We left Layton, UT on a rainy Friday morning, May 27 at 9:30 with Acey’s mileage at 85,252.5, Thor’s at 103,297. As we headed north, we drove thru the southeast corner of Idaho, and stopped for fuel in Malad about 11am.
We drove on in the rain – the sky and landscape were so pretty!
We finally found a pull-off by Tin Cup Creek, near Soda Springs and stopped to make lunch at just before 2:00PM
And shortly thereafter, we crossed into Wyoming.
We drove along the Snake River and saw some white-water rafters, but missed getting a photo of them!
We arrived at Fireside Resort in Wilson, Wyoming at 3:15. This is by far the most expensive RV Park we have stayed at; likely due to the location in Jackson Hole. The roads are gravel, and the sites are small; we do have full hookups – but the water pressure is REALLY low! Acey needs a bath – maybe at the next stop!
The rear disc brake on Linda’s bike has not been right for quite some time, so even with it being Memorial Day, she called around and found a bike shop that was open till 7pm; they thought they should be able to do a tune up and fix the problem, possibly by tomorrow! So, Jim wiped the bike down a bit – the roads threw plenty of dirt and debris all over Acey, Thor and the bikes as we drove in the rain. We went into Jackson and dropped the bike off at Hoback Sports. Afterwards, we stopped at Snake River Brewing for a pint.
Tuesday morning, we had a few phone calls to make, but after that we packed up a lunch, and finally headed out to Grand Teton National Park about 11:00. And it was raining. And cloudy. We started off at the Craig Thomas Visitor Center and saw a moose!
Actually, we did see a moose near the visitor center – in the woods – not a good photo op. We went on and saw The Episcopal Chapel of the Transfiguration.
The rustic chapel was built in 1925. Before it was built, worshippers had to travel over rough roads to the town of Jackson, 15 miles away. (A long way in 1920s) Services are held on Sundays during the summer. (More info from Wikipedia here.)
Inside, the pews were rustic.
A very simple meeting place for worship -the organ up front was covered.
The window behind the altar would give quite a view of the mountains on a clear day!
We stopped at a turnout to look at the mountains and the Teton Glacier – or tried to anyway!
We drove down to see Jenny Lake and find out about the shuttle that goes across. Many of the buildings here were built in the 1920s and 1930s and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The shuttle runs about every 15 minutes until 4pm, so we’ll try it another day.
We drove up Teton Park Road and drove down the Jenny Lake Road. We stopped at the Cathedral Group Turnout – this sign showed us what we would see if we could see on this rainy and cloudy day!
We proceeded down the road and could see Jenny Lake again.
As we got back on the Teton Park Road, we saw some wildlife!
It continued to rain, and we headed back to the RV Park.
As we headed back, Hoback’s called and Linda’s bike was ready – we stopped in and after a test ride, decided that it might be best if they put new brake pads on, so we left it there. On Wednesday morning, the repair was done, so we picked up the bike and went back to Grand Teton National Park. It was a clearer day, but cold! We saw more wildlife…
We stopped again at the Glacier View turnout and had a better view of the Teton range than yesterday.
And we could see the Teton Glacier
…and the “cathedral group”
We went down Jenny Lake Road to the String Lake Trailhead to walk along String Lake to Leigh Lake — beautiful mountain lakes.
We saw a paddleboarder – hope he doesn’t fall into the 42° water!
We thought, “are those icebergs”?
Nope – just white rocks!
Here’s one of the kayakers we saw
There were rocky rapids where Leigh Lake connected to String Lake
We crossed over the bridge
and found a BIG rock! How did that get there?
We found Leigh Lake!
and a patch of snow
A beautiful day to walk along the lake!
We got back to the parking lot and ate our lunch in the car – too chilly to eat outside! Continuing down Teton Park Road, we stopped to look at Mount Moran.
And another viewpoint
As we were leaving the parking area, this coyote came by.
And down the road, another critter!
We drove the road up to the summit of Signal Mountain. Just like cities, there are apparently mountains with the same name. Elevation here — 7,727 feet.
Linda found a survey marker
Jim noticed the cell tower at the summit – right behind the vault toilets (hard to miss…)
We drove back down the mountain and went to visit Jackson Lake, by the Signal Mountain Lodge. We were told the water temperature is 46° and the water level is at 29% – they will be adding 5 feet to send water on down to Idaho. You can see the low water level!
We stopped to see the Chapel of the Sacred Heart. This Catholic church is open for services June – September. The chapel was built in 1937 and was recently restored. You can read more about it here.
The church was locked up tight, but we could see in the windows. The screens didn’t help the photos any…
Our next stop was the dam.
We first looked downstream from the dam
and then we checked out the reservoir side of the dam – Jackson Lake
We walked across the dam
We stopped at another turnout
A Snake River overlook
We saw rafters heading down the Snake River!
One last turnout to take a look at the mountains. We had a great day!
Thursday, we returned to the park about 9am and it looked like the best day yet, and our last day to explore. Blue skies and just a 10% chance of rain.
We drove to the Glacier View turnout
We headed over to Jenny Lake to take the shuttle boat across the lake.
Once we were across the lake, we took the trail up to see Hidden Falls.
The upper falls were indeed hidden!
Then we continued up to Inspiration Point
Still need to go up a bit higher!
And we made it!
We got photos of each other!
A couple of chipmunks were hoping for a snack. We were told not to feed them…
As we headed back down, we took a look down from where we came up!
We went a different route by Hidden Falls as we were coming down.
Looking back up, we could see people up where we had been!
We took the shuttle back and had to say goodbye to Jenny Lake and Mount St John.
We were (sort of) glad that we only saw this bear during our time at Grand Teton National Park!
Friday, we head out to Dillon, Montana for 2 nights, Missoula for 2 nights – getting closer to meeting up with the caravan to Alaska on June 17!