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Bear Lake, Utah, June 20, 2003 - On our way from Salt Lake City, UT to Jackson, WY we stopped for a driving break at a viewpoint over Bear Lake.
Jackson Lake, June 20, 2003 - Before a family reunion dinner at the Jackson Lodge we walked out to the edge of Jackson Lake.
Taggart Lake, June 21, 2003 - Kay, Laura, David, and Bill took a short hike to Taggart Lake to enjoy the view of the Tetons.
Ed and Janice Wedding, June 21, 2003 - David, Kay, Laura, and Bill attended the wedding of my cousin, Ed Bushnell, and his new wife, Janice. The ceremony and reception were held at a friends house on a plot of land that enjoyed a beautiful view of the Tetons. As I recall the temperature was cool to cold.
Yellowstone Tour, June 23, 2003 - David, Kay, and Bill joined Dan Norton and family for a driving tour through Yellowstone. We started from our cabin at Flagg Ranch, drove north through Hayden Valley, past lake Yellowstone, and met Dan at Canyon Village. From there we drove over Dunraven Pass to Tower Falls, then to Mammoth Hot Springs. We then drove south to Norris Geyser Basin, then returned to Canyon Village for dinner.
The next day David, Kay, and Bill departed Flagg Ranch and spent most of the day around the Old Faithful Geyser Basin, taking a short hike around the Geysers, then leaving Yellowstone through its west entrance. On the way out we detoured through Firehole Canyon, then drove to Idaho Falls for the night.
Bountiful Ridge, June 25, 2003 - After driving south all morning from Idaho Falls we arrived in Salt Lake City at mid-day. David and Kay wanted to spend time at the Geneology Library, but I wanted to get outside and enjoy the pleasant weather. So, they went to the library, and I got on my bike and explored the hills east of Bountiful, UT.
From the Days Inn on North Temple St. I rode uphill toward the center of town. At North Main St. I turned left and continued uphill to Victory Rd. After cresting the top of the hill I descended into Bountiful on Beck St. then Orchard Drive. I rode Orchard Drive north through Bountiful until I reached E 400 N. I then turned right and began climbing again.
The map I had with me did not include many details. I was looking for Skyline Drive, but it did not connect to E400N by that name. So, it was with some trial and error that I found my way to Skyline Drive, after riding up the hill as far as the Bountiful Temple. N1300E turns out to have been the connection.
Shortly after passing through the newest subdivision high on the hill, Skyline Drive turns to dirt, passing what looks like a makeshift dirt-bike play area and within earshot of a local gun range.
Skyline Drive climbs gradually but relentlessly to the top of the range directly east of Bountiful and Salt Lake City. The road is open to auto traffic, and a few motor vehicles and dirt bikes passed in both directions, but traffic, fortunately, was light.
I eventually reached the summit of the ridge where I enjoyed a breathtaking view of the Salt Lake Valley to the west and the corrugated land of the Wasatch Range to the east. My plan was to have continued on Skyline Drive, climbing another 1000 feet under the nose of Bountiful Peak before starting a long descent through Farmington Canyon, exiting in Farmington, about 7 miles north of Bountiful on the same side of the mountains.
Unfortunately, I had started my ride too late to risk continuing. If I found myself stuck by road closure or mechanical breakdown I might be stuck in the mountains overnight. Plus I had agreed to meet David and Kay for dinner that evening, and I didn't want them to worry.
So, I took my photos and then descended the way I had come. But, instead of returning past Temple Square in Salt Lake City, I rode downhill and west to Redwood Rd. before turning south and returning to the hotel.
The Silver Legacy Chair, June 26, 2003 - Kay sat down in the large ornate chair in the lobby of the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, NV.
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