WEATHER THOU GOEST?

IMG_0649A short time ago, The National Park Service posted on Facebook, “Pack your Patience.” I had been warning Cristal over the months of our planning that Yellowstone would be horrendously crowded and that, what normally took a sprightly hour and a half drive from Jackson, would take far longer. Since we are moving on east through Wyoming, we had decided that, instead of trying to visit Yellowstone on a day trip, considering the crowds we’d come on up for a night or two before moving on to Cody. What the NP service didn’t tell us is, “Pack your woolens, rain gear and spare blankets.”

Driving up through Grand Teton NP is glorious; a few spots of rain didn’t bother IMG_0654us at all. Traffic was surprisingly light and we were able to stop for photos. But no sooner had we got up to Yellowstone, ready to check into our cabin, than the skies opened, the temperature dropped to 49 and we froze. Forty-nine heralds winter in NYC; here it’s considered a temporary feature of a summer day. I don’t know what it is about me; perhaps I’m the eternal optimist. Despite warning all my guests constantly that the Tetons and Yellowstone can get snow any day of the year, and to pack woolens and rain gear, I failed to listen to myself and left the warm clothing in the wrong suitcase, had on cloth shoes for driving and a light rain coat.

If the weather doesn’t lift and the internet works (only available intermittently), tomorrow I’ll be writing about nothing more than the tedious book I’m reading.IMG_0660

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9 responses to “WEATHER THOU GOEST?

  1. Good weather, bad…… it’s still gloriously beautiful. tt

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  2. I know firsthand what you write here, Andi — the weather can turn very cold in northern Wyoming this time of year. Been to Yellowstone in July and hubby and I had to wear our winter coats. Another trip made to Cody in July, we experienced the rodeo in fairly nice weather, but the morning after was soooo cold that we quickly crossed the street to purchase more winter coats. I still have the fleece jacket we bought, and whenever I wear it in the wintertime, I’m reminded of that short trek to the store in Cody, WY, in the middle of July. Stay warm, you two!!

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  3. Mountains are breathtaking and you can see your breath. Put another log on.

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  4. Doris McCraw/Angela Raines

    Oh my, it hit you also. Cold here, and we had and still have snow on Pikes Peak. That is unusual for this time of year. Oh well, at least it isn’t boring, but cloth shoes…brrr. Take care and try to stay warm and get in some great scenery. Doris

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  5. I suppose all the western outfitter stores have warmer clothes but they could cost more than the entire trip.

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