Heading into Colorado today and I am going to try to catch up my blogging by typing as we drive. I shouldn't have to look down much. Don't miss the scenery and worry about typos later, or not! We stayed (motel again) in Jackson, Wy. Some places refer to it as Jackson Hole, others just Jackson. It's almost like they are trying to lose the "hole" but I like it. The town itself is all about the wild west. Saloons and wildlife sculptures everywhere. They have a wildlife museum that we stopped at on or way out this morning and looked at the outdoor exhibits. Oh! And did you know a buffalo and a bison are the same thing? Had to google that cause we saw so many and weren't real sure what to call them. I'll call them bison since it's easier to spell. We had decided to just get the hotel for 2 nights and do a one day trip through Yellowstone, catching what we could. Wow! We took the short loop and still drove close to 300 miles round trip from Jackson. The loop was about 150 total. Craig's pass was closed so we had to go around and come back. We caught some things going and some coming. You had to go through Grand Teton National Park to get to Yellowstone. But before we even got there I saw my first Bison. He was down in a ditch gnawing away on some weeds. We hoped it wouldn't be the last one we'd see today but were kinda wondering since we had had so many treats yesterday! Well, into the first park and we were on John Rockefeller Memorial Parkway, Jackson Lake on left, passing over Bays and Creeks and ending up alongside and over the Snake River. But looking over my notes on the details, I know I've got to just give you the rundown short and to the point. Old Faithful, the Fountain Paint Pots, Biscuit Basin, Geyser Basin, Beryl Springs, Artist's Paintpot, and probably the other dozen I've forgotten to name, well, they are a wonder of nature. To see the earth heat up like that and come boiling or percolating or gurgling or spraying or even gushing out of the ground is a site to see. But let me tell you, they stink. That sulfur smell is a gag maker for certain. And to seemingly come in the form of big clouds of steam could likely push one completely into the worst result possible from the gag. Well, I didn't. But I did spend time watching strangers faces as they too tried to smile or turn their heads or do everything in their power to keep anyone from noticing their disgust. But the scenery was #1 on my list and mainly for those rivers, Snake and Yellowstone that wove in and out at every turn, rushing over rocks and singing that awesome song. And the whitecap mountains as a backdrop was a masterpiece. Even better was the add on that out in the middle of all that pretty were critters with baby critters everywhere for us to see! Saw a bear, another bear and two cubs! Saw several bison packs. On road, off road, walking alongside us on road. We saw a baby suckling on mama and a couple of young ones sparing. We had several sightings of elk, some swans on a lake and fish off of fishing bridge, the site of the cutthroat trout spawning area! We were able to experience all that and visit a memorial site about the Nez Perez Indians and read the story of Chief Joseph. It was a long day and I could easily tell it would take a good week, probably two to do it justice. Let's put this one on the list to come back to.