Bob and Shirley's Great Adventure 2011-12 travel blog

Ft. Steele

Bridge Keepers house

No need anymore for a bridge keeper

Ft. Steele ruins

Rawllins Penetentury

Scenes along the road


The Grand Teton's

Our Grizzley Ranger

Indian Mocs

War Clubs

We have been out of Internet service again and now we are in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. We drove through here on our trip in ’76 but did not stop. GTNP is at the southern end of Yellowstone NP and of course it is beautiful. Catching up, we left Saratoga Lake WY (looked for the race track but alas there was none) and headed NW with a stopover in Lander. The race track comment for our non- NY readers is a joke. The BIG Saratoga Lake is in NY State and does have a famous horse race track. Listen to Carly Simon’s you’re So Vain, it mentions it there. Anyway, we made two stops on our way to GTNP. One was Ft. Fred Steele which was built to protect the construction of the transcontinetal rail from Indian attack. Then we stopped into another old prison in Rawlins WY for a tour. Not sure how to describe it. The inmate population from Wyoming Territorial Prison (incarcerated Butch Cassidy)in Laramie was was transferred to this new prison in 1902. The prison was in use until 1981 but the inmates did not have hot water for showers until 1978! An inmate’s biggest fear was the other inmates. They used both the gallows and the gas chamber in this lock up. And the tour included both. All in all it was interesting , however a little depressing. On then to the Grand Tetons. We spent the early part of the day traveling but got in the park and set up camp by 2:30 and hit the bikes. Road into Coulter Bay which is probably a quarter mile to the visitor’s center. Watched a movie on the fire season of 1988 which claimed thousands of acres and almost burned down the Old Faithful Inn. Toured the Indian Art museum and walked around the marina. We also went to a very interesting talk led by a Ranger on the Grizzly Bears in the park. Lots planned since we are staying another couple of days here. Weather again has been perfect. Sunny upper 70s low 80s. Enjoy the pics.

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