Last Days at Gros Ventre

We have had a great summer here with our LD friends – Ron/Jane, Dave/Celeste, and Jim for most of the time.  Steve T., Ed/Carol/Gopher, and Doug/Beth/Heidi for part of the time. We had socials every afternoon and Beth surprised us with a delicious cake.

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John and Jim went kayaking on the Snake River with Ron and Jane and had a great time, as you can see from the pictures.  Sadie and I stayed home that day.

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One day John, Jim, and I went to the top of Signal Mountain, an elevation of 7700 ft. and had a great view of the Snake River.  After that we went to the Signal Mountain Lodge for lunch and had wonderful food.

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Several times while we were here we had mail delivered to Kelly, WY post office.  It has very limited hours – 10 to 2 weekdays, and 10 to 12 on Saturday.  It is a very quaint post office.

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Besides having our get togethers with our friends, the other day a HUGE bison started walking to our group, just under the awning of our rig.  He came right at us at a very slow pace and at the last minute veered off to go around our rig.

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Later that evening a whole herd of bison were crossing the field behind our rig.

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The next morning, John and Sadie went out and saw a place behind our rig where they suspected a moose had been sleeping.  They went around our rig and there was the moose.

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We have had a great summer here in the Grand Tetons with hiking, biking, kayaking and socializing.  Tomorrow (August 22) we head back towards to Colorado.

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Visit with friends in Pinedale, WY

On August 14, John, Sadie, and I drove to Pinedale, WY to meet up with our friends Jeanne, Tom, and Paige.  When we moved to Kauai they were the first people we met.  Jeanne and Tom moved to Morro Bay, CA this year,  and are getting ready to build a summer home in Pinedale so we drove down to see them and see their property.  Paige lives in Los Angeles area.

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Gros Ventre Hiking and Kayaking

On August 2, Jim, Jane, Ally, David, Celeste, John and I took our kayaks out.  Jane and Ally paddled from the dam, but the rest of us put our kayaks in at Oxbow Bend and paddled around there.  We had a great time as you can see from the pictures.

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A few days later, Jim, Ally and I hiked around Phelps Lake where the trail climbs to an overlook, then descends to Phelps Lake.  The return involves a steep hike up to an overlook.    It was a little strenuous at 7 1/2 miles.

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August 12, Jane, Allison (her daughter) and I hiked Death Canyon.   After finishing this hike I know why it is called Death Canyon.  The trail climbs up and then down to Phelps Lake, followed by a climb into the canyon.  It is a strenuous hike at 7.6 miles and has an elevation gain of 1,061 feet.

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You made it!

I DID IT!!!!!!

On August 17, Jim, Jane, Tony and I took a boat across Jenny Lake and then hiked to Hidden Falls, Inspiration Point and then Cascade Canyon.  Jim and I hiked 8.6 miles round trip, but Jane and Tony went ahead and ended up hiking 16 miles – yuck!!!!

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Gros Ventre Continues

Another LD joined our group – Jim. M.  He parked right next to us.  It was good to see he and Chica again.  Jim, John and I went to the Farmers Market in downtown Jackson and it was fabulous.  They had booths with pies, vegetables, fruit, Bison meat, bread, flowers, and many other things.  There were lots of people walking around and visiting.  This is held every Saturday during the summer months and we will definitely be here every Saturday.  I got tomatoes that tasted fresh off the vines, and blueberries that you would swear were just picked.

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Besides the 5 Lazy Daze parking together we had a few other uninvited guests.

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Jane and Ron’s grand daughter Ally has been with them going hiking and kayaking with us, and biking with Jane.  But, unfortunately, she had to head back to AZ for school.  So on her way to the airport we went to the Jackson Lake Lodge and had a farewell lunch with Ally. Great lunch and beautiful views.

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Gros Ventre

After visiting Randy and Marie in Jefferson, we headed towards Grand Tetons, WY.  The first night the weather was so hot (100 degrees) that we opted to stay at Junction West Campground in Grand Junction, CO.  This was one of the nicest commercial campgrounds we have stayed in – nice and clean showers, good spacing between sites, good electric power, and very clean.

The next day we headed toward the Flaming Gorge in Utah, and stayed at Fireman’s Memorial Campground, which is a National Forrest Service Campground so our Golden Age Pass gave us a 50% discount.  We had a great site with a view of the Gorge.

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From here we headed towards Rock Springs, WY.   There is a Walmart, Starbucks, and Café Rio here, so I was thrilled.

Next stop – Gros Ventre Campground in the Grand Tetons.  We arrived here July 25 and parked right next to fellow LD owners, Dave & Celeste and Jane & Ron.

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The next day we all took our kayaks to Jenny Lake and put them in the water for a trial run.  Dave/Celeste and John/I have SeaEagle Inflatable kayaks and Jane and her grand daughter, Ally, used hard sided kayaks.

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A guy on a motorcycle was parked across from us and he had a real close experience with the moose.  He was up early and saw two bull moose and a dog barked and scared them so they bolted towards him.  You can see in the picture they were very close.

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On the road again

We left our home in Larkspur on Monday, July 22.  Our first stop was in Jefferson, CO, at our friends’ 50 acre ranch.  We met Randy and Marie when they moved in next to us in Kauai, having previously lived in CO.  They were visiting their ranch this summer and invited us to come by, which we did.  We spent the night in this quiet, peaceful area.

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From Jefferson, we headed to Grand Junction, CO, where my mom was born.  It was so hot (100 degrees) that we stayed at a commercial campground and ran our air conditioner all night.  We did get to eat at one of our favorite places, Cafe Rio.

The next day we headed on to the Flaming Gorge in Utah and stayed at Fireman’s Memorial, which is one of our usual stopping places on our way to the Grand Tetons.  We had a spot with a great view of the Flaming Gorge.

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From Flaming Gorge we headed to Rock Springs, WY to stop at Starbucks and Cafe Rio.  After lunch we headed up to Gros Ventre Campground in the Grand Tetons where we will be until Labor Day.