|The Grand Tetons|
This is the second part of our journey. Our vacation began in Breckenridge, Colorado. You can view the first part of this trip here.
From Pocatello, Idaho, we drove east along the Snake River through beautiful tall mountains surrounding the Swan Valley and Palisades Reservoir. We got to Jackson Hole, Wyoming about lunch time. "Hole" is the name given by early fur trappers for a flat spot or bowl surrounded by mountains. Jackson (the town) and Jackson Hole are used interchangeably. Before finding lodging for the night, we enjoyed some sandwiches and cold beer at Sidewinders American Grill & Tavern. I had a grilled cheddar cheese and bacon sandwich with fresh slices of avocado and tomato on sourdough and Ron had a juicy burger and fries -- delish! There are plenty of large screen TV's for catching up on almost any sport you care about. The serving staff was very friendly.
To check out lodging possibilities, we stopped at the busy and informative visitor center in Jackson. They have elk viewing areas and many interpretive displays. Next, we went a few miles north to Grand Teton National Park with its astounding scenery and abundant wildlife.
|Jenny Lake view|
|Ron with Grand Tetons in the background|
|Moose in river grazing|
|Family Camping in Yellowstone in 1962 (Vicki with the hat)|
|The Firehole River|
|Thermal Pools and Geysers along the Firehole River|
|4000 gallons of 160 degree F. water per minute flows into the Firehole River from the Excelsior Geyser http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excelsior_Geyser|
|Grand Prismatic Spring|
|The colors are heat loving bacteria that grows here|
|Bacteria mats provide some really beautiful patterns and colors|
|Firehole Lake Drive in the Upper Geyser Basin|
|Imperial Geyser near Fairy Falls (here's a video link of it erupting)|
|2nd story deck to view Old Faithful Geyser|
|Old Faithful from deck at Old Faithful Inn|
|Our room at the Inn|
|Looking up from the Old Faithful Inn Lobby|
|Doe Elk alongside trail|
|Elk Buck (above) and Bison (below)|
|Ron at the Yellowstone Falls|
|At the brink of the upper falls of the Yellowstone River|
|Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River|
|Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River|
|Ron and Vicki at Grand View of the Yellowstone Canyon|
We departed on September 16 leaving Yellowstone through the Northeast Entrance to Cooke City, Montana, where we found ourselves curiously hungry for a Bison Burger and an Elk Burger at a local saloon. We then took the Beartooth Highway starting about 3:00 PM with clear and warm weather toward Red Lodge, Montana. The Beartooth Highway is designated as an All-American Highway and one of the Top 10 Scenic Drives in America. I do not recommend this highway for the faint at heart or to one who suffers from a fear of heights. I drove so I didn't take any pictures. Here is an aerial view of the road:
It was a beautiful drive with outstanding views. It has several glaciers along the way and lots of falling rock along the road with very few trees because of the altitude that reaches 10,947 feet. It took almost 2 hours to drive because of its many curves. We continued on to Billings, Montana and then south to Sheridan, Wyoming to spend the night. Having gone to Montana, Ron has now visited 48 states of the US, with only North and South Dakota left on his "Bucket List" of States to visit.
On Friday, we departed Sheridan about 8:30AM and decided to drive through to our home in New Mexico. We stopped in Denver at our favorite Jewish deli - The New York Deli News where we chowed down pastrami sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, potato knish, NY cheesecake and a Black and White cookie. We arrived home safely a little after 10PM that night. The cats appeared well and the garden was well represented of RED TOMATOES, green beans, chiles, and cucumbers. Thanks to Mary and Matt for taking good care of our house while we were gone!
|Time for Green Chile Stew!|