(Jan) South of Yellowstone is another of this country’s beautiful National Parks. The Teton Mountains and Park are interesting, rugged and beautiful. We went to two of the Visitor’s centers at Moose Junction and Colter Bay. Both were wonderfully presented and one of our favorites was the topographical map of the mountain range and park at Moose Jct. Coulter Bay offered many Indian artifacts of the the tribes who lived in this area.
East of Moran Junction (thanks to Dean) we found an awesome boondocking spot above the Buffalo Fork River. It has an amazing view of a bend in the river below and the Teton mountains to the west. It’s surrounded by aspen trees to the east and north and we have a nice breeze to keep the mosquitos and flies at bay. There is a family of bald eagles that calls this area home. Each day we see the two adults hunting and the fledglings leave their nest to join them down on the sand bar near the river. Deer and osprey also visit the river but we have yet to see a grizzly bear which we have been told are active in the area.
The National Forest campground Turpin Meadow is east of us about 7 miles. Fellow Boomers Martha and Gene Merryman are the Camphosts there and we have been visiting back and forth. Last Friday night they invited us over for a wonderful pot roast meal. It's been very nice seeing them again! We shared our spot with Escapees Denny and Pat for several days and now there are three rigs here, as our buds Dean and Judy Sheeley arrived on Sunday.
Monday we and the Sheeley's headed down to Jackson to have lunch with fellow Boomers Carl and Joey. After a fun lunch at the Virginian, we headed to the town square, with it's famous antler arches, to browse the shops in the downtown area. There is the usual T-shirt and trinket shops along with a very upscale variety of art galleries. The next top was the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar with genuine saddle bar stoold and it's bar tops imbedded with silver dollars. Since Carl and Joey are avid NASCAR fans, we stopped for a drink and viewed the end of the race from the Pocono Raceway. The National Museum of Wildlife Art was next on our agenda. The Museum houses 5,000 paintings and sculpters from the 1700's to present day. Very impressive. A grocery store, fuel and LP stop rounded out our day.
The last several days we have just been enjoying hanging out and catching up with the Sheeleys; lawn chair testing, hiking, shared dinners, watching the eagles and a little card playing. As Chuck would say, "Life is Good."