Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

On the way to Grand Teton from Glacier NP we passed an interesting lake. It's called Earthquake Lake. I wish I would have known about it before making the plans for this trip. Since we already had reservations at Grand Teton we could not stop and spend a night. In one spot it was called The Lake with a Tilt. The lake is fed by a river flowing through a steep narrow canyon. We did not have internet or cell phone coverage at the time so we could not research it. Later I asked Google on the cell phone and she said that the lake was formed due to a 1959 earthquake. It is a very big and long lake with several lakeside campgrounds on the side we were driving on. It would have been great to spend a couple of nights.

North of Grand Teton NP is Yellowstone NP. Separating the two NPs is a small piece of land called John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway. Mr. Rockefeller donated over 32,000 acres in the valley to the government so future generations would have access to northern Jackson Hole.

I did not have my plans for this trip finalized until January 10. It was too late to get reservations in Grand Teton NP. So we are staying at The Headwaters at Flagg Ranch, which is located in the Memorial Parkway between the two NPs.

The haze and heat continued to follow us to Grand Teton. We use the AC during the day and heaters at night.
However, the haze improved, slightly, while we were here. We spent most of our time driving through the park looking for wildlife.

The Tetons are a jagged range of picturesque mountains running north/south. Grand Teton Mountain is the tallest peak at 13,770 feet. The land to the east of the range is flat and averages 6,800 ft. elevation. There are several nice size lakes which are next to the mountain range.

We viewed this forest fire while driving to Grand Teton National Park.

A view of the southern part of the Teton Range (our best haze day).

View of the northern part of the Teton Range.

The view on our worst haze day at Teton NP. (big improvement over Glacier's haze)

We were driving to church in the NP when there was a traffic jam on the road. That only means one thing; wildlife in view! We were able to park the car in a nearby parking lot and walk to where the crowd was gathering. As we approached the crowd, they started coming toward us. The rangers on the scene told them that the bears were too close to the road and everyone had to get back in their cars. So back to the car and we got in line with the other cars on the road. The bears were on the west side of the road and we were headed south - which meant that Terry would be taking the pictures out her window. There was a small Lilly covered pond next to the road and a hill on the other side of the pond. The ranger told us, as we very slowly passed him, that there was a female black bear in the edge of the pond with two cubs, one black and one brown, on the hill next to the pond. I set the camera on wide angle and told Terry when you see them, point the camera in their direction and keep shooting. She did a great job. We were not allowed to stop the car, but we did move slowly. The bears were about 25 yards away. The first two pictures (wich I deleted) were a blur because Terry was having a hard time trying to watch and take pictures at the same time.

The Terry's first (non-blurred) picture of a bear. (This is a wide-angle shot, the bears are closer than viewed)

The same shot but digitally zoomed. The mother bear is in the water and two cubs playing on the right.

Terry's last bear picture. After I digitally enlarged it, we saw three cubs one black and two brown.
One brown cub in the center of the picture, one brown cub on the right side of the picture.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Located in Grand Teton National Park.)

Our last look at Grand Teton Mountain.

While driving around looking for wildlife, we stopped to view Jenny Lake.

The glacier fed Jenny Lake is cold and people still want to jump in!

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