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Trip Report 50/over 50 Yellowstone/Grand Tetons trip report

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When my wife and I go on trips we always seem to end up being' windshield tourists'. I was determined for that not to happen again so we decided to visit Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons National Parks for our 2011 trip. I spent months researching the parks, bought 3 guide books, ear marked many waterfalls and trails, but was prepared to be flexable. We left home at 12:12 pm on Thursday, May 26, the odometer reading 134,665 miles on the car(its an Oldsmobile, they run forever) traveling I-94 destination Glendive Montana for reservations at the Charley Montana Bed and Breakfast. www.charleymontana.com . It was our first time ever staying at a BnB and the house was lovely and our host,Sonya, was very nice to work with, very accomidating for our expected late arrival. We got on the road early the next morning after one of the other guests checked out the flood conditions on our route for us on her I-Phone. After a brief stop at Cabellas for some water resistant shoes and rainwear for the wife we arrived in Cody, WY anound 3:00 pm. We toured the Buffalo Bill Historical Center for a couple of hours and checked into the Beartooth Inn. A suitable hotel right next to the airport, nothing fancy but they have internet and breakfast, always a plus. The east entrance of Yellowstone was only open from 8:00 pm to 10:00 am so I wanted to get an early start through the entrance. I was up at 5:30 checking the forums on Yellowstone.net and found out that the east entrance as well as the south entrance and the road from West Thumb was closed due to icey road conditions. Bummer...However it 'offered 'us the opportunity to drive on the Cheif Joseph senic highway. I called the park service telephone number at 6:30 for the latest updates, checked out that the Cheif Joseph was open and we were off on a 3 hour detour....I was dissapointed that my well laid out plans went awry but actor Will Geers voice kept saying in my head "you can't cheat the mountain Pilgrim, the mountain's got its own way" from the movie Jeremiah Johnson. We get to the N.E. entrance around 9:30 only to be met by a very nice Park Ranger who kindly explained to us that there was a rock slide about 15 miles into the park so between that and the deep snow we would be unable to get to the Old Faithful Inn from this entrance. We had to backtrack over the Cheif Joseph, back to I 90 and go all the way over to Gardiner, an all day detour. I got out of the car, stomped around a while, heard Will Geers voice again, and started driving. And driving. And driving.
We made it to the Inn around 6:00, all I can say about the Inn is WOW, it was everything I had hoped it would be. We even made it in time for our pre-made reservations for Dinner. The goal for the next day...no driving. Saturday morning, cold, windy, rain and snow mixed and poor visibility. We ain't driving anywhere. Our Oldsmobile might run forever, but it is terrible on snowy roads. We took a guided tour of the Inn and I'm glad we did, so much history and personal stories. Because of the forums, I knew to ask the location of the claw foot bath tub rooms, very elegant and we used them all three days we were at the Inn. They are located by rooms 150-154 in a little hallway on the second floor. More later...

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