Road Trip!

Another couple asked to switch one of our off days, which resulted in us having 3 consecutive days off one week.  So we took advantage of the extended time off to go visit our friends Tom and Ellen in West Yellowstone, Montana.  We had an excellent time (despite not being able to do too much with my foot) and were able to get together with our former co-workers at Madison Crossing  from last summer.

Tom and Ellen had everyone over for a nice dinner, and Makena was on her best behavior helping Tom in the kitchen of their 5th wheel!


The food was delicious, and it was great to catch up with everyone!


Diane, our former co-worker, had everyone over for a campfire at her house.  It was an enjoyable evening, meeting new friends, and catching up with our old friends.  It’s one of the best things about this RV lifestyle!


Of course, no visit to West Yellowstone would be complete without a visit to the local Packers bar, Bullwinkle’s (Packer fans are everywhere!)


giddy up!


It was a quick, but enjoyable 3 days, and we hope to do it again so we can get together and do some hiking in Yellowstone, Montana, or Idaho.

On our way back home, we decided to take the scenic route through Idaho, and come over the Teton Pass, across the mountains.  Since Idaho is famous for potatoes, and potatoes are the main ingredient in vodka, it would only make sense to stop in at the Grand Teton Distillery in Driggs, Idaho on our way back!  We did a short tour of their facility, and sampled a few of their spirits.  We both agreed their regular vodka, was excellent.  Probably the best we have ever tasted.  Their other spirits were ‘okay’.

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The finishing pot

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fermenting pots

The Teton Pass through the mountains is a beautiful drive (as long as you are not towing a 5th wheel, which we were not!).  It has 10% road grades, and many people that work in the city of Jackson, drive this pass everyday.  Housing prices in Jackson are crazy expensive, so many folks live in Idaho, and have a long, but scenic, daily commute.


The city is officially called Jackson, but the area is called Jackson Hole, as the early settlers described the valley between the mountains, as the “hole”.  The city is off in the distance in this photo:

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I would not want to drive this every day.  Many times, the pass closes in winter due to storms.  It snowed here on July 11!  The locals said that made summer officially 21 days this year!

Quote for the day:  “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.” – William Butler Yates