We left Gering, Nebraska, on Monday, August 2nd, heading West, with our destination being the Grand Tetons to visit our friends, Martin and Melissa, and their sweet family -- Nicholas 16; Rachel 13 and Rebekah, 3, soon to be 4.
Our first stop was the Fort Caspar Campground in Casper, Wyoming. Fort Caspar accepts Passport America, so the price of $18.25 for a pull-thru with full hookups and 50 amp was great. As you can see, there was ample room between sites and the site was level, since it was all gravel.
We were up early the next morning and on the road. Since most campgrounds in the Grand Tetons area are quite pricey, we planned to stop in Dubois (pronounced DewBoyz), Wyoming. We had reservations at the Longhorn Ranch RV and Motel. Dubois is 73 miles from Moose, Wyoming, where our friends live. They measured and assured us we could park the motorhome in their driveway, but we wanted to check it out before we actually drove it over.
Longhorn has 60 full hookup RV sites and 20 motel rooms on the Wind River. They also raise longhorn cattle.
The ancient Snake River cuts a wide and twisting channel through the valley. Today's Snake River begins in the Teton Wilderness near Yellowstone National Park and flows south into Jackson Lake, diagonally down Jackson Hole, turning West into Idaho and eventually joins the Columbia River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. Saved from extinction by the ban of pesticides, bald eagles nest and fish along the Snake River. Habitat destruction still threatens the eagle. Looking through his binoculars, Alan was sure he saw a bald eagle. The Shoshone called the Teton Range "Teewinot," meaning many pinnacles. Other native Americans called the snow-capped peaks the "Hoary Fathers." In the 1800s, explorers referred to the Tetons as "Pilot Knobs." On a clear day, the Tetons are visible 150 miles from every direction.''
Jackson Hole is a valley encompassed with mountains. The valley is 48 miles long and 8 to 15 miles wide and the valley floor slopes 6,779 feet above sea level in the north to about 6,069 feet at the southern end. Jackson is predominantly a tourist town, not only in the summer but in the winter as well, with skiing, snow mobiles, etc. Jackson's population is approximately 8600. Some refer to Jackson as "Jackson Hole," but we were told the locals do not like this description. However, it is in a hole, surrounded by mountains on every side. Jackson has a cowboy atmosphere and we are pretty sure every motorcyclist heading to Sturgis came through Jackson first.
I know I keep repeating myself about how blessed we are to be able to travel and see all that we are seeing. We don't know what tomorrow may bring -- maybe that's why it seems we are in a such a hurry to see it all -- but we have seen so much in two months...more than a lot of people may not have the opportunity to see. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Without Him, we could do nothing. As always, may God continue to bless our voyage and may God bless our family and friends.
Hopefully, I will finish up the Grand Tetons in my next posting and will be ready to move on to Yellowstone.