S: #3 Yellowstone and Grand Tetons
BC: Where to next Stan?
FC: Wild Wild West Trip 3 | Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
1: We landed in Salt Lake City, Utah and headed to Idaho Falls. | Our third trip west! September 24 - October 2, 2011!!
2: There was a lot to learn about Idaho Falls.
3: After spending the majority of our first day looking at houses in the Idaho Falls area, we found this walk around the Snake River, the Greenbelt. It started out to be a short walk but we did the entire loop of 3.5 miles.
4: We have arrived!!! | Grand Teton National Park
5: Grand Teton National Park
6: Our first hike in the Tetons was Jenny Lake. It was a beautiful Day, of course, with blue sky and no clouds.
8: Hidden Falls
9: Hidden Falls was our first stop and then to Inspiration Point 400' above Jenny Lake. We continued beyond making this hike about 7 miles long. A great start to our hiking vacation!
10: We stayed the first night in the Tetons at Heart 6 Ranch. It's an actual Dude Ranch. Since not much was open we stopped at the Signal Mountain Lodge for some dinner to-go. After we swept up broken glass in our cottage, we settled down with a beer or two and a view of the valley in front of the Tetons.
12: Jackson Lake Grand Teton National Park
13: Heading to Yellowstone National Park we passed over the Continental Divide.
14: We came across this hike to Natural Bridge. It was a short hike but once we got to the top it was beautiful.
16: When we came down from our hike, these guys were waiting in the parking lot for us. We decided to join them for lunch and sat just beyond at a picnic table, watching them as they watched us. | Yellowstone Lake
17: Our lunch spot, Yellowstone Lake Marina, with a few of our "friends". | They were so massive but slow moving and friendly "looking". I wanted an up- front look at them and I got that!
18: West Thumb Geyser Basin
19: We walked the boardwalk around all kinds of geysers. It smelled of sulfur. The color of the water was different in each geyser and some were hot enough to boil and steam.
22: Yellowstone Lake Overlook
23: This was our second hike of the day. We just couldn't get enough. | We had to remember to make enough noise to scare the bears away!
25: As we turned into Grant Village this huge elk jumped out right in front of us. Close call!
26: Here she blows!
27: About every hour and 10 minutes Old Faithful blows. This was 10:23 am. | While we waited we walked Geyser Hill and saw many other Geyers erupt.
28: Geyser Hill Walk
30: Many famous pictures are taken form Artist Point. While we were there a lot of cameras were snapping, including ours. | The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Here in Canyon Village we were going to hike South Rim Trail but it was closed due to bear sightings.
32: Our hike to Ribbon Lake was a little disappointing.No bears!
33: On our way to Mammoth Hot Springs.
34: This big guy was right outside our window. | Mammoth Hot Springs
35: As we left the hotel Thursday morning, we came upon this huge elk that was not going to let us out the door. We now know why they post the signs they do.
36: When leaving the hotel we dove by the "Cone".We continued on and did one more hike in Yellowstone before we left. Bunsen Peak was named after the guy that invented the Bunsen Burner.
37: We found our new home out west... on top of Bunsen Peak!
38: We're on our way out of Yellowstone today, heading for Bozeman, MN. I think the best of Yellowstone were those Elks!
39: 0n Friday, we set out for Flathead Lake in northern Montana. It was another beautiful day and a great drive. The roads snaked through the mountains, up and then down and back up again. We ventured down a fishing access road to look for bathrooms but came upon this lunch spot on Brown Lake. We could see the fires burning far off on the mountains.
40: Good thing I waited a minute til I pulled out. | Just another stop along the way.
41: Saturday morning we woke up early and hit the road for a long drive to Salt Lake City. We caught a beautiful sunrise!
42: On our last day we drove from Missoula to Salt Lake City. It was beautiful, what else! Our lunch spot today was an earthquake site on the Borah Peak.
43: We've come to the end of this trip. This book holds our memories. I hope we come back to it often and remember fondly. Each time we plan another trip together, I think it can't be as good as the last... but it is. From the planning of these trips to each and every day traveling, we work and have fun so well together. This trip was special in a way that it has given us something to really think about. Is Idaho Falls for us? If not, where? When? Lots to think about but no matter where we are, we will be there together.