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Trip Report Trip to Yellowstone via Grand Tetons and Salt Lake City

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Trip summary: My wife and I are both in our early sixties. Just the two of us were on this trip. The trip covered ten days and visits to four states. First night in Salt Lake City, second night in Montpelier, ID; third and fourth night in Jackson, WY; fifth night in West Yellowstone, MT; the sixth night at Old Faithful Inn; the seventh night at a frontier cabin in Mammoth Springs; eighth night, back at to West Yellowstone; ninth night back to Salt Lake City. The tenth day was spent in airports on the way back home.

Lodging
Night 1 >Best Western Plus in North Salt Lake City
Night 2 >Clover Creek Inn – Montpelier, ID
Night 3&4 >Motel 6 – Jackson, WY
Night 5 >Alpine Inn – West Yellowstone, MT
Night 6 >Old Faithful Inn – Yellowstone Park
Night 7 >Two room budget cabin (shared bath) – Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone Park
Night 8 >Alpine Inn – West Yellowstone, MT
Night 9 >Fairfield Inn – Salt Lake City Airport area

The Best Western motels I have stayed at are sort of hit and miss. This one was a hit and one of the nicer ones. I had enough BW points to stay free so that made the price right.
The Clover Creek Inn was acceptable. The A/C unit was a bit noisy, but we were only staying one night.
It had been many a moon since I have stayed at a Motel 6. I think they have down sized since I last stayed in one. It was our only time to be in the same lodging for more than one night. We were ready to get our luggage all sorted and rearranged. There was hardly room for the luggage. No closet, just hooks to hang clothes. I picked it for two reasons: Price and I could cancel with short notice. I kept thinking I will find something before we left on the trip, but didn't like the lodging prices around Jackson/Tetons. Looking back, I should have bitten the bullet and stayed somewhere with more room since we would be there two nights. I took a picture of the room if anyone wants to see it. I didn't include it in the group of photos I am posting.
Alpine Inn is a mom and pop motel. Rooms are nice and the owners are helpful. If you can’t or don’t want to stay in the park this would be a good base. The drawback would be the distance you would need to cover in order to get to the attraction areas of the park.
Old Faithful Inn – You need to stay here at least one night if you can. Our room was in the East Wing. We had two queens and a private bathroom. The room was a little warm when we first arrived. I raised a window and turned on the fan that was in the room. We had checked in shortly after four so the room cooled down by the time we came back from walking along the boardwalk.
Mammoth Springs Cabin – When I first booked this room this was all that was available. It was a two room cabin with a shared bath. The two rooms had a room with one queen and the other room had two queens. Way more than we needed for two people. I joked with my wife and said I should hang out at the registration desk and rent one of the rooms out. I had called at different times to see about getting rooms at Canyon, but they never had any when I called. They would always have rooms at Grant or Mammoth. I probably would have checked on the other Mammoth rooms if I had known my wife was going to like the area so much. I don’t have a lot of patience so I didn’t call a couple a times a day like has been suggested if you want to get the rooms you really want. As it turns out, Canyon wouldn't have been a great area anyway due to the smoke from the fires at the time we were there. The really down side for my wife was having to walk to a shared bathroom and shower. I now know that shared bathrooms are not to be considered on any future trips. The bath facilities were only about two cabins down, so not a long walk for us. She was hoping she would not have to make the trip to the bathroom later in the night. If you stay in a cabin with a shared bath be sure to have a flashlight with you. There are a few lights on poles and some people leave their porch lights on, but a flashlight is needed to safely walk around after it gets dark.
Fairfield Inn Airport– If you are flying out of Salt Lake City this is a good location. They have nice beds, indoor pool, and are only about 15 minutes to the airport. There is a gas station close by so you can fill your rental car before returning it. They also have shuttle service to the airport.

I will continue with the actual trip portion of the report over the next couple of days.

Here is a link for some photos. I am not sure how this will work for everyone. Each time I look at it, the layout comes up differently. If you have google+ you should get a slideshow with picture captions. If the whole group of photos appear, click on the first picture and it should start the presentation. You may have to click on each picture to move to the next one. If you cannot view it, let me know and I will see about changing to a different format.

https://plus.google.com/photos/105501249293377969780/albums/5917045830554992465?authkey=CPaj-9Gg8oXSIA

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