Yellowstone – Grand Prismatic

There are some pictures that are quintessential and the shot of the Grand Prismatic is definitely that. I can vividly remember seeing this picture on various blogs and thinking I want to go THERE! But like many things in this lifestyle the story behind the shot is way more interesting than the picture and in this case unfortunately the experience did not live up to the beauty of the shot.

So how did we get this picture?? Well first of all you need to get to higher ground because if you look at the grand prismatic from its boardwalk you can’t see much. There are two entrances to a path that goes behind the Grand Prismatic. Neither of the path entrances have signs for Grand Prismatic though so look for signs that say Fairy Falls. You can use a bike on these paths or walk like we did and since we picked the closer of the two entrances our walk ended up being 1.8 miles round trip.

That’s not terribly long for a hike but unfortunately to get the views above you need to wait until late July or early August because that’s when the algae forms and the bright colors appear. You also need to wait until the hottest part of the day. Why? Well the steam obscures the view if you go early in the morning but when we went around 3pm it was 81 degrees and the steam was minimal.

The path itself is OK, but when you get to the side path to go to the overlook that was pretty steep. It’s also extremely crowded most of the time and there were lots of families and small kids on the path. Definitely not a quiet nature hike. Grand Prismatic is actually the second most visited site in Yellowstone and the crowds definitely show it.

As you start to wind through the path you could see the Prismatic through the trees a little. There were no clear shots so we continued to the platform at the top. We heard that the forest service was going to improve on this platform this year, but unfortunately the money was diverted to pay for the road damage done by the floods. It is a shame because the platform is relatively small and the trees obscure a LOT of the view.

There was actually only one small section that was completely tree free and if you are short like I am even that had trees in it. Here’s what the raw pictures looked like.

Don’t get me wrong these aren’t terrible pictures but definitely not on par with the images I have seen. So how did I get those? Well I used Photoshop to erase the trees from the shot and then punched up the colors. Here’s the revised version of the pictures above.

So better but still not the best and unfortunately when we reached the top of the platform Lee was only able to take one picture before the battery on his camera died. Basically it was a long, hot crowded walk to squeeze into a small space and take a mediocre picture. I know that sounds harsh but it was not fun for us and I wanted to share that before you decide to go. By all means take the hike and get your picture, just know what you are getting into.

One last thing I wanted to mention. Lee is working for a professional photographer this summer and he of course has an outstanding shot of the prismatic. In order to get that shot though he made several flights in a powered parachute, and flew directly over it. Before we went he was really honest with us about not the difficulty in getting the shot we wanted and I appreciated his sharing that with us so I was at least somewhat prepared.

All that being said I am glad I got the first picture I showed you. But as is often the case some things do not live up to their press.

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Yellowstone – Mud Volcano and Virginia Cascades

The weather has been a little interesting in early August, with some days in the 90s and others in the 70s. That difference matters to me as 90s is a little hot for me to be seeing the geological sites (that hot steam can really add to the heat) but the 70s are just perfect. One cooler evening we decided to go into the park and check out the Mud Volcano which looked pretty interesting. Basically it is a small hill full of geologic and thermal formations but this one has some unique features.

The hill was covered in boardwalks

Right after that we saw another pool with a buffalo laying right next to it. We have seen this several times but never so close up and watching him take a nap. Honestly for me this might be the quintessential Yellowstone picture and we stayed for a long time taking pictures until the rangers shooed us off since we were so close. They made it pretty clear that the wooden railing on the boardwalk would provide no protection if the bison got annoyed but he honestly didn’t seem to care. He was sleeping 🙂

After the first couple of sites we had to walk up a pretty steep hill but it was worth it. Beautiful views from the top and more neat things to see. I will say the boardwalk was pretty torn up though and we guessed that bison were walking on it.

Another really cool feature was called Black Dragon Cauldron. This was very active and the water was churning so much it actually made waves. We learned the water wasn’t boiling but was was caused by gasses rising.

Finally we saw an area where there used to be a huge mud geyser. It’s dormant now but still lots of steam. The everchanging nature of these features fascinates me and I told Lee I would love to have a time machine just to go backwards and forwards to see how it would all change. You have to remember this whole area was a volcano and these spots are what are left after it exploded.

As we headed back home we got caught in a buffalo jam and watched a young man get waaaay to close to the buffalo that ultimately walked right in front of our truck. These bison are getting close to rut season and are particularly aggressive right now so we stayed safely in our truck. Here is how it played out. 1500 pounds and those horns are no joke.

Then there’s this guy who just wanted to scratch an itch, much to the sadness of this poor tree….

And as we were driving home we saw that side road to Virginia Cascades was open. They open and close side roads frequently here and this one has been closed for awhile. Once again the side road led to something really cool and I loved the hoodoo like rock formations.

What amazes me as always is the variety of landscapes Yellowstone provides. It really makes for great experiences.

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Lee’s Gone and I Did Very Little

A couple of times a year as we travel Lee gets an opportunity to work a side gig and this time it was down in San Antonio. Sometimes it can be difficult to arrange it with existing employers, but in this case the owners of the Camera store were very understanding and worked out a schedule where his shifts were covered. It’s nice for both of us to get this kind of break, although usually we are someplace where I have family or friends around. This time it would be just Jack and I and I wasn’t quite sure what I would do with the time. I’m jumping ahead though, because right before Lee Left we took a drive out to Rainbow Point to see if we could see some moose.

There is a tendency for people to focus on Yellowstone itself, but the surrounding areas do provide opportunities for animal sightings. We even have a map which shows what kind of animals have been seen where and since a moose with antlers is at the top of my list we took a drive one evening.

Here’s the map I was working from wasn’t great but got us to the general area

Turns out there were tons of forest roads in this area and some beautiful views. We didn’t see any moose unfortunately but we did see a beautiful eagle.

There is also a pretty nice National Forest campground out on the point and at $28 for an electric site is a steal in this area. They are pretty wooded and remote but less than 10 minutes or so from the Yellowstone entrance. If you are ever looking for a cheap alternative for this area I would recommend it. Beautiful dock Day Use area.

The next day I took Lee to the Yellowstone Airport which is the smallest I personally have ever seen. So small that they actually drive peoples luggage out in a cart which again was a first for me. It was great for us though because it was a quick 10 minutes to drop Lee off and then Jack and I were on our own.

I spent a lot of time thinking about what I would do with the 10 days and I had a short list of activities and since I was already up I decided to check out the farmers market at Ennis. This is the best one I have been to in the area and I wanted to go back. Turns out this was a great choice because not only was the farmers market happening but also an arts and crafts festival and my absolute favorite a library book sale. It was a great start to the week and I cleaned up on books, some shorts from a wonderful local thrift store.

While I was out and about I learned that huckleberries were starting to come in and since I am a huge fan I decided to go look for some. I have to say this is not as easy as it sounds. First of all, huckleberry patches are closely guarded secrets and the general descriptions of where they might be were conflicting. Some websites said on southern facing slopes, others said in shade under trees, and others said in wide open sunny places. Even the pictures of the plants were different as the different varieties are different heights. The best piece of advice I saw was to drive down rarely traveled country roads and look so that’s what Jack and I did. We didn’t actually see any huckleberries but we did stumble across this really cool dam and waterfall.

My original plan was to go out a few more times and look for huckleberries but to be honest being on this remote roads with just me and Jack didn’t feel super safe. Cell coverage in the area can be iffy and ultimately I decided it just wasn’t worth the risk. Plus my work week was crazy intense and we got some bizarre rain/hail weather that didn’t encourage outside exploring. Mainly Jack and I just hunkered down for the week and I just relaxed. Its nice having the RV all to yourself sometimes and I watched lots of TV that Lee’s not that interested in. Lee was thinking of me though and I was shocked when on Friday a beautiful bouquet of flowers arrived. Lee doesn’t send flowers very often and this was a gorgeous bouquet. So very sweet.

After a week of slacking I did want to get out on Sunday when the weather finally turned nice again. There was a Mountain Man festival here in town (think renaissance festival but with mountain men) and I drove over to take a look. There were lots of characters at this small festival and more fur than I think I have ever seen in my life. I wandered around a bit and saw everything but ultimately didn’t buy anything but a bottle of water.

Overall it was a decent week but it was nice to see Lee and get things back to normal. The main thing I learned was I’m not so great about getting out and doing things by myself despite being in a gorgeous area. I like sharing the experiences with someone and I am glad I have Lee to share them with.

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First Time in Shoshone National Forest

After exploring East Yellowstone we continued into the Shoshone National Forest and all I can say about this area is WOW. This might be the most beautiful National Forest I have ever been in and it reminded me of Utah with big trees. The rock formations were absolutely stunning. Let me just show you.

There was even a cool gift shop (Buffalo Bills historic hunting lodge) and I snagged a couple of cool magnets.

The absolute best section is at the easternmost part of the National Forest where the rock formations are said to look like Old Jerusalem. Look for a nice parking area and a beautiful concrete path which you can walk right down to the water. Definitely worth a stop.

After leaving the Shoshone Forest we drove through Buffalo Bill State Park which has a huge lake and a dam you can tour. Since we had Jack we didn’t do the tour but it looked interesting. They also had some cool old tunnels that we went though. Jack wasn’t so sure what to think about that.

Next was a place called Hellfire Canyon. This is a small geothermic area along a river and I can see why folks were kind of freaked out by it back in the day.

Finally we hit Cody, which is a farther drive than I thought it would be. There is some cool stuff there but because we had Jack we couldn’t do any of it and we took a quick drive around and then headed back. We would like to go back sometime without Jack but doggy daycare has been a challenge in this area. Since Cody has not one but two Chinese buffets (the only ones we have seen in the entire western Montana/Wyoming area we will definitely make an effort though. Plus there is a really nice Wild West museum.

This big boy statue in the middle of a huge field was so unusual we stopped and took some pics. Would love to know the story behind it.

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First Time in East Yellowstone

Despite the weather challenges and the flooding we have been lucky enough to explore all of the roads in Yellowstone National Park except for the stretch between Fishing Village and the east gate. This gate has been closed due to snow and flood several times during the season but the stars finally aligned and we were able to go explore it on one of my days off. It takes a long time to get over to that section of the park from West Yellowstone, but it was totally worth it.

Lee and I are constantly amazed by the variation in landscape different sections of this park offer. The east section was unlike anything we have seen so far and the views were spectacular. Le me show you a few.

Beautiful Yellowstone lake views with some geysers

We drove up to Lake Butte Overlook and this little road was fantastic. We let Jack run around and got some great pictures of the lake. There was a fire in this area at some point but the stark trees actually added to the beauty and the blue of the lake was amazing.

Next we started to climb up over Sylvan Pass (7% grade for 5 miles) and saw some gorgeous views. We also stopped and got some cool shots of a mountain goat or sheep?? I can never tell the difference when they don’t have the curly horns. It posed for me 🙂

We also found a great mountainside waterfall we could walk right up to. I love interactive waterfalls and this one was really nice.

Absolutely gorgeous and we drove all the way to the East gate which then goes into the Shoshone National Forest. That forest was so special I am saving that for another post but we did keep going all the way until Cody.

Beautiful small lake up on the pass
the East Gate

One other thing I wanted to mention though was I have been really disappointed with our eagle sightings but we saw three in one day!! One of them I managed to get a few shots off and although they were a bit blurry it was thrilling.

On the way back home we also took a different route and saw one black bear and a huge herd of elk (with babies) up near Canyon Village. The herd animals migrate to higher ground as it gets hotter and this Elk group was by far the largest we have seen.

Baby nursing. I didn’t know the little ones have spots like deer

It was another really nice day and I will cover the rest of it in my next post. Just super happy we were able to see every major road accessible area of the park.

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First Time on a Lectric Bike

No that is not a typo. Lectric is the brand name of a company that makes ebikes that seem designed for people like us. We first used an electric bike at Timothy Lake that was purchased by our employers, but since it was a standard 10 speed I never felt steady on it. Even Lee wiped out a couple of times riding it because when you engaged the electric the bike would jump. Since that experience we have talked several times about getting electric bikes but they are pretty pricey and I wasn’t sold on the fact I would like them enough to use them.

Fast forward to Yellowstone and my reading a post by some fellow RV Dreamers Les and Sue. I have followed their blog and taken their advice from the very beginning of our RV journey so when they raved about the Lectric bike I took that seriously. I also know they are all about getting value for their dollar and since these bikes are over $1K that mattered to me. Last thing I wanted was an expensive toy we would never use.

I reached out to them personally and asked for their opinion and based on that we decided to rent a couple and try them out. Bikes are a pretty personal thing and I was particularly nervous because for the last several months I have been having balance issues. Whether that is caused by high elevation or the extra 15 pounds I put on after quitting smoking I don’t know, but I haven’t been surefooted for awhile. The last thing I wanted to do was take those balance issues on a bike. Lee kept gently pushing me to try it though and after sharing my concerns we set out on a Saturday on one of the few bike trails in Yellowstone to give it a go.

I’ll be honest it took a little while to setup bikes because we wanted to take our cameras and needed to be sure they were safe. The bikes we rented were the standard models (without baskets) so we bungeed our camera bags and water to the back rack which worked ok. The good news was the wide tires and lower to the ground design made for a very stable ride and although I kept ride assist lowest level I did enjoy the sensation. It was also really easy to stop at some sites along the way, including this thermal pool.

The gravel road was in pretty good shape, but I was pleased to see the bike handle the rougher spots pretty well. Initially we discovered the shocks were turned off and it got even better once we turned that feature on. My major complaint was the seat wasn’t that comfortable, but we were lucky enough to see two Lectric bikes with all the bells and whistles on the trail and those larger seats would definitely do the trick.

Initially my plan was to ride the bikes to Fairy Falls but unfortunately that trailhead was no bikes allowed. We didn’t have chains or locks so decided to leave that for another day and continued on the bike path. The path was on the backside of the the Prismatic basin, which is probably the most iconic in Yellowstone. There is an overlook where you can supposedly get great shots but again the path was no bikes so we just finished out the trail to the other end. I should probably mention that Yellowstone is really not bike friendly and they actively discourage bikers on the main roads, but the trail served its purpose and was a great place to try out the bikes. Plus it was pretty.

As you can see when we were heading back the crowds were definitely getting larger. There were many envious glances as we breezed by folks going uphill using the pedal assist and since it was getting really hot I was super glad for the breeze. Another unexpected benefit was the area was pretty buggy, but on the bikes the bugs mainly left us alone. All in all I was pretty happy with the experience but Lee had one more area he wanted to explore.

After stopping at home and taking the dog for a walk, we headed out on the Frontier Trail. This national forest service trail is opened year round for snow shoers and cross country skiers and was in pretty rough shape. The bikes did surprisingly well on this rougher road with the exception of one steep hill. We both decided to get off and push the bikes up and even using pedal assist it was pretty tough. Honestly this trail was more suited for mountain bikes and my butt is still sore from that section a few days later. I would recommend a smoother path personally for future trips but we did make it there and back.

One last thing I should probably mention is another major concern of mine was bears. To be honest I have been somewhat hesitant to hike much because of bear and cub activities and I wasn’t sure I felt much better on a bike. I finally talked to Lee about it and asked what happened if we turned a corner and one of us was attacked and his answer (without pause) was the other person should haul ass. That oddly made me feel a little better, but I was still somewhat nervous when we were in the heavily treed areas with less visibility. Later I saw that I wasn’t being paranoid in my concerns because the forest service had special signs for what bikers should do if they saw a bear. They recommended standing your ground and never running, which I get for the average biker, but since these bikes can go 30mph the advice might be a little different. Not sure what I would do in that situation to be honest. Thankfully there isn’t bear activity in most areas so that problem is pretty Yellowstone specific.

Oh and another thing. Despite not riding a bike in a couple of years, I did pedal almost the entire way and my battery was still close to full when we were done. I’ll be honest after pushing the bike up the hill c I did use more power to get home, but overall I thought it was a good workout. We liked the experience so much that we decided to buy a couple of bikes ourselves and Lee ordered them along with front and back baskets, cup holders, and mirrors on Monday. All in it was around $3K which is not cheap but thankfully Lee has picked up a side gig that should cover the cost. I’ll do a more thorough review when they arrive in a couple of weeks, but wanted to share our experience while it was fresh in my mind.

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Yellowstone – Thumb Basin and Brink of Upper Falls

This is a long one so you might want to grab a cup of coffee!

Now that the park is opened up we have been trying to see many of the sites we previously missed. On this particular day we left Jack at home and headed into the park to see Thumb Basin. This geyser area is right on the lake and is particularly cool because some of the geysers are actually under the lake water. Unfortunately the geysers are all pretty much dormant but I still really enjoyed the views.

The colors are really starting to pop. They are best in late July and early August as the sun encourages algae to grow

Some of the pools are draining right into the lake which makes for a very cool effect and change of color.

My favorite though was the geysers in the lake itself. Apparently they stay warm enough to keep the ice clear around them and the otters use them as “fishing holes” in the winter. Super cool. I wish they were still going off that would be neat to see.

After Thumb Basin we were driving towards Canyon Village and saw a little turnoff along the lake and on impulse stopped and saw a beautiful sandbar full of people enjoying the views of the lake. It was a windy but wonderful views and a great spot to hang out on a hot day.

I should also mention that we saw several Elk and a couple of buffalo as we were traveling.

Lastly we went to the Brink of the Upper Falls (based on a recommendation by one of Lee’s work friends) and WOW was it spectacular. I have been to the head of many waterfalls and I have never seen anything like this. First of all it has three different levels and each view is pretty unique. Plus the water levels are really high and the power of it was thrilling. I heard a local say she visits the site all of the time and she had never seen it this high. I did the best I could to capture it in pictures but really Lee’s video does a much better job.

The rainbow was a great addition

After spending a long time getting pictures at the falls we walked back up the stairs and down the old road to a bridge and got some more cool shots. It really was spectacular and my favorite of the the Yellowstone waterfall sightings so far. I like my waterfalls up close and personal and this certainly provided that.

Like I said the pictures simply don’t do it justice but I think Lee’s video does. Highly recommend taking a few minutes to watch it, and as always, it looks better full screen and in HD.

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Grand Teton National Park – Moose-Wilson and Grosse Ventre Roads

After completing the Teton Park Road, we continued into Jackson Hole and stopped for some McDonalds. The day was getting really hot and we had Jack with us so we needed some quick food and then continued on our way. At the visitors center we had learned the Moose-Wilson road would be closed for repairs the following week so decided we wanted to drive it while it was still open. Part of the road is in the National Park (and there is an entrance gate) and part of it goes past Teton Village, which I had been wanting to see anyways.

My favorite part of the road was actually at the northern end where there was a huge lake that moose like to feed in. I would love to see a fully antlered moose and if I lived nearer I would definitely come and hang out here in the early mornings to see if I could see one.

Continuing our attempt to stay on the lesser traveled roads and avoid the crowds we made our way to Antelope Flats and the Mormon Row historic district. Back in the 1890s Mormon settlers established the community of Grovont which at one time had 27 homesteads. Although most of it is abandoned we were surprised that several people were still living there. We also loved the two beautiful barns in this area. We spent a ton of time taking our own version of these iconic pictures

This was my favorite of mine

After Mormon Row we headed onto Grosse- Ventre Rd traveling past the small town of Kelly along the way. It is always interesting to me when small towns are within the borders of National Parks although I don’t really understand how that works. Grosse-Ventre road actually leaves the park and goes into the Bridger-Teton National Forest. We didn’t go very far because the road gets a little rough and it was at the end of a long day, but the mountain and river views we did see were terrific.

It had been a really long day but a very satisfying one and we were both happy we had had such beautiful weather for our first time in Tetons.

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Grand Teton National Park – Teton Park Road

Grand Teton is a very special National Park, but I think most people would agree that if you can only go on one day, make it a clear one so you can see the mountains. You can see them from almost everywhere in the park and the different views are spectacular. That’s why we waited a full two months to see the park. Coordinating a clear sky day with our work schedules was a bit of a challenge but finally we got that beautiful mountain shot that we have seen from others.

I literally felt like I was in a painting.

But I am jumping ahead. First we had to travel through Yellowstone and into the north entrance of Grand Teton. As an interesting note, there is no need to pay through the north entrance (there isn’t even a gate) and later when we asked a ranger he said it was because they assumed people had already paid at Yellowstone. Makes sense because there is only one dirt road opened seasonally that can be used to bypass the Tetons.

The beginning of the road through Teton is shared but then it splits with the more scenic Teton Park Road, which runs closer to the lakes. The highway also has some nice views but it is farther out and moves much faster. This is actually pretty cool because it allows people to “pass through” the park quickly. The Teton Park Road is more for the tourist traveler and that’s the one we wanted.

Teton Park Road highlighted in yellow

Before the road splits there are some initial views of the mountain and large grassy areas where (if you are lucky) you can see buffalo and or bears. In general we saw fewer animals in Tetons versus Yellowstone’s but this starting section usually has some kind of animal in it.

The Colter Bay Visitor Center is the first of three visitors centers coming from the north and we stopped there briefly. That’s where we learned the National Park was under a mask requirement and masks had to be worn inside all building in the park. We were really surprised because there is no mask requirement in Yellowstone, but we learned Wyoming institutes county wide mask bans as needed based on “hot spots” and the county the Tetons are located in was under such a ban Thankfully they had masks available so we grabbed a couple and went on our way.

Next we stopped at a beautiful Catholic Church. We love seeing old churches in our travels and the Chapel of the Sacred Heart (built in 1937) was beautiful. The altar and stained glass window faced the mountain view and the inside wooden artwork was equally beautiful.

Next we saw a sign to Signal Mountain and on impulse we decided to make the drive. If you do nothing else I highly recommend driving this road because the views at the top were absolutely spectacular. The picture above for example was taken from there and it was my absolutely favorite spot of the entire day. It as Jack’s favorite too!

It felt like we were in the Sound of Music opening sequence with the mountains and the flowers. By the way I have done absolutely nothing to this picture this is 100% what it looked like.
The valley to the left showed the clouds were rolling in so I am so glad we stopped and did this first.

I took many more pictures, and these are just a few of my favorites. I also wanted to show some pictures I got of a grouse (first time seeing one for either Lee or I) and its posing for us made the spot extra perfect.

After Signal Mountain we continued on Teton Park Road and saw a dirt turnoff. Since we had such luck with Signal Mountain we decided to give this a shot. The road ultimately ended down at the Snake River (it was so wide I initially thought it was a lake) and there were a couple of campsites down there. It was a great place to walk Jack so we wandered around a bit. As an FYI this was one of the few places we couldn’t see the mountains from.

The biggest disappointment of the day was when we got to Jenny Lake Visitors center. It was absolutely packed because it is also a major trailhead and we couldn’t find anywhere to park at all. We later learned from our friends Julie and Casey that it was almost always packed and to get a spot you have to come really early in the morning which will be very hard for us living in West Yellowstone. We did stop at a pull out a bit down the road and went and got some views. This area was also super crowded but at least we could find a spot. We didn’t take Jack on this one though because the path was narrow and tons of people were on it. It was a pretty spot though.

Personally, I found the best views (Mount Signal aside) to be from the road itself. There are lots of turnouts and we stopped a couple of times to get pictures. There are 11 active glaciers in the park although you can see with my long lens shots many of them are shrinking. Cool though.

This road reminded me of the long stretch into Monument Valley just with snow 🙂

Right before the end of Teton Park Road we saw an Episcopalian Church (Chapel of Transfiguration opened in 1925). I really liked this one because they had a large glass window facing the mountains. It also had outside seating facing the mountain and a beautiful old church bell.

Loved the simplicity of the altar with the gorgeous view though a large window

Finally we arrived at the Craig Thomas Visitors Center and it was really terrific. One of the best I have seen in any National Park and again huge glass windows looking out on the mountains. I particularly liked that the park was focused on the various people who lived and traveled here and had cool iron statues of many of them. Beautiful building, fantastic giftshop (although really pricey) and great exhibits.

According to the National Park website here is a quick history. “Congress created the original park in 1929 to protect the Teton Range and several lakes at the foot of the mountains. In 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt declared additional land in the valley to be Jackson Hole National Monument. In 1949, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. donated the land he purchased to the government to be included in the national park. Finally, in 1950, Congress combined the original park, the national monument, and the Rockefeller lands to establish present-day Grand Teton National Park.” John D Rockefeller is given a ton of credit though for the status of the park today.

I loved this quote.

Overall I really liked the Teton Park Road but can’t stress enough that you should go on a clear sky day. It’s definitely all about the views and you don’t want to miss those. After finishing the road we went on Moose-Wilson and Grosse Venture Roads on the outer edges of the park but I will save that for the next post.

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June 2022 Budget

As much as I love it here it is expensive to live here. Thank heavens we have a free site or I can’t imagine what it would look like but gas prices are crazy high and local food isn’t much better. All that being said I am super happy with the month of July because we spent under $5K. See below for more details.

Clothing – We stock up on souvenir T-Shirts when we are in someplace fun and there are lots of great ones here. Lee even had a couple of T-Shirts made that have cute saying about not petting furry things in the park.

Entertainment – We spent $571 in this category but we both think this is inflated by some monthly charges. This include newspaper and TV subscriptions, IPad games, and music along with our standard paying to get into places.

Groceries – Over $1,000 again but we are trying to do what we can to keep these costs down. This also includes alcohol and I did buy some tequila for huckleberry margaritas 🙂

Eating Out – We spent over $650 on eating out. When we travel long days on the weekends we do like to find someplace local to eat and we have been going out with Lee’s work friends couple times a month as well.

Gifts – Birthday presents for my grandsons. I splurged a bit!

Truck Fuel – $475 is a minor miracle considering the distances we have been traveling and the over $6 a gallon gas price.

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