Bill & Joyce's trip to the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone
Journal: June 5-13, 2008.
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June 5th: Left home for Missoula Montana. It's a great place to stay on the road, lots of hotels and restaurants. Interstate 90 and a great deal of our trip took us along parts of the Lewis & Clark Trail.
June 6th: Stopped in Deer Lodge Montana to see Grant-Kohrs Ranch. It was well worth the exit from Interstate 90. There is also the Old Prison Museum about a half-mile down the road. Visit the ranch - kids will love it.
June 7th: Cody, Wyoming is a rather modern town that seems to have inherited Bill Cody's showmanship. Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a complex of five museums, but we didn't stick around because the highway to Yellowstone was closed due to snow. We took a huge detour south through Wind River Canyon on the way to Jackson Hole.
June 7th & 8th: We stayed in a cabin at Jackson Lake Lodge, one of three lodges in Grand Teton National Park. It snowed a dusting on Sunday morning but was clear by the time we got back from church and breakfast. We got lots of pictures at Grand Teton Park and the National Elk Refuge, and had a so-so dinner at the Lodge. Just because you have to make reservations doesn't mean the food is great. The Jackson Hole area is a great place for hikers and history buffs.
June 9th - 11th: West Yellowstone, Montana - just outside the west entrance to Yellowstone National Park. There are tons of things to do in the park. We drove the scenic side routes and took lots of pictures. Boardwalks are built around the geysers and pools to prevent folks from getting burnt. It wasn't too crowded, and three days was about enough to drive around all the roads that were open.
June 12th: Headed toward Wallace Idaho through some beautiful Montana country. Virginia City and Nevada City are some historic ghost towns worth visiting. Wallace is a lovely town nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains. The movie Dante's Peak was filmed there. Dinner at the Historic Jameson Restaurant Saloon and Inn was wonderful, and the folks were very friendly. They let us wander through the old hotel and take pictures. If you like antiques, this is a great town to visit. It's still a mining district and has some interesting history. The 72 mile paved Trail of the Coeur d'Alenes runs through town.
June 13th: It wasn't as far home as we thought. We drove along Lake Roosevelt and stopped at Grand Coulee Dam, which has a very nice visitor center with a movie about the construction and history of the dam. It was still early afternoon, so we headed home. Banks Lake was beautiful and we saw Steamboat Rock and Sun Lakes-Dry Falls. This was the first day it felt hot - about 84 degrees in eastern Washington. After crossing the mountains to western Washington, we returned to the same gray weather we left.