Three old geysers

Trip Start Mar 12, 2011
Trip End Dec 15, 2011

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Saturday, October 29, 2011

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. Watched in expectation for a while, and met up with Evan Wagner, who was also waithing for the show. Eventually went inside the Visitors Centre, to discover that the show didnt start for another 40 minutes! Bought a coffee and went to stand there about 10 minutes before the projected start. Although its Faithful, its not that relaible, the eruption was almost 10 minutes late. They do say that the time is plus or minus 10 minutes, so it was within the spec. Evan spent the time answering our questions on unmanned spy planes and weopeans fired remotely!
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. Even the staff are dressed up. Lots of the houses we have passed oalong the way have decorations up, and this has been so even since LA - they obviously treat Halloween far more seriously that we ever have!
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. 

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Tim (Matthews) on

Sunday morning, and we have said goodbye to BST. Its drizzle and a little grey. Will be inspired by you two chaps today, whilst I work on the Austin in prep for the Lakeland Trial (still no knowledge of entry). The trip looks fantastic, and in stark contrast to the other side of the world. I hope Stanley has a heater in that cold weather...

Josh and Mary on

In haste we have viewed the latest posts in our comfort inn lobby - other pensioners champing at the bit to take over the computer! As usual it's just us and people in their 70s on holiday at this time of year. Snow is falling in Ellsworth, Maine, so we've had to adapt our route today. Hope it's not affecting your steady progress!

Ian Grace on

Jayne and I stopped at Yellowstone and Jackson driving west from Grand Rapids to Seattle when we relocated three years ago. We also discovered Moose Drool there, and we can get it in bottles in Seattle. Very swallowable, and quite appropriate for us as we rescued a Chocolate Lab here in Seattle and named Moose.

Looks like you have the badlands ahead of you - dramatic vistas of rolling nothingness from horizon to horizon to come.

Christer Wheat on

Cool blog guys, It looks like an amazing trip! It was nice to meet you two and I hope you have a fun and eventful, as in good events of course, rest of your trip! Also I was happy to see one of you enjoying a delicious, Montana brewed Moose Drool beer. Cheers.

Jan & Dave on

We loved Yellowstone - early morning or evening are best. Mysterious and mystical. Ta again for bringing good memories for us to the fore!

Alison on

Sad news from the homeland Sir James Savile OBE died Sunday 30th Nov. at the grand old age of 84 . JUst thought I would let you know as I would probably have forgotten about it by the time you get home.

Jem on

No such chance now ! It has become THE talking point of the BBC for the Next Year.

Argie on

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