Grand Teton National Park--May 13, 2007
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This day was by far the longest drive of the trip, a journey of about 450 miles from Salt Lake City to Yellowstone. The 75 mph speed limit on much of the journey made it easier. Proceeding north from Salt Lake, the Great Salt Lake was on the west side for a time and eventually, the lush farms of Idaho (potato country) rolled into view. At Idaho Falls, a turn was made to the east, proceeding into the Jackson Hole area of Wyoming before entering the Grand Teton National Park. It is easy to see why so many celebrities have second homes in Jackson Hole, since it is truly beautiful country.
After a spectacular drive through Grand Teton National Park followed by a trek on the John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, the South Entrance to Yellowstone was reached. At the entrance gate, the park ranger announced matter-of-factly that it was only 39 miles ahead to the Old Faithful Inn, the hotel for the next two nights.
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