Thursday, August 28, 2008

Yellowstone in a "Jammer"

Today we took a ride in a Historic Yellow "Jammer," a 1936 White Touring Car. Yellowstone had a fleet of these touring cars which they used from the 1930s to the 1960s. In 2001, Yellowstone officials decided to bring back the old cars. One by one, they were found, purchased from their new owners, and restored. The tiny fleet of 8 "Jammers" were put back into operation in 2007. The cars are wonderful. They give you a flavor of the "old days" in Yellowstone when they had to "Jam the gears" to drive the steep and curvy mountain roads.

The cars have canvas roofs that can be rolled back so you get an open air experience while you are getting a guided tour of the Park. Our driver/guide, Brooke, did a wonderful job explaining the geology, history, animals, and stories of the park. Along the way, we saw lots of bison, some up close and personal.

We saw this unusual license plate. You see strange and wonderful "stuff" in Yellowstone.

We had the perfect afternoon for our "Jammer" ride as the sky was blue and lakes were still. As we were rolling down Lake Bluff overlook, the sun was setting, gilding the clouds and glinting off Yellowstone Lake. The right way to end a wonderful ride in Yellowstone.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a fun ride in the Jammer. We rode a red one in Glacier over the "Going to the Sun Road". It was the only way we could both see the sights (Susan's fear of edges you know). What a great clear day to see Yellowstone. We wouldn't mind one of those here in Bot-Hell. ;-)