Salt Lake City to the Yellowstone Wyoming

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Friday, May 11, 2012

We left Bryce, headed towards Zion National Park, & had a nice lunch at a nice restaurant. 
Mike really wanted to drive the RV through the mile long tunnel into the Park.  Since being here previously, we found out that it will JUST fit, but I would have to drive the car, as they won't allow a tow vehicle go through attached. The maximum height is 13ft 1in and the total height of our RV is about 12ft 6inches.  It is a cost of $15 and all the cars the other end had to be stopped, while we go through, as Mike had to drive down the middle of the tunnel, to fit comfortably through. 

We unhooked the car, and I had a walkie talkie and we chatted  as we headed into the tunnel.    It went great, he drove well,  I filmed, and he enjoyed his tunnel bus drive.  It is 1 mile in length.  mind you, it was quite difficult for myself, driving a manual, talking on a walkie talkie & filming him, using my IPad!!   

We continued on to Salt Lake City for a few days & went to a rendition by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir who did a live performance televised on TV & played on radio every Sunday morning, and has been since 1929.  The singing  and orchestra was magnificent.  We then looked around at the different halls, the flowers are beautiful.  No shortage of money here!  We had some interesting discussions with quite a few 'missionaries'.  

From here we drove to Jackson, once again, beautiful weather & scenery, & went through a town called Afton which is home to the world's largest elk horn arch. Spanning 75 feet (23 m) across the 4 lanes of  Highway 89, the arch consists of 3,011 elk antlers and weighs 15 tons.  

Well, what a mission finding the RV park in Jackson.  After turning down the wrong road twice, we had to do a couple of uturns, & one of the places Mike turned, was so tight that both the bus & car went  up on the gutter. I felt as though we were going 4WD in the RV.  Back on track again, for some reason, the gps did not have the address in it, so I followed our route on my iPad.  We now had to find the park, which is set back off the road.  As the sign was quite small,  we missed it, so turned into the next street, which happened to be the narrowest lane, & ended up at a dead end at someone's house.  Great!   We unhooked the car, & under my watchful eye & directions,  he did at least a  10 point Uturn, without taking out the house & fences..... Every time the bus is in reverse there is a very loud BEEP, BEEP, BEEP sound....letting everyone know we were there.   Mike then suggested that I go & find the
RV park,  he would wait where he is, until I ring him, and then give directions.

So off I went, & as I haven't done much driving, my head is swinging like a rusty gate, checking both sides of the road, before I pull out on the main road. I have my IPad next to me with the map showing where I am, & my destination.  As I pulled out on the busy highway, I do a final check, and what do I see,  my mirror was totally filled up with a vision of a great big bus.  He didn't even wait for a little bit, he pulled out onto the freeway, straight behind me, following in my slip stream, so close, as I drove at a speedy 5mph,  I dare not brake, else I would have had 2 bikes plastered to the back of my head!  I was trying to watch the road, my iPad, the RV behind me, & look for the driveway to find this place. 

My iPad then decides to turn off, so with Michael getting closer by the mili-second,  I miss the turnoff,  go straight past, again, but fortunately there is an empty carpark, so I turn into this, with the behemoth straight behind me.....he who had previously said he would not move until I
rang.    After reminding him of his original plan, off I went again, found the park & rang him with
directions.   WOW!!  We finally made it!   

We visited the Grand Teton National Park, seeing some wild bison on the side of the road.  It was fairly cold but the scenery beautiful, & the famous Grand Tetons - massive snowcapped mountains surround us.  We went to the ski-village, which had only a small remnant of snow, but could just imagine what it is like during ski season.  Unfortunately the ski gondola was not operating, it re-opens during summer.  

At night we went to the local hall for a remembrance night on 'Corrie ten Boom',   Her family
hid Jews during the war from the Nazis, and also helped others to find places to hide, including a lot of babies.  The lady who did the presentation, dressed up as Corrie, and told us what it was like hiding Jews, including having a small concealed space in her room & then having their house invaded by the Nazis, (who never found the concealed place)  Eventually her sister, father &  herself were taken to the Ravensbruck concentration camp in Germany, & Corrie was the only one out of her family to surviveHer father had always taught the family that the Jews are Gods chosen people, so always do what you can for them. The presentation was very well done, she travels a lot re-enacting the story of Corrie, who died in 1983.

The man who gave comments after the audio/visual story, encouraged everyone to always 'pray for the peace of Jerusalem'.  The night concluded with a prayer said in Hebrew, then English & 2 ladies gave a rendition of Hatikvah in Hebrew.  We had some interesting discussions afterwards with some of the Jewish people.   It was a most enjoyable evening.

From here we went on to Yellowstone which is so beautiful. From the moment we arrived in the park, we were overawed with our surroundings.  We have been looking forward to coming here, and were  not disappointed.  Once again, the deep gorges, with waterfalls, fast flowing river & snow on the mountains all compliment each other in providing an amazing vista.  When we first arrived, the lakes were almost completely frozen, but we had lovely warm weather for 5 days, so quite a bit melted, and the beautiful blue water was so calm, that we had an almost perfect reflection of trees & snow capped mountains  

We were hoping to see a grizzly, Mike did everything he could to come face to face with one, even walking out at night and riding his bike down a little track.  We sat and had our meeting by a lake, and I am sure there were signs that a bear had been there.  I was paranoid that I would get mauled & eaten while Mike filmed it all to make the blog interesting!!  We didn't get to see Yogi & Boo Boo.....maybe when we go back in September.   

We visited a boiling mud site(there are many) & a huge bison walked right by the car. We
drove to Old Faithful, just in time to see the old geyser blow it's top.  It only blows about every hour or so, so we got there at the right time & only had to wait 30 seconds.  We then found a place that we could get Internet signal, & rang our mums for mothers day & our youngest daughter Julia for her birthday. 

Anyway that's all, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and we LOVE reading your comments,   keep safe and well,  God bless....Miss you all.   

Next blog: Cody, Bozeman, Deer Lodge &  Glacier Park

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Really enjoyed the blog and all the photos such glorious scenery and the videos

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