Day 9 - Breasts, Snakes and Potatoes

Trip Start Jun 29, 2007
Trip End Jul 30, 2007

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Sunday, July 8, 2007

After packing up at a little slower rate than normal we got back on the road to get an eargerly awaited view of the Grand Teton Mountain Range. On our way to the mountain range we came upon  a rather large bull bison (buffalo?) just standing there on the side of the road. We stopped long enough to get his picture but had to move on soon as parking was not safe there. It didn't take long for us to start enjoying the spectaculary views on the mountains along the highway. We stopped at an excellent pull off area that had many information signs about what we were looking at and it also offered a clear view of the mountains. According to one of the signs it seems that the name Teton came from the French fur trappers and the early name for this range was translated to The Breast Mountains.I guess if you were a bunch of guys in the bush for most of the year you could conjure up visions of anything you want went you came upon these beautiful formations. This viewing station was also perched high above the beautiful Snake River which played a major role in the opening up of the territory in the 1860's to 1880's. It is the 4th largest river in the US and flowed swiftly by.
Well, we had to move on and move we did. We were not too far from the Wyoming/Idaho state line and it was our intention to head straight across Idaho as fast as possible. It's not that we don't like the place, it's just that we couldn't find anything to do there that looked interesting. Wendi and I both agree that it was a pretty dismal looking place with is treeless rolling hills covered only with sagebrush. We had this vision that (pardon the stereotyping) Indians were going to swoop down from the sandy hills above and attack us. All of us on the highway would have to circle the vehicles and fight them off . . .  OR   think Clint Eastwood and the spaghetti westerns - that's what most of Idaho looked like to us. However, there were some nice agricultural areas where the Snake River flowed through and was used for irrigation. Yes, that's right, there are lots and lots of potatoes in the fields. It was fun to keep meeting up with the Snake River though and we could see why this river helped to open up this territory in the early days. Check out this link that should be Idaho's state anthem.
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