Sunday, 21 July 2013

Through the Tetons to Yellowstone

It is only about 300 miles from Arco through the Tetons and to the gates of Yellowstone but to the early settlers, those 300 miles would have been very hard – because of the need to cross the Tetons. Although we are doing this journey in the opposite direction to them, it takes little imagination to appreciate the challenges thrown up by the landscape.

Arco Twin Buttes

Having driven across a long flat volcanic plain out of the Arco


region, we enter an area where there are lots of fields and a first


glimpse of The Tetons which are a long range of high mountains


running North – South down Wyoming. A live webcam of the Tetons can be found here during daylight hours Mountain Standard Time.

Old Buildings 

although a lot of the towns are now full of faux settler style buildings

Old Buildings-1

there are some which clearly date back to the early 1900s

Jackson Hole Sign

The Tetons are a barrier for anyone travelling east-west, for us however it was simply a matter of crawling up the long steep Teton Pass in Idaho to a height of 8431ft and then to be welcomed by a sign announcing we were in sight of Jackson Hole in Wyoming. Then there was an equally long alarmingly steep descent

Jackson Hole between Mountains

down into Jackson Hole – the name given by the early settlers to this flat area surrounded by mountains. Pushing a horse or oxen led cart up rough tracks to achieve the same is something I am grateful we do not have to do.

The town of Jackson trades on a faux western image

Stagecoach comes to town 

with a Stage Coach giving rides around town to tourists

Old Jackson

a Cowboy Bar built fairly recently

Jackson old building

and a few old buildings scattered around the Town Square

Rotary Elk Antler Arches

each of the four entrances of which comprise an arch of Elk Antlers built by the local Rotary Club.

One charming aspect of the town (and of many towns we have been to in the USA) is the amount of public art scattered around the town.

Pat and Abe Lincoln

Here we have Pat sitting with Abe Lincoln,

Pat and Einstein

then Albert Einstein

Pat and Mark Twain

and then Mark Twain


There are also statues of Elk, Native Indians, Settlers and many more.

Grand Teton Sign-1

The entrance to the Grand Teton National Park is just up the road and having entered, you then are presented with animals, flat lands, vistas and the Tetons to the West.

In the Park at Menors Ferry, they have preserved much of the settlement which grew up around the rope guided ferry which provided the only means of crossing the river until around the 1920’s

General Store

The General Store looks like it should do, both outside and inside

 General Store-1 General Store-2 General Store-3 General Store-4 General Store-5 

The Toilet is position adjacent to the river


Smoke House   

with a Smoke House nearby used to preserve fish and meat for winter consumption.


The ferry was beached when we were there (sometimes it is put back into use)

Ferry Operation 

and its operating instructions show quite clearly the use of forces (pure Physics in action) generated by the flowing river to get from one side to the other.

Around the back is a large barn within which are some genuine

Moving Van  

vehicles dating back to the Pioneers such as this removals van which was used to transport furniture around the area

There is a wooden church here which is open 24 hours a day during the main tourist season

CHurch of Transfiguration 

when you are in the area you can hear the church bell ringing, it seems that every visitor (including us) cannot help ring the bell as they pass through the entrance gate.

View through church window

Inside, behind the Altar is an unobstructed view of the Tetons – this badly exposed picture does not do it justice

Church Stained Glass-1 Church Stained Glass

and the stained glass in the entrance is beautiful.


There is a superb view of the Tetons from the very flat fields in the valley

Cathederal Group

above are three peaks known as “The Cathedral Group”

Across Jenny Lake

Lake Jenny is very quiet and placid


we get our first view of some distant bison

Barn and Tetons

and are able to enjoy a couple of the classic views of the Tetons


with some old barns sitting in the middle of the fields


It can be a very peaceful place if you can get away from everyone else!

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