Monday, June 22, 2015

The Road to Bonnaroo, Day 2 = Jackpot, NV to Grand Teton National Park, WY

The road to Bonnaroo, Tennessee, continued on Saturday, June 6, beginning in Jackpot, Nevada, and ending two states later in Wyoming, at a campground between Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park.

The view southeast from Jackpot, Nevada.

A few hundred yards later, we entered Idaho.

Rob drove to Twin Falls, and I drove the rest of the way.

What's this sticking up over Twin Falls, Idaho?

An enormous Mormon temple.  Keep in mind that this is Napoleon Dynamite country.

Overlooking the Shoshone Falls area of Twin Falls.

The same.

More of the same.

We stumbled upon this little waterfall by our parked car.

Rob shows how the waterfall was formed.

Approaching the entrance to the state park.

A different waterfall.

The Snake River, from Shoshone Falls.

Above the falls.

Shoshone Falls

Another part of the park is Dierkes Lake, above the falls area.

Kids loved jumping into the lake from above.

Dierkes Lake

The famed Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho.  Quite a feat of engineering.

The Snake River, looking west from the bridge overlook.

The Snake River, still looking west.

Apparently it is 100% legal to BASE jump from the Perrine Bridge.

How to get to the other side of the bridge.

Snake River, looking east.

The same.

East side of Perrine Bridge, with the first BASE jumper we saw (note - of all the times to forget my telephoto lens...).

Look carefully at the top to see two BASE jumpers going simultaneously.

Evel Knievel jumped not far from here.

We wanted to get some Idaho potatoes to bring to Tennessee, so what better place than Blackfoot, Idaho?

It is, after all, the home to the Idaho Potato Museum (sadly closed when we arrived).

Downtown Blackfoot (notice the tractor).

Though the museum was closed, I was able to get this photo through the window.

Train and potato harvester on the grounds of the museum.

The Idaho Potato Museum

How we survived the drive through Idaho.

My turn to drive.

Foothills of the Rockies, I presume.

We hit 2 breweries the previous day in California, and we would hit 2 today, on either side of the Idaho / Wyoming state line.

Brewery #1 = Grand Teton Brewing Co. in Victor, Idaho.

Grand Teton Brewing has one of the most scenic locations I've ever seen.

I contented myself with the Splash Down Belgian Golden at the bottom of the tap list.

Yours truly, enjoying a sip.

I enjoyed this part of Idaho.

Just down the road was the Wyoming state line.

Onward to Jackson, Wyoming!

Looking toward the Grand Teton range.

Approaching Jackson.

The Grand Tetons, just visible.

Jackson is just south of Grand Teton National Park.

Brewery #2 = Snake River Brewing Co., Jackson, WY.

Rob was tickled by the stickers.

A number of options at our disposal...

We chose the Pako's IPA.

Good vibes at the brewery.

Time to head into Grand Teton National Park and onward toward Yellowstone for the evening.

We hadn't seen much wildlife yet, though that would change dramatically in the next 24 hours.

A river inside the park.


The Grand Tetons (literally - the Big Breasts).

Not the best weather (or time of day) for seeing them.  We woke up a little on the late side in Jackpot.

Elk (sorry for the blurriness of this and the subsequent photos, but it was darker out than it appears and my camera wasn't on night mode).

Coming up on Day 3 = Yellowstone National Park and the Beartooth Highway.

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