Grand Teton National Park: Colter Bay Visitor Center and Jackson Lake Lodge

9/11/16 (Sunday) in West Yellowstone, MT ( Yellowstone Holiday RV Campground – $42/night, N side)

Yes, this day commemorates those fateful moments when the World Trade Towers and Pentagon were attacked, when so many innocent people lost their lives. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years. It was good to see the flags at half staff in honor of those people.

Today is our last day to visit the parks, because tomorrow will be rainy, so it will be our designated “Day of Rest”.

We really wanted to see the “Grand Prismastic Spring”, because it looks like it’s larger, more spectacular, than the older “Morning Glory”. Unfortunately, each time we passed the entrance (to & from Grand Teton NP), the parking lot was overflowing. Thank heavens we walked the 2.5 mile (one way) trail to “Morning Glory” on our first day. We did stop off at Old Faithful to buy some T shirts, then continued to the South Entrance of Yellowstone NP. Interestingly, on our way out, we came upon a long line. It was because they want your fee or to see your Senior Pass. We think this is because you are immediately entering the John D Rockefeller Jr Memorial Parkway which is also connected to Grand Teton NP. The two are named together in the park map too.

Now that we’d left Yellowstone, it was noon, so we found a picnic spot and enjoyed our lunch. We continued on to Colter Bay Visiter Center, on a lovely bay of Jackson Lake, where we enjoyed a little hike nearby.

Grand Teton

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Colter Bay

Next we visited Jackson Lake Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, where one end faces a great panorama of the Teton Range.

View from Jackson Lake Lodge

Inside Jackson Lake Lodge


We loved the views, but were disappointed that we didn’t see any animals. At our lunch yesterday people we met said they’d seen lots of them in Grand Teton. We chose not to drive the loop for Grand Teton (a much smaller park than Yellowstone) because we were tired and had another long drive ahead of us for the grocery store in West Yellowstone and then home.

We were relaxing after dinner when there was a knock on the door. It was a couple that had noticed we were in the park, because we all had noted that in “Rvillage”. We invited them in to see inside Miss Journey and we all commenced discussing various tips and shared experiences in the RV lifestyle. They were just starting out, as of September 1st! Unfortunately, they had to leave tomorrow, so we said our goodbys with hopes to communicate more in the future.

PS: they noted that we should try to go to the “Boiling Point Spring” near the North Entrance in Yellowstone. You can swim there and they were even joined by some elk!

About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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