2011 Southwestern USA travel blog

Jackson, WY - Gros Ventre Campground - Site 20

Jackson, WY - Gros Ventre Campground - Site 20, another view

Jackson, WY - Gros Ventre Campground - Site 20, and another

Cody to Jackson, WY 0 - our route - 177 miles

Cody to Jackson, WY 1 - we have just left the Yellowstone...

Cody to Jackson, WY 2

Cody to Jackson, WY 3 - the Snake River as it is...

Cody to Jackson, WY 4 - after being stopped for about 20...

Cody to Jackson, WY 5 - headed towards the Tetons

Cody to Jackson, WY 6 - they are definitely the GRAND Tetons

Cody to Jackson, WY 7

Cody to Jackson, WY 8

Cody to Jackson, WY 9 - nearing the campground - nothing but...

Cody to Jackson, WY 10 - lone bull sentry near the campground...

Cody to Jackson, WY 11 - the Gros Ventre River as it...

Cody to Jackson, WY 12 - a lone Pronghorn running near the...

Cody to Jackson, WY 13 - downtown Jackson

Cody to Jackson, WY 14

Cody to Jackson, WY 15

Cody to Jackson, WY 16 - they have one of these antler...

Cody to Jackson, WY 17

Cody to Jackson, WY 18

Cody to Jackson, WY 19 - three statues near the town square

Jackson Gunfight 1 - looks like they got the drop on the...

Jackson Gunfight 2 - but I didn't do it!!!

Jackson Gunfight 3 - a little fisticuffs to settle things

Jackson Gunfight 4

Jackson Gunfight 5 - maybe a .45 will work better

Jackson Gunfight 6 - now you've gone and got the Sheriff and...

Jackson Gunfight 7 - ashes, ashes, all fall down!!!

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 0 - our route - 189 miles

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 1 - we got held up as we...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 2

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 3

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 4 - they have all crossed the highway...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 5 - a couple of hot air balloons...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 6 - the Tetons are magnificent in the...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 7

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 8

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 9

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 10

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 11 - crossing the Continental Divide in Yellowstone

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 12 - a Golden Mantled Squirrel waiting for...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 13

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 14 - Old Faithful is getting ready to...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 15

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 16 - Blue Star Spring

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 17 - the creek running through the geyser...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 18 - where some of the minerals have...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 19 - Sponge Geyser

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 20 - some of them are very pretty

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 21 - even though they really STINK

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 22 - Heart Spring

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 23 - Anemone Geyser

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 24 - Kepler Cascades

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 25 - Lewis Falls

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 26 - one of the Tetons

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 27

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 28

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 29

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 30

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 31

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 32 - the Chapel of the Transfiguration near...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 33 - the view out the window behind...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 34 - looking towards the other side

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 35 - the William Menor Homestead of 1894...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 36 - Storehouse and root cellar

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 37 - the smokehouse

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 38 - the ferry cable

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 39 - the ferry

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 40 - the ferry mechanism - very ingenius

Grand Teton Trip 41

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 42 - actual dogsled used by a Jackson...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 43 - Menor's Connestoga Wagon, the first to...

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 44 - the Maude Noble cabin moved here...

Grand Teton Trip 45

Grand Teton Trip 46

Old Faithful-Grand Teton Trip 47 - a small herd of young Pronhorn...

Grand Teton Trip 48

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Old Faithful

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Keppler Cascades

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Pump Geyser

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Tetons


It was an uneventful, 177 mile drive from Cody to Jackson except for a construction delay of about 20 minutes. It was bad for us coming out the South Entrance to Yellowstone but you should have seen the traffic backup for those coming into the park! The drive down through the Tetons was beautiful and we included a few pictures in the Cody to Jackson trip pictures but most of the Teton pictures are in the Old Faithful – Teton trip pictures.

We are staying in the Grand Teton National Park at the Gros Ventre Campground which is a large, first-come campground, no reservations and no hookups. We arrived with a full fresh water tank and empty waste tanks and they assigned us a campsite which is really too small. We wound up backing into it cater-cornered to get all the way in. If they just extended these sites about five feet back into the sagebrush, there would be no problem fitting. I guess we could have driven around and tried to find a longer site but none of them really looked very big as we were driving though to get to ours. We have a clear shot to the satellite and so-so Verizon.

Shortly after getting set up, we ventured into Jackson and had a bite to eat while we waited for the gunfight at 1800. Jackson is very touristy and it was very crowded downtown - much more so than Cody. The gunfight was entertaining and also provided a little history. You may know that Wyoming is called the Cowboy State but did you know it is also called the Equality State? It was the first state to allow women to vote and the first to ratify the 19th amendment to the constitution giving women the right to vote. It was also the first state with a female Governor and the first female Justice of the Peace. The Jackson city council is also 100% female. Needless to say the gunfight had its share of female gunslingers as well and the sheriff was also female. Of course they neglect to mention that the main reason for allowing females to vote way back in 1869 was to garner enough votes to gain statehood.

Yesterday we headed for Old Faithful and another trip through the Tetons. This time we were in Libby so it was much easier to stop and take everything in. Old Faithful went off about on schedule and we then walked the geyser basin trail to see many more formations around Old Faithful. I included pictures of many of these but by no means all. We didn’t see a lot of wildlife in Yellowstone or driving through the Tetons but the scenery was sensational. This has to be one of the prettiest places on earth. We have seen quite a bit of wildlife around the campground including the herd of buffalo just outside the campground.

We also learned the distinction between Jackson and Jackson Hole which I always wondered about: Jackson is the town; Jackson Hole is the valley East of the Teton mountain range.

We just relaxed around camp today doing a whole lot of nothing. Tomorrow we head for Casper where Misty will catch her flight back to Maryland on Wednesday.

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