Oh Deer!

Trip Start Jun 28, 2012
Trip End Aug 28, 2012

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Where I stayed
Ranch Inn Jackson
Read my review - 4/5 stars
What I did
Teton Mountains

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Thursday, July 5, 2012

Set off around 6am from Cody, to avoid the tourist on the road. Been very lucky so far. Mostly had the roads to myself.

When I did my Scottish Highlands road trip, I came very close to hitting a deer. Scared the crap out of me. Well, this time it was a kamikaze young Elk. Came out of nowhere. Must have missed my car by inches. Really quite shook me up. Had to drive another few miles before I could find somewhere to pull up and have a fag to calm my nerves.

While I'm having a much needed smoke and wondering what I'd have done had I hit the Elk, I hear a noise behind me...sort of a grunt. I turned around, and about 10 feet away from me is a f*cking HUGE Bison. I swear, I'm really not making this up! Thankfully, it didn't seem very interested in me, and was just having a graze. I even managed to get a pic.

Entered Yellowstone and made my way to Old Faithful. On the way I stopped at the beautiful Yellowstone lake. Unfortunately, I'd missed Old Faithful erupting by 5 mins, and it wasn't due to go off again for another 90 mins. As it was, the tourists had started arriving, so I didn't bother to wait.

I think to really enjoy Yellowstone Park, you need to have a guided tour, which I really didn't have time for, but I still got to see some of it's beauty.

Had a great drive down to Jackson Hole. The weather was cloudy, but that didn't take anything away from some of the great views along the way. The most stunning of which was the massively impressive Teton Mountains. Seen them on tv and films many times, but nothing to how they look close up. One down side, was that because of the many forest fires, in and around Colorado, the smoke had drifted across  to Wyoming and shrouded the mountains somewhat. But they still looked magnificent!

Got into Jackson around 2pm. Really cute old west style town. Yes, it's very touristy, but still nice. Loved my hotel. Had a balcony looking over to the hills that in the winter, are packed with skiers. My room even had a lovely fireplace, which was obviously not need, as it was 90, although cloudy.

The best thing (I thought) was a dish with a HUGE chocolate brownie in it. How fab! Made some coffee, put the tv on, and settled down to eat cake! HOWEVER...I picked up the brownie, which seemed a little hard, to find a note underneath. It said...along the  lines of...To start the fire, light this FIRELIGHTER and place in grate!

After the sobbing stopped, I went for a walk around the town. In the evening I went to the Million Dollar Cowboy bar. Stunning looking western bar that was built in the 1930's. Had a band on playing great country music. I loved watching the couples doing the 2 step, and waltzing.

Note to George & Anthony...must organize line dancing lesson soon!

Looking forward to 2 nights in Salt Lake City, and a wee break from driving. X

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