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Day 204 – North to Jackson Hole

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Day 204 of a Year Long Road Trip Along America’s Scenic Byways

Logan Canyon

This morning I reversed the drive through Logan Canyon and weaved along the Logan River beneath limestone cliffs where I made a handful of stops. Two stops were at campgrounds that my Reader’s Digest book suggested to see a slab of quartz tunneled by tiny seaworms and to see a Jardine Juniper that is believed to be over 1,500 years old. Both campgrounds were closed. I’m presuming the river was up too high.

Rick’s Spring

I was able to make an impromptu stop at Rick’s Spring, just off the side of the highway. The spring generally slows to a trickle in November and begins a heavier flow in April when the snow melts. At times, during severe cold and blizzards, the spring stops flowing.

rick's spring

After passing by fields of yellow wildflowers and surrounded by snow-capped mountains, we reached Montpelier, where the Bank of Montpelier was held up by Butch Cassidy in 1896. Cassidy and gang escaped with $16,500 of gold, silver, and currency.

meadow with yellow wildflowers

Periodic Spring

Our next stop was Periodic Spring in Bridger-Teton National Forest about 4 miles east of Afton. Here we took a ¾ mile hike to a spring that gushes approximately every 18 minutes between August and May and flows down the cliff side into Swift Creek. It is thought that a cave behind the spring causes the water to stop and start. During my visit, the spring looked like a raging river! It didn’t appear to stop and start.

periodic spring

After our hike, we continued north on Hwy 89 toward Jackson, along the way, I spotted a bald eagle in its nest and with the help of many others parked on the side of the road, I saw the antlers of a moose lying down in the grass! Before meeting my friends Carrie and Steven and their three kids for the evening, I snapped a photo of the snow covered Tetons. After a glass of wine on the deck, my friend Max from Dallas arrived, and we went for a delicious dinner at Q. ETB

Map of My Road Trip Across the USA

For a summary about my road trip across the USA, click HERE. For the interactive map, see the below link.


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Beth Bankhead

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One thought on “Day 204 – North to Jackson Hole

  1. These pictures remind me of when i lived in Ut. Great pictures thanks for sharin, don’t see this kind of beauty in the desert.

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