Grand Teton National Park 2015

DSC_0042The clouds hang low over the valley masking the mountain tops. A cold drizzle reminds us of the Pacific Northwest. According to the ranger at Jenny Lake Ranger Station the low clouds and rain are driving wildlife off of the mountains.

We’ve come to Grand Teton National Park to view the Tetons, of course, but we don’t feel shorted that the clouds hide our view. We’ve seen moose, elk, buffalo, a martin and a fox since we arrived. Not too shabby for one day.

Grand Teton National Park spans over 300,000 of some of the most beautiful acres in the world. Only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, its scenery includes 40 miles of mountains and much of Jackson Hole.

Our trip included a stop at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor’s Center in Moose, WY, Menor’s Ferry, hiking the foothills, and a visit to Jenny Lake.DSC_0109 (2)

The Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor’s Center is a modern and easy to find building just off of Hwy 89. Dioramas depict wildlife and human inhabitants of the area included in the park. We spent about an hour admiring several collections of photographs and Native American clothing.

Just up the road is Menor’s Ferry. Originally homesteaded by Bill Menor in the late 1800’s he and his brother set up a ferry to cross the Snake River as well as a general store and smokehouse.

DSC_0187 (2)You can shop at the original cabin and general store and visit a barn filled with carriages, buggies, and even a sled—transportation used by early settlers to Jackson Hole.

In the late summer months the park service offers rides across the river on a replica of Menor’s Ferry.

 

As one would expect, there are quite a number of hiking trails available in the park. Ilene and found a nice trail head near Lupine Meadows and decided to stretch out legs.

In this part of the country you need to be Bear Aware as black bear and grizzlies call the park home. We were pleased to find Bear Boxes at the trail head so we gathered up all our ‘smellables’ from the pickup and dropped them off before our walk. We sure wouldn’t want to come back to a truck rummaged through by a bear!

The walk was pleasant and fairly easy. Patches of snow still dotted the landscape in shadowy DSC_0149 (1)areas and the smell of pine was intoxicating. The only wildlife we managed to see on the hike was a marmot hanging out near the toilets back at the trail head.

We did, however, catch another herd of elk crossing our path on the drive out to Jenny Lake and the end of our exploration that day.

Oh, did I mention we stopped SEVERAL times to take photos? Bring a nice camera on your trip.

DSC_0148 (2)If you come to Jackson Hole plan on spending a couple days dedicated to exploring The Grand Teton National Park; you’ll be glad you did! We tried to cram too much into too little time. So on our next trip we plan to dedicate a week JUST to Grand Teton National Park.

 

 

 

 

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