Our plan was to stay two nights in the Signal Mountain Lodge and then camp two nights between the Tetons and Yellowstone in Lizard Creek Campground. However, upon checking into the Lodge, we were told that the Lizard Creek Campground was closed for another week due to heavy snow pack. This set off a big scramble to find a place to stay, near Yellowstone, over a weekend, in Summer, that would sleep 6 semi-comfortable and not cost a fortune. That's a tall order my friends. While doing laundry at the Lodge, I scoured the internet for deals on hotels, motels, and cabins. I wasn't having much luck and the wi-fi at the Lodge was a bit sketchy.
Finally, around 2:30 am I found a place on Vacation Rentals by Owner (VRBO). I'll tell you more about the place we found when we get to around Day 8 or so.
The next morning we awoke to what looked like a nice day, giving us hope for some clearer weather. By the time we were all dressed and ready to go, the skies had darkened and the drizzle came back. But we set out anyway, carrying all of our cold weather gear and rain parkas. We were heading over to the Teton Village to ride the Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain. We were told there was about 20 foot snow drifts on top and knowing we would climb to almost 11,000 feet, the temps would be be in the 30's and the winds would probably be gusting.
We arrived at the Teton Village and as hoped, the weather was improving. It was still cloudy, but very little if any rain. We bought our tickets for the Tram and hopped aboard. If you're ever up here, always check around at your hotel or in the newspaper for coupons for the Tram. We got $3 off each person from the Lodge, but later found $4 off in the local paper.
With the greater than normal snowfall this year, apparently, tourism was taking a hit. There was too much snow to hike on and not enough to ski on. We were the only ones on the Tram headed up, so we got our own personal tour guide.