06.09.2013 - 10.09.2013
Five days in the Grand Tetons, and I could have stayed for many more -- what an awe-inspiring place! I could write a book, but not tonight, so let me just jot my most favorite experiences:
-- Gros Ventre Slide, a landslide in 1925 that sent so much earth, rocks, trees and debris down the mountain in 3 minutes that it dammed the river and created a lake. Wow, what nature can do so quickly!
-- kayaking on Jenny Lake, and out-racing a rain storm
-- slipping our kayak in the Snake River at Cattleman's Bridge, so silently amid the early morning mist. Elk were bulging in the woods, a bald eagle chittered in the treetops, and the current of the river floated us along in this beautiful waterway. We paddled quietly in, out and around a maze of pools and ponds, and though we found no moose, the fall colors of the river foliage in the quiet of the morning just took our breath away.
-- thousands of water lilies on Swan Lake and Heron Pond
-- floating in a raft down the Snake River early one morning, with the clouds casting across the Teton Mountains, and seeing so many bald eagles we lost count.
-- an early-morning walk along the Gros Ventre River, behind our campsite. Again, no moose (they are being very elusive to us!), but just appreciating the stream rippling along and the treetops showing their fall golden color.
-- a bike ride down Moose-Wilson Road, and hiking to Phelps Lake....when I go back here again, I'm taking a lunch and settling down on one of the huge log benches at the lake and just soak it up for a few hours...what a lovely place. This is inside the Laurence S. Rockefeller Preserve, and there is a wonderfully unique and excellent center there exhibiting environmental information in very exciting ways. I highly recommend a visit there.
Ok--this is almost a book already! Just know this is such a special place, it deserves much more.