27.05.2010 - 30.05.2010 70 °F
Room 247, Best Western Sunset Motor Inn, Cody, Wyoming: 5.57pm, Monday 31/5/10
Now uploading one I prepared earlier.
"The Lounge", Lake Yellowstone Hotel, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. 6.37pm, 28/5/10
Watching the rain fall on to still-frozen Lake Yellowstone. If it had been snow falling it would have been a fraction more romantic. But to see the massive lake still frozen came as quite a surprise.
Back in Grand Teton Park, whilst the Teton Mts themselves were still covered in snow, the lakes (Jenny and Jackson) were blue and people were boating and fishing (yes we had a great morning with sun and blue skies).
We were chatting to a couple from Central Illinois who'd seen a bear just up the road the day before, told us there was still lots of snow by the road "up in Yellowstone" and as I typed the word snow, the rain is now turning to snow. So maybe we'll need to engage 4-wheel drive in the morning. Two "librarians" have just come over for a chat. They're worried about "gettin' outta yur" tomorrow as they have just taken their winter tires (sic) off.
It's now settling and the world is turning white. The lady vamping away on the slightly out-of -tune piano has not really got the message as she's playing "Autumn Leaves"!
We stopped at our first round of geysers, the not-so spectacular "Big Thumb Geyser Basin". Tomorrow we have the day to explore the rest, weather permitting.
We then made our way to the rather grand, vast and yellow-painted Lake Yellowstone Hotel, a giant yellow wooden structure with huge pillars, built on the lake shores in 1926, where we have the luxury of 2 nights.
At the moment it's like being on the lot at the filming of "Holiday Inn". Lacking Danny Kaye, though, in the campest outfit he's ever worn (in public, at least!). Oh, no, sorry, that was "White Christmas" the remake of Holiday Inn. Ruby (Joyce Grenfell) on the piano, here, easily makes up for the lack of Bing Crosby, though.
We have a table booked in the grand yet creaking dining room for 8.30. Americans eat so horribly early and were queuing to get in at 5pm:-
Now here's our drive from Jackson to Lake Yellowstone in pictures:-
Two bears spotted: Arthur and new addition, Bruno!
In case Vivienne has not eaten: the menu from the Dining Room
Wolf ridge lamb:
Remind me to tell you about the waitress in the Irma Hotel, Cody!