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USA Road Trip- Salmon towards Yellowstone
Week 14 Big Sky Country- Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
Our time at William’s Lake had to sadly come to an end-living in the lap of luxury- but now back on the road with Matilda and our tent we headed South East towards Idaho Falls and the Tetons. Again Jessie and Errol’s friends, Loren and Patti were great hosts and treated us like royalty. Loren Upton is one of the most interesting persons I have met. At age 12 he decided he wanted to be an adventurer and so his life in construction has merely been a means to an end. A time of work until he has saved enough to go on another exploration and so live his dream.
At age 22 he spent 10 months on horseback in Mexico. His 4th attempt to do the journey from the northern tip of the Americas to the tip of South America and then through Africa up to Norway by Jeep was eventually successful. If he could do one more exploration it would be in the great deserts of Asia and Australia.
A trip on Sunday afternoon following ‘the River of No Return’ with Patti at the wheel was fascinating, and the sighting of Mountain Sheep and two flocks of Chukars made it extra special. We are still hoping to see a bear (at some distance!) and an Elk and Moose. This was again one of the routes that Lewis /Clark followed and proved to be a dead end on their journey, resulting in the name but to us it was anything but.
The journey between Salmon and Idaho Falls looked at first like a trip through the Karoo until we entered ‘the Valley’ where huge fields of wheat, alfalfa and corn filled the landscape- still no potatoes! A really big thunderstorm in Idaho Falls kept us in the local Wall-Mart until we changed our plans and instead of heading N/E towards Grand Tetons to look for camping we ended up in the Yellowstone Inn in town, thanks to a coupon Audrey had dug out of one of her resource magazines that are handed out at shops and visitors centers.
Winter is just around the corner and so the trip is becoming a race to see what we wanted to before heading south. We have already crossed several places off our list and have decided that we may have to return in the future to visit them. A sign advertising ‘Moose Drool’ caught our eye the other day as did one offering free accommodation to anyone who tagged a wolf. New questions to puzzle about every day.