I couldn’t pin-point it exactly, but a few nights before we packed the Jeep up and departed from the east coast, we [my dad and I] were standing in the kitchen; ” ya know it’s not as much what you’ve planned that you’ll remember but more what you didn’t that will stay with you for years to come” he says; as I stand there chugging some water. I agreed, half listening, half thinking about all the things I didn’t want to forget for our trip.
Grand Teton, Yosemite and Glacier national park were all pretty radical. Out of the three, I think Grand Teton and Glacier are tied. Unbeknown to Stu and I; Grand Teton and Glacier are also still under 5 feet of snow, well most of the park. We were definitely not expecting this and we had to make ‘on the fly’ changes. I think it’s these changes that make the trip. It’s because of these changes that we have met some really cool people, sat around some roaring campfires in the wilderness swapping our favorite stories, all the while surrounded by some of the most beautiful backdrops that nature could provide. Letting the fire die somewhere around 1am several nights in a row, we had the privilege to stare up at the million of stars and the milky way. Something I haven’t seen in a very long time; not since we stopped camping in the Adirondacks. We got gas from a station in the middle of nowhere in Wyoming. All of you have seen that pump in movies – you know, that pump. The one when you see the car driving down that never ending road and they come up on a half dilapidated structure with one pump outside. It’s an old school pump. The top half white, the bottom red, faded with age and 3 rows of mechanical displays; those of an old odometer on a car. You can’t pump your own gas, you can’t pay with a credit card, you can however, ask this weathered women to ‘fill ‘er up’ and ask her politely how her day is going. “Good” she barks. She may not look threatening, but neither Stu nor I would cross this women. I would have taken a picture of her but well, we wussed out.
We drove through some serious elevation on our way to Grand Tetons only to be presented with more snow then we had ever expected to see. We had buffalo charge at the car, we had bears cross our path in Glacier, we visited a mercantile store in the middle of Glacier national park on a 15 mile dirt road that was less a road are more a trail. We went to a jerky store that would process your hunted carcass as long as all the legs and hair had been removed(this store was also down a dirt road) and we’ve met people at trail-heads who have sculpted our trip whether intentionally or not. Rapidly approaching 4,000 miles, we are Jeep’n it towards Seattle. This wasn’t on our original itinerary. We should be headed elsewhere. Elsewhere just doesn’t seem right anymore.
Just about halfway through our trip. the views still seem unreal and the park expansive, but the unexpected, the unpredictable variables are still taking precedence in our minds + conversations.
Pepperoni in the fire? Hell Yes.
You can see the rotation of the earth . . . . pretty cool!
Grand Teton, view from our Camp
Best Sign ever.
This guy charged the Jeep. Almost lost a side view mirror.
Check out the side view, three more passed us.
Bozeman, MT BBQ.
Picture does not do this justice….. this hill was straight up.
Oh! Hi There.
Next Up: Olympic National Park, Portland . . . .