|Jackson, Wyoming Airport|
|Snow King Resort Jackson, Wyoming|
|The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar has a huge bar covered in Silver Dollars. |
On the second day we went to Teton Village 12 miles outside of Jackson. It is a world famous ski resort. The only way to the summit of 10,450-foot Rendezvous Mountain is aboard one of two 63-passenger Aerial Tram cars. We rode the tram to the top of the Mountain Range. The wind blew like crazy and it was a little cool at the top. The views of Jackson and the surrounding valley is very pretty from the top of the Mountain.
|Susie and Rob at the top of the Teton Mountain Range with the peak of Rendezvous Mountain in the background.|
|Susie boarding our wagon.|
|Two of the Indians watching our wagon train as we rode up the trail to Cache Canyon.|
|There were about 10 wagons in our wagon train. |
|Left to Right: Rob, Susie, Connie and Henry on our float trip on the Snake River just outside Jackson, Wyoming.|
|Looking through Grand Teton Pass, Jackson is below in the Valley.|
The next morning we headed to Signal Mountain Lodge on Jackson Lake. On the way we stopped at the visitor center in Moose, Wyoming.
|Sunset the first night at Signal Mountain Lodge.|
|Sunrise the next morning at Signal Mountain Lodge|
|Susie sitting in the living area, looking out at the Mountains and Jackson Lake at Signal Mountain Lodge.|
|Susie at Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park|
|Rob at Jenny Lake in the Grand Teton National Park|
|Mountain Range on the Jenny Lake loop Grand Teton National Park|
|Above two pictures, the tallest peak in the middle is the Grand Teton Mountain from the Jenny Lake Loop in the park.|
|The rustic log Chapel of the Transfiguration sits on a rise just within the southern entrance of Grand Teton National Park. A large window behind its altar frames the magnificent beauty of the Teton Mountain Range.|
|The church is miles from any town. The bell had a nice tone and it echoed through the park. The two stain glass windows below are in the church.|
|Stain Glass windows in the Chapel of Transfiguration|
The church was out in the middle of no where. A very tranquil, peaceful place with hand made pews and tables. You could see the detail of the hand planed wood all throughout the church.
|The reflections in the water on both of these pictures are beautiful.|
|We stopped at this location as we were told a Moose had been seen here, we did not see any wildlife, on any of our visits to this location.|
|Coulter Bay Marina Jackson Lake, Wyoming|
|L to R: Rob Susan Connie Henry at Coulter Bay Jackson Lake, Wyoming|
|Off Hwy 191 Grand Teton National Park|
|Antelope of Hwy 191|
|This picture and the one below is of a small buffalo herd alongside the highway 191.|
|The Cunningham Cabin stands as one of the valley’s few remaining structures from the homesteading era when settlers filed nearly 400 claims in Jackson Hole.|
|Entering Yellowstone National Park via the South Gate. Henry and Connie on left and Susan and Rob on the right.|
|Old Faithful Inn, the Inn was booked so we did not get to stay here.|
|The Lake Lodge at Yellowstone Lake includes the main lobby, bar, two large sitting areas and fireplaces, gift shop and cafeteria.|
|The bar and sitting area next to one of the two fireplaces in the lodge.|
|The cabins we stayed in while in Yellowstone National Forest|
We spent our second day with this boat tour and then sight seeing the drive along the Eastern and North eastern part of Yellowstone. We saw buffalo, otters, ducks, elk and fish during the second day. We drove up to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and saw beautiful scenery and the Upper and Lower Falls. Later that day we went to the West Thumb area of the park and saw a small geyser field and got up close to a cow and bull elk.
|Looking across Yellowstone Lake view from the Lake Lodge where we stayed in a cabin.|
|Buffalo grazing alongside the Yellowstone River. The park rangers estimated there to be over 4500 Buffaloes in the park.|
|Trout in the Yellowstone River taken from a bridge named the Fishing Bridge|
|The Marina and at the end of the pier a tour boat that we went on for a Yellowstone Lake sight seeing tour. We spent our second day with this boat tour and then sight seeing the drive along the Eastern and North eastern part of Yellowstone.|
|Buffalo walking right beside the car. The sometimes block the road and there is no moving them, you have to wait for them to decide to move out of the way.|
|A family of otters playing alongside Yellowstone River|
|We saw a number of fisherman in the Yellowstone River|
|Lunch on one of our sight seeing trips. We at many of our lunches while on the trip at very pretty sights. There are numerous picnic areas all through the Teton and Yellowstone Parks.|
There were several waterfalls along the road.
|Upper Falls Yellowstone National Park|
This picture and the one below, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone National Park.
|West Thumb area geysers alongside Yellowstone Lake|
|A cow elk inside the West Thumb area of Yellowstone, we heard a Bull Elk Bugle here.|
As we headed back to the Cabin we saw this bull Elk laying on the beach of the Yellowstone Lake
The Bull Elk got up and I followed him down the beach where he met up with 3 more elk.
|As we returned to our cabin we passed the Yellowstone Lake Lodge cabins and the buffalo were laying around all over the place||.|
We left Yellowstone National Park out the East entrance toward Cody, Wyoming our next stop and overnight stay on our trip. The road was primarily down hill, the weather began to get much hotter as we went down into Cody. Our first stop and tour was the Buffalo Bill Dam on the Shoshone River just west of Cody, Wyoming.
|Scenery between Yellowstone National park and Cody, Wyoming|
|Buffalo Bill Dam which dams the Shoshone River just west of Cody, Wyoming.|
|Standing on Buffalo Bill Dam looking West|
|Standing on the Buffalo Bill dam near the visitor center looking west|
We drive from the dam and as we entered Cody we toured the Old Trail Town collection consisting of 26 buildings which date from 1879 to 1901, one hundred horse-drawn vehicles, plus an extensive collection of Native American artifacts and memorabilia of the Wyoming frontier. Native American artifacts are representative of Shoshone, Gros Ventre, and Crow indian culture and heritage. Old Trail Town interprets the American West and Wyoming's colorful western past with its buildings and extensive collection of treasured memorabilia reflecting live on the Wyoming Frontier as well as the lives of many of Wyoming's colorful historical figures. These include John "Jeremiah" Liver Eating" Johnston, Jim White "Buffalo Hunter," Phillip Vitter, a trapper killed by a grizzly bear, W.A. Gallagher and Blind Bill, cowboys murdered in 1894. Of course, the story of the West is incomplete without the mention of Sundance Kid and Butch Cassidy, outlaws, and Curry, General Custer's Crow Indian scout, and General Custer Himself.
|Old Trail Town in Cody, Wyoming|
|Old Trail Town, Cody, Wyoming|
After touring the Old Trail Town we drove through Cody, Wyoming arriving at the K3 guest ranch where we spent two evenings there. This is a very Western / Indian decorated guest ranch. The host Jerry Kincaid is a local Cody, Wyoming native and is a real character full of fun and a lot of good stories.
|The driveway to K3 Guest Ranch in this picture and the picture below.|
|Looking from the K3 Guest Ranch toward Cody, Wyoming|
|Susie and I stayed in the Teton Room, each guest room had a theme.|
|Our room was located in the center of the Ranch house just behind the balcony overlooking the Tee Pee cooking area where we ate breakfast one morning, the next morning was too cool to eat outside so we ate in the downstairs dining area.|
|Looking out of our room over the balcony|
|Living area just outside our room|
While we were in Cody, we saw an old west Gun fight in town, rode outside of Cody to see some wild horses, Susie and Connie toured some of the mueseums and Henry and I went to a Taxidermy shop owned by some of my family friends and we took a trolley tour of Cody, Wyoming and the surrounding area. We also went to the Dan Miller Western Review where we listened to many old western tunes.
|The next 3 pictures are the cast of the gun fight we saw next to the Historic Irma Hotel in downtown Cody, Wyoming.|
|The Historic Irma Hotel named after Buffal Bills daughter, we ate dinner here one night prior to going to the Dan Miller Western Review.|
|Statue of Buffalo Bill Cody in Cody, Wyoming|
|We coiuld tell the philly was just a few hours old as her mother, to her left back legs were discolored from the birth of the baby horse. The baby was also very wobbly and kept lying down every few mninutes.|
|Antelope were very abundant on the K3 Guest Ranch, there were also a number of Mule Deer.|
|From left to right; Susan, Rob, Jerry Kincaid and his dog, Divit, Henry and Connie|
The bowlegged crew
|Jerry Kincaid our host and owner of the K3 Guest Ranch waiving so long, see you again as we left Cody, Wyoming and headed to Buffalo, Wyoming|
Buffalo is a very small town consisting of a few stores on main street of which most were closed for the winter season.
Susie and I stayed in the Herbert Hoover room number 55. A picture in the room reflected he had spent two weeks in the same room in 1932.
|The town of Ten Sleep,Wyoming|
|Mountain Range we drove throgh from Cody to Buffalo, Wyoming|
|Occidental Hotel Buffalo, Wyoming Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid stayed here under alias names|
|Creek running beside our hotel room in Buffalo,Wyoming|
|President Herbert Hoover in the Hotel Lobby in 1932|
|Susie and I stayed in room #55|
|This and the below picture is of the Occidental Hotel Lobby|
|Our bedroom in the Occidental Hotel, we had a separate sitting room and bath room.|
|Devils Tower National Monument Wyoming|
|Crazy Horse Monument near Keystone, South Dakota|
|The sculpture's model with the Monument in the background depicting what the final Crazy Horse Monument will look like when finished.|
|A pictue of a poster depicting the final Crazy Horse Mounument.|
After visiting Crazy Horse we stopped at a grocery store and fixed a very nice dinner at the Lincoln Chalet. We had been eating out the whole trip, a home cooked meal hit the spot. After dinner we headed to Mt Rushmore for the lighting ceremony. The ceremony lasted from 8pm to 9pm. A Forest Ranger gave a talk, we watched a movie of the history of the Monument, that started gradually lighting the monument as The Star Spangled Banner played. When the Monument was totally lit the Forest Ranger invited the Veterans in the audience to come to the stage so he and all in attendance could pay honor to the Veterans present. As I walked on the stage the Ranger asked me to participate in lowering and folding the American Flag flying at the base of the Monument ending the nights ceremony. This moment, the lowering and folding of the flag ending the ceremony was such a great feeling of pride to be an American.
|When we arrived just before 8pm the state flags were lit. Mt Rushmore was dark.|
|Mt Rushmore after the lighting ceremony.|
|View of Mt Rushmore from the Cabin we stayed while in Keystone, South Dakota. The White House Lincoln Chalet.|
|Mt Rushmore September 14, 2012|
We drove to Rapid City just 22 miles away and spent the night by the airport. The next morning we flew home arriving around 3pm. It was a great trip.