The Grand Tetons & Yellowstone National Parks

Awe inspiring is the phrase for this part of the country. Tremendous views around every corner. I kept thinking to myself that I was so happy I no longer had to wait to get home to develop pics to make sure they turned out. (Now I’m really dating myself and I am sure that younger readers will have no idea what I mean!)

We stopped for lunch at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand Tetons National Park. It is dedicated to indian history with textiles, basket weaving, and great murals depicting the history. Several dining options are available, but we chose the Mural Room and I am happy we did. Besides the stunning view we had with our window table, we were able to see the beautifully done murals with the history I mentioned.

From there we made our way to Yellowstone. When we arrived it was snowing! Just a few days after the sweltering heat in Nashville!

Because of the snow, we stayed in the park overnight. It was the Lake Hotel that we stayed that night. It is on the historic register and has been updated, but still not completely. No wi-fi or TV in our room. Really?? Because of the weather the roads in the park were closed and it really wasn’t conducive to much outdoors. We had dinner in the Lake dining room. Nice linens and service, what is to be expected from an establishment of that caliber.

In the morning we were able to see some things on the roads that were open. Riverstone River falls, mud volcanos, Dragon’s Mouth, bison crossing the road and up close. Something that I was not aware of is that Yellowstone Park is actually full of thermal features and has a volcanic history far larger than Mt Saint Helen’s. If you are a nature lover, this would be a wonderful place for a family vacation.

After a lunch they finally opened one of the roads and we left with a forecast of more snow threatening to delay us longer.

The time we spent in this area was special. Seeing nature in such a raw state without man’s landscaping to enhance it. Our time there was late fall which accounted for the weather. In the middle of October, many of the facilities are closing for the season..and many of the roads impassable and snow tires required as well as chains in some areas.

“Yellowstone National Park serves as a model and inspiration for national parks throughout the world.”

from the Park’s mission statement

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