Howdy from DuBois, Wyoming! We are now outside a small town of 1,000 people in the winter months, that swells in the summertime (for the fishing), where "cowboying" is a major, local interest.
Our final Sunday in Yellowstone was spent on a bike ride in the Yellowstone Park and getting ready for Monday's early morning departure from Grizzly RV Park.
What a beautiful ride in the park along the Madison River. We will miss Yellowstone.
We left Yellowstone early Monday morning, hoping to beat the traffic across the park. Our route to DuBois, Wyoming took us roughly 70 miles through Yellowstone. With a 6:30 entrance at the West Yellowstone gate, we did very well until we met a huge herd of bison moving along a major road in the park. There were roughly 50 in the herd, including many calves. This challenge (you had to go very slowly because the bison meandered from one side of the road to the other) took us an additional hour. What an opportunity to see these animals!
We finally made it through the herd of bison and continued on the road to the east exit of Yellowstone.
That was a three hour drive because of the bison herd.
Our drive outside of the park (roughly four hours) to Dubois was beautiful with majestic rock formations. We drove through the Wind River Canyon, and basically followed the Wind River to DuBois. The pics below were taken out our front window.
Our first morning (Tuesday) at the Wind River RV resort revealed a magical surprise. Across the river from our site was a Bald Eagle looking for his breakfast. Searching for Bald Eagles has been one of our hobbies since we began touring the Pacific Northwest. Though we had been in some eagle areas, we had not spotted one. Finally:
On Wednesday, Roger and I toured several museums in DuBois. The first was the historical museum where we learned about the history of the area.
Roger is standing in front of the tie-hack cottage. We learned that tie-hack is the name given to the men who cut the middle ties for the train tracks out of trees. These tie-hacks helped to establish DuBois.
Our next stop was The National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Museum. The Dubois area is home to the largest concentrated herd of Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep in the country. The Center offered information about the history, as well as management and research of these beautiful animals.
This area is a mecca for geologists interested in studying the "painted rocks" in the area. The view below is seen from the entrance to Big Horn RV resort and our site for the next two weeks. The green Cottonwood trees line the Wind River.
On Thursday we headed off to Grand Teton National Park, located 50 miles from Dubois. The park was dedicated in 1929. After seeing some of the sights in the park, we headed to Jackson Hole for lunch. This was our second time in the area and it is still incredibly gorgeous. Jenny Lake remains my favorite lake.
Mt. Moran supports several glaciers. You can see one in this pic.
Grand Teton Mountain
One of my favorite lakes, Jenny Lake. It is as beautiful as any seen in Europe.
Thank you for taking the time to look at our blog. We appreciate your interest in our travels. Next week will find us remaining in DuBois at Wind River RV.