So after spending a wonderful, memorable week in the Teton’s it was time for us to move on, in order to do this we had to go through Jacksonhole and head over the Teton Pass, after traveling across the country I have driven a lot of mountain passes but I gotta tell you Teton Pass is not for the faint at heart, it is never ending or so it seemed. We made it through and I assume it was beautiful but my hands were firmly placed on the steering wheel and eyes on the road and I kept peeking at gages as well, maybe someday without us towing our home we will go up it again and check out the views, but honestly I wanted it overwith as did Eris. Eris is not crazy about passes, we can tell, just wonder if it is because she cannot “pop” her ears or if the twisty turny road hurts her belly. Either way, I am with her on that, this Florida girl is not happy driving them either.
Well after we made it to that we went through Driggs (where we will be going to the XCapers Convergence in August. Cute town and are looking forward to heading back. We found a perfect campsite in Island Park, Boot Jack Dispersed Camping, it was free and it was easy to get in and out of and close to West Yellowstone. After getting settled we did what we always do with a national park, headed in to get the way of the land. We have been there previously (3 times to be exact, once just Mike and I, once with Annette and Cathy (we did a backpacking trip) and once with the girls, however, even though with the girls we did stay in West Yellowstone we never really did much on that side of the park. We did do the required stops like Old Faithful, but mostly we just kept heading over to the Canyon area.
One day we went to Mammoth area, saw some elk just chillin’ on the lawn, and we did all the pull offs and hiked the Mammoth area. The weather in early June was perfect (mostly).
Of course we got stuck in our fair share of “bison jams”, which I always like, got some great shots of some bison. Also a lot of animal butts, a little cooperation would be lovely but I am certainly not one to ask them to move or smile for the camera.
We did spend some time in West Yellowstone. They have a great camera shop there (Yellowstone Camera). I got a great zoom lens, which will be great for my wildlife photos when we come back. When we come back we will be going on a scenic boat ride but what I am most excited about is the photo safari. Honestly, we didn’t know these exist but not only do the exist they are reasonable. Scenic boat ride is $19.00 per person and the photo safari is a little over $100.00. They will take me and a few others to the areas where wildlife is present, I am hoping for a bear.
One very cold morning (puffy jacket cold) we got up super early and headed into the park in the dark, to try to beat the crowd for the Grand Prasmatic shot, well, the steam washed it out. But we had a great hike and got some great shots regardless. Then we headed to Old Faithful and had breakfast at the Snow Lodge. We walked the boardwalk around Old Faithful and made it back to what I think was a great place to see it “blow”. We then headed to do the scenic drives. Scenic drives are nice and relaxing, they have pull offs where they need to be and ususally have ample parking to see such. I highly recommend doing any scenic drives that are available. The ones in Yellowstone do not require a 4 wheel drive truck, but if any of the parks suggest that you have a 4 wheel drive truck, heed that advise oh and be sure to know how to use your 4 wheel drive properly. On the scenic drives we did, one had a ton of thermal features and the other had some waterfalls and mountains. While we were freezing when we left home in the morning our Waggle went off that it was 94 degrees inside the camper. It was a hot night, so we made our plans to move on.
After a few days, I needed to go see Canyon, as that area has been our favorite part of the park. I am excited to be spending some time on that side in August but wanted to see it just the same. Oh my has it changed. We did the scenic drive to the Yellowstone Canyon, of course.
We ended up staying a full week in our free campsite. Very unique area and can’t wait to return. Yellowstone for sure is our favorite national park and if you haven’t been, make plans as pictures do not do it justice.
That’s all for this week, hope you enjoyed it, and if you did please consider following us and liking it. We will be back next week as we make our way to Deer Lodge, Montana, a surprisingly interesting cowboy town and if we weren’t looking for air conditioning we might have missed it and then back boondocking in Missoula.
So until next week, keep exploring, discovering and dreaming…
Hope, Mike and Eris, the lowrider camping hound