God's Wondrous Beauty

Trip Start May 10, 2012
Trip End Jun 04, 2012

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The Virginian RV Park

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Monday, May 14, 2012

Susan thought up today's title.
I had a nearly sleepless night. I guess I missed the noise of trains.
We awoke to 36 sunny degrees. After thumping the tires,
We headed out at 8, top off with gas and pass the National Elk Rufuge.  They were not at home. We saw bald eagles and a few nests. We entered Grand Teton National Park.  We saw pronghorns here in the sage brush flats. We made photos of the Tetons reflected in Jenny Lake. The Snake River is dammed to make a huge, beautiful lake.  SO awesome,  words fail to describe and the eyes can not comprehend. We were not planning to do this park, but we are SO glad we did. 
We leave Teton and enter Yellowstone National Park. The elevation increases.  We cross the Continental Divide at 7988 ft and 8391 ft and 8262 feet.  We pass large, frozen Lewis Lake.  There is snow still along the highway, but the air is warm.  We stopped at West Thumb Geyser Basin to the thermal pools. Breathtaking to see the colors and water and mud boiling up from the barren ground.  On to Old Faithful, which erupted about 10 minutes after we arrived [it erupts every 90 minutes, give or take 10 minutes].  We had watched from home on the webcam and it looked just the same in person.  Imagine that. Continuing on we stopped at Grand Prism Basin.  The 160 degree waters bubble over and spill in brilliant colors into the river.  The pools all have names like opal and turquoise.  As we continue through the park we  finally see elk, bison and one lone mama moose with a calf.  The forest shows scares from fires. The signs say natural re-seeding by forest fire in 1988.  It is a wondrous thing to see how this works.
We drove on to the Grizzly RV Park in West Yellowstone, Montana.  I hope it doesn't live up to its name, but there are signs up about bear activity in the area. This is a cute town that hasn't opened for the season yet.  We walked a few blocks to eat at the Timberline Cafe [I finally got a cinnamon bun for breakfast tomorrow].  Then on to Mcdonald's for ice cream and FREE WIFI.  We are here for three nights.  They have a wifi system that gives 2 hours of wifi for two persons every 10 hours.  NOW who thought that up? We have booked tours for the next two days into Yellowstone.  They are 8 hours each and travel over 100 miles each day.  What a place. 
We came across three other Great Alaskan Holiday RVs today.  That is the company that rents the RVs to us to get them to Anchorage. One is here tonight. We only did 140 miles today, but we made many stops. It was 74 degrees here, the same as home,[ according to Frank he had our lawn mowed].  I am WAY over dressed!
By the way, we had to remove the water hose from theirs tonight because THERE IS A FREEZE WARNING.  If the bears don't get us we might freeze to death.
What an awesome God who created such a wondrous planet!
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Dave on

Great post and fantastic pictures!!! The lake shot should be on a postcard or in a travel magazine, beautiful!!!
Enjoy Yellowstone and don't feed the bears, lol

Jean Langford on

Jackson Hole and Yellowstone are awesome. It snowed while we were there and Lake Lewis was frozen over and the geysers were breathtaking. The day after we left is when the fire started. (guess we set it)

DWLP.travelkids on

Color us impressed that we did more miles than you did yesterday! Dave was right...your pictures are breathtaking and he should know. What memories it brings back. We were there one winter and were able to snowmobile in Yellowstone so imagine that all that you are seeing also has hoar frost hanging on everything that is near the basins while traveling on five feet of snow! Have a wonderful time today. We are getting a double whammy being able to vicariously enjoy your trip as we make ours at the same time.

Joan and Sam on

We want to be there!!! So glad you decided to go to Jackson.

linda on

sounds like you are having a wonderful time! we are jealous!! maybe next year! stay safe. luv linda

F & MA on

What beautiful pictures. Looks like we need to plan a trip! Really enjoy your postings.

Cathy and kids on

Awesome! What an experience.

VistasByGod on

AWESOME is so right. We traveled to Grand Canyon and Sequoia National Forest, so can understand the magnificence...

Loved Susan's title!

oyce Callis on

s must be one of your best trips. I would think there are not as many wonders in other places as The Grand Tetons and Yellowstone.Mother and Daddy went there and took Gary with them. They never got enough talk in about what they saw. Glad you are having a good time. Tell Susan I want a picture for the Bulletin.

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