This past week has been extremely fun and a bit disappointing. Read on and I’ll explain. Sunday afternoon left for some business in Jackson Hole. Stayed up in Teton Village for two nights. I have enjoyed a few really great massages in my life but Monday afternoon I experienced one that I will never forget. Here is the description. Oh I was relaxed.
Our hosts treated us extremely well. Great food, tour, and the kids even got a VIP tour with a tram ride, treats and swimming. Tuesday after breakfast headed North to Yellowstone. Planning a longer immersive trip next Summer so this was just for the day.
So the pros and cons of our limited Yellowstone experience. Expected Yellowstone to be less busy but holy WOW lots of tourists. Even after Labor Day and kids back in school. The smoke obscured the views significantly. No where you might normally see the Tetons were they visible. Spent the majority of our time at Old Faithful. Nearly everything was closed, including the Old Faithful Inn, where we wanted to stay. Ended up walking the boardwalks to see the geysers and pools. Amazing how this is all here.
The Old Faithful geyser went off right on time at 4:08 pm. The Cafeteria let you order food but you had to take it outside to eat. The restaurant was closed to dine in. My biggest criticism, big retail store was open. Selling everything they could. Masks were required but no limits to going in, how long you stayed or how much money you spent. They were happy to take your cash, coins and plastic. Drives me a bit insane at the hypocrisy. If you are going to follow the COVID Law close it all. The logic escapes me, if you really believe COVID is as dangerous as you pretend you believe shut it all down. All bull$hit, bullish!t and more bull$h!t.
Favorite part of the Yellowstone trip was the two mile loop around the Fire Hole Canyon. The rapids were intense and it was truly beautiful scenery. The swimming area was closed but this was so with seeing.
Ended up staying at the new Mack’s Inn at Island Park. Called ahead and fortunate for us they had a room or the trip would have ended early. Kids enjoyed the pool I enjoyed the hot tub. Slept in Wednesday morning, had some breakfast, then enjoyed a day on the water on the wave runners and paddle boards. Keith grilled up some steak and chicken we cut up for fajitas. After Tuesday it was nice having no crowds to contend with.
Pretty drained Thursday after getting home. Dogs were happy to see us and went to say hi to the horses. Crashed for several hours after and woke up to Cat staring at me. Watching me. He said nothing but seemed content we were home. I did not question him. 😂
A fun couple of days but this smoke is really getting to me. Need some time to meditate or something. In conclusion I will say this, our time will be focused in places others don’t dictate their agenda on us. I do not like to be controlled and limited in my freedom. I do not like things shut down selectively. Looking forward to a future positive and longer experience in Yellowstone.