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.