The Grand Tetons
Mystic of Holyhead (successor to Lynn Rival)
Rachel and Paul Chandler
Fri 11 Oct 2019 15:52
A short drive south from
Yellowstone NP brought us to the magnificent Grand Teton mountains
and Jackson Hole, where
we stayed for 3 days enjoying the scenery and wildlife. We'd been
feeling cold at Yellowstone and appreciated getting milder
. . . with glaciers
Is that the way up?
Jackson Hole - (hole meaning mountain valley or basin)
There are many pleasant walks through forest dotted by pretty alpine lakes. The geology of the area is again fascinating - the mountains arose only a few million years ago but the exposed rock is billions of years old - and the National Park Visitors Center and information signage is excellent.
Alpine lakes and glaciers
So far we'd seen a lot of wildlife but in the hope of seeing more we'd booked a specialist tour. Tyler, our guide, picked us up in a 7-seater but we were his only customers and got his undivided attention the whole afternoon. He drove us around the park, telling us all about the wildlife - mostly bison, elk and pronghorn - we were seeing. We spotted a juvenile bald eagle (it's head feathers had yet to turn white with age) and a fox but it wasn't until almost sunset that we saw our prize: two bull moose, ambling across a meadow not far from the main road.
We saw a mule deer . . .
. . . a cheeky chipmunk . . .
. . . a pile of old antlers . . .
. . . an elk in high listening mode (look at the ear) . . .
. . . and a moose