This post is not about Pentwater. I mean, can you believe it? You’d think I worked for the Pentwater Tourism board with how much I post about the place. However, it is time to say Goodbye to Pentwater and get ready for our next adventure!
Due to planning – or rather – more how the planning played out, we had just five days at home after Pentwater before heading west for our big Grand Tetons/Yellowstone trip.The way it worked out, we had to drive four days straight in order to arrive on Day 1 of our coveted reservation in Colter Bay RV park in Grand Teton National Park.
As a side note, I swore when we went to Jupiter, Florida three plus years ago, that I was not going to schedule that many driving days in a row. I am still committed to that philosophy. However, when you win the great mouse click race, you take the prize you get. Even if it means driving four days in a row.
This post is a description of our route and daily distance from St. Charles, MO to our campsite in Colter Bay. The posts that follow will describe our days in these most famous – the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone – National Parks.
Day 1 – St. Charles, MO to Nebraska City, NE
395 miles. Here we stayed at Hidden Falls Cabins and RV Park. It was a nice enough place.
Day 2 – Nebraska City, NE to Ogallala, NE
322 miles. Here we stayed at the KOA. Again, it was fine.
Day 3 – Ogallala, NE to Rawlins, WY
315 miles. Another KOA in Rawlins – which was fine. However, after three days of driving and two nights of spaghetti for dinner, we decided to walk to a nearby restaurant. The restaurant’s name was the “County 6 Bar and Grill.” I think the “6” refers to how many items are on the menu – with a hamburger and a cheeseburger counting as two. Also, two different sizes of rib-eye steak count as another two. Add in a flat iron steak and a Bob Steak sandwich, and you got your six. No matter. It wasn’t spaghetti, so we were happy.
In the morning, we were ready to hit the road again, just like this classic car at the campground.
Day 4 – Rawlins, WY to Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park and GTNP – Day 1
266 miles. We had finally arrived.
After months of planning, four days of driving, 1,298 miles and $718 in gas, we had arrived. In Grand Teton National Park.
Our first stop in the park was at the Colter Bay gas station. As soon as I stepped out of the car, I was instantly smitten as the air smelled of fresh pine trees. Every so often, during our days at Grand Teton, I’d catch a whiff of this natural scent. I loved it.
Next, we headed to our campground.
The Colter Bay RV Park campground is nestled among the park’s forest of lodgepole pines. Every campsite is a pull through complete with full hook ups.
After getting all set up, we walked over to the information area and signed up for the next day to take a four hour tour of Grand Teton National Park. After four days of driving, it sounded quite nice to have someone else drive us around the park. A rafting excursion was also offered, and while we did not choose that, it did sound like a wonderful possibility.
After dinner in our camper, we noticed a small path through the trees. We followed it and found ourselves right across a parking lot from the park’s amphitheater. There, we attended a top notch ranger program about elk. Our evening was an informative and entertaining presentation of the details of elk mating given by a very animated national park ranger. The program was absolutely delightful.
After the program, we made the short walk back to the trailer, tired and so happy. It had been a good day, and we were anxious to see and do more. Dan set the alarm clock in his head, so we could get up and be on time for our guided tour the following morning.
There’s room for one more, if you’d like to come along.