Yellowstone Vacation – Part 1

I’ve always loved to write, including keeping travel journals from our vacations. I’ve divided them into several posts, as some are rather long.

They are old, but I hope you enjoy them anyway.

Yellowstone Vacation – Part 1

Friday, September 7, 2001 

Terry and I flew to Jackson Hole Wyoming with a connection in Denver, Colorado. After picking up the rental car, we went to lunch. Another couple that we had seen at the rental car agency came into the same restaurant, so Terry invited them to join us for lunch. We had an enjoyable conversation about our various travels. The food was the first of many bad meals in Wyoming though. We could make a killing opening a restaurant out there, as these people do not know how to cook!

It snowed on us today, but it was not thick enough to stick. We did see an RV come in from Yellowstone with quite a bit of snow on the front. The news said the low was 74 in Orlando. The lows in Jackson Hole were 25 to 30 degrees.

This evening was the first night of the Jackson Hole Fall Art Festival. The restaurants paired with art galleries for the festival. The patrons walk around town and visit the galleries to view the art and sample food prepared by the restaurants. However, it seemed that the primary focus for the art was a western basis. I like the variety in the Winter Park Art festival better. We did recognize some of the art from our local shows though.  There were antler arches around the town square. I hope the animals weren’t killed just for their antlers!

Jackson Hole Antler Arches 2

Customer service seems to be lacking out here. As we browsed a T-Shirt shop, in a very unfriendly tone, the clerk told us not to unfold the shirts as she had just folded them. She also said that she wanted to cut off the hands of the previous customer who unfolded several shirts. She was one of the few clerks that even talked to us, at all.

 Saturday, September 8, 2001

Terry and I took a boat across Jenny Lake in the Grand Tetons today and then hiked to Hidden Falls. There were alot of small cascades along the stream prior to reaching the waterfall. Hidden Falls was definitely worth the hike. The views along the hike were spectacular. The hike was about ½ mile each way, and was not too strenuous.

We then continued toward Yellowstone, but stopped when we saw a buck, doe and two fawns alongside the road.  There were several people taking pictures. Terry moved very slowly and quietly across the road to get a better picture. However, the buck just stared at Terry and put his ears back. The buck definitely thought Terry was encroaching on the deer’ space, but Terry was further back than many of the other people.

When we arrived in Yellowstone, we saw buffalo by a stream. The rangers told us that buffalo are called bison. We later saw several different herds of bison. One herd was about 3 feet from the car. So, we stayed in the car to take the pictures. We certainly did not want to cause a stampede.

Bison grazing

Next, we saw the Mud Volcano area. This area smells very strongly of sulfur. The volcanoes bubbled and hissed steam and reflected how savage some of the earth’s developmental stages were.

Mud Volcano

We drove about 130 miles today prior to arriving at our hotel. During the drive, we crossed the Western Continental Divide for the first time.

Terry and I were staying that night in the Canyon area. Fortunately, the guidebook noted that the Dunraven Lodges were newer and quieter than the cabins, and we were able to get into the Dunraven Lodge. We passed some tiny cabins that looked as though they needed to be condemned right that moment. We were very happy when we saw our lodge. It was a mansion compared to the horrible box-like dumpy cabins.

While we were bringing our suitcases into our room, we overhead a woman complaining about not having a TV in her room. We felt like telling her to go outside and look around, when surrounded by such beauty it would be a waste to watch TV.

To be continued…

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