June 29th and 30th ~ Wrapping up the month of June
We kept a low profile the past couple of days. Short jaunts out in the Tetons to see Sacred Heart, an old log cabin style Catholic Church, look for more animals, visit the dam at Jackson Lake and a day trip up into Yellowstone National Park to try to size up camping locations for after the 4th of July.
But first a look at Sacred Heart Church. Much needed renovations were done by a generous donation from a family from New York and Wyoming as a tribute for those lost in the 9/11 tragedy.
This log cabin style church is warm, charming, and even early in the morning we found it open. What was most noticeable was the beautiful stained glass window. It sat behind the altar which had a lone dried rose on top. Somehow that lone rose touched my soul.
Yellowstone National Park south entrance is only about 8 miles north of Grand Tetons, where we are staying through the fourth of July.
We were concerned about lodging, since all of the campsites where you could reserve space are very popular, so we decided on a whim to take a drive up to investigate our options.
The campgrounds in Yellowstone are dismally full and we will probably end up either camping in a state park or government land near the west entrance to the park unless we get lucky and can get to the site at Madison which is on a first come basis before it fills up.
But while there, we checked out Hayden Valley where we saw several animals including bison, deer, a bear (too far away to photograph but saw through binoculars) and had dinner at Yellowstone Lake Lodge.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for an opportunity to renew a wonderful memory of when we stayed at Yellowstone Lodge about ten years ago, dressed for dinner and enjoyed gourmet meals in their dining room while listening to a piano playing in the lounge. People now dress more casually, and the food is not as remembered, but still very good, and the views remain unblemished.