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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Teton/Yellowstone RV Trip Day 7: Colter Bay to Bridge Bay

After my memories of prior visits to the Teton National Park, the actual sunrise was comparatively disappointing. A fog bank had settled in before the Teton range, obscuring our views of the mountain and denying me the opportunity to shoot the alpenglow. I tried as best as I could but having only the Canon S100 with me and not having ideal conditions made it difficult to extract a photo I would be happy with.

After breakfast, we moved the RV out of the park. The idea was that we could take our time on the boat while reserving a picnic area for lunch and possible swimming in the Bay. The boat rental was fairly straightforward and surprisingly generous. We had a fairly restricted area we could move the boat around in, but other than that we had complete freedom to explore provided we didn't beach the boat or damage the motor.
From the boat you get a good idea of how huge Colter Bay and the lake is, but it was fairly non-descript otherwise, though we did manage to get nice views of the mountains now that most of the fog had been burned off.
After that, we went into the picnic area, where we changed into swimming trunks in our RV and then went onto the lake to swim. It was too cold to swim for long, but Bowen in his wetsuit actually came into the water and swam around in it a few times, putting everyone else to shame.

After a picnic lunch at the gorgeous picnic area, we filled up our gas and drove back into Yellowstone Park. Late in the afternoon, there really weren't many places to stop for pictures when you have a 32 foot RV. We got into Bridge Bay and had to do "dry camping" for the first time on the trip.

Pulling up the RV into the dump site in order to dump the sewer and pick up water, I was fortunate in that the folks behind us knew what they were doing and told me what I was doing wrong. There are two separate feeds into the RV for water. One of them filled the water tanks, while the other one was a direct connection into the internal plumbing for when you're hooked up. If you turn on the water pump inside the RV, that draws water from the tanks when you turn on the tap. If you're actually hooked up, what you need to do is to actually turn off the pump and let the water pressure from the direct connection feed drive the water flow. So I'd been driving around with the water tanks empty, which is no big deal since I was hooked up every night, and probably helping with my gas mileage.

In any case, we managed to get the water tanks filled up and then went to our camp site and discovered to our horrors that the site was canted: the RV listed heavily to the right, and we'd all be sleeping tilted for the next 3 days. It also made cooking and cleaning a pain in the neck. It being late in the day, I decided to bear with it for the evening and then figure out a better solution the next day.

That evening, on a walk, we saw the elk who'd been lurking around the campground.

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