Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Trip Start Aug 28, 2013
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Trip End Oct 06, 2013

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Monday, September 2, 2013

Awoke to an overcast morning and before we could finish breakfast the showers started. Bumma should of packed up before breaky. Luckily the Town & Country has a huge tail gate which provided shelter while I sorted the bags and tidied up. Dan and Tom got a bit wet packing the tents but did a great job in ordinary conditions.

Today we were supposed to drive North through the Grand Tetons National Park, take a boat across Jenny Lake and hike to Inspiration Point. When we got to Jenny Lake the rain was still coming down and we couldn't see the Tetons at all. A bit disappointing as we were really looking forward to this and it was my birthday too!

We visited the Craig Thomas Discovery Centre that had terrific displays and explanations and watched a great movie where we saw just how majestic the Grand Tetons are when it's sunny! At the end of the movie the screen contracted to display a huge picture window where normally you would have a view of the Tetons, however we had a complete whiteout.

Never mind, there were more places to explore. It wasn't long before we entered Yellowstone National Park. The weather had improved slightly and we stopped at Grant Village for hot dogs and fries. We did the compulsory exploration of the gift shop (gift shops with huge arrays of souvenirs are everywhere) and then headed for Canyon campground. On the way we spotted a bull elk. He was creating a huge traffic jam but was enjoying himself, rubbing his antlers on a tree. We also saw a huge herd of bison on the road but the ranger wasn't letting anyone stop.

Our next stop was West Thumb Geyser Basin. This was our first encounter with geysers in the park and we were all impressed. The board walks took us around the the geyser basin close to Yellowstone Lake. Some of the geysers were right on the edge of the lake. The colours were interesting with some being intense blue others orange, brown or green.

We made camp about 4.30pm, took our time setting up so the tents were water tight in case the rain continued and familiarised ourselves with the can of bear spray we bought in Jackson. The camp ground is very strict about bear safety. No food or toiletries can be left unattended, or in your tent. They must be locked in the car or the bear box. When you hike you must be in groups of two or more and make lots of noise.

Later we went to the shower room. We were only given two free showers a night, the rest we have to pay $3 for. We hadn't showered for two nights so it was heavenly to stand under for awhile. We then went to the Canyon cafeteria for dinner. It was reasonable, Dan had roast turkey, Tom pasta and the rest of us tried the huckleberry chicken. It was topped off by a trip to the ice cream shop where we had massive serves of moose tracks (vanilla with swirls of chocolate, peanut butter choc chips and fudge) and huckleberry ice cream all for $3. We then crawled into bed at about 9.30 ready for a big sleep and a big day of exploring tomorrow.
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Faye on

well what can one say all sounds great and happy birthday .
catch up later cheers Faye

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