Grandiose Grand Teton

Grand Teton National Park Travel Blog

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We arrived in this beautiful mecca of meadows and snow-capped jagged mountain peaks this morning. 

Yesterday Uncle John was kind enough to take Ned to the Denver Airport so he could head home and we could trek onward.  It's painful saying goodbye- after about an hour of our driving north out of Denver and quiet contemplation, we all started to perk back up as we drove into Wyoming.  We decided to make it a "driving day" and made terrific progress. 

It was dark and about 10 pm as we headed into the BLM campground, Warren Bridge, "20 miles north of Pinedale on 191" were our only directions- and we found it, even at night!  On the way there, we drove into one of the most magnificent sunsets ever - an almost 360 degree-view of brilliant pink skies! 

Then, after parking, the stars in the Wyoming wilderness looked like they were suspended in layers in the sky.

Signal Mountain viewpoint
  Lia and I stuck our heads out the RV's window star-gazing long after we should have been in bed.

Today we traversed Jackson twice, since we took the wrong turn- Wow!  That's one crowded and busy little "wild west" town!  I have no idea where we would have parked had we wanted to brave the crowds.  We haven't seen a small town that crowded on our trip yet.  It did look like there was plenty to do if we were here for a week, but it is now 40 miles south of tonight's campground.

At the Grand Teton Visitor's Center, we saw a terrific Discovery Channel movie on Grand Tetons (those are the best!), then we drove around the gorgeous park, going up to the Signal Mountain Lookout, and admiring the amazing views. 

We did look at the Signal Mountain Campground, which reportedly fills first, but we're just as happy with our Colter Bay Campground choice.

BLM Campground Warren Bridge in Wyoming (not much there)
  The  Colter Bay "Village" with the log-mountain style grocery/camping stores, boat marina, amphitheatre, etc is particularly fun to explore on our bikes.  Some people like quiet campgrounds and some (like us) appreciate those with energy.

There is nothing like being within the grandeur of our truly wild National Parks (and "wild" is rare indeed) to appreciate the need to protect and cherish these lands, no matter which commercial interests come knocking!  They will always want to get their hands on this beautiful land and we simply must not allow it.  I would find it hard to believe that anyone who spends time within these national parks would ever agree to have them altered by commercial interests.

We spied a Lazy Daze here in the park and swung around to talk to the new owner, Eddie from Sonoma, AZ.

  He was excited to have a beautiful, teal Rear-Bath model.  Lazy Dazers are very pleased with their rigs! 

Tomorrow we're headed up to our Yellowstone reservations for a few nights- it's just an hour or so north from here.  In the meantime, we'll continue trying to spy wildlife - there are many bear warnings here - and appreciate how blessed we are to have such a beautiful country!

 

iloveposey says:
That is the cutest picture of Jazy and Charles!!
Posted on: Jul 01, 2008
susandent says:
Hello! Glad to hear everyone is doing well and you enjoyed Ned and the Reunion! The pictures are so beautiful & we sure love hearing about your travels!
National Parks are truly treasures to be protected and appreciated! Love to all :)
Posted on: Jul 01, 2008
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