June 26th ~ Jackson, WY
I’m on the hunt! A few years ago we spent 10 days in Yellowstone and saw about a gazillion elk, but not a single moose. So I have made it my mission to find a moose on this trip. Tim says we are not leaving The Tetons until I see one, lol.
Our site here in Grand Teton National Park is wonderful. We do not have any hook ups, but we are amongst the trees and it is not crowded. Also the price was fabulous. With my senior pass we paid only $14.50 per night and decided to stay put for three nights.
We drove Jethro along the back roads from where we were staying at Gros Ventre, past Mormon Row. The wild flowers were in full bloom and wonderful contrast against the mountain backdrop.
At Mormon Row, we found an entire colony of Uinta ground squirrels, many sitting up to beg and hinting they would be happy for a handout.
We continued along Antelope Flats toward Moose Junction. Spoke to a gentleman who had just seen a bull moose beside the road, plus a mother and calf about a mile ahead. We jumped in the car and headed in the direction he pointed. Well, we did spot a ranger on the side of the road insisting we not stop, and Tim spotted the hind end of a moose off in the bushes.
I saw nothing…
Continuing into the town of Jackson, I managed to snag a mani/pedi in Jackson, but it ended up costing $85 plus tip which is double what I normally play. There went our campground savings 😦
The town itself is cute, rustic, historic, and FILLED with tourists.
We found the service lacking. Perhaps since the majority of the business is “one time only”, they do not feel the need to be on their best behavior.
Example #1 – First restaurant we went into, the menu said a dish was pork but marinated in something I did not recognize the name of. When I ask the waitress what it was she said, “It is pork.”. I tried again, saying I realized that, but due to Tim’s allergies, I wanted to know what it was marinated in. She again said it is pork. We were getting nowhere fast. I asked if there was perhaps someone else who might be able to help us. She left, went into the back and returned a few minutes later with a sample for us to taste. I realized that she just did not understand our request, or what an allergy was, or anything else about the dish other than it was “pork”. We got up and left.
Example #2 – We found another restaurant right in the center of town and both ordered. As we were waiting to be served, Tim had a view into the kitchen where the food was placed by the chef for the server to collect and bring to the table. On FOUR different occasions, Tim witnessed the same waitress use her bare fingers to take a “sample bite” from a plate before serving it. Now just maybe this is their version of quality control, but it certainly left us with a sour taste regarding their cleanliness and hygiene standards. Perhaps someone in the food industry can educate me if this is normal???
Example #3 – In line at the grocery store at checkout. The grocery bagger realized he had missed an item from the previous customer and let out an “F” bomb. Yes, I’ve heard it before. No, don’t appreciate the pollution.
So, the town of Jackson itself did not leave a warm and fuzzy impression on us, but the Tetons are another story. The scenery is dramatic, mountains crisp and jagged, early summer wild flowers are in bloom, the air is warm but not hot.
The only moose I did see was in town and stuffed. We did get to see a bushy-tailed red fox scamper across the road, several bison right next to the road and a young buck with velvet horns right next to our campsite.
I’ll have to settle for that for now…
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful for the park naturalist who educated us about moose habitat and habits, as well as where we might have the best chance of finding one. There are only about 60 left in Grand Teton National Park, however we found out we had one wander into our camp the night before. Sorry I missed it!