Date: May 1, 2017
Tonight’s Location: Jackson, WY
Campground: National Elk Refuge
Mileage: End - 12616
Start - 12310
Total Miles for the day: 306
Weather: partly sunny, very little wind
Temperature: start 50º
High 48º Temperatures dropped as we climbed
Wildlife count: Moose, herd of Elk, herd of Bighorn Sheep
Year List: 308
Birds: Trumpeter Swans, Mountain Bluebird, Black-billed Magpie
Anxious to arrive, we left this morning by 7:05am. As we had imagined, almost all the traffic was headed south into the cities, and in short order, we had left the metro area behind. It was lovely to travel near the Great Salt Lake and the migratory refuges. Huge flocks of White-faced Ibis were present in the air and on the wetlands. The trip was uneventful, though we traveled through amazing scenery. Our trip took us north on I-15 through Idaho Falls, where we turned east through Swan Valley and around Palisades Lake to Alpine, where we drove through the Snake River Valley then up to Jackson. It was a little longer route, but we didn’t have to drive over the pass, with its 10% grades on each side. There was also no wind and no snow, though we hit a few patches of spitting rain for a moment or two.
We arrived in brilliant sunshine and set up in the same spot as last year, as assigned. We picked up our mail at HQ, which held our new passports – wow, have we changed in 10 years! We also had our propane tank filled and truck fueled, then home and crashed. Dinner was chili that we had made and frozen, coupled with cornbread and honey. It felt really good to have the oven working to heat the RV. We are glad to be settled for the next 5 months.