Yesterday we talked about the possibility of hiking somewhere or paddling the western shore of West Thumb today, but the rain that started yesterday afternoon continued much of the evening and left a heavy overcast this morning. To top it off, BJ woke up feeling pretty marginal so we decided to backtrack and do some more windshield time.
We started off by backtracking to the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. This area is managed by the National Park Service and is sandwiched between Yellowstone National Park to the north and Grand Teton National Park to the south. Within the Parkway are 20 primitive campsites scattered in 8 locations along Grassy Lake Road. We checked out the first four locations (10 sites.) Each has views and access to the Snake River. The fourth location was a bit iffy with the possibility that you would not be able to turn around once you got in there. I really liked the second and third locations but BJ noted there would be a possibility of mosquitos. I thought there would be a good possibility of morning and evening animal sightings. All of these sites are free and there is a modern pit toilet at each location.
There was a traffic jam just north of the West Thumb / Old Faithful intersection with at least four rangers directing traffic. It was a beautiful bull elk but no chance to get a picture.