Day 99: To the Tetons

Today was a big driving day across the big state of Wyoming.  We left Gillette and were flying along on the interstate at 80 mph.  That’s the legal speed limit!  Soon we left the interstate to climb up into the Bighorn Mountains west of Sheridan, WY.  We stopped to appreciate the view since you can see for quite a ways to the east from up there.

Looking east from Hwy 14 above Sheridan, WY

Looking east from Hwy 14 above Sheridan, WY

Then it was time to come down again.  I was surprised at how long and steep the road was to descend out of the Bighorn Mountains on US 14A.  It would have been super fun to go down that road on a bike, assuming you don’t mind the climb up, that is.  Eventually we passed through Cody, which of course made me think of our friend Cody.  There was some nice scenery west of Cody called “The Holy City” since it reminded someone in the past of Jerusalem.

 

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

Soon we were in Yellowstone National Park.  At the entrance gate we learned that all the park campgrounds were full, so we decided to drive on to Grand Teton National Park.  We’ve both been to Yellowstone in the past, so we didn’t feel like we were skipping anything we haven’t seen before.  Don’t get me wrong, Yellowstone is incredible, but the Tetons are amazing as well.

Tetons at sunset

Tetons at sunset

Eventually the Teton range loomed up ahead.  It wasn’t long before sunset so the mountains were mostly in shadow, thus no good photos of the Tetons.  We stopped at a couple campgrounds only to find them full.  We decided to check one last campground in the park before driving on to Jackson.  Luckily, that campground had a few spots free.  We’re surprised that these parks are still so popular this late in the year.  We thought it would be more empty by now.  It’s going to be a chilly night so we’ll definitely be bundled up in our sleeping bags tonight!

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