We awoke to a peaceful morning in the park and headed to a few more geysers and to Yellowstone Lake were we made breakfast overlooking the lake and mountains:
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This picture of the mud volcano doesn't do it justice - it gurgled and bubbled like an empty stomach:
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On the way out of the park, we saw a black bear and two cubs - I promise if you squint you can see them in the distance in this photo (take my word for it):
IMAG1690.jpg Next, on to Grand Teton National Park. A beautiful drive down John Rockefeller Memorial Highway (I had no idea he purchased 35,000 acres and then donated them to the government to increase the size of Grand Teton!). The Tetons are just breathtaking. We saw majestic mountains, glaciers, expansive meadows, and tranquil lakes.
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We also treated ourselves to an actual bed and shower and stayed at an inn right downtown in Jackson.
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We had a beer at the Snake River Brewery (highly recommend Pako's IPA) and then a delicious dinner at Sweetwater Restaurant. We absolutely loved Jackson (and learned that Jackson Hole references the Snake River Basin, and Jackson is the name of a wonderful town in Wyoming, and Snow King is a ski resort right in town) and we can't wait to visit again).

Stats from Day 12:

  • States traveled through: 1
  • Day 12 miles: 116
  • Total trip miles: 3859