Blogs from Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, United States, North America - page 2

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Live forever-Oasis 'For one moment, while she looked at him in her love and mirth, he saw the absurdity of the Tragedian. For one moment he did not at all misunderstand her laughter: he too must once have known that no people find each other more absurd than lovers.' The Great Divorce A few days ago, I bathed in solitude. Both litteraly and poeticaly. I fully dived in. I think the english langage has an important point where it makes a difference between being alone and being lonely. One does not necessarily mean the other. Some people say that you can’t truly love someone else without loving yourself first, or being comfortable alone first, if you want. It is not true. You can truly make something the wrong way, but it still comes from the bottom ... read more
I am having trouble keeping my eyes on the road
Sempiternal


Thursday, 18 June, 2015 We left Casper, WY, and drove out highway 220 to Independence Rock, a large rock formation where travelers on the way west carved their names in the granite. We were last there in 1989, and then there was just a dirt road to the rock. Now there is a rest area and paved pathways. A little further down the road, we stopped at Devil's Gate, a pass through the mountains carved by the Sweetwater River. We drove on to Rawlins and took I-80 west to Rock Springs, then highway 191 south to Fire Hole Campground in Flaming Gorge NRA. The road down to the campground from the highway was over 9 miles long, and Kerry was sure it was the wrong road. Once we got there, though, it was as beautiful as ... read more
Independence
Jenna
about Independence Rock


Geo: 43.7904, -110.682What a great way to end our stay in the Greater Yellowstone area. First we were caught in a buffalo jam on our way to view the other wildlife there was out there. Got some great shots as they moved about heading across the road.We also got to the Footbridge area and were told there was nothing there but there was some activity down at Hitching Post. Headed down there and got ourselves set up in time to see six of the wolves moving through the area. First it was the alpha female bringing some meat back to the den area. We watched her move through the grass and then cross the road safely before heading up the hill.We were standing close to some of the Wolf Project people and could hear the others ... read more
Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley
Lamar Valley


Geo: 43.7904, -110.682The excitement of watching for the wolves in the Lamar Valley. This year it seemed the campgrounds were filling up faster than in years past. This year it seemed we would not be able to get into Slough Creek, Canyon was full and we were able to get a site at Pebble Creek by arriving at around 6 am in the morning, the campground host was awake and helped us get our site.We spent the rest of the day watching for wildlife and the next morning were up and on the road to see what we could see. We arrived at the one overlook first with no luck and continued on down the road and came across the Prospect Peak pack wolves out and visible. We watched them until they went out of sight ... read more
Lamar Valley Wolf Watching
Lamar Valley Wolf Watching
Lamar Valley Wolf Watching


Geo: 43.7904, -110.682There are always incredible sights to see when you are in the Greater Yellowstone area. We had spent the day looking for wildlife including doing some wolf watching when we were heading back to the northern end of the park in Yellowstone. We had passed the Mud Pits that are quite close to the river and the road narrows down and there is a cliff on one side of the road and the Yellowstone River on the other side. We saw the cars ahead of us slowing down and we knew there was something to see up ahead.What was it? What was that in the river? Hard to believe but we were suddenly looking at 5 or 6 elk swimming the river. First in was a very large bull elk that started across and ... read more
Crown Jewels of Yellowstone:  Bull Elk
Crown Jewels of Yellowstone:  Bull Elk
Crown Jewels of Yellowstone:  Bull Elk


Geo: 43.7904, -110.682We decided to paddle on String Lake to where you portage over to Leigh Lake. Got a very early start and there very few people out on the lake even though it was a Sunday. Decided to go along the edge of the lake and were rewarded with a very large cinammon bear heading across the high meadow above the hiking trail around the lake. Watched him until he disappeared from view.We also got to watch a mother merganser on her nest as we passed by, then nice osprey gliding along looking for fish for dinner. Got to the portage point and took a break. Went into the woods to relieve ourselves. The only reason this is mentioned is it was a very eerie feeling since this is an area that is known for ... read more
Merganser female
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Geo: 43.7904, -110.682The elk in the Greater Yellowstone area are always interesting to watch. This time of year they are still growing their antlers. One morning we were out on an early game drive and saw this fine looking bull elk with a massive set of antlers. They still had their velvet but he was quite an impressive specimen. In late September, the elk rut begins in earnest and there is a a lot of bugling of the elk, and the clashing of antlers as they fight to prove their dominance.... read more
King Bull Elk
King Bull Elk
King Bull Elk


Geo: 43.818, -110.706Short note about the stories. We have gotten behind in these stories and so they may be a bit confused but hey the pictures are what is important.As we were getting ready to leave the Colter campground there was the mother fox running through our campsite. We watched her until she had gone out of sight. This was our Teton trip for foxes as this was the mother of the third of the fox families we were lucky enough to see!The rest of the story for these pictures is the birthday celebration at the Jackson Lake Lodge. It is always a wonderful place to sit and watch the sunset and if we are lucky get a glimpse of some animal down in Antelope Flats.... read more
Lone Little Fox At Colter Bay
Lone Little Fox At Colter Bay
Lone Little Fox At Colter Bay


Geo: 43.818, -110.706Up early to check out the wildlife in the early morning. Were lucky and got to see some beautiful elk and an antelope herd. We had been told about more fox kits near the Lupine Meadows turnout. We headed over there and had to wait for them to appear. You knew you were in the right place by the number of large cameras set up and people standing around talking.The foxes that are here are unique. They are called cross fox and this is because they have a darker coat and what appears to be a cross on their back. The father was very dark and some of the young foxes were red and the others were the cross foxes.While we were waiting for the foxes to appear, a pine marten came over to ... read more
Grand Beauty of Grand Teton
Grand Beauty of Grand Teton
Grand Beauty of Grand Teton


Today we begin our adventure at Grand Teton National Park. It was a beautiful sunny day and we were able to see so many gorgeous views. We drove to the south east entrance of the park and you were only able to access a small part of the park. The Ranger suggested that we drive to the north east side of the park where we were able to access 26 miles of road within the park. We were able to drive to Jackson lake which was completely frozen and snow-covered. The pictures are of us actually standing on Jackson Lake with Grand Teton and other peaks in the background. On our way back to Jackson we stopped at the national elk refuge where thousands of elk are spending their winter protected and being fed. It was ... read more
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