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Summer Road Trip 2017, Part 6: Grand Teton

August 24, 2017

 

The eclipse worked out exactly as I hoped, except for one thing. I dropped my phone in a cooler of ice water and afterward it wouldn't turn on.  I had plans to go rafting the following day but replacing my phone became the top priority.

 

The first stop was the AT&T store in Jackson to get the cost of replacement.   I definitely need a phone before heading to Yellowstone but I didn't want to spend $600 on a new one.  I also didn't want to lose all the photos on my phone so I decided to take some time to explore other options.  

 

I eventually found the Computer Clinic in Jackson.  The technician seemed confident he could fix it for under $300.  He had a lot of work ahead of me, but I gave him the go-ahead and waited in town for the work to be done.  It took most of the day but he was successful and he only charged me $100..  If you need a phone fixed in Jackson, I recommend talking to Computer Clinic first.

 

At a bar waiting for the technician to call, I began to appreciate how the shadow of a total solar eclipse affects people.  Totality is a club.

 

Connecting with so many people over that experience wouldn't have happened had my phone not been damaged.   It felt good to  Sometimes it's good when things go wrong.

 

I return to the campground and started to plan my next move.  My next stop was Yellowstone but I wanted to see more of Grand Teton before heading that way..  

 

 On Wednesday, I said farewell to Ed, the solo motorcyclist who let me share his campground..  I wanted to do some dispersed camping so I drove west through Kelly and into the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  I followed the Gros-Ventre River up the valley toward Lower Slide Lake.

 I found a great spot above the river to camp Wednesday night.  It was a pullout on an exposed outcropping with a great view the valley below.  I popped the top, drank beer, and gazed at the starts until well after midnight. 

 

The next morning I got the car ready to drive north then explored the canyon on the MiniTrail.  I found a motorcycle trail on the main road above Lower Slide Lake.   I rode the trail a ways back then returned to the Element and got on the road..  

 On my way down the canyon, I stopped a few times to appreciate the view of the  mountains and the Gros Ventre River.

 I also stopped near the mouth of the canyon to check out the remains of an abandoned log cabin.  It sat in a beautiful spot with a perfect view of the Teton Range.  

 

The road winds through beautiful groves as it make its way back to US 89.  I took 89 north Moran then east toward about 15 miles.

 I stopped by the ranger station to ask about dispersed camping.  On a tip, I decided to fish the creek that crosses the highway 100 yards west of the station.  

 

By August the big fish have moved down stream to bigger water.  I grabbed a 2-weight Butterstick anyway, and spent an hour on the stream watching trout fry crush a little elk hair caddis.   I'll be back to this spot for sure.  It had a lot of fish..

 

That night I camped on a forest road south of highway.  I didn't raise the roof, opting instead to sleep in the back on my sleeping pad.  Sleeping inside the cabin was noticeably warmer than  a soft-sided tent on the roof, but the roof is much more comfortable. 

I woke up rested, ready to hit the road and start the next adventure. .  I stopped for gas then continued back toward Grand Teton National Park.  

 

At Moran I turned north, entering Grand Teton National Park and following the signs to Yellowstone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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