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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Yellowstone -- Snake River, Moose Bridge & Jackson Hole 9.7.09

                                                                         * Snake river float trip
                                                                         * Moose bridge
                                                                         * Jackson Hole
                                                                         * Gun Barrel Steak & Game House

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We tried to check out of the Lake Lodge at 4:50 AM for our Snake River float at 6:45 AM in Jackson Lake Lodge.  There was no one at the lodge reception so we could not check out.  We left a note and left the room keys in our cabin and left. 

On the way down to Jackson Lake, it was cloudy, cold and drizzling.  But a little after we were on the float, the sky cleared up.  

The float last about three hours.  It was peaceful, slow, cold, and frankly, a bit boring because it was two hours too long for my taste.  

I was hoping that by taking the early morning float, I was able to see some wildlife.  On the snake river, we did see some birds, geese, two female elks, more bisons, and a few bald eagles, but I would have loved to see black bears, wolfs, and moose before I would leave the park.

By the time we finished the float, my lips turned blue because I was so cold.  

After the float trip, we headed down to Jackson Hole.  We wanted to drive by the moose bridge to see if we could spot some moose before we leave the park.  And as we drove closer to the bridge.  There was a traffic jam, many parked cars, and animal paparazzi crowded on one side of the bridge. Hallelujah!! It had to be a moose!!  We parked our car, brought camera and binocular, and ran to the bridge.  

There it was!! A moose bull with giant antlers, laying in the grass by the river! YES!!!

We stayed a good twenty minutes, and took tones of pictures and videos.  It was so exciting. :)

After the moose sighting, we left the park and drove to Jackson Hole. The scenery there reminded us of the Alps in Austria where Hans grew up. 

After we checked into our room at the Buckrail Lodge, we walked around Jackson Hole.  After 7 days of no TV, Radio, Internet, and Cellphone access, we re-enter the modern world.  We stopped by the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar to get an elk burger and some local beer. 

We went to Gun Barrel Steak and Game House for dinner.  After 6 days of cold cuts and park food, this meal was such a treat!

Fried Green Tomatoes: herb encrusted and lightly fried, drizzled with a chipolte mayonnaise sauce. 

Bison Carpaccio: rare, hickory smoked buffalo, thinly sliced and chilled, drizzled with dijon mustard, served with fresh smoked gouda and garlic toast. -- Super delicious!

French Onion Soup

Buffalo Sirloin: Tender buffalo top sirloin, mesquite grilled medium rare and served with cajon onion straws with garlic mash potato and string beans. -- It was so juicy and flavorful!

Chocolate Ganache Cake: Dark Chocolate cake topped with chocolate ganache, fresh whipped cream and chopped pistachios.

After dinner, we headed back to our hotel, watched some TV, checked some emails, and packed up for our departure the next morning.

Photo Album

Jackson Hole, Grand Teton, Yellowstone Day 6

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