Thursday, July 7, 2011

Day Thirteen: Grand Teton and Jackson Hole: One 'Elk' of a Place!

After a very uncomfortable night, and waking up almost every hour, we finally woke up around 8:00. It was probably a good time to wake up, seeing as the kids next to us were up and at it. We were planning on watching the sunrise, but didn't make it in time. Oh well. After wondering why the guys next to us didn't invite us over for coffee and eggs, we decided to hit the road and head to Grand Teton National Park. It is about an hour from Yellowstone to the center of the park. It, too, is an amazing place. We were going to turn around after a while, but like Yellowstone, around every corner is another gorgeous view. The mountains out here are nothing like the ones at home. And neither are the views!We saw what may have been a moose or an elk. I hope it was an elk, since we'd be very disappointed if we missed a moose. We stopped to take some pictures, but other than that, we didn't get out of the car. There are a few hiking trails there, but a lot of them were closed off because of bear activity. We didn't see any.
We continued to Jackson, Wyoming. It is a cute little town, with a lot in town, but not much around it. It's a small Western ski town, with an enormous mountain to ski down. Similar to what you would find in Vermont. It was pretty crowded. We went to the Visitor's Center and looked at their exhibit on elk. Jackson is home to the National Elk Refuge, so they have this huge area set up. There weren't any around today- the Ranger said they make their way up to higher ground to stay cool. I don't blame them! We stopped for lunch at the Betty Rock Cafe. It's a quaint cafe-type place. The prices were a little high, but the food was delicious! We were also able to catch up with civilization a little. After that, we decided to head back to Yellowstone. We were finally able to use our Parks Pass, and got our maps for Yellowstone. We are going to go back and check to see what we missed.
Tomorrow is our last day here. We will be off to Montana for a few days to regroup and get ready for our stop at Glacier National Park.

States Visited: Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin (10/50)
Provinces Visited: Ontario (1/10)

License Plates Seen: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming (49/50)
Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan (8/10)

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