Tuesday, June 10, 2008
10.06.2008 - 10.06.2008 3 °C
It rained all night. When we know it’s going to rain hard at night, we pull in our bedroom slide. Since we didn’t expect rain, our slide stayed out and the rain hit against the aluminum roof two feet above our heads – not a very restful night for Jere and I. So we start the day short-tempered, yelling at each other. In case any of you think that a trip across the country is all ‘peaches and cream’, let me assure you that there are times when all that you want to do is go home!
Anyway, we pack up and start our 100 mile drive north to Yellowstone National Park. As we get to the northern part of Grand Teton NP, the gray clouds disappear and we get to see the Teton Mountain Range one last time.
Our arrival at Yellowstone is classic: waiting in a line of traffic to get through the entrance. They have one entrance booth open and a long line of cars waiting to get through the gate. Just as we get to the front they open a second gate and we finally officially arrive.
Our stop at Yellowstone is supposed to be one of the highlights of our trip. We plan to spend at least a week here, but are already having second thoughts. We had expected cool pleasant temperatures to do lots of hiking. I guess we should have did a little more research about the weather at Yellowstone. Many of the trails are still closed due to snow, and the weather over the next few days is supposed to be extremely cold (high temp tomorrow is forecasted to be 31 degrees F).
We set up camp at the Fishing Bridge RV park. It is not a very scenic campground, but it has electric and considering the cold weather we are glad to have the electric. After setting up we drive down to the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center to look at the exhibits and ask a few questions.
There is no cell phone coverage in this area, but the ranger tells us to drive down the road 5 miles and we’ll have coverage; so that is what we do. The cold wind keeps us from wanting to do anything outside.
The drive is along the lake and a pretty drive. We make our phonecall, check our email, and then decide to drive a little further. We’re glad that we do because we see our first ‘bear jam’—traffic stopping due to a bear. It’s a large grizzly on the bank beside the road.
We drive a few more miles to look at the scenery and the snow. As we drive back to the campground it begins to snow. We’ve heard predictions of 1 to 3 to 9 inches of snow tonight.
We have dinner and the snow stops soon after dinner, so we clean up and then head over to the ranger program that is indoors. The ranger is a good speaker and the slides are beautiful, but it is just a reminder of the many things we’re NOT going to see because we’re here in June and the weather is cold and snowy. Our only solace is that the ranger said this is her third year here and the last two years she has been in shorts in June. Even she didn’t bring long underwear (and she is staying in an unheated cabin).