Day 23: Tuesday, July 14, 1981
Yellowstone Park to Jackson Lake: 70 miles
It was a chilly morning. Some of the other campers had arisen at 5:00 and were already gone. We awoke at 6:00 as usual, and by the time we finished breakfast, it was almost 7:30.
Jack, Guy, and Rick went on ahead while I put in a call to Dad. I said I'd meet them at Old Faithful. Before stopping there, however, I toured the middle geyser basin. Fantastic, of course. Everything in Yellowstone is. When I arrived at OF, Guy and Jack were just leaving. I managed to watch OF while repairing another flat, then saw some of the other geysers and pools in that area. The road Dad and I took in 1967 that runs through that area and past the Morning Glory pool has been turned into a walkway, and a whole new road and interchange have been built to the west to handle the increased traffic. By the time I left OF, I was two hours behind the others.
|Another cool geyser|
|Morning Glory Pool|
After a snack at West Thumb, I headed toward the South Entrance, with stops at Kepler Cascades (a friendly crow and a Mennonite family were there), and along the Lewis River Gorge. That was a nice downhill, but from there on it was an up-and-down grind to Jackson Lake and the start of the Tetons.
As luck would have it, I had some more flats - went through all my inner tubes. I had the dubious benefit of seeing sunset over the Tetons: no clouds, but the mountains were pretty. It was a few minutes after nine (and before dark) when I reached the Colter Bay campground on Jackson Lake, where I found the others and sat down to a late supper. Even with the tire trouble, it had seemed like a 50-mile day, but we had put in 70 miles. Not bad.
|Our campground at Colter Bay|