|Signal camping boat ramp view|
|From Jenny Lake Turn Out along river|
Drove a little south to Jenny Lake Lodge for breakfast but all they had was guest rolls or a wonderful spread in the dining room for $23. This is a one-way road at this point for 3 more miles but a great drive along the river at the foot of the Teton Range. When I reached Moose turned right following sign to Teton Village after a little ways this became a very narrow gravel road. I wondered what kind of town I was going to visit. Turns out there are a better road directly there. However locals tell me it can be crowded and they take the back road. This back road has something to do with Rockefeller land.
|Teton Village Tram|
|Top of the world|
This small village in the middle of nowhere is a mini Aspen wantabe. Even now they are having an art, antique show which is very elite. Met a dealer from Chicago here. All booths are high priced with exceptional wares.
So down to earth, I found a hostel in Teton Village. This will be my first bed since I have left home for $74 covering two nites. The tax here is over 14%. No full kitchen but a shower in the 4 bed dorm room. No groceries but I found supplies in the Moose Mall with mac and cheese, canned chili w/ beans, V-8, OJ, eggs and many shelves of wines.
|Teton Village S'mores with friends at town square|
Monday morning a nice shower, breakfast with my older friend (BYO) in the hostel commons downstairs. Watched the hot air balloons take off as I headed out. Headed thru Jackson Hole to the town of Jackson a little south. Civilization, I had to stop for traffic lights. This visitor’s center is definitely worth a visit: heard of stuffed deer inside with lots of displays and a viewing deck in the back. Gary at the info desk was a great help. He planned the rest of my trip thru Wyoming and into Denver. He and his wife have traveled the area for decades and knew all the best spots for looking and eating.
|Jackson's Million dollar bar|
Dubois is a nice little town. A few blocks long but with flavor. Inexpensive center on long horn sheep $2.50 with a nice, park right next to it. The must stop here is Cowboy café for good food and a large selection of homemade pies. Ate with a grandmother and granddaughter from Oregon and folks from Wisconsin.
Really tired today so after Dubois three miles turned off highway to Forest Service Road 411. Someone had suggested this area to camp. It was a gravel road which went on and on for about five miles thru valley, hills and private land posted stay on road. I was beginning to think I was misled but I kept on and finally reached Ring Lake. Noticed a camper way down below so turned down another dirt road and parked about ½ block away with a clear shot of the lake. There will be no traffic noise here, nor lights.
Up at 6 a.m. and headed right out back over the gravel road. The morning sun bouncing off the MT walls was spectacular. I am sure I stopped six times to view and photograph. On 287S/29E the buttes of layered colors jutting up, a few miles on plateaus of muted greens, a few miles more flat sagebrush land hemmed in by layers of distant mountains, then later to the left a canyon, take a turn to cross the roaring Wind River into Indian land. There wasn’t much to see on this Indian reservation. The Crow store was closed. So few autos on this road, I can stop in the middle to get my pic.
|Trout with no where to go|