One day – Yellowstone, Grand Tetons to Star Valley, WY – 7/13/2014

This travel day was one of the most spectacular drives of our life.  A great  variety of terrains and views entertained us as we drove from Cody, WY through Yellowstone National Park, Grand Tetons National Park to get to Star Valley, WY. Our plan was to drive up the scenic Chief Josephs highway into reach the Northeast Yellowstone entrance. We wanted to get a feel for the two national parks (Yellowstone and Grand Tetons) where we planned to spend more time at the end of our trip. We knew it would take  to 4 to 5 hours to drive straight through. That gave us a few hours for stops along the way.

Buffalo Bill Dam Cody, WY 7/13

As with all plans, we had to adjust when we headed in wrong direction. We were on road to Yellowstone East entrance by mistake. We decided to take advantage and visit Buffalo Bill Dam on the outskirts of Cody. This Dam is one of the world’s tallest Dams. It provides much of the water for this region.

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Trip out to Buffalo Bill Dam

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Lake created by Buffalo Bill Dam

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Dam itself, Vistor Center closed

Drive from Cody to Montana Yellowstone Northeast Gate –  7/13

We drove up Chief Josephs highway . The climb up through the rising mountain passes and switchbacks gave us great views. The story boards at Dead Indian Pass gave us a history lesson about the last of the Indian wars. We arrived at Cook City in Montana just before we reached the Northeast Gate to Yellowstone.  Cook City appeared to be a quiet small tourist tone nicely appointed for this task. We only stopped for gas before heading into Yellowstone.

 

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Heading north out of Cody, Wy

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Dead Indian Pass

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Yellowstone NE Gate to Grand Tetons 7/13

We stopped for lunch at a picnic area as we drove though Yellowstone from the northeast gate to the Grand Tetons. We went by the Lamar Valley where there is much wild life to see ( we did see a lot of buffalo herds). We passed the canyons and Yellowstone Lake.

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Just Past Northeast Gate Tellowstone

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Yellowstone Lake

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Jackson Lake

Drive through  Grand Tetons 7/13

We stopped at the Grand Tetons Visitor Center. We got kayaking information for future visits when we take day trips up from Star Valley during our 3 week stay there.\

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Jackson Lake

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