Riverton, August 6
Trip Start Jun 12, 2005
41Trip End Aug 2005
Brrrr! The cold woke us early (4am), it was 40 degrees outside and almost that cold inside as we had two windows and two vents open. After closing all openings and pulling up the bedspread over the light weight blanket we dozed before getting up a bit before 7am.
We hooked up and headed south, retracing our yesterday afternoon path. What we did not expect was all of the steam (which seemed so tame in yesterday afternoon's nearly 90 degree temps) was really putting on a nifty show in the today's early morning temps in the low 40's. We took a fair amount of photos as we headed for the Old Faithful Lodge for breakfast. We arrived and got parked (the crowd was at most a tenth of yesterday's crowd) and soon recognized from the signs that the geyser was about to erupt. We walked over to the viewing area and were soon rewarded with a terrific show (again aided by the cold temperature). The geyser was higher and longer by at least double, what we had seen yesterday afternoon.
After a pretty good breakfast buffet at the Lodge we headed south out of Yellowstone toward the Grand Tetons. Today's drive was magnificent. I don't think I have ever seen any more spectacular mountains than the Tetons. We stopped often and took many pictures, even hit two visitor centers before we headed down to Jackson (or Jackson Hole, if you prefer). I'm still not sure about the name. The airport is the Jackson Hole Airport but the town is listed on maps as Jackson.
The town was a mess - Saturday afternoon in a tourist area during the height of the tourist season - and traffic was just barely moving. We made it all the way through the main part of town, got a full tank of gas, and headed back north on the highway past the Teton mountains we had just come down.
At the junction of highway 24 we headed east toward the town of Riverton, Wyoming, our planned destination for today. After laboring, or rather the truck laboring, up a long and sometimes steep road we crossed over the continental divide at 9,600 feet and started our descent into middle Wyoming. This state is very scenic and we were seeing some of its best scenery. What a neat drive we had this afternoon. We saw high desert, we saw buttes, mountains, and multicolored hills and cliffs. Once again we saw more irrigating in the arid areas, but now it was diversion dams and canals rather than wells.
We arrived in Riverton at about 4:30, found our RV Park and settled in for the night. We picked it because of the Internet access so I am able to catch up with my journal entries. Tomorrow, after Church, it is on to Scottsbluff, Nebraska where Pat spent many happy days visiting her aunt and uncle.