Three old geysers
Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
109Trip End Dec 15, 2011
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Set off early from the Painted Buffalo, and made our way to the Teton National Park. Great, the entry booth wasnt manned so we got in for free! Drove up to Jenny Lake, which until yesterday no one seemed to have heard of. However, yesterday they all told us that its a really beautiful place. When we got there, we parked up and met Christer and Maria who were in the raea foir a conference on Sustainability. They had gone for a walk and missed the transport back to the centre where the conference was starting!
We went down to the lake, which is a pretty lake, but owing to the shortage of time, we couldnt go for a walk along the trails that are recommended. I guess that the real attraction of the lake is where you can look down on it. So it wasnt such a success, but thats not the fault of the lake.
Moved on from there to Yellowstone. Parked up in an almost empty car park near Old Faithful
Then after lunch we set off round the park, stopping off every so often to see bubbling pools, spouting geysers or just plain smelly mud! The route we had expected to use to exit was closed so we had to go a bit further round before heading out. Especially on the afternoon roads, there were some serious icy patches. The signs were out recommending snow tyres or chains, but I think the latter would be a bit of an overkill. However there were a few scary moments.
Set off to find a place for the night and we ended up in Cody, staying at the hotel that Buffalo Bill Cody built in 1902 and named afetr his daughter. Of course all the decorations are appropriate to its history, and we had a beer at the same bart that he used to drink at. However, as we are now in late October, everywhere is decorated for Halloween, and the hotel is no exception
Dinner for me was buffalo ribs, plenty of meat, but not as succulent as pork ribs. But I'll try anything, the beer I had was Moose Drool - what a wonderful name for a beer!
Mileage 242 miles. Altitude now is 4855 ft, max was 8630, we climbed 10074 feet altogether.
Martin's moose (or was it elk?) moment:
"So tell me - whats the difference between the red poles and the yellow poles that are placed either side of the roads in Yellowstone National Park?"
"They're a different colour"
"Oh - thank you"
Well the moose or mooses or elks are what we set as we left Jackson.What a delightful place.Very apparently affluent and certainly thriving.Almost theatrical in its appearance as a Mid-west town.Low storey retail outlets and no big,dominating stores such as Walmart.The journey around Yellowstone could have taken all day but we saw sufficient and needed to move on.I got a bee in my bonnet about needing to make some progress eastwards and now we are looking to two or three days when we can make progress towards Chicago.When we get that under our belt we will feel that we are on a downhill run.
As you will no doubt see from the piccies we also saw a buffalo pretty close up.
Made a lucky choice of hotel in Cody and met a friendly couple in the car park - Charlie and Lolita.What a name to carry through life! Prepared that next few days will be (hopefully) uneventful.