Well, after a very enjoyable stay in the Twin Falls, Idaho area, we got the “hitch itch” and a new job offer in…

Jackson Hole, WY, Grand Tetons National Park.

The trip involves doing one thing we are not ready to do, and that is point the motor home east. Sometimes you just take the good with the bad and do the best you can with what ya got. So we head for the back roads and go north-east across the Peaks to Craters Scenic Byway.

Traveling through Craters of the Moons National monument and Preserve leads us into the Idaho Falls area.

Idaho Falls is very scenic and boasts a historic downtown area. One of the historic landmarks is the Taylor Toll Bridge which was the only crossing over the Snake River for fur traders and gold miners. Just to the north is where we crossed and reunited with the river, which we followed into Wyoming and eventually into the “Jackson Hole”.

We enjoyed our travels through the salt flats and deserts of Utah, but have to admit that the lush green forest of lodge pole pines are a welcome sight. We are now in what they call a high desert, but the landscape is much different. Did we say much different? — How about some of the most dramatic landscape imaginable.

Apparently earthquakes and volcanoes work together to make beautiful mountains that shoot straight to the skies and glaciers formed on those mountains creating gorgeous waterfalls streams and lakes. As the mountains rise at the edge of the fault line, the valley settles to form a “hole”. The result is the Teton Mountains and Jackson Hole, the playground for hikers, bikers, sightseers, boaters, rafters, kayakers, canoers, hunters, campers, climbers, wranglers, rustlers, riders, fisherman, grizzly bears, black bears, pronghorns, beavers, eagles, osprey, moose, elk, bison, antelope, ducks, geese, trout, pelican???, yes, pelican, coyote, wolves, mule deer, bighorn sheep, badgers, otters, muskrat, marmot, and the mo-squi-to.

Anyway, it makes a pretty nice playground for us as well. Being the new store clerks at the Jenny Lake Convenience Store and Gift Shop we are entitled to enjoy any activity that the national park sells to the public – for free.

We have an eighteen mile commute to work and at first we thought that would be a drag, but soon realized – we must have the most beautiful and scenic drive to work of most anyone in the world. Add to that, we live in the employee campground at Colter Bay, which is only 23 miles from Yellowstone National Park.

We are scheduled to work here until September 6, but the one thing we have learned is that our situation is fluid, and we just roll with the punches. Still no word from Progressive Insurance on our windstorm damage, but at least we are working for now and living practically for free, thanks to the company cafeteria that we occasionally get to use, and the free camping is nice as well.

Be sure to scroll down to see the pictures of this spectacular paradise. Remember to please feel free to leave a comment and click on follow if you enjoy the content of our blog. It means the world to us to know that people are interested.

It is our understanding that Manitou Springs, CO (where Garden of the Gods Campground is located) is being evacuated due to a raging wildfire in the area. We want to wish the people there well, and pray for their safety.

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