Hello Everyone, as most of you know, Pete and I are currently on our fifth roadtrip in the USA. Tomorrow is the start of week two. At the moment we are in Jackson, Wyoming and have been for the last five days. It's been a grey, cold and cloudy day today with light snow showers off and on, so we are taking the opportunity to R&R and catch up with a few chores. In between doing the washing I have been writing the first of our Travelogues to share our adventures with you all. This is Part One. I am also sending Part Two today as I have such a lot of photos. Part One will cover our trip from Los Angeles to Jackson, and Part two is all about Jackson as we have spent a lot of time here and seen so much.
We started in L.A. with the pick up of our big beautiful GMC Yukon SUV. We had a quick brunch at Denny's Diner then headed off to Fresno, California.
We drove through some very dry landscapes, very reminiscent of Australia in summer, as California is suffering badly from drought.
At Fresno we stayed a couple of nights to recover from our jetlag and to stock up on essentials at Walmart.
Whilst there I renewed my love affair with the cute squirrels.
From Fresno we drove to Yosemite National Park, on a glorious sunny day, first stopping at the Mariposa Grove of giant Sequoia trees.
They are absolutely awe inspiring. I was just blown away to think that some of these trees have been alive for well over two thousand years. We also saw the California Tunnel tree. It was cut in 1895 to allow coaches to pass through it (and as a marketing scheme to attract visitors to the grove), this is the only living tree with a tunnel in it since the fall of the Wawona Tunnel Tree in 1969.
Hopefully they would never do anything like that to these magnificient trees now. The remarkable thing is that it is still alive!!
After that we drove through the rest of Yosemite, stopping to take photos of the little Yosemite Chapel as well as other beautiful scenery.
From Yosemite we drove to Lee Vining for the night so we could visit Mono Lake nearby with it's limestone Tufa Towers. We drove down to the South Tufa Reserve on Mono Lake in time for sunset. The lake is beautiful and the Tufas give it a very surreal appearance.
The next morning we drove west towards Reno just in time to catch the reflection of a beautiful sunrise in Mono Lake.
We stopped at Reno for lunch, driving through some pretty Fall scenery,
then pushed on to Salt Lake City in Utah. We stayed there a couple of nights and did a bit of sight seeing. It is a beautiful city and although we have seen it before it is always worth another look. Especially when it is cloaked in it's Autumn colours.
We enjoyed revisiting Temple Square, the Capitol Building and the very pretty Deveraux House, which is also known as the Staines-Jennings Mansion,and was built in 1857 for William Staines. It was designed by William Paul.
From Salt Lake City we drove to West Yellowstone in Montana for three nights. The first day we drove into Yellowstone N.P. hoping to see some wildlife but the weather changed and by early afternoon it was snowing quite heavily. Unfortunately the animals stayed somewhere warm and we only saw a few Bison on our drive.
We were lucky to get back to the motel as the roads became quite dangerous and quite a few motorists came unstuck. I heard that the roads were closed shortly after we drove through. We did get held up at some road works in the park for about 20 minutes during the worst of the snow storm while we waited for the pilot vehicle to lead us through.
I felt sorry for the Stop and Go guy. I really can't imagine our road works people putting up with those conditions. They down tools in a heavy rain storm!!! And it was a Sunday!!
We finally made it back to town and stopped at a lovely warm Cafe with two fireplaces for an early dinner as we had missed lunch.
The poor Yukon looked like an undefrosted freezer.
The next day we woke up to a fairy land in town and I took the opportunity to spend some time at the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre a short walk from our hotel. I got some great shots of the wolves and grizzly bears in the snow.
The next morning we drove through Yellowstone Park to spend some time in Jackson Hole and the Teton N.P. It was a glorious sunny morning and the park looked like a winter wonderland with snow and icicles everywhere, glinting in the sun.
One thing that did amaze me was the number of Fly Fisherman standing in the Madison River fishing. And I thought photographers were crazy!!!
The river looked very picturesque and mysterious surrounded by snow with the early morning steam rising from it.
We arrived in Jackson around lunch time and checked into a lovely hotel just a few minutes walk from town, ready to explore both it and the Teton N.P. over the next five days.
Stay tuned for Part Two.