June 27th and 28th ~ Grand Teton’s
This park is simply beyond gorgeous and we have decided to make ourselves at home until after the 4th of July.
Tuesday, June 27th: Our weather has taken a turn. It is cooler and raining. We love the sound as it pounds on the top of the RV. Both rhythmic and relaxing. But we can’t see the sights from inside, so mid afternoon we grab our rain coats and set out for a drive toward Jenny Lake.
First stop is of course the Visitor’s Center so we can get our NP Passport stamped. They had an interesting display about Native American Ledger Art, which was new to me.
The Lodge at Jenny Lake was warm and inviting on a dreary day, but we were too late for lunch and too early for dinner.
We moved on and took the scenic loop where we caught a nice shot of Jenny through the trees, just as the rain was easing to a stop.
On to Signal Mountain Lodge for dinner where we lucked out with a perfect window seat overlooking the marina.
There is a very short growing season for wildflowers in the Tetons, but they are more than abundant right now. In some areas, the snow has only been gone for a few weeks, so they are popping up everywhere. Click here for a park guide on identifying wild flowers found in Grand Teton NP.
The weather was closing in once again, so we headed back to camp, but captured a few interesting shots with darkened skies along the way.
Wednesday, June 28th: We spent the night of the 27th at Gros Ventre Campground, but have now moved north to the larger, more popular, and centrally located Colter Bay Campground. The sun was out briefly and we took full advantage.
On the way to the Colter Bay, we stopped at Oxbow Bend Turnout, where one of the rangers suggested that we could get a good view of the tallest mountain in the range, Mount Moran. It is more boxy than the other ragged peaks. She referred to it as “a stud”.
Again we have no hookups, as that section of the park is sold out through the end of summer.
We were originally assigned a site in the “M” section, we were thrilled to learn that a momma fox and four kits were one campsite down from us.
We spent a blissful hour watching them play from a very short distance. One of the youngsters came up to within 3-4 feet of me. I stood frozen in place. It was simply curious. Momma seemed unfazed. I taped a short video to share of them playing:
There were a few shortcomings though of that site, and so Tim and I scoped out the campsite and found that the Verizon signal was highest in the “O” section. The camp hosts were accommodating and allowed us to move.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be soaking up the amazing grandeur of The Tetons. Seeing the four kits playing in the campsite, unconcerned with their quiet audience, was truly a gift.
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