Saturday, May 29, 2010

God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on trees and flowers and clouds and stars. ~Martin Luther

So we started out late this morning. Well, I didn't, I was in the shower at 0630. Not sure why but I have always enjoyed getting the day started early when I am on vacation. My windshield wipers and Jen's were both starting to fall apart so we decided we would try find an auto-parts to fix them. Guess what! In case you weren't aware it is a holiday weekend and those stores in Jackson are closed. AWESOME! Bill was able to jerry-rig mine last night with some neon green duct tape I just happen to keep in my car. I am not sure how but he fixed Jen's too... in the parking lot of NAPA shortly after we read the sign that stated they were closed to observe this holiday. Jackson was also having a parade of some sort in the down town. If you aren't familiar there is only one main road into Jackson from the Tetons which means there is only one main road out. This just happens to go right through the heart of Jackson where all the tourons (Tourist/Morons) were preparing to watch said parade and shop, for things they could probably find anywhere else at prices that wouldn't choke a horse, were convening. Bill figured out a back road we could take to Chucks house and would drop us on to the main road while allowing us to bypass the cluster F that was downtown. For the future if you don't mind a scenic country drive and a few miles of dirt road and want to avoid downtown Jackson, Spring Gulch Drive is the road you want! If you know anything about me you should know that I love back roads and, with the exception of one trip to Dillon, MT, I love a good dirt or gravel road.

The clouds were low this morning so the Tetons were veiled in a shroud of white. If I hadn't seen them before I probably would have been disappointed however, I've seen them quite a few times and I will have another chance on Monday when I drive back to get my car. Anyway, Chuck and Barbara live near the Jackson airport and and have an unobstructed view of the mountains. One that I imagine would be breathtaking looking out the floor to ceiling windows of their log home. I must say I am envious! However, I am pretty sure what they had to pay to build that where it is would probably make God cry. Seriously I can't imagine. They said that yesterday they had a ton of bison roaming in their yard and the fields around their house and Chuck said he has watched thousands (literally) of Elk migrate through his yard as well. After a lengthy and somewhat reluctant coffee break we hit the road.

To start we took the Antelope flats loop that Jen and I have partially navigated from both ends never realizing it was just a loop and that if we kept going we would end up back on the main road and not in deliverance country! We saw many bison and a few elk. Sadly no moose :(

We finally entered the park and made our way to Signal MT lodge where we had an awesome lunch. I had the "Hidden Falls Hummus," which was a pita stuffed with red pepper hummus, cucumber salad, and feta cheese. I also had sweet potato fries on the side and ice tea to drink. HEAVEN!!!

We didn't see much wild life today. Bison including a "red dogie" (baby bison calf), Elk, a pelican, a bald eagle, and a beaver. When I type it out it sound like more. Our goals are always the big things ie, grizzlies, wolves, or  moose. However, I do love all animals and secretly I still get excited about bison and elk no matter how many millions of them we see. We stopped at the Fishing Bridge gift shop our favorite one out of all the gift shops here. Yeah it was snowing... a lot. We have been to Yellowstone many times but never while it was snowing it is like seeing it for the first time. Truly a work of God!

Oh back to Grand Teton National Park Bill wanted me to mention that we parked next to Billy Bob Thornton. Not really. Remember the "wildlife" is not limited to four-legged beings the ones on two can be just as much and sometime more interesting to watch! LOL!

We ended our day here in West Yellowstone, MT and had a bison burgers (yes, morbid, I know!) for dinner. NUMMERS! However, we were treated to some of the worst customer service by the hostess who obviously need a few in the walk-in. She was stressed I know but rudeness doesn't get very far with this family!

I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.  ~George Washington Carver

Anyway here are a few pics of yesterday and today. Enjoy!


thekeyes said...

geez it's hrad to imagine snow right now.. lol. your trip looks amazing and fun. that baby boy is cute as ever. love the picture of him on the bed. so cute!