Move over Al Gore, Coleman's in town

by Kade 18. May 2009 23:56

I think my favorite "whoops" quote of all-time is from Al Gore, "During my service in the United States Congress, I took the initiative in creating the Internet." Sure I've heard the claims that he wasn't saying he invented the Internet and I've even read's input on it, but he still said what he said and it makes me laugh. I'm not here to pick on slip ups of politicians though - we'd be here for years on that one - I'm here to discuss the great outdoors.

Coleman has a new campaign running with the slogan, "The Coleman Campsite. The original Social Networking Site." You can check it out here. The ad claims that they pretty much invented camping, and pretty much invented social networking because they've been helping people get together and socialize for years. I do have to admit that long before I ever used Facebook or MySpace, I was eating pancakes, bacon, and eggs at Canyon Campground in Yellowstone National Park.

Even though people camped LONG before Coleman was ever around, I do have to say this is a really fun campaign and it's worth watching the videos on it just to enjoy the ugly...I mean the old clothes and hairstyles.

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Day Two - The Lower Yellowstone Loop

by Kade 26. May 2007 19:31

Day two of our annual Yellowstone Trip took us to the lower loop of Yellowstone. We made sure to stop and get the Firehole River Swimming Area point to add to Backcountry Secrets. It was too cold for us to swim at this time of year, but this is an enjoyable summer dip.

Firehole River Swimming Sign Firehole River Swimming Area

Firehole River Swimming Firehole River Swimming Rapids

After Firehole River Swimming Area we headed south to the Classic Old Faithful. There are plenty of trails at Old Faithful to walk around on and enjoy hot pots and geysers. Life flight landed and took off while we were at Old Faithful (Just a reminder that the backcountry and wild animals can be dangerous).

After Old Faithful we drove around to Lake. We checked out Fishing Bridge Campground (talk about bumper to bumper trailers), then continued on to Mary's Bay. Just past Mary's Bay there is a beautiful lookout point on top of a mountain that you can drive to. In the distance you can see the Tetons and overlook Yellowstone Lake.

We finished day two off with a nice large campfire (with freshly cut wood) after discovering our neighbors on night two had gathered up the firewood we cut that morning. They must have thought they hit the jackpot.

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Secret Yellowstone Trip

by Kade 25. May 2007 22:00

Well it was time for the annual Yellowstone Memorial Day Trip. So we hitched up the trailers, packed the tents (tipi) and headed north. This year we decided to camp at Norris campground, it's one of our favorites in Yellowstone. The tipi looked great with Yellowstone as the background.

Tipi in Yellowstone

As you can see, we had one of those authentic aluminum Native American climbing devices (the ladder in the foreground). Many of our camp neighbors came to view the tipi and get some pictures.

After setting up our campground, we headed to the Norris Geyser Basin and got some great pictures.

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin

Yellowstone is definately a beautiful place. We could not have asked for better weather on this trip.

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