South Park, WyomingSeptember 9, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C
Cute little valley
Cute little valley
And we've started our journey home, first through Jackson and then briefly into Idaho before entering Utah.
And we're off! We said goodbye to our pretty campsites, got the motorhomes ready to roll, and we were on our way. There's always a sense of sadness coming home from vacation, but we've got two days of driving so I'm sure there are still adventures to be had.Read more
For dinner we stopped at Jackson Lake Lodge on the way back home. The views go on for miles and I could sit here and look at the view for hours. They have a bar/lounge that extends onto a huge patio outside to take in the incredible landscape.Read more
The clouds broke open after brief rainstorm with big fat summer drops, and we walked out to a viewpoint over Jenny Lodge. The sun dropped behind the mountains and the rays of sun peeked out into the sky like a painting. We all went a little crazy snapping pictures!Read more
After a brief rain shower and hearing thunder in the distance, we drove along to the next turnoff down a dirt road that brought us close to the water's edge. There was quite a crowd, and quickly we saw what had grabbed their interest--a bull moose feeding by the riverside, along with moose cow and calf. We all went crazy because we had been dying to see a moose and he was seriously up close and personal. As we watched him, he casually crossed the river towards the throng of people gawking at him, growled to indicate they were too close to his family for his liking, and wandered into the trees.
We feel so lucky to have gotten to see this spectacular sight on our last real day of vacation!!!Read more
Today we went to all the well known turnouts and viewpoints, but the weather was not cooperating. As we got closer to the mountains, the view was better, but the peaks are so tall that the clouds gravitate towards them obstructing the view. The overall fog/haze/smoke gave the scenery an ethereal quality.Read more
Today we tried to get out and see some beautiful views, but the haze is a million times worse than yesterday and the mountains aren't even visible until you are right up next to them. The first photo I took is the best I could get, believe it or not. The next photo shows the church of the Sacred Heart, built in the 1930s and recently restored to its original beauty. Gayle and I spent an inordinate time in this awesome gift shop (Eric actually mobilized a search party because he was in the car and wondering if a bear ate us), and then we went into Jackson and ate at Moe's BBQ (killer ribs!). We browsed the streets, Gayle ogled a $700 coat, and we bought some homemade fudge for later.
On our drive home we were scouting out real estate (another favorite hobby) and were appalled by the prices. A standard 1100 square foot house, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, runs about $950,000. Next we saw a couple cars pulled over and people out with their cameras, and knew there was something good to see-lo and behold there was a beautiful pronghorn antelope (misnomer, it's actually a deer) on the side of the road in the grasslands. Can't get over the wildlife!Read more
Eric directed us to drive out a little dirt road (yay!) to Mormon Row, the location where the Mormons first settled a developed their town in the early 1900s. Recognize that barn? It's the most photographed barn in the world, and for some bizarre reason several other people had the idea to photograph it at sunset too!Read more
We couldn't wait to take in the Teton Valley (also referred to as Jackson Hole, "hole" being the old trapper term for a valley between mountains), so we cruised down the highway and stopped to take some pictures. The haze is bad, caused mostly because of the fires in Montana (although Oregon and Washington are burning too). Eric and I can envision buying a bunch of land and retiring to manage a dude ranch out here. Evidently a lot of other people have the same idea because there are TONS of them out here. Finally we wandered around the streets of Jackson by car; we are going to have to come back tomorrow to get a closer look.Read more