We're back!! Now follows the report of the last few days in chronological order. A little less extensive than I would usually do, but otherwise it would be a little too much....
Zaterdag (saturday) 21 juni ; Cody – Yellowstone,
Eerst langs de supermarkt om wat boodschapjes te doen, maar vooral voor Henk een nieuwe leesbril te scoren. Die was hij namelijk de avond ervoor verloren. Hij is zelfs nog even terug geweest om rond te kijken, maar die zoekactie bleek vergeefs.
After a fun night at the rodeo, it was very late before we went to bed. Waking up the next morning wasn’t that easy because of that and it took me longer than normal before I had a little momento. It was past 9.30 am before we drove away from the hotel.
First we had a small stop at a supermarket to do some shopping, but especially find Henk a new pair of reading glasses. He lost his the night before. He even went back to the stadium where the rodeo was at, but without any luck.
After the – succesfull – shopping, I had a bit of a high point for the day; we went to the quiltstore in Cody, where we stopped the afternoon before too, but it was closed then. This store was especially recomanded to me, because they carry a lot of batiks and have a good price fort hem too! For example; in the Netherlands I pay on average about 22 euro’s per meter on batiks. Here they are between 10 and 12 dollar per yard. That’s about 9 euro per meter!!! I think you’ll get it why I was so darn happy that I found all of the fabrics for my giant Glacier Star Quilt!!! The perfect series of following colours from yellow to red! Even the back-fabric was already bought – I need 9 yard for that alone! We spend an hour here and my day couldn’t go wrong anymore….
After this wonderful shoppingspree, we finally headed for Yellowstone Park. A gorgeous route through the mountains and along the lake that’s there. We arrived at the Canyon Lodge around 3 pm and checked in there. A small cabin in the woods would be our home for two nights there. After putting all our stuff in the cabin, we set off towards the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, a small 15 minutes from teh Canyon Village. It was such lovely weather, that I even had a little redness on my arms and chest! The canyon is indeed very beautiful, although it can’t compare to the real thing of course. Around 6 pm we had a bite to eat in the restaurant there, but I can’t call that haute cuisine to be honest… Back at the cabin, we bouth had a nice warm shower and crawled in to
bed, because I was rather tired still from the short night before. Because there is no television in Yellowstone cabins ( there are only three tv’s in the whole park I’ve been told) and no internetconnection too, we watched two episodes of a series I have on my laptop, before we turned out the lights, around 9.30 p, to go to sleep…… (read on by tomorrows report.....)
Zondag (sunday) 22 juni ; Yellowstone
Gelukkig bedacht ik dat smorgens vroeg wel en zijn we in bed gebleven tot het ondooid genoeg voelde om weer buiten het bed te komen. Uiteindelijk was het alwéér half 10 voor we op pad gingen!
……. to wake up in the middle of the night from the cold!!! Holy moly, it was so COLD!!! Thinking it would be a warm night, we left the windows open a bit, but never thought about the fact that we were hight up in the mountains, there is still snow here and that clearly it cools off really hard at night!! I closed up the windows, put on my pyama and socks and crawled back into bed with Henk, but never thought to put the heating on…. Oh, such a silly girl?!
Luckely I thought of thát early in the morning and stayed in bed untill it was warm enough to dare and get out of bed. It was again half past 9 before we got in to the car!
We drove towards the north of the park, to the Lamar Valley, because we heard from multiple people that is where the most wild animals are we had the best chance of seeing them. We saw a lot of bison, big bulls and lots om moms with babies. We had a few pronghorn antelope getting in to a fight with eachother, just right in front of us and I filmed it all!!! I think they were adolecent boys, because it didn’tlook very seriously. We saw a few very large Elk bulls too and lots of chipmunks. But no bears. Not any black ones, nor Grizzlies. Nothing, nada, njet, nope. We didn’t see any moose either. Tomorrow we’ll drive the last part of the Yellowstone-trails, so there is a slight chance one of the missing wildlife will be seen, although I really doubt it.
We waren al weer op tijd bij onze cabin en hebben de avond volgemaakt met meer aflevering op de laptop kijken en weer vroeg het licht uit. Deze keer overigens wel met de verwarming een beetje aan.
We drove the upper part of the route through Yellowstone and saw lots and lots of fabulous nature. The views are really unbelievebly beautiful and hard to describe. Eventhough it rained a lot of the time or was heavely clouded again, that kind of nature does make a lot right. Lots of pictures are actually more beautiful due to the heavy clouds!
We saw hot water pools and sulpher lakes – and holy cow do they smell like rotten eggs!! – and Henk made a long walk around a large hot water lake. (I was already very tired by then)
We were back at the cabin quite early and filled our evening with more episodes of the series on laptop and turned off the light early too. This time with the heating ON though…
Om half 9 stapten we deze keer al in de auto en gingen we op weg om het laatste deel van Yellowstone te bekijken, voor we onze weg uit het park namen en via Grand Teton Park naar het zuiden zouden rijden.
De andere geysers die we gezien hebben waren ook interessant om te zien, vooral de grote gekleurde poel - de Grote Prismatische Poel - was erg mooi en ook de omgeving daar was adembenemend mooi. We hebben zo veel mooie vér-gezichten gezien en omgevingen kunnen bewonderen, dat ik eerlijk niet kan zeggen wel deel van het park ik het mooiste vind. Ik ben wel meer een ‘wild-mens’ i.p.v. een geyser-mens, maar de omgeving is overal geweldig!
Sleeping in the middle of nature and the total lack of elektric devices is doing wonders for my sleeping pattern! Holy Cow, I can sléép!! I didn't even wake up from my alarm clock and Henk had to give me a big shuff to wake me and let me turn out the alarm. After I did I fell right back to sleep again and Henks' phone had to give it another go, more succesfully this time.
Around 8.30 am we got into the car this time and we headed for the last part of Yellowstone, before we took the road out of the park and south to Grand Teton Park and towards Montpelier.
The weather was clear and sunny, although it was bitterly cold this early in the morning, about 35 degrees. The part for today was mostly the route where the most of the geysers are. We did see Old Faithfull blow, although I have to admit I expected a bit more from him. It spouted about 10 meters (11 yards) high, eventhough it seemed more because of all the steam. I even talked all the way through the "moment supreme" with a nice young lady from Indiana, just about everything we could think of. We asked eachother a lot of questions, about all kinds of stuff, but mostly healthcare and disability and all things related. Sounds very heavy, but it was a suprisingly nice and
open conversation. Maybe because we weren't really focussed on the happenings arround us, we didn't noticed we were getting burned by the sun there! Henk has a nice red face and my decollete is wonderfully glowing... My face is still as white as usual though, due to the UV block in my daycreme...
The other geysers we saw were just as interesting to see, especially the beautifyl coloured pool of the Grand Prismatic Spring was very beautiful to see and also the surroundings there are breathtakingly gorgeous. We saw so many sceneries and views, I really couldn't pick a favorite part of the park. I do think I'm more a wildlife-kind-of-person in stead of a geyser-person.
Hierna zijn we eigenlijk niet meer gestopt, want het was nog een best eind naar Montepelier, waar ik al een hotel had gereserveerd. Als ik dit niet had gedaan, waren we waarschijnlijk in Jackson gebleven om daar meer tijd door te brengen….
Once out of Teton, you'll automatically find yourself on the Route 89, the one we wanted to follow all the way to Phoenix, and quite soon after leaving Teton we drove into Jackson, WY. WHAT a FUN place that is!!! We really had quite a drive ahead of us still, but I hád to walk through this town for just a while. This town is going in my "must-see-towns" we'll have to visit again some day. A real recommendation, when you're ever in the neighborhood for sure!!
After this little stop we actually didn't stop again, because it was a significant drive to Montepelier, where I already booked a hotel. If I hadn't done that, I would know for sure we would have stayed in Jackson in stead and spend a bit more time there....
Tomorrow we will go to Salt Lake City. We don't have specific plans or booked a hotel there, but I do want to see the big temple there. A few days ago Roe (a dear blog-friend who (whom??) we are going to meet in Phoenix!!) told me that her great grandfather is named on one of the monuments there in honor of the first pioneers who joined Bringham Young settle there, so I want to see that with my own eyes now. Roe also told me about old quilts that are displayed at the Daughters of the Pioneers Museum and if possible I really want to see those. And for the rest we will see what the day might bring.
Dinsdag (tuesday) 24 juni; Montepelier – Salt Lake City
Tijdens ons ontbijtje in de lobby kwamen we - zoals gewoonlijk - al weer snel aan de klets met een aardige dame die daar de boel aangevuld hield. Haar man is ook vrachtwagenchauffeur, dus eerst heeft ze een poos met Henk gekletst daarover, terwijl ik de mail checkte op de lobby-pc. Toen kwam het gesprek op quilten - deed zij ook - en artrose - heeft zij ook - dus we hadden al snel genoeg te kletsen. Ik heb haar op de pc gelijk mijn quilt-blog laten zien en ze was helemaal verrukt van de bloemenquiltjes.
And again slept so tight, I didn't wake up from the alarmclock this morning. I don't think it's the nature that makes me sleep so soundly and fast, but more the full days with lots of overwhelming impressions to process overnight....
During our breakfast in the lobby of the hotel we - as usual - came to talk with a lovely lady who repletes all the breakfast-stuff there. Here husband is a truckdriver too, so first she had a long conversation with Henk about that, while I was checking mail on the lobby pc. Then the conversation turned to quilting - she quilts too - and arthroses - she has that too - so within no time we were chatting away. I showed her my quilt blog on the pc there and she was completely in love with the flower quilts.
Na het uitchecken en aftanken van de auto, reden we nog even langs het visitors-centrum, om een foto te maken van een oude huifkar die daar stond en ineens zagen Henk en ik het op de gevel daar; "Quilt Tentoonstelling"!!! Ja, auto weer uit en op slot en even een half uurtje tussen allerlei verschillende quilts rond gelopen en weer met een aardige meneer gesproken. Op de standaard "how are you" antwoorde hij heel gevat " As happy as a frogs' hair" (zo blij als een kikker-haar) wat dat ook moge betekenen. Hij was erg grappig in elk geval.
After checking out and filling up the car, we drove to the visitors centre, to take a picture of an old covered wagon standing there and suddenly Henk and I saw it; "Quilt Exhibition"!!! Yep, stopped the car and locked it up and we walked around for over half an hour in between the lovely quilt displayed there. We had a nice talk to a gentleman in period clothing. On our standard "how are you" he answered very witty "Happy as a frogs' hair", whatever that may mean. He was very funny I thought.
After this wonderful start this day really couldn't go wrong anymore for me, but on our way to Salt Lake City we were given another gift, something that happened that make a holiday even more special, because it happens "by accident"! Because I wanted to take a picture of a beaver-dam, Henk turned around the car and drove into a dirt road because he thought I could see it better from the other side. Thát didn't happen, but something even better; a group of real cowboys, unloading four trailers filled with cows and their calves, to lead them into the mountains for the summer. We've been there for almost an hour, untill they were finished unloading and rounding the cows up to move to the hills. Of course we talked to the truckdrivers and to one of the cowboys too. How totally awsome this was!!!
Salt Lake City is een enorme stad met vele vóórsteden en als we geen navigatie hadden gehad, weet ik niet of ik er wel was gekomen, maar het is gelukt! We konden vlak voor het tempel-plein parkeren en zijn daar de warmte in gedoken. Want warm was het daar! 35 graden zonder een zuchtje wind voel je wel op hollansche blote armen hoor!
Stom genoeg heb ik dus nooit meer aan de oude quilts gedacht tot een uur terug.... Ik heb geen Museum van de Dochters van de Pioniers gezien en zal dus nog eens terug moeten om dit alsnog te doen.
The route to Salt Lake City was again one of lots of great views and surroundings. I could just keep on filming and shooting picutes all the time! We didn't stop a lot along the way, just for some nice pictures from a viewpoint or two.
Salt Lake City is a huge city with many small suburbs and if we didn't have a navigation-device, I don't know if we ever would have found it, but luckely we did! We could park our car right in front of the temple square and we dove into the warmth from there. And warm it was!! 93 degrees without a sigh of wind is something my pale Dutch skin can feel for sure!!
The square, the gardens, the temple and all the other buildings surrounding it all were all in an immaculate state and so very impressive! We took a lot of pictures and walked around. We even found the statue of Brigham Young and although there was a fence around it and we weren't supposed to go there (due to maintenance work was my guess) but Henk was a naughty boy and took some pictures anyway. It's from the back of the statue where all the names of the first pioneers are and one of them is Roe's great grandfather! Stupidly enough I never thought about the quilts in the Museum of the Daugthers of the Pioneers and never saw them. I guess I will have to go back someday to do that then....
After walking around for two hours, I was really out of energy and water, so we went back to the car and hit the road again to look for a hotel for the night. First we drove for 14 miles along car dealerships (!) and by then we were so far from SLC itself, we decided to drive to Springville, the last "bigger" town before we would drive onto the plains towards Moab tomorrow. This way we are a small piece ahead and I can sleep in tomorrow or maybe we could have breakfast at the IHOP! We had breakfast there once before in Memphis TN and that was sooo good!! Now that I can eat normally again I would love to eat there again.
*Veel sterkte, lieve familie B., we denken aan jullie.*
To finish I would like to pay special attention to a dear friend and colleague of Henk's, who is fighting for his life right now in the hospital. We can't be there for his wife, son and brother (a colleague of Henk too) to stand by them in this hard time, but in our thoughts and hearts we are there with them.
*Lots of strenght, dear family B., we're thinking of you.*