Grand Teton National Park
After visiting Fossil Butte NP then driving up to
Grand Teton National Park, I did not really have much time before it got
dark. That was the bad news for me. The good news was, coming in from
the south meant I was driving right by the Grand Tetons range as the
sun was setting behind the mountains. And that there was some
wildlife coming down to the lower meadows to feed at dusk.
I didn't get to do a couple of short hikes that
looked interesting. But that has happened in most of the parks I stopped at. I
camped for the night at the Colter Bay Village campground, not
something I do a lot. I usually end up driving so late I just want to
go to my room and crash. I visited for a while with a couple camping
next to me, who shared their fire with me. I need to remember to take
more blankets with me the next time I go camping, especially if it is
at a higher altitude.
One of the benefits of camping is getting up
early. Usually very early. That made it easier to get some food and explore
the area at Colter Bay. There was a pretty good breakfast buffet, where
I ate too much for that early in the day.
After that, I went up Signal Mountain to look
around the entire park, which is a very good idea. The view of the Snake River
flowing through the valley on one side and the entire Grand Teton range
on the other is very hard to beat. Seeing the range both in the morning
and at night is nice. I am glad my schedule had this happen entirely by
accident. Then it was driving north on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
Memorial Highway to the southern entrance of Yellowstone.