Jackson is beautiful and the RV park was in town which made it nice to be able to walk since a small window of weather for road repairs means the main drag was one lane…not each way…just one lane! We arrived on Friday June 7, and once setup walked into town. Beautiful town square and loads of lovely shops and restaurants. If only Fayetteville had a mayor intelligent enough to attract businesses.
We walked a total of 6 miles. Though not the record for Richard it was still nice to use our legs rather than our butts. Had a lovely lunch at the Bunnery Bakery. Sat outside under a lovely umbrella…sat outside in June? The temps up here are fantastic and I think I could convince him that he’d love the snow, right?
Driving into Yellowstone was exciting since neither of us have been here before. There is an amazing number of acres, from the East Entrance, that are burned.
We did eventually find loads of green trees. Also learned that trees that fall, are cut down or burned in a fire are left where they fall (unless it is on the road) and Mother Nature is left to do her thing. Let’s just say she has her work cut out for her. We also learned that you cannot be in a hurry while driving through Yellowstone or the Grand Tetons. First the speed limit is never higher than 45 and most often it is 25-35. Nothing wrong with that as it allows you to enjoy the scenery, watch out for wildlife and the idiots on two legs which are even more dangerous behind a wheel! “Oh look! There’s a buffalo let’s stop the car in the middle of the road and take a picture. Darn, I can’t really get a good picture from here, I’ll be right back.”…as the traffic backs up and other idiots jump out of their cars to see what there is to look at, kids crossing the road unattended…chaos! Did I mention I am not good with chaos? No? Well, I am not. I am also not very tolerant of people who don’t think the sign on the side of the road applies to them. Piece of advice, check your review mirror before deciding to slam on your brakes in the middle of the road. See that 40ft+ vehicle behind you? It takes much longer to stop than your little car even at 25mph and with 3 car lengths between you and that behemoth.
You also have to drive through the Parks to get anywhere else! Today’s drive was only 150 miles but it took us 5 hours. With the rain this morning there wasn’t much construction going on but there were numerous wildlife sightings. There was a beautiful elk by one of the rivers, very close to the road. We weren’t able to park so Richard stuck the camera out the window as he rolled past. Unfortunately, he got to the camera and deleted it. I really wanted to post it for a game, Can You Spot the Elk? ;-P
The park we are in tonight, and two more, is lovely and we have a gorgeous view out the front window. I forgot to take a picture before putting up the sunshades but will take one tomorrow. The WiFi is the best but we are under a tree so Richard has no satellite. Not a bad trade off in my humble opinion. 😉
While in Jackson we did the aerial tram that opened in 2008. I really had some anxiety issues about going up in it. I have issues with elevation and being over 6,000ft gives me headaches, nausea and shortness of breath. it is 10,000ft at the top of the tram. I also have height issues. Not as bad as when the boys were little and we were at the Grand Canyon but still don’t like it.
Monday we drove back to Yellowstone to see Old Faithful and have lunch with friends from our rally in Cody. Yesterday we went to Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons. There is a boat that either takes you on an hour’s tour of the lake or one that takes you across so that you can hike. We took the hike to Hidden Falls. So beautiful! I attempted to go up to Inspiration Point but my knee, the very narrow, rocky trail, and my shortness of breadth cut it short. You’d think I didn’t exercise at all, ever!
There are pictures of the Hidden Falls but it seems Richard use portrait rather than landscape so I’ll have to edit them before posting. Will try to get some done before we leave here. Tomorrow we are doing the northern Yellowstone Loop and then Mammoth Springs.