After sleeping until about 9:00 a.m., we collected our things and headed for Yellowstone National Park via Grand Teton National Park, again. The earlier morning light provided perfect lighting on the Tetons, which allowed us to take better photos than the day before when we drove through the park in the afternoon sun. Our photos on this perfectly clear day from the Jackson Lake dam were of postcard quality.
2005 Travel Archive
We left Salt Lake City early on Saturday and made it to Jackson (via Teton Pass) in a relatively short amount of time (due to the high speed limits in rural UT and ID). After passing through Jackson, we headed toward Grand Teton National Park where we did the driving tour through the park. Especially impressive were the views of the Tetons from Jenny Lake and Jackson Lake. We also saw a moose, which was surprisingly huge, relaxing by the side of the road near the Jackson Lake Junction. After the moose encounter, we headed for Yellowstone National Park.
We checked out of the Monte Carlo, bought a few souvenirs, and, most importantly, ate lunch at the buffet at the Monte Carlo. The food was decent.
We left for home right after lunch. The drive back was absolutely terrible in that it just felt so long--a small sacrifice for such a fun trip.
While our room at the Manor at Circus Circus was clean, we wanted to stay closer to the heart of The Strip, so after our trek up and down The Strip the previous night, we had called all the casinos to inquire about room rates. The Monte Carlo offered a room for $60, which was only $20 more than our room at Circus Circus. So, we checked out of Circus Circus, and headed to the Hoover Dam to spend the day investigating the engineering marvel before checking into our room at the Monte Carlo.