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Adventures Across America - Summer 2020
Part 5

By Frosty Wooldridge
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Yellowstone National Park receives millions of visitors annually. It became our first National Park after President Teddy Roosevelt and John Muir got together at a campsite in Yosemite. They both agreed that our national heritage wilderness sites needed protection from miners, lumber jacks, water barons, fur trappers and developers.

To ride through it on a bicycle gives an up-close and personal view of the wildlife, rivers, waterfalls and geysers...especially Old Faithful the most famous geyser around the world.

(Standing next to Thunder Jack the Mountain Man along the road south near Wilsall, Montana.)

(Riding into Yellowstone Park causes incredible expectations of natural phenomena.)

Back in mountain man Jim Bridger's time, he called geysers "upside down waterfalls" because he didn't have any other term for them. Trappers said the water steamed up from the riverbed because of so much friction from the fast-moving water. Boiling mud-pots became all the rage and crystal-clear heated pools fascinated visitors from all over America.

The biggest treasures included Yellowstone Falls, both upper and lower falls, and Old Faithful.

(The grandeur of Yellowstone Falls entertains millions of visitors from all over the world. You can see it up close from a viewing deck at the exact spot where the falls rushes over the edge. You can see it from a distance from viewing points. One nice spot shows an osprey nest that's been producing chicks for decades at the top of one of the rock spires projecting from the canyon floor.)

(Thousands sit and wait each hour for Old Faithful to erupt into the sky. My father brought us here when I was 10 years old. Since then, I've seen that geyser erupt over 50 times with visits over the decades. It never gets old. Also, Old Faithful Hotel serves fabulous food. It's a national heritage site built over 100 years ago and has served kings, queens, presidents and monarchs over the years.)

After seeing grizzly bears, elk, moose and deer...we pedaled south into the Grand Tetons. When two French trappers saw them back in the 1800's, they looked up as the clouds cleared the peaks. One of them gasped, "La Grand Tetons!" which in French means, "Large breasts!" They are not anything like smooth, sublime mammaries, but they are rugged peaks that dramatically thrust into the sky.

(Take a minute to look back on the Grand Tetons from Oxbow Bend of the Snake River. In the spring and fall, hundreds of thousands of birds drop into the calm waters to refresh and renew themselves for their flights to Canada mating or to South America for winter shelter.)

It took us 5.5 hours to ride 18 miles over Towogatee Pass at 9,500 feet. It's a rough grind, but the scenery astounds with every mile. And, we enjoyed a different view of the Grand Tetons with every mile climbed.

We camped out at the top and watched a dramatic sunset light up the flat top mountains that rose dramatically over us.

(Riding off Towogatee Pass under dramatic flat-top mountains that lined the road. We camped across from them. Next day, we pedaled along a braided river carved by glaciers centuries ago. A braided river forms under a glacier and intertwines itself like a snake that crosses over another snake on the way down the canyon.)

We reached Dubois, Wyoming where everyone eats at the "Cowboy Café" for some great grub! Artists sell extraordinary.
"To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life, must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest. Otherwise, you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea... "cruising" it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot, or will not, fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture until your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

"I've always wanted to sail to the South Seas, but I can't afford it." What these men can't afford is not to go. They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of "security." And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine - and before we know it our lives are gone.

"What does a man (woman) need - really need? A few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter, six feet to lie down in - and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment. That's all - in the material sense, and we know it. But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments, mortgages, preposterous gadgetry, playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

"The years thunder by, the dreams of youth grow dim where they lie caked in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed. Where, then, lies the answer? In choice. which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life? "

- Sterling Hayden, Wanderer


Share these videos all over America:

In a five minute astoundingly simple yet brilliant video, "Immigration, Poverty, and Gum Balls", Roy Beck, director of  www.numbersusa.ORG, graphically illustrates the impact of overpopulation.  Take five minutes to see for yourself: v=LPjzfGChGlE&feature=player_ embedded

"Immigration by the numbers—off the chart "  by Roy Beck This 10-minute demonstration shows Americans the results of unending mass immigration on the quality of life and sustainability for future generations: in a few words, "Mind boggling!" v=muw22wTePqQ


-- Frosty Wooldridge
Golden, CO
Population-Immigration-Environmental specialist: speaker at colleges, civic clubs, high schools and conferences
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Frosty Wooldridge, six continent world bicycle traveler, Astoria, Oregon to Bar Harbor, Maine, 4,100 miles, 13 states, Canada, summer 2017, 100,000 feet of climbing: