Yellowstone National Park

A few of our favorites from our first day in Yellowstone!

“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”…Henry David Thoreau

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King of the Road
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Coyote’s next meal?
Yellowstone (15)
Gibbons Falls
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Elk
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Trumpeter Swans
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Lamar Valley
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Pronghorn

 

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Red Dog
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Mammoth Hot Springs
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What happens when you get to close to the thermals!
Yellowstone Falls
Artist Point

We have arrived…

It was a short 2-hour drive from Victor, Idaho to Yellowstone Holiday RV Park, West Yellowstone, Montana.  We met the managers and owner of the park, along with the three other workamping couples.  Monday is our first day of training and the park officially opens May 15th.  It is absolutely beautiful being on a lake, nothing like the sound of a loon!  Hebgen Lake is 15 miles long and 4 miles wide.  It is one of Montana’s premier fishing lakes.  Yellowstone Holiday RV Park is located 13 miles from the West Entrance to Yellowstone National Park.  Check out their website Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground & Marina for more information on this little gem!

The Tetons are Grand…

What a great way to start the month of May!  Today we traveled up Teton Pass, which was closed the day before due to bad weather, elevation 8,432’ located at the southern end of the Teton Range connecting the towns of Victor, Idaho and Wilson, Wyoming.

IMG_6514First stop was the National Elk Refuge which was created in 1912 and is sanctuary for one of the largest elk herds on earth.  Not only did we see elk, we saw big horn sheep, pronghorn, coyote, ground squirrels, ducks, birds and bison!

Jackson Hole was our next stop and what a cool town!  The four arches in Jackson Town Square are elk antlers.  Tons of shops, restaurants and activities to be had!

Grand Teton National Park rates up there with one of our favorite parks.  The Tetons are magnificent!

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The Tetons

The views of Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake were beautiful and we are anxious to stop back when the lakes are not frozen.

The highlight was seeing our first Grizzly Bear!  A young man from the Dept. of Fish and Game let us look through his spotting scope at a common loon.  In the meantime, we were scouring the area with binoculars and there it was, foraging in the field.  It took off running and began swimming across the swollen Snake River at Oxbow Bend.  We had so many firsts at this park, it was so exciting!

Hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we enjoyed our day!

This spud’s for you…

April 29th another travel day to Victor, Idaho.  It was amazing to see, what has to be, thousands of acres of beautifully groomed soil for the crop of Idaho, the potato!  Victor is a little town known as “The End of the Line”.  Back in the 1940’s it was the end of the line for passengers and shippers transiting Teton Pass into Jackson Hole and the southern entrance to Yellowstone.  A drive-in movie theatre called “ The Spud” was a blast from our past, with a potato theme!  The Teton Valley Resort is a fine resort, although upon our arrival they are under going some renovations which will be quite nice when completed.

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Teton Valley Resort

The next days weather was not what Floridians like to see!  It was a good day for running errands and picked up some supplies at a great little grocery store called Broulims.  Since it snowed much of the day it became one of those restful hang out in the RV days.

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Snow Day

Tomorrow the Tetons!

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect View…

You couldn’t ask for a more perfect view at Mountain Valley RV Resort located in Heber City, Utah.  The resort has two areas one designed for families with children, while the other for adults only.  Both have beautifully furnished clubhouse, pool, hot tub, kitchen, restrooms and showers.  There is also a small area for tent camping.

We took a little ride to Sundance.  Robert Redford bought the land known as Sundance back in 1969.  It is 5,000 acres of wilderness now protected, situated at the base of Mt. Timpanogos towering at 12,000 feet.  The community is committed to the arts, nature and outdoor activities as evident by the ski resort, hiking trails and shops.

The next morning was spent exploring Rock Cliff Nature Center and Jordanelle State Park.  What’s an adventure without something to eat, so we stopped at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese. Their happy herd of 250 Holstein’s allow them to make award-winning handcrafted cheese and ice cream!  The have been awarded Best of State in Utah for innovation and creativity for the past five years.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese

On the way back to the resort we admired the homes in Midway and the beautiful snow-capped Wasatch Mountains.

Moab…

Pulled into ACT Campground located in Moab, Utah.  Again, the first item on the agenda was to gather information at the Arches National Park Visitor’s Center.  One thing for sure this community caters to people who love to bicycle and go off-road 4×4.  The beautifully paved bike trails go for miles and miles.  In the evening we took the opportunity to walk along the Colorado River at Lions Park Trail Hub.

The following morning, we took the drive through Arches National Park.  The beauty of the clear blue skies against the red rocks towering above as you drive through or hike just has us in awe of God’s magnificent creation.  Balanced Rock and Double Arch are a couple of our favorites.

Thursday we were off to Dead Horse Point State Park, Utah’s Grand Canyon, and views of the Colorado River.  State Parks can be hidden gems!  Legend has it, in the late 1800’s cowboys used Dead Horse Point to roundup wild horses.  Sheer cliffs and a narrow 30-foot-wide entrance they found that it was a perfect horse trap!  There are wonderful picnic and camping facilities!

Since we are checking off our National Parks list, Canyonlands was next.  It was a short drive from Moab and the scenery was breath taking.  We walked out to the Mesa Arch for a spectacular view of the canyon through the arch!

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Moab, interesting name, several thoughts exist.  The name Moab is found many times in the Bible referring to a dry, mountainous area located on the eastern side of the Jordan River.  Others believe its origin is Paiute meaning mosquito.  Mosquitoes could be abundant around the Colorado River.  Whatever version, Moab is a lovely town with lots to see and do!