Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Chapter 12 - Dubois to Jackson, Wyoming
The drive from Dubois to Jackson was only 90 miles but we knew that to get there we needed to drive over the top of the Rocky Mountains and through a pass named Topwotee Pass that rose to an elevation of 9,659 feet above sea level. The pass was around 40 miles from our campsite which sat at an elevation of around 6,900 feet. This meant that in 40 miles we would have to climb 2,759 feet. Our car had a capacity to pull a trailer weighing up to 3,600 pounds and we knew that unloaded the trailer weighted about 3,200 pounds. The question was how much junk was loaded in our trailer and would we be able to make the climb without any problems. The photograph of Kathy and Cabo with some snow in the background was taken at Topwotee Pass so yes, we were successful and thankfully as a result our trip will continue.
We woke up to sunny skies and with a promise by the local weatherman that the temperatures would rise into the low 70s. Today we were really excited for we were going to spend a good part of the day visiting the Grand Teton National Park. We knew that we needed to get an early start for the traffic was heavy yesterday along the highway that passed by the park, and the City of Jackson was crowded with tourists both suggesting that the park will also be crowded. We arrived at the park when it opened at 8 AM ready and willing to pay the $30 entrance fee. As I handed the girl at the entrance the fee, she immediately asked my age. When she learned both of our ages (she did not ask about Cabo) she offered us for a $10 fee a lifetime pass to all national parks because we were both over 62 years old. What a pleasant surprise especially since it meant that there would be no fee when we visited Yellowstone Park later during our trip home. You can see in the photograph just how happy I was to receive a lifetime pass to all federal parks just because we are old. Wow!
More about our Jackson Hole visit to follow in a later blog. This entire chapter was written in a local Jackson library simple because the WiFi system in our expensive RV Park was worthless. Go figure.