Trip Start Jun 18, 2012
Trip End Jul 20, 2012

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Monday, July 2, 2012

Sunday morning was beautiful. The sun was up early but the kids slept in. Then Doug made bacon on our fancy new grill outside and I made french toast. It was a feast. Abby was talked about going back to the lake for a morning swim but 50 degree weather in the morning changed her mind.

We packed up and headed to Colter Bay, further up the Tetons on Jackson Lake. Since we had reservations we were in no rush. We spent more time enjoying the views, stopping for pictures and occasional animal sightings. We also called the RV company to deal with our problem. Since we were not near a town (with repair options) and it was Sunday, we were told we'd be compensated for a hotel, so Sunday we checked into the Jackson Lodge, with the most amazing view of the Tetons. We were lucky to find a room at all as this is peak season. But we had to pay peak prices! (And Cruise America only covered about half the cost.) And the clincher, no AC. Yes, it got nice and cool at night, if you had a cross draft. But it must have been 85 degrees in our room, while it was in the 40s outside. (Of course with all that is going on in DC - the heat and no power - who are we to complain?)

Monday, we climbed aboard our RV, and made our way through Yellowstone, though the south entrance the out the west entrance, to West Yellowstone, MT. (We had a 3:00 appointment to get our RV looked at.) Our quick drive through the park confirmed that it was going to be an amazing visit. Charlie masterd the word "geysers" and Talbot kept asking the details as to why the rocks were in fact yellow.

After we got our rental car, we checked into the KOA outside of town (lovely campsite). We then had lunch, Doug took the kids for a dip in the pool while I madly did laundry, and then we dropped our rig off at the garage back in town. We took in an IMAX about Yellowstone and afterward supported the economy of West Yellowstone with our purchase at the gift shop. Then we heard from the garage that our problem was not something they could fix because it was not en engine problem, but rather we needed someone who worked on the RV part of things, namely the generator. And the business day was drawing to a close. So we shopped around for another hotel room. Again, being peak season, no luck in town. So 45 miles up to Big Sky, MT. Initially I was irritated but the drive so so breathtaking that my frustration quickly abated. And the children's singing along of, "Who are you" brought tears to my eyes.
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