After arrival at Headwaters Campground at Flagg Ranch which is
concessionaire run just outside the park proper almost in
Yellowstone. Both Parks are actually adjacent to each other we spent
some time talking to our neighbors who were from Georgia headed to
Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Jasper and Alaska . then we walked out
on the Polecat Trail a two and a half mile loop shared by hikers and
horses. There were no horses when we walked. After our walk we spent
some time in the lodge trying to get on the internet. I emailed
Susan with the fact that we had no phone and no internet and Debby
sent an email to friends volunteering in the park too arraign a meet
The next day we went down to the Coulter Bay Visitors center after
which we walked over to the cafe for free internet to check our
massages. Then we walked on the Jackson Lake Trail. As I said there
was no phone service but Debby got two calls.
We returned to the trailer, showered and changed and went back
down to the Jackson Lake Lodge to the Mural room for dinner. Shortly
before we got there Debby got another call from our friend and
neighbor Rena and I got an email from her cousin who we were
planning to visit in Berkeley. The Mural Room has a
great view of a meadow where elk, moose and an occasional bear
can be seen.
Unfortunately the dinner was disappointing and expensive. We had
been there four years previously on June 2 so the expense didn’t
surprise us but the disappointing meal did. Phone service at the
lodge is better and Debby got another call. On our return to
the trailer we saw a herd of elk in a clear field and stopped to
Monday June, 3 after getting a late start on purpose we went down to
Coulter Bay and walked on the Heron Pond and Swan Lake path. We had
walked here the last time we were in the Tetons and again saw no
Herons or Swans. Lots of Canada Geese, Ducks people and horses but
it but it was a relatively warm pleasant day.
After that we went down to the Jackson Lodge in the hope of seeing
animals. We saw about a dozen Elk at a distance and we walked up to
the Lunch Tree a half mile round trip. It’s called the Lunch Tree
because John D Rockefeller had lunch there with the Superintendent
of Yellowstone and they planned getting the Teton Range
included in the National Park system The view from that spot is
spectacular unfortunately not photogenic without a super wide angle
lens. The tree at the top of Lunch tree Hill is not easy to
photograph either. I guess if you had a drone which is illegal in
the park you might get a usable picture.
The park is essentially Without phone service although several
venues had the web for email, None the less we managed to connect up
and meet with some friends who are volunteering in the park. They
are helping to keep the park safe for wildlife and visitors and were
able to take us to view two young grizzlies whose mother had thrown
them out to make it on their own.
From there the four of us went for dinner at the Jackson Lake Lodge
for a good meal with great company.