More driving, much more driving just to gain us another state, but when will we ever get another chance to see North Dakota? Travel from Watertown to Fargo. While there we visit the Roger Maris Museum. This is a great tribute to an under appreciated player. From there on to Sterling, down to Pierre for a Walmart break, on down to I-90 and across to our stopping place, the Cedar Pass Lodge in the Badlands. They have the quaint feel of a 1930's tourist court and I'm sure the Joad family would have loved them, but with a storm coming on I was wanting something more substantial. We got to tour quite a bit of the Badlands before dark. Kids loved it
Goodbye Yellowstone. This morning we're surprised at how beautiful the Lewis River Valley is as we leave the southern part of the park. We pass by our Cabin at Colter Bay, we're on our way to Jackson and rafting. But first...... The Tetons.....how awesome, how stately, how .... how.... Grand. Its a beautiful clear day and we have them in our sights all the way down the valley. At Jackson, we check in at Dave Hansens and have time to walk the town and eat lunch. The first thing we do is check out the Astoria Art Gallery to see our friend Jeff Legg's work. They used to live near us and go to church with us and we miss them now that they're in Colorado. He had three pieces displayed, one priced at $8,000, one at $12,000 and one for $20,000.....Go Jeff. Then after walking the square we ate Billy's Giant Hamburgers at the Cadillac Grill. But Whitewater rafting is what we''re here for and soon we're on our way. Its a 45 minute ride to the launching site.. It was a fun 90 minute trip. The water was cold and the rapids were exciting. Back in Jackson we watched the Gunfight and then ate surprisingly good food at the Merry Piglets. A lot of tourist town food is just..... run the people in, throw them some slop (they'll never be back anyway) and run them out. Then we get our waterproof camera processed and ordered our rafting pictures that they take at on e of the rapids. By this time its 9 and its 50 minutes back to our cabin. It's a log cabin thats large, clean and rustic. Real nice place
Today we don't get up early or in a hurry. We start two loads of laundry with just enough clothes to get us home. Then we cross the street to a $12 buffet breakfast. This is all in Colter Bay Village. We go down to Jackson Lake and enjoy the view while the boys throw rocks. Soon its time to go to Jenny Lake. Here we take the ferry across and begin the half mile hike to Hidden Falls Quite an experience, a picturesque waterfall with a cool mist dropping the temperature. Then against my vote we trudged on up to Inspiration Point. For an old man that doesn't like heights it was almost too much. At the top a man form the Netherlands took our family photo. we're ready for another highold time. A few miles down the road is Teton Village. Here we ride the newtram up to the top of Rendevous Mt. Great ride-great view.
We leave early as we need to be in Salt Lake City at 2 pm for a bus tour. Travelling through Idaho and by Bear Lake we make it in time to spare. On the way we stopped in Logan Ut. for the best ice cream of the trip at USU.
The bus tour was two parts. First we travelled to the Great Salt Lake and learned the histroy and interesting flora and fauna of the location. Then we visited the nearly deserted Saltair III pavillion. Then it was 45 minutes up the mountain to the Kennecott Copper Mine. What a place; so big-so rich.
We received a recommendation on a restaurant and it was great, the best yet, J. Wong's Asian Bistro. We all ordered something different and it was all wonderful. We even had dessert.
We are staying in the Royal Garden Inn which is close to downtown AND in our price range. It was probably super 40 years ago but now the floorsbow to the middle from both sides. And the room is so small we were stepping all over each other. But we did have TV for the first time since last Thurs. night.
Don't get up early enough to go to the Pancake Breakfast in Cheyenne. We do get there in time for the Behind the Chutes tour. Closer than I've ever been to a rodeo, but enjoyable and there were lots of people there from all over the world. We spent some time at the Indian village, shopped a little and then went for lunch. At Thriftway we got bread, lunch meat, chips and milk and ate down at the plaza by the old depot.
We have reservations in Denver at the Comfort Inn and while the Garmin got me to the Hotel it took me to the wrong side. What with one way streets, angled streets and my fear of city driving I about drove away before I figured a plan to get IN FRONT of the building. This place is a bit pretentious to me although everyone was very nice to the Hillbillies in the City. We couldn't get a cart to take our stuff up to our rooom. That was for the bellboys. We just carried it all in and of course we had Vallet parking so we wound up forgetting half what we needed. The room was small but nice. We toured the 16th street mall for a while and figured the free bus system before going back and getting ready to go to the game. The bus took us within four blocks of the stadium which was great.
Coors Field is a great baseball park and we really enjoyed a great evening. The ballpark food was good and although the Rockies lost, we really had no dog in this fight.
At 2 am I appreciated some complaints about the hotel i'd read earlier. The people in the room next door came in and started talking and it was like they were in our room. Whatever the walls are made of is one of the greatest sound conductors around. AT&T should look into it. The loud noise of the elevator muffled it somewhat and eventually they ran out of steam, but we have a 12 hour drive tomorrow.