|Our last evening in Ennis, Montana|
So now we're finally here for a few days - the Grand Tetons!!
In addition to near perfect weather all summer, we've also been blessed with calm driving days. Sunday's drive back into Idaho changes that - we have sustained 25 mph winds the whole way. Not too bad, but hitting us from the side on narrow country roads, it adds a little excitement :-)
The Teton Valley RV Resort in Victor, Idaho, is a medium size park that stretches the title a bit. After our last beautiful stop, it's a let down. Our pull-through gravel site has green space that is 90% weeds with a dilapidated picnic table. The sites are between two curbs so parking the Jeep means having to drop the front end into a hole. It's very strange. We'll find another place next visit.
The national park is only 30 miles away, but that 10% Teton Pass in between is quite the drive! We have friends who have done it in their RV, but not something I'm excited about ever doing.
Of course the rewards of getting to the other side are well worth it.
|Stunning against perfect blue skies.|
|Beauty finding a beautiful background.|
|Our first look at the glaciers.|
|Mount Moran over Jackson Lake|
|The last Monday before Labor Day.|
Back in Grand Tetons National Park we take the park road through Jackson. It's dark when we get home in Victor, what a great day!
|Long vistas from Signal Mountain Summit.|
One of the most unique is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve. The final 1,106 acre parcel of the Rockefeller ranch was donated to the park by Laurance in 2001 with a specific vision for its use. Starting with the removal of all ranch structures and reseeding of grazed lands, the preserve provides trails through meadows, forests and riparian habitats.
Parking is limited, and there's a line for a space. Bill and Tessa wait, giving me more time to explore before they join me.
I could spend hours just in the simple visitor center. A purposely peaceful place where the appreciation of nature is key. Four videos of park flora and fauna play simultaneously showing the changing seasons. The well stocked library has views of the surrounding mountains. There's even a round meditation room with wonderful soft music and sounds of nature playing around you. I love this place!
|Open space filled with the natural sounds of the park provide a unique opportunity to watch the changing scenes.|
|A picture made of photos.|
|A quiet, comfy spot to read. Must be wonderful on a cold day with the fire going.|
|Falls roar with power.|
|Creek water whispers over and around the rocks.|
|Late summer blooms and delicate parachutes waiting for a breeze.|
|Bill got this pic with his peak identifying app. So cool!|
|With the snow gone, the glaciers are visible.|
|Jenny Lake - the one place my boys and I saw in the park 25 years ago. Still beautiful.|
|And thankfully still clear and pristine.|
|Entering the Gros Ventre (grow-vaunt) River area, we learn about the historic slide.|
|Almost 95 years later, the slide scar stands out from the surrounding forest.|
|Scalloped lake edges.|
|Red air-brushed hills above Gros Ventre Lake.|
|A peak peeks out from the Aspens (see this Janis??).|
|Mormon Row was a hardy community living in brutal winters with outstanding views.|
|Just a little duct tape and this cute pink cottage would be perfect!|
|Old barns and rugged peaks.|
|Thistle blooms all on the same plant.|
|The drive up Grand Targhee.|
|Teton Creek ripples through narrow meanders.|
|The natural art of long grass under water.|
|Protected salamander habitat.|
|Processing field gold.|
|Wonderful views from Lot 5.|
|The Big Eddy has not only great boondocking spots, but also the most fish we've seen anywhere this summer. Bill makes sure I put it on the list for our next visit!|
|This stunning hawk poses for a his photo op.|
We missed most of Idaho again, but are so glad we made the time to see this amazing area. We're already planning to come back!
Next we continue south to try, and fail, to see all of Bill's family in Ogden.