6/2/11 It was another great day! It doesn't seem possible, but it seems that each day brings so much beauty. Our nation is a beautiful place; I wish all of my family and friends could see some of the sights I've seen on trips. Having Sis along is a special treat and makes the sights even better.
We left the motel and went back into town to get gas and breakfast. The Buckaroo Family Restaurant was the right place to stop. It was definitely a mom and pop place, and the food was excellent. The decor included a real lariot, a Elk trophy with antlers probably 6 feet wide, and many other localized items making the place feel homey.
We had decided to take the road less traveled (as we often have), with a road following the Green River and Fontenelle Reservoir due north towards Jackson (otherwise known as Jackson Hole). The road had almost no traffic, a 65mph speedlimit, and sight distances in miles. While the scenery was not as good as I had thought it would be, it was okay, and it changed often as we drove along. It was an easy ride.
We arrived in Jackson and basically traveled through town without stopping and on into the Grand Tetons National Park. Bar had been pining over not seeing big mountains, but she was satisfied with the Tetons being real mountains and being a part of the Rockies. They were snow laden, with snow in all of the crevices, making them grey and white. They were beautiful.
On the way to the park, we had encountered several snow showers, mixed with rain showers. Not enough to wet the car or the road, but making the ride more exciting as we wondered if we'd see any snow sticking on the roads.
We drove on to the lodge and got registered. Then we watched Old Faithful burp, emitting huge clouds of steam vapor in the cold air.
The day was a wonderful one. Animals galore, up close and personal. Good driving. Snow falling and covering the sides of the road and woods. A good dinner. The day was just too good to describe properly.
Tomorrow--exploring the park.
ps: I was successful in tethering my phone to the computer to post this blog. I'll try to post some pics, but the connection may not let me. If no pics, come back in a few days and they should be added by then.