Day 7 - Leaving Yellowstone, no Yogi in sight

Trip Start May 11, 2010
Trip End Jul 23, 2010

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Day 7

Yellowstone to Jackson Hole

Getting up (slowly), getting on (maybe later)

We both woke up at about 1am with raging headaches but both pretended we were asleep, it didn't work. The bed was too hard and too small so we ached as well! Maybe wine is off, we are such lightweights. If only Tina hadn’t totally insisted on that second one…….

Hotel was ok, but at twice the price of the others so far and with almost no facilities it’s not good value. The meal was nice but most of the restaurants are just burger bar/cafes. I suppose there is a captive audience up here as it is one of the few places to stay in the park and all the hotels and facilities are run by a single company. Never mind, we got to see Old Faithful and had to stay somewhere.

Breakfast in the room (bought ourselves) and then we are off to Jackson Hole where we are staying for a couple of nights. Should have internet access back by then. Thanks Vic & Meg for my card J Love you. The breakfast feast features in one of the pix along with the offending empty wine glass.

Set off for Jackson Hole, stopped off a few places on the way but mainly just driving on to get to the Tetons. Arrived at the hotel which turns out to be part of a pretty spectacular ski resort. There is still snow in the mountains but not enough to ski so the season is finished and the summer season hasn’t started. Everything is shut which is a bit of a shame missing out on the cable car but it’s great for us as we have it all to ourselves.

Took a few 'wildlife’ shots as all the animals seem to be asleep or playing elsewhere. The bear shots are about the closest we’ll get to seeing one!

Checked out hibernation and carbon dating. Hibernation is basically having a long nap and the digestive system turns off so the animal manages to reprocess waste into protein so they don’t wake up in a pile of poo after all. How strange. Sounds nice though, eat and play all summer then sleep all winter. What’s really weird is that bears have cubs whilst in hibernation and they feed until mum wakes up. Carbon dating works for all ex living things and is working out how much carbon14 is left in the sample and comparing that to what is in the atmosphere – the half life of carbon14 is about 6000 years so they can work back and estimate how many ‘carbon 14 periods’ have occurred since the death of whatever they are testing. Turns out it’s pretty accurate.

Today we were eating some trail mix, which reminds us both of when we met as we ate it by the kilo, and Tina wanted to know why the calorie value of dried banana was more than raw banana. We decided this was because the water that made up some of the weight is extracted and that has no calories, so weight for weight there is more ‘banana calorie’ in dried. Anyway, as a result we decided to get a dessicator when we get back as we like dried fruit. We’ve made a pact not to buy confectionery en route which is working so far. Unless you count the choc chips in the banana/walnut cake. Yum Yum!!!! It is my birthday after all………….

Did a bit of shopping and decide to veg out a bit as we have 2 nights here. Excellent room, a little studio with kitchen and fold a way bed. Fantastic gym which we actually went in this time and a heated swimming pool overlooking the mountains with almost no people. Pretty idyllic. Back to the room, finished off our laundry which is provided free for guests so we’ll be all ready to head off day after tomorrow to Salt Lake City. Skyped Meg and carried the laptop around the room and on the balcony so she and Sam could see the mountains – how weird.

Tina prepared a birthday feast which we took a picture off, actually it looks (and tastes) better than most of what we’ve had in restaurants.

Also checked out effects of alcohol at altitude. It seems that at 6,500 feet alcohol has twice the effect. We were at 8,500 and had two glasses, which is twice what we would normally have in a week. So basically we had a bottle each. Not only that but the headache and hangover is significantly worse. So it looks like Tina’s had her first proper hangover J she doesn’t want another one….

It's the latest we've managed to stay up - 9pm - how exciting. Tomorrow we are going to check out Jackson Hole.

Safe, sound, and sane again

Tina & Mark

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Sue on

Looks as though there is no one in the Wild West except you two! Amazed also at how much snow still around. A very different BIG birthday x

Vic on

Ah Dad did you like your card :) we would never get rid of you :) xx

amanda on

hiya how are u getting on now
happy birthday mark for when ever it was!!!!!!!!!!!
good luck for the rest of your trip :)))).

jen & Bob on

Hi Tina Mark

we are following you but a little bit slowly you must be having a great time, will read a couple more tonight LUV Jen &Bob XXX

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