor19> ohhhh
07:07:09 <Dave from B™> Good morning everyone!
07:07:35 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, hey dude
07:09:27 <Kat> Hey Dave
07:10:06 <Dave from B™> It appears I lucked out. Was leaving the 28th for 4 nights. Madison open the 29th so we grabbed a night at a CG near West for the first night
07:10:28 <Kat> Excellent!
07:14:02 <ynpvisitor19> did you already have the spot for Madison, or just getting new reservation?
07:14:55 <Dave from B™> I had the Madison spot already but I had 3 CG's within 10 miles of West that had vacancies...which is odd in a normal year
07:15:20 <ynpvisitor19> which one are you going to
07:18:07 <g> I asume your plate ends in an even number? :)
07:18:25 <g> assume**
07:18:36 <ynpvisitor19> with reservations plate doesnt matter
07:18:48 <Kat> True
07:19:04 <g> his res starts the 29th
07:19:18 <ynpvisitor19> oh, you're right
07:19:46 <ynpvisitor19> I hate math story problems
07:19:57 <g> me too
07:20:01 <Kat> LOL
07:21:20 <ynpvisitor19> seems like a lot of steam in turban dirction
07:21:47 <Dave from B™> Staying at Rainbow Point CG
07:22:01 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, :thumbsup:
07:22:17 <ynpvisitor19> I didnt kno wthey did reservations
07:22:59 <Dave from B™> Even got electric!
07:24:05 <ynpvisitor19> baker is still first come, just looked
07:24:25 <Dave from B™> I was wondering why Baker didn't show up when I looked
07:34:01 <Kat> Does look like Turban steam
07:37:21 <Dave from B™> When plate system first came out and I didn't know when Madison opened, I even mixed up when I could go in. My plate ends with D, so I thought I was odd but since I have numbers in my plate (...8D), I was actually even.
07:41:31 <ynpvisitor19> some higher power in the sky favors you
07:42:21 <Dave from B™> Yes, eagles like me:)
07:42:38 <ynpvisitor19> hahaha
07:43:19 <ynpvisitor19> you provide them with deer meat
07:43:28 <Kat> :)
07:43:30 <Dave from B™> hahaha
07:43:44 <Dave from B™> I rarely drive at night anymore
07:54:45 <J> Craig are you going in to the park soon?
08:01:55 <ynpvisitor19> mot likely not this year
08:03:03 <ynpvisitor19> and if gas doesnt look like it will come down significantly, I might need to consider selling th etrailer and make plans for lodging instead
08:05:33 <Dave from B™> Where can you find affordable lodging near the park?
08:06:04 <ynpvisitor19> I would try and do reservations in advance like everyone else here
08:06:53 <Dave from B™> Cheapest room at OF is probably 150
08:07:14 <ynpvisitor19> it doesnt look like I will have the luxury of spending most the summer in the park like in 2019 and 2020
08:07:49 <Dave from B™> I'm glad you were able to do that for 2 years; hopefully you will get that chance in the future
08:08:01 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, driving in and out to west every day would probably be about 40 to 50 a day in my truck
08:08:46 <Dave from B™> ouch
08:09:38 <Kat> and new/used cars are so expensive
08:10:08 <ynpvisitor19> I have a Mazda3 for mtn biking and running around
08:11:30 <Kat> Turban?
08:11:51 <Dave from B™> I know. I need to replace my 2008 cargo van before it strands someone somewhere
08:11:57 <ynpvisitor19> could be
08:12:37 <Kat> I can't decide if it's cheaper to fly or drive out
08:13:04 <ynpvisitor19> if I decided to sell my trailer, I owuld probably look for a crossover that I could also pull my boat with
08:14:00 <ynpvisitor19> grotto
08:14:54 <ynpvisitor19> maybe not grotto , maybe splasshing, hard to tell
08:34:30 <K> Currently it's cheaper to fly, although rental cars are stupid this year so expensive
08:35:28 <Dave from B™> When you figure lodging and car rental, camping is still much less; if you have that option
08:36:34 <K> Yep my 44 ft 5th is great to camp in
08:36:38 <Kat> I always camp - but this time Linda has invited me to join her at OF!
08:37:29 <K> Sounds like you are connected Kat
08:38:14 <Kat> It's just getting there - flights are outrageous from FL to Bozeman
08:38:48 <K> Go to Salt Lake
08:39:18 <Kat> OF
08:42:19 <Dave from B™> That sounds fun. Are you talking for Sept Kat?
08:42:37 <Kat> Yes
08:43:04 <Kat> I need a Go GoFund Me page Hahaha
08:43:19 <Dave from B™> haha
08:43:30 <Kevin L™ 🌵> You need that just to get gas now.
08:43:36 <Dave from B™> Flights are high everywhere.
08:44:16 <Kat> Castle
08:44:41 <Kat> Kevin L™ 🌵, so true
08:44:47 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Isn't that they way they are supposed to be Dave?
08:45:42 <Kevin L™ 🌵> The station by the RR museum is $5.38 for the cheap stuff.
08:45:44 <Dave from B™> Really, Kevin? :D
08:45:54 <Dave from B™> We are 489 here
08:46:16 <Kat> about 4.59 here
08:46:21 <Kevin L™ 🌵> If flights were low they would hit the trees.
08:46:24 <ynpvisitor19> it was over 5 here when I filled a few days ago
08:47:09 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I have to go to cartoon city on July 8th. NOT looking forward to that.
08:57:12 <Kat> Cam is taking a spin
08:57:46 <Kat> Grotto
08:58:15 <Kat> Missed Dasi during OF
08:58:21 <Kat> Daisy*
08:59:56 <ynpvisitor19> wonder about grand, too... anything that looks like turbn since OF?
09:00:20 <Kat> Just found a flight for 450.00
09:01:54 <Kat> ynpvisitor19, someone posted a turban at 0710, I wonder too
09:02:19 <Dave from B™> Book it, Dano
09:02:47 <Kat> Dave from B™, need to double check the dates with Linda
09:03:15 <Katie 🐻> Good morning
09:03:18 <ynpvisitor19> wasn't Dano the original John Boy?
09:05:58 <Kat> I sure hope we can get a new cam, one click and it takes off! Uuggh!
09:08:07 <Dave from B™> Dano was Hawaii 5-0
09:11:32 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, yeah, and Calyboy in Spencer's Mountain with Fonda, that The Walton's was based on
09:11:37 <ynpvisitor19> Clayboy
09:11:55 <ynpvisitor19> filmed in the Tetons
09:14:03 <Dave from B™> 19, I figured that's what you might have meant. I don't my actors
09:16:17 <Dave from B™> So, my wife and I are looking for a new series to watch. Does anyone know some good comedies out there?
09:16:36 <ynpvisitor19> Barry is cleverly funny
09:20:28 <Katie 🐻> Dave from B™, have you watched The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (on Amazon Prime)
09:20:46 <Katie 🐻> Another good comedy series is Ted Lasso on AppleTV
09:20:48 <Dave from B™> Sounds great. We like Rookie.
09:20:58 <Dave from B™> Katie, yes we are big fans
09:21:05 <Dave from B™> of both
09:21:08 <Kat> Morning Katie
09:21:24 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, I think you told me about Maisel over a year ago
09:22:35 <Katie 🐻> In the not-comedy fields, we started The Old Man yesterday. Only 2-3 episodes out, now (we couldn't get episode 3 to play), but great start
09:22:37 <Dave from B™> We have watched crime drama shows for so long we are ready for a change
09:23:22 <ynpvisitor19> I started latest season of Peaky Blinders yesterday.... it's a rough show, easily in my top 10 of series
09:23:54 <Dave from B™> We are always open to watching an episode or two of anything
09:23:58 <ynpvisitor19> Katie 🐻, OMG, I love this one..... my type of great drama. Great story and scipt
09:24:44 <ynpvisitor19> I watched episode 2 yesterday, 3 was not available
09:26:01 <Katie 🐻> ynpvisitor19, yes, great suspenseful writing, great acting...
09:26:40 <ynpvisitor19> Katie 🐻, Amy B seems like she hardly even aged since Heat with DeNiro
09:31:27 <Dave from B™> Thanks for all the suggestions
09:32:03 <Katie 🐻> She looks great. But appropriate (a woman of the right age but beautiful). I did hiccup initially that she looked too good, but "Zoe" hasn't lived the life that "Dan" has. She IS 57 and I do know similarly aged women who look similarly great (my employer is one).
09:33:09 <Katie 🐻> We have a customer in her 80's that doesn't look a day over 45 - and is absolutely gorgeous!
09:33:40 <Katie 🐻> She started using a cane in the last few months and it made me sad to see some sign of decline.
09:34:02 <ynpvisitor19> bikers at west gate
09:34:22 <ynpvisitor19> odd or even sized wheels
09:34:52 <Dave from B™> semi snort
09:35:40 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I know some good comedy shows but they are all B&W.
09:38:11 <Katie 🐻> Good "Caldera Chronicles" post today
09:42:11 <Kat> :thumbsup:
09:54:38 <ynpvisitor19> They also announced that in addition to the park’s southern loop reopening on June 22, the park’s northern loop is expected to reopen in two weeks or less following completion of clean-up, repairs and final inspection of the northern loop infrastructure. This will allow visitors to access Dunraven Pass, Tower, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris opening visitor access to approximately 80 percent of
09:55:06 <ynpvisitor19> new update
09:56:49 <Dave from B™> Thanks.
09:57:17 <Dave from B™> It sounds like they are trying to open Mammoth Gardiner this year as well. Political pressure?
09:57:44 <ynpvisitor19> I dont see it as political, I see it as humnitarian, the people of Gardiner need it
09:58:29 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Not to mention it is the 150th year of Yellowstone. I am sure they would want it open for that.
09:59:15 <Dave from B™> I know they do but I worried if they try to put everyone on the Old Gardiner-Mammoth Road. How could they build a road in a few months in a new location or will they use pary of the Old Gardiner road for the new route?
09:59:27 <Dave from B™> part*
09:59:54 <Dave from B™> I just didn't think it was humanly possible to get something done that fast
10:00:35 <ynpvisitor19> souns like they are doing better than what has been anticiapted
10:01:26 <Betty> morning all
10:01:35 <Dave from B™> It doesn't sound like there is much damage to Upper Loop...just the NE and N Entrance roads
10:01:37 <Kat> Have a good drive Katie - missed a Daisy so maybe around 1030
10:01:52 <ynpvisitor19> Betty, howdy
10:02:05 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Hi Betty
10:02:08 <Betty> howdy Craig
10:02:16 <Chancellor> We have reservations Friday at Old Faithful Inn. Excited to go
10:02:37 <Dave from B™> Hi Betty, Chancellor
10:03:02 <Betty> hiKevin L™ 🌵, Chancellor, Dave from B™, Kat, Katie 🐻
10:03:15 <Kevin L™ 🌵> It is amazing what they can put together Dave. It won't be totally up to standards, but will be usable.
10:03:35 <Kat> Betty, Hi!
10:04:07 <Chancellor> Good Morning all
10:04:44 <Betty> northern loop in 2 weeks open again? did I get that right? WOW
10:06:58 <Dave from B™> I wonder if they will use a flagger (I first typed flogger) for the Old Gardiner Mammoth one way road
10:10:45 <Dave from B™> This could be a year for more locals to see the park. With many cancellations, last minute trips are possible this summer.
10:12:47 <Katie 🐻> OF
10:12:52 <Dave from B™> There is value to keeping all routes intact. Imagine where we would be without the East River Road in Paradise Valley and the Old Gardiner-Mammoth Road
10:13:08 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I suspect there will be a lot of flagging on the roads, especially at first. There are some spots they may have traffic signals for one lane roads.
10:15:32 <Katie 🐻> C'mon, cam. Behave!
10:16:10 <Kat> It did that several times this morning!
10:16:54 <Katie 🐻> My husband has a constant background concern that there is only one road in to / out of our ridge subdivision.
10:18:33 <Dave from B™> Katie, we have the same issue in our subdivision. there is a locked gate for a second exit
10:21:15 <Katie 🐻> We don't have a second road at all. If fire blocked Ridgeway, we'd be stuck. That has been a possibility 3 times in the last 20 years. Hasn't happened - but could havew.
10:24:16 <Dave from B™> It will at some point
10:46:16 <Betty> :daisy:
10:47:02 <Kitt> Daisy ie
10:47:30 <Betty> hi Kitt
10:48:56 <Kitt> hello
10:49:04 <Dave from B™> Hi Kitt
10:49:21 <Kitt> did I just see something on chat about the northern loop being open in 2 weeks?
10:49:39 <Dave from B™> That is what Betty mentioned
10:49:58 <Dave from B™> I also heard that but there would be VERY limited services available when that happens
10:50:04 <Kitt> Betty, where did that info come from
10:50:27 <Betty> https://www.nps.gov/orgs/1207/emergency-yellowstone-funding-reopening.htm
10:51:34 <Betty> "They also announced that in addition to the park’s southern loop reopening on June 22, the park’s northern loop is expected to reopen in two weeks or less following completion of clean-up, repairs and final inspection of the northern loop infrastructure. This will allow visitors to access Dunraven Pass, Tower, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris opening visitor access to approximately 80 percent .
10:52:29 <Betty> "...allow visitors to access Dunraven Pass, Tower, Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris opening visitor access to approximately 80 percent of Yellowstone National Park. Additional details on access will be announced in the coming weeks.
10:53:44 <Kitt> thanks
10:54:02 <Kitt> although it will still be a lot of day use
10:54:19 <Betty> think so
10:55:36 <Betty> I wonder if the will NOT do the road work between OF area and West Thumb this year
10:55:37 <Kitt> since Madison, Canyon, Norris & Lewis Lake campgrounds plus Canyon Village Lodges & Cabins will be closed
10:56:41 <Kitt> the article you posted says that the crew working on the road between OF & West Thumb will be working on the Northern Loop instead
10:56:47 <Dave from B™> Madison opens June 29
10:57:13 <Kitt> So was that in another article Dave?
10:58:01 <Dave from B™> Yep. Sorry, I don't have time now to find it but when I get a chance I'll look for it.
10:58:22 <Kitt> I am just glad to hear it will be open
10:58:34 <Dave from B™> Try the Xanterra site if you can't wait; it might be from them
10:59:00 <Kitt> my 5 nights were in the latter part of July
10:59:44 <Dave from B™> Ours started June 28 for 4
10:59:58 <Dave from B™> We got lucky
11:00:20 <Kitt> Lc will be glad to hear
11:00:48 <Dave from B™> Yep. He was asking me yesterday. I'm also excited to see ALL of you.
11:01:25 <Kitt> Bill told me now I can start packing
11:01:42 <Kitt> I have been waiting and trying not to get my hopes up
11:13:15 <Jeff> How is everyone today
11:13:33 <Betty> hey Jeff, doing great. You?
11:13:41 <DanS working> Jeff, :thumbsup:
11:13:47 <Katie 🐻> Better with every new development in plans to restore access. :)
11:13:58 <Jeff> Not too bad ready for Wednesday to roll around
11:14:04 <Katie 🐻> MC
11:14:19 <Katie 🐻> maybe not - maybe just steam
11:14:57 <Kitt> will they do breakfast, etc. when Ham
11:15:02 <Kitt> 's opens
11:16:11 <Jeff> Uhh I’m not sure on that one. I think for at least this week they’re opening at 1030 and just doing lunch and dinner but I don’t know about next week
11:18:44 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I think that is why they invented granola bars Kitt.
11:24:57 <Kitt> was just curious Jeff
11:25:08 <Kitt> I don't eat granola bars Kevin
11:25:23 <Kitt> they are just sugar, carbs, and calories
11:26:12 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Depends on the ones you get.
11:34:20 <Betty> is it smoky?
11:34:26 <ynpvisitor19> protein bars, keep boxes of them in the back of my truck on trips
11:34:50 <ynpvisitor19> fig newtons are good snack, also
11:34:52 <Betty> bears like it
11:35:00 <123> Betty, rainy
11:36:36 <Betty> thx, Korben
11:36:46 <KorbenC> Betty, yw, hi
11:37:39 <KorbenC> So no more construction between OF and West Thumb?
11:38:02 <Betty> no idea
11:38:33 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I like the cherry built bar 19
11:38:47 <Betty> hi Kevin L™ 🌵
11:39:00 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Hi Betty
11:39:02 <KorbenC> Hi Kevin, Kitt, ect.
11:39:09 <Kitt> I was on that road about 2 weeks ago, and several pot holes were a foot deep
11:39:43 <Kevin L™ 🌵> So a normal Yellowstone road Kitt?
11:39:53 <Kitt> no worse
11:41:29 <Dave from B™> Those are the ones RV can't avoid
11:41:34 <Kitt> well time for me to eat a meal
11:41:44 <KorbenC> Dave from B™, hi
11:41:51 <Dave from B™> Hi, Korben
11:42:09 <KorbenC> are you still planning your trip this June?
11:42:23 <Kitt> vehicle following me couldn't figure out why I was weaving
11:42:37 <Kitt> then they hit one of those pot holes and caught on
11:44:48 <Dave from B™> Korben, yes, leaving June 28 for 4 nights
11:45:08 <KorbenC> Dave from B™, hopefully I will run into you
11:45:48 <Betty> don´t break a leg!
11:46:30 <KorbenC> Betty, I would never do that!
11:48:02 <Betty> :-)
11:51:12 <Dave from B™> I hope to see you but don't run into me, please
11:51:28 <ynpvisitor19> Dave from B™, you should coordinate a time to have dinner together
11:51:30 <Betty> OF
11:52:02 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I think it is Dave that runs into things.
11:59:58 <Betty> Kevin, we had temp around 100 this weekend and today 64
12:00:49 <ynpvisitor19> Betty, kinda same here; AC 24/7 last week, furnace this morning
12:01:07 <Betty> crazy
12:03:51 <DanS working> Look at OF area temps: 75 a few days ago, 44 today
12:42:27 <Betty> Sawmill
12:45:53 <Dave from B™> Betty, how is Thomas doing?
12:46:42 <Betty> he´s doing fine. Looking forward to our trip in September :-)
12:47:10 <Kevin Depot> Isn't Thomas a blue steam engine?
12:47:36 <Betty> lol, tell him when you see him :-)
12:47:52 <Betty> bulger ie
12:49:04 <Kevin Depot> I have been watching him all week in Paradise.
12:49:30 <Dave from B™> Betty, what dates are you in YNP again? I may try to come down and see you.
12:49:38 <Katie 🐻> :daisy:
12:50:27 <Betty> what did you do on Michelle´s birthday Saturday?
12:51:08 <Betty> I think you said you are in Arizona/New Mexico then
12:51:18 <Betty> Sept. 18-25th
12:51:20 <Dave from B™> We did a tour of 3 bars &rtestaurants downtown. Played Hearts and enjoyed the heat outside
12:51:41 <Betty> sounds great
12:51:56 <Dave from B™> Darn...that's right. We will be in New Mexico
12:54:20 <Kevin Depot> Did you see the BNSF transcon got washed out in New Mexico Last night?
12:54:44 <Dave from B™> I did not see that. How are the fires doing in NM?
12:55:17 <Kevin Depot> They got a lot of rain so that should make them better.
12:55:22 <Betty> where will you be prior to NM?
12:55:38 <Katie 🐻> Just got a push notification of more flood pre-evacuations in Flathead County
12:55:41 <Kevin Depot> You about needed a boat in Chama
12:56:05 <Dave from B™> Where in NM was the wahout?
12:56:08 <Dave from B™> washout*
12:56:19 <Dave from B™> Sorry to hear that Katie
12:56:54 <Kevin Depot> You know we could use some of that here. Lot of mob bodies showing up at River Mead.
12:57:28 <Dave from B™> I just talked to one of my customers in Gardiner. They are hanging in there
12:57:48 <Dave from B™> I saw that Kevin. You can NEVER bury the past:)
12:58:34 <Kevin Depot> I wonder if we could retrieve the boat we sank as Boy Scouts now.
12:59:06 <Dave from B™> Did you sink it on purpose or just a poor design?
13:00:12 <Kevin Depot> More or less poor design but we learned a lot building it.
13:00:14 <Betty> we will be to Page and Moab prior to Yellowstone
13:01:10 <Dave from B™> We are driving thru Colorado on I-25 Betty. Sorry to miss you
13:01:36 <Betty> yeah, bummer
13:02:31 <Dave from B™> We leave on Sep 13
13:03:10 <Betty> where are you headed? Carlsbad?
13:04:01 <Dave from B™> Mostly Carlsbad, Albuquerque and Sante Fe
13:04:11 <Betty> fun
13:04:34 <Betty> we may meet Graham in Germany in August
13:04:56 <Dave from B™> That sounds fun. I would still like to explore Bavaria
13:05:12 <Kevin Depot> Do use the Hanau HBF Betty?
13:05:17 <Betty> he is in Bayreuth for opera
13:05:40 <Betty> no, I don´t
13:06:43 <Kevin Depot> I was just looking at old pictures of it.
13:08:07 <Kevin Depot> You need to do Berchtesgaden area Dave. My favorite place to be.
13:08:42 <Dave from B™> Yep. We will some day
13:08:48 <Betty> you need to come again, Kevin
13:09:41 <Betty> riverside
13:09:57 <Kevin Depot> I would love to but don't see it happening.
13:10:23 <Kevin Depot> Thomas just showed up at Paradise.
13:11:19 <Betty> yes, I see him
13:12:10 <Betty> I really like the moving eyes
13:15:07 <Katie 🐻> Lost cam control - logging in again (when it lets me)
13:15:44 <Kevin Depot> Looks funny to see buffers and knuckle couplers.
13:16:15 <Dave from B™> Really, Betty? Now, Kevin has you hoooked on trains?
13:17:27 <Betty> :-D
13:17:50 <Kevin Depot> This is a great Thomas. Real steam engine, not just a fake they push with a diesel.
13:20:27 <Kevin Depot> I love the moving eyes and mouth. On the initial run they didn't have proper insulation and the face melted. Lot of kids thought Thomas was dead.
13:20:55 <Betty> hahaha
13:22:24 <Betty> OF
13:25:36 <Betty> not OF, btw
13:28:38 <Dave from B™> Well, you better try to convert mne...do you have a link?
13:31:37 <Dave from B™> I can't believe Eric has climber Mt Hood 5 times
13:33:35 <Kevin Depot> Rewind to 1512 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdPNCBmRsPQ&t=0s
13:33:57 <Betty> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu9opxH2AGo
13:35:36 <Dave from B™> THanks
13:35:43 <Kevin Depot> This is Strasburg where it is just coming in live. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bu9opxH2AGo
13:36:03 <Betty> you mean 1412, Kevin
13:36:51 <Dave from B™> I saw it at 1512
13:37:50 <Betty> the blue thomas engine?
13:38:02 <Betty> Lion ie
13:38:03 <Kevin Depot> Yep. shows at 1506.
13:38:40 <Betty> coming now
13:38:57 <Kevin Depot> Just pulling into the station at Strasburg
13:39:49 <Katie 🐻> OF
13:42:45 <3> it says final time this month for thomas
13:43:31 <3> so it is like an amusement park ride?
13:43:37 <Kevin Depot> I think they only bring it out a few days a month.
13:44:22 <3> bye Thomas
13:45:01 <Kevin Depot> More or less but full sized.
13:45:26 <3> what are they doing now?
13:45:34 <Kevin Depot> Now for the photo session.
13:45:34 <3> they backed him up
13:45:42 <3> oh, that makes sense
13:46:07 <3> so people are lined up for photos, not for a train ride?
13:49:32 <Kevin Depot> Right
13:50:18 <Kevin Depot> They do run the other normal steam engine too which should be in Paradise soon.
13:59:42 <DanS working> Can we look at Grand?
14:01:03 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Grand is ie per GT
14:22:00 <3> the railroad chat says Thomas is done until September
14:25:34 <KorbenC> Anyone know anything about Xanterra bumping the prices up on the OF Lodge and Snow Lodge? A normally $192 rooms is now $211
14:25:58 <Dave from B™> Was 192 from last year?
14:26:15 <KorbenC> was 192 when I booked a week ago
14:27:06 <Kevin L™ 🌵> A National Park concessionaire price gouging? Why I have never heard of such a thing.
14:27:41 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, lol, good point
14:29:44 <Dave from B™> They are tied to pricing outside the park, so if gateway prices go up, inside pricing goes up. This is why we bought a van. I'm not paying 211 for a room unless I'm in the Caribbean
14:30:58 <Katie 🐻> They aren't as expensive in the Caribbean. :D
14:32:11 <Dave from B™> Depends on if you want to stare at the ocean on your patio:)
14:32:47 <3> I think they are tied to Xanterra pricing. They have lost revenue, trying to make it up. OF inn rooms are more expensive than lodging outside the park
14:33:26 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Our Colorado trip the rooms are from $60 to $150 and MUCH nicer than the cabins.
14:34:06 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, geez, $150 is expensive here!
14:34:36 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Those are near Monument Valley.
14:35:18 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, Colorado Springs?
14:37:41 <Kevin L™ 🌵> We are staying in Cripple Creek this time. My Brother made that reservation so I don't know what it cost.
14:38:16 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, oh good choice, Cripple Creek is a really nice town :) Some neat goldmine tours around there
14:40:40 <Kevin L™ 🌵> We decided to do that in the morning and then the cog train in the afternoon then on to Raton for the night.
14:41:31 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, are you heading West at all?
14:43:16 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Grand Junction to Georgetown then to Cripple Creek. South to Raton then hunt semaphores and a night in Taos. Up to Antonino then a couple nights in Chama.
14:43:42 <KorbenC> Gonna be a fun trip!
14:44:23 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Over to Durango then Ouray. Back to Durango then the Silverton train. Out to Cortez then Monument Valley.
14:45:16 <Kevin L™ 🌵> We are talking about doing an Alaskan cruise next year.
14:46:55 <Kevin L™ 🌵> If you haven't done the trip on the Cumbres & Toltec Korben, you need to. They have a special deal for Colorado Springs residents.
14:47:03 <Dave from B™> Kevin, that must be 4 or 5 train rides in 1 teip
14:47:09 <Dave from B™> trip*
14:47:34 <Kevin L™ 🌵> And I am skipping a few!
14:48:29 <Dave from B™> Are there any good pricing deals on any of the fun trains? They are expensive
14:48:36 <Kevin L™ 🌵> We are doing the train both way on the C&TS instead of up or back on a stinking bus.
14:52:42 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I have the deluxe tickets on the C&TS and the First Class on the Silverton. Well worth the extra money. https://cumbrestoltec.com/schedule/
14:53:29 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Tickets do include lunch. Takes pretty much all day.
14:56:12 <Dave from B™> I've only looked at Durango pricing. Isn't it much higher?
14:57:03 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Yes. It is a longer ride though.
14:58:23 <KorbenC> Kevin L™ 🌵, you might see me on the Silverton train whenever you are there, it drops off at a trailhead I need to get too
14:58:28 <Kevin L™ 🌵> This is the car we are in on the Silverton: https://www.durangotrain.com/classes-service/first-class/prospector/
15:00:33 <Kevin L™ 🌵> That one is $194. Basically a 10 hour ride. Buy your own lunch in Silverton.
15:01:06 <Kevin L™ 🌵> They have a great RV park right by the depot in Chama Dave.
15:02:22 <Dave from B™> Hmmm. I need to start planning our NM trip soon. I will keep that in mind. If you had to pick one for me, what would you suggest. I've done Georgetown.
15:04:42 <Betty> :lion:
15:05:29 <Kevin Depot> Just a minute Dave.
15:11:55 <Kevin L™ 🌵> I would take the Cumbres & Toltec from Chama. Steeper so you get a better "bark" from the engine. If you just want the train and don't care about a bus ride you can take the train out and ride the bus back.
15:12:29 <Dave from B™> Thanks
15:14:03 <Kevin L™ 🌵> The cog railway is not far from I-25 and it is also well worth the trip but you will love the little steamers. My brother fell in love with them as soon as he saw one for the first time.
15:16:16 <Betty> I´m headed out, night all
15:16:18 <Kevin L™ 🌵> The seats on the Silverton next to us are still open.
15:16:23 <Dave from B™> That is 2 hours from Sante Fe. I will have to see if we can pull a couple days from our schedule and stay up in that area
15:16:25 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Night Betty
15:22:03 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Seats next to us at the Cumbres & Toltec are also open still so you may have good luck. What days are you going to be there?
15:32:43 <Dave from B™> Sometime around Sept 20
15:34:53 <Dave from B™> Sorry, time to get out of here. Have a great evening Kevin
15:36:17 <Kevin Depot> On 2 seats sold on September 20th Dave.
15:36:23 <Kevin Depot> Night.
15:36:30 <KorbenC> STEAMBOAT
15:36:31 <KorbenC> .
15:36:31 <KorbenC> .
15:37:49 <Kevin Depot> Strong one.
15:38:02 <KorbenC> Look at that, Steamboat went right after Dave left :) Like normal!
15:41:01 <Katie 🐻> Did I miss OF?
15:42:25 <ynpvisitor68> wonder if it has such a large signature because there is no background signals with the park empty
15:42:33 <ynpvisitor68> *are
15:43:10 <KorbenC> ynpvisitor68, that would make sense, the signature on SWARM isnt that much larger than normal
15:44:27 <Katie 🐻> Looks like an early short 37 minutes ago on static?
15:44:27 <Frank> OF 1521
15:44:54 <Katie 🐻> Went back further 45 minutes ago and long
15:45:25 <KorbenC> I see OF 1521 med/long
16:07:32 <Katie 🐻> IIRC, next scheduled camop is on vacation. I'll linger until/unless someone takes over, with a break to drive home.
16:24:44 <KorbenC> Arty
16:35:21 <Katie 🐻> Forgot to log last Lion
16:42:50 <AYates> Didn't expect a Steamboat today
17:01:21 <Katie 🐻> OF
17:13:59 <Linda> Greetings
17:14:10 <KorbenC> Linda, hi
17:14:37 <Linda> KorbenC, hi
17:17:51 <Linda> Thanks Katie for driving
17:18:16 <Katie 🐻> My pleasure
18:08:57 <Katie (home)> Having trouble getting control window up from here
18:09:31 <Katie (home)> Finally
18:47:11 <Kevin iPad> Keep an eye on beehive. It looks dead then surprises you.
18:47:48 <Katie (home)> You. Not me. It's been MONTHS since it erupted when I was driving. But I will
19:00:23 <DanS working> Peek downbasin?
19:00:47 <DanS working> About time for a daisy double interval
19:28:06 <DanS working> riverside
19:32:01 <Kevin iPad> Clouds look wet.
19:39:01 <ynpvisitor8> strange light reflection in the direction of Riverside
19:52:39 <Kevin iPad> Looks fairly clear on US 20 until you hit the Montana border.
20:02:09 <Katie (home)> Bee looked alive(ish)
20:03:34 <Kevin iPad> It will probably wait until dark.
20:04:07 <Katie (home)> It has no other option. I'm driving until dark. :D
20:10:44 <Katie (home)> Nice boil on Giantess
20:14:35 <Kevin iPad> Nice boil on OF too.
20:18:33 <no> Dose she boil?
20:18:57 <no> ipad because you are watching skating?
20:20:14 <Kevin iPad> I am working on projects in the depot.
20:21:16 <no> Missing a good baseball game. Score looks like it anyway.
20:22:14 <no> Havent you driven the golden spike yet?
20:22:47 <no> A person, don't they know the park is closed?
20:23:33 <KorbenC> no, they are getting a plume video for me tho :P
20:24:21 <no> I think they were looking at the sea monster.
20:24:41 <KorbenC> which one?
20:27:30 <no> Either the big one or the little one.
20:28:29 <KorbenC> But they are home to the clown fish from that movie
20:28:35 <Kevin iPad> Too many projects. Running way behind. Haven’t had a chance to catch up.
20:28:36 <no> Is that a shadow or is indy growing a cone?
20:29:26 <Katie (home)> Looks like it from this angle in this light, doesn't it?
20:31:17 <no> I thought you were retired and living the life of leisure?
20:31:45 <no> Chickens cannot keep you that busy, and no lawn to mow.
20:34:24 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Well I did have a lawn...
20:36:32 <no> Look at all that parking. If my license plate ends in 0, can I go now?
20:37:29 <KorbenC> no, the trick I hear is to get hired at Xanterra, go in, stay there until they open, then quit :)
20:37:36 <Kevin L™ 🌵> What about those people who have plates that say "GEYSER"?
20:38:12 <no> I think geyser and geezer are even.
20:38:48 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Hockey looks like a real (yawn) nailbiter.
20:39:09 <no> There is no way I would work the gate with the new rules.
20:39:40 <Kevin L™ 🌵> You may need brass knuckles and a kevlar vest.
20:41:35 <no> So is the geyser aka kevin still erupting regular?
20:43:54 <no> Not as exciting as the game 25 or 30 years ago when it was a double shutout, they were begging people to come to the stadium to buy food from the vendors, and after 4 overtimes the loosing goalie got no credit for 6 periods of no score.
20:49:53 <no> Looks grand out there.
21:37:47 <Kevin L™ 🌵> Looks damp