Thursday, July 21, 2011
From Snake River RV Resort, Idaho Falls, ID
We moved to Idaho Falls today.
But first I have to bring this blog up to date on our stay in Thayne, WY. We had a great time sharing our stay with Bob & Molly, Mac & Lynette, and John & Bridgette. We had quite a few 'Happy Hours' and cook-outs and a great many games of 'Chase the Ace'.
One day we all drove over to Afton and drove about 3 miles up along Swift Creek to view the intermittent spring. After reaching the parking area it was a 3/4 mile walk (slightly uphill) to the spring, and I finally made it... quite a walk for me.. -:)
This spring is like a cold-water geyser that accumulates the water inside a huge cave, then spouts it out about every 18 minutes.
Donna and I did a lot of driving around the Grand Teton National Park and saw quite a bit of wildlife.
But probably the most exciting sighting was that of a Grizzly bear and her two cubs. They were stalking a small herd of elk, but never were able to attack.
The above photo was shot with a 400mm at a distance of about 1/2 to 3/4 mile. Jackson lake is in the background.
The above photo is the same photo after cropping the first one to show a close up of the bear with her cubs. There is also one of the cow elks to the right of the bear in the photo with her head up being careful of the bear.
We watched this drama unfold for most of an hour. Eventually, the bear led her two cubs back into the bushes and seemed to leave the immediate area.
The scenery in Grand Teton is nothing short of spectacular.
We also saw lots of deer and buffalo.
One night the entire group went to the Bar J Chuckwagon Supper for some great food and entertainment.
We also toured a couple of factories in the area, the first being the Aviat Aircraft factory, best known for their aerobatic Pitt Special.
The company makes very few Pitt Special these days, but mostly builds the Husky.
Another really interesting tour was of the Freedom Arms Pistol factory. Occupying a very non-descript building in the little town of Freedom, this company is known for its .454 special pistol.
Oops, I forgot to get any pictures of the pistols.
On Monday, John & Bridgett and Mac & Lynette left for Island Park in Idaho where they will be for a month. The gang gathered up to see them off.
On Tuesday night Bob and Molly joined us for a great 'parting' dinner at the Nordic Inn in Alpine. A great menu and excellent food for our last night together until we get to Gillette for the Escapade.
We had a fantastic time for over two weeks with some great friends, and are looking forward to seeing them again over the next 6 weeks.