We spent last night just outside of Jackson, WY in a camp spot with a fire pit. This is the first fire pit we’ve had west of the Mississippi. It made our evening great and we took full advantage, roasting hot dogs and making s’mores. We felt really comfortable. We’ve gotten the RV routine down and have transformed from never-having-been-in-an-RV, to pretty-comfortable-with-RVing. Earlier that day we both got on our bikes and road the great local bike paths. It was good to get some exercise and see the area.
The town of Jackson is a welcome little oasis. It must be booming during the winter ski season and still it’s very busy during summer. We had a delicious lunch there, shopped, and visited the Yellowstone Center in prep for next week. We really liked the town square, decorated with four antler arches constructed new each year from the antlers that elk shed annually (Jackson is adjacent to the National Elk Refuge).
As we pushed north, we entered Grand Teton National Park. The mountains rise up suddenly and are amazing. We stopped at the Visitor Center and they have a movie about the establishment of the National Park. One of the most interesting facts we learned was that the mountains are still growing. They are being thrust upward continuously and there are lots of small earthquakes every year accommodating this growth.
Tonight we are near the mountains and can see them from our campsite. Tomorrow we’ll head back into the park to see more of its beauty.