Grand Teton National Park
Junction Hole, Wyoming

August 14th

Teton Mountain Range in the Grand Teton National Park

John posing at Jackson Lake Dam

Sissy humpin´ a bar stool (saddle) at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

A view of the fire destruction

Small rapids on one of the park rivers

We drove the truck to Grand Teton National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming because we´d spent the entire day before on the bike in Yellowstone National Park. Our day began about 57 degrees with the sun shining and wind blowing, but peaked at 84 degrees in Jackson Hole. By the way, did you know there is no such place as Jackson Hole, Wyoming? The real name of the town (population just over 4,500) is Jackson.

We headed through the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park (again) and then south when we reached Grant Village. Using our National Park Pass again (we saved over $100 while here), the Park Ranger waived us through as if we were regulars. We didn´t see as much wild life this trip, but that was OK because the ride was still enjoyable. Entering Grand Teton National Park was a surprise because it was just south of Yellowstone. There was a little road construction going on, but another road was mapped out allowing us to avoid most of it.

A Jackson Hole Police Office (notice the blue jeans)

Grand Teton was beautiful with the mountain range to our west and the lakes between us and the roadway. We pulled off several places for pics and even walked on the beach at Coulter Bay. Sissy, of course, had to pick up another rock for her collection. John thought, no problem, we´ll just throw out some of Sissy´s clothes if the weight gets too much.

Kyrra (from Tacoma, Washington) and Karen (from Brady, Washington) both told us to visit the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar while in Jackson Hole, Wyoming so we did. Stopping for fuel first, then onto the town center for parking and then our visit. The bar was rather unique in that it had saddles as barstools. No problem, we tried them out but later sat at a table because they were very uncomfortable. And, besides, the bar didn´t take credit cards and we didn´t want to use all of our cash on booze. So, it was across the street to the Rancher where they did accept the plastic. We stayed for lunch and a couple tips, and then it was browsing downtown for pics. Not long after that, we headed back the same way we had arrived.

The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar in Jackson Hole

Our ride back through the National Park was just as good as the first time. Seeing the landscape from the opposite direction gives one the impression of driving through for the first time. We didn´t stop for as many pics, but did stop several times. One thing we did notice however, was the lack of wild life in Grand Teton. The only thing we saw was a coyote that almost ran in front of our truck but had second thoughts about it.

A small water fall in Grand Teton National Park

We arrived back at the campground about 1800 (after about a 250 mile trip). It was time to prepare for departing West Yellowstone so we needed to do laundry (Sissy did that) and wash the bike (John did that) and wash the truck (Sissy and John did that). We´d seen so little real rain since leaving Virginia Beach, the dirt and bugs were really caked on. The dirt on the bike was from our trip through the construction area in Yellowstone the day before.

Sissy posing in the town square at Jackson Hole (notice the Elk antlers)

Downloading photographs and updating the web site were next before hitting the sack. It sure was good to have everything (except the trailer) clean again. Maybe we´ll hit some real rain in the near future to wash the trailer too.

John & Sissy EXCLUSIVE RATINGS: (1 bad - good 10)

  • Campground - N/A
  • People - 8
  • Roads - 9
  • Scenery - 10
  • Traffic - 10
  • Things to Do - 9
  • Weather - 10

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