The Tetons are truly mesmerizing.
The National Park Service has a real dilemma on their hands. The most popular parks are being loved to death. The crowds overwhelm the roads, facilities, and trails. On our one hike, we saw two trails that were closed due to damage because of heavy use and were being repaired, so the sign said. You try not to let the masses impact your enjoyment, but it does. The idea of getting out in nature, at least for us, has been to escape the crowds and detox from the hustle and bustle of everyday living. I don’t know what the answer is to the problem, but they need to figure something out before we ruin these national treasures.
When we were planning this trip, even though Yellowstone is only 30 miles away, we decided to skip it because of the crowds. I’ve been there many times as a kid growing up in Idaho Falls, and Amelia once, but she was so young she only has vague recollections. Perhaps when she retires we’ll go off season, if there’s such a thing as an off season then.
Just like when we were at the Grand Canyon and Bryce, we boondocked right outside of the park boundary on national forest land. Our site was just okay. It’s become a popular boondock spot because of websites like campendium, so you’ll never be alone. The dirt road is heavily traveled and dusty. But the reason why we cut our stay short was the mosquitoes! If West Nile Virus is still a thing, then we most certainly got it. Our spoiled San Diego skin is not used to being penetrated by mosquitoes. We must be a delicacy the way they were coming after us. In the morning and evening, while taking shelter in the Airstream, the mosquitoes were outside clinging onto the screens. I have no doubt those little rat bastards knew we were inside.
Serendipitously our paths crossed with the Lynch family and they camped right next to us. It was a real treat to spend time with them. Jim used to lay tile with my brother and we haven’t seen him and his family since we left Mammoth.
Play the above video!