upper silas lake

Hiking Silas Lakes Trail

If you are following along on my road trip journey, you know that I changed campsites last night from Hugh Otte Camping Area to a more secluded area off of 302.  I’m now in a high meadow with a few other big rigs in sight, but not too close.  I am parked by Townsend Creek which runs through the willows.  I awoke to a foghorn type sound at 5:30am!

I could only liken it to a cow, but upon peering out VANgo’s window, I did not see any animals.  On the other hand, Annie was trembling with excitement as she stared outside.  Knowing she sees something and I don’t is sometimes disconcerting!  I guessed that maybe a moose was tucked in the willows, but by the time I returned in the afternoon, there was a herd of cows lining the Louis Lake Road, so perhaps I heard a “moo” after all!

popo agie falls

Popo Agie Falls Trail

It has been a few months, and I’m back on the road again…this time with an upgraded Hellwig sway bar, Koni shocks, a Maxxair Fan, and a more powerful 300ah battery!  VANgo will take us through parts of Wyoming (but not Yellowstone with the floods), northern Idaho and western Montana over a two month period.

My dog Annie and I pulled into Lander, Wyoming Wednesday night and found a camp spot with rock fire ring at Hugh Otte Camping Area in Shoshone National Forest.  We got in just before dark and the road was not well maintained, so I took a spot a little more out in the open than I prefer.  It was fine for a week day, as there weren’t too many people around.

vango at hugh otte camping area

I moved closer to some trees today, but it is near the circle drive to the pit toilet, so we shall see how many visitors I have at my campsite.  Hopefully no one will park in it like they did in Idaho and Colorado!  Regardless, after spending much of my last two-month road trip in Florida in parking lots, this free camping area feels like paradise. 

The cell service is intermittent at best, but it is only 10 miles outside of town, close to Sinks Canyon State Park, as well as several hiking trails, including the hike to Popo Agie Falls.