Our routine is finally starting to get back into the swing of life on the road. Katie and I each have our "jobs" and we know who will be doing what in order to keep things moving along. Job number #1 for the day is something we both share duties in. Coffee. Beautiful black coffee. After that it's breakfast, walk the dog, and pack up to hit the road if we aren't staying another night. That was the scenario for this day. Big Sandy was cold and windy. The road is is bumpy and we had very little in the way of things to do. No TV, no radio, and a cell signal that was spotty at best. The land is vast with gravel roads but has no hiking trails. At least the wind had died down overnight.
Our big adventure for the day is to get to Grand Teton National Park. It's a little sketchy in terms of camping. The two campgrounds where we can fit are on a first come first serve basis only. The national park website offers little in terms of information. For some reason the NPS (national park service) have a live update in terms of availability for all the sites in yellowstone, just not anywhere else. Scrolling through the Yellowstone availability shows just how popular these places are. The offices open at 8am, and the campgrounds are all full by 7:45. Only two campgrounds in Yellowstone take reservations and they are stupid expensive. Where are we going to sleep? That's all we can think about as we plunge through the mountains.
Our arrival at Colter Bay Village had very little drama. The nice lady at the gate let us know there was plenty of parking and we'd be able to call this home for the night. An initial payment for one day was made, and we struck off in Shirley in search of where we would sleep the following nights. There were a few small campgrounds sprinkled around the National Park that were free. However, I'm pretty sure the big rig RV would not make it there without shaking herself apart.
Easy money for Shirley... not so much for Penny
In order to make the most of our limited time in the park we seek out a simple hike near the campground. Katie and I have made a commitment to hit 5 miles of walking every day we are on the road. Our acclimation to altitude has gotten better, but we didn't push it and did a very easy 2 mile walk around the lake shore. Grand Teton park is strikingly beautiful. I build a little rock tower on the beach and we call it a day. Life could be worse.