Breathtaking Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
100Trip End Sep 08, 2010
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Yellowstone National Park has the distinction of being designated the first National Park in the world in 1872. The 2.2 million acre park was also designated a World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve.
Yellowstone National Park is located within the borders of three states, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho. More than 95% of Yellowstone is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming. To give you a better idea of the size of Yellowstone, the Park is larger than the states of Delaware and Rhode Island combined.
Yellowstone National Park is famous for the geothermal features, wildlife, recreation, and scenery. One of the most famous geothermal features is Old Faithful Geyser. We were lucky; we only had to wait less then10 minutes for an eruption of Old Faithful. The last time I visited Old Faithful back in the early 1970’s we parked our car close enough to see the geyser
We were very pleased with the lack of people here in the park. Considering it was Labor Day Weekend we did not encounter any major traffic jams or huge crowds of people.
Elevations within the park range from a low of 5,282 feet at Reese Creek to an upper elevation of 11,358 feet on Eagle Peak. Due to the range of elevations, the temperatures were extremely different throughout the day. We started the morning with sweaters and jackets and down to our t-shirts by the end of the day.
We traveled all the way down to the south gate in about 4 hours. The south gate leads into the Grand Tetons Nation Park, an ethereal mountain landscape where jagged peaks tower more than a mile above the Jackson Hole valley.
The park's mountain range is very popular among climbers, hikers and photographers. The Tetons are a prime example of fault-block mountain formation
The floor of Jackson Hole tells the story of glacial outwash – sand and boulders carried out of the Teton Mountains and the Yellowstone Plateau by glaciers and deposited on the valley floor. Interesting saucer-like depressions, called potholes, dot the outwash plain. These are thought to be the result of huge chunks of buried glacial ice melting leaving the ground above suddenly without support.
We stopped to have lunch in Jackson Hole, which has changed so much in the last 40 years, and not necessarily for the better. There use to be a quaint park in the middle of town with arches made from antlers. There is no evidence of that park today. What exists now are new hotels, restaurants, shops and about 16 chair lifts. More hotels are under construction at this time. There is not one building left of the original town. My first thought was that this was not the same town, until I saw the name on the main building. I guess if you’re an avid skier you would probably be totally happy with the area, but to me I see a piece of history destroyed and gone
After lunch at a hotel resort just southwest of the Teton Park we headed for Idaho Fall, ID. This was the town my oldest daughter was born in. The Catholic hospital is no longer standing, which doesn’t surprise me, it was very old when she was born there.
Coming into town I went to the apartment building where we first lived when Joe and I moved here eons ago. The apartment building is gone and a Church is built on the spot. Trying to get around a town which doesn’t look anything like I remember was difficult.
We found a Motel 6, bought a local map of the town and I mapped out a couple of stops I want to make, and we will start out fresh in the morning with the map in hand.
God bless all the people who stayed home this weekend so we are able to have a low stress weekend. Bless all the folks who were displaced due to the recreation of Jackson Hole and to all the folks here in Idaho Falls who understand the erratic lost driving of a car with Calif. License plates. God Bless my Daughter, Adrienne who was a little doll who filled my days here in Idaho Falls 40 years ago with many wonderful memories.