For the past 6 weeks, fires have been burning all around us, but have not had much impact on us. Things changed yesterday, after 20-25 mph winds started in the afternoon. A small fire that was burning in a remote area of Grand Teton National Park jumped across Jackson Lake and spread over 5 miles. The main highway from GTNP to Yellowstone National Park is now closed. They had an emergency evacuation of Flagg Ranch and Lizard Creek Campground this morning. The fire is about 20 miles from our location, and it is not headed our way. However, with another afternoon of high winds expected, who knows what will happen. I think the most popular website in the state of Wyoming right now is Incident Information. You can click on that if you want to keep up with the fires in the area.
Work continues, but at a little slower pace this week. This is a “transition time”, as we switch over from families with school-age children, to couples and families with toddlers. By September 1st, we are back to full occupancy, for almost the entire month. So we are enjoying our ‘calm before the storm’ which hopefully won’t involve any fire related issues!
Our door is always open for visits from friends and family, and we have had two visits this month. Our nieces, Carmen and Jasmine, were passing through on the way to Tacoma, Washington, and stayed overnight. Jasmine, who graduated from Pharmacy School in May, has accepted a pharmacy position in Tacoma, Washington, and they were moving her stuff out west. Makena was excited to have visitors!
The Lower Falls were just as spectacular!
After a quick picnic lunch, we headed over to the Midway Geyser Basin, home to the most beautiful geyser in the world, (in my opinion), the Grand Prismatic Geyser.
And no visit would be complete without a stop at Old Faithful!
We spent another day touring the Grand Tetons, seeing wildlife, and then we drove down to Jackson. We walked around the town square and stopped in at the Famous Cowboy Bar for a cold beverage.
Since all the barstools are saddles, Doug opted to recreate the cowboy on the bar’s roof!
Doug and Linda discovered when you are out West, anything goes for a vehicle. You never know what will be parked outside on the street.
Although the time went by way to fast, we did enjoy having Carmen and Jasmine, as well as Doug and Linda stop in for a visit. Our door, wherever it may be parked, is always open!
Quote for the day: “Isn’t it amazing how much stuff we get done the day before vacation?” – Zig Ziglar