Tetons!

We slept in until 10 am, and woke to find it snowing. Giant fluffy snow! Funny thing is, both Bode and I woke up in the middle of the night because we were hot. The dangers of over-dressing to sleep in sub-freezing weather.

The park ranger at Old Faithful had told us that the moose were mostly in the Tetons. They preferred old-growth forest and since Yellowstone had a major fire in 1988, there weren’t many to be found. The tall charred old-growth trees are still abundant, sticking up 50 feet or so higher than the new growth.

Early in the trip we had proclaimed that we would find a moose no matter what. Canada wasn’t any help, Yellowstone was no help, so we went south to the Grand Tetons. We followed the road the ranger had recommended, but I had a hard time looking for moose. The mountains were so beautiful. The clouds covered the very top of the Tetons, but the views were still breath-taking.

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We hit the Visitors Center at the south end of the park to see what gives…no animals spotted. They directed us to a route just south of the park. We pulled out maybe 100 feet from the Visitors’ Center there were two beauties just standing there waiting for us. Success!

We took this as a good sign and kept driving the recommended route. About 5 miles later, herds of bison in the distance. Check!

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Then, as we headed back up around and toward the north again, a herd came right across the road in front of us. We sat through it for a while, but then there was a small break in the bison and Jason decided to drive through. I had a few fears that the van would be gored, but luckily they just looked at us. Also, bison = buffalo.

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A few more of Bode’s shots from this day:

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Since we’d seen all the wildlife on our checklist, we decided to hit the road. Outside of the Yellowstone, the trees go away and the rest of the way across Wyoming saw the occasional painted hill, but otherwise there wasn’t much. There’s a lot of road between Yellowstone/Tetons and South Dakota.  A LOT OF ROAD!!!! We did witness a real cattle drive and cowboys, right on the highway.

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We had to make the executive descision to bypass Colorado, where we hoped to visit some friends, but maybe we’ll swing back through before we head south of the border. It’s on the way from Texas to Mexico, right?

8 thoughts on “Tetons!

  • October 28, 2009 at 1:01 PM
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    Well — we’ll miss you, but since we’re getting a foot of snow today and maybe another foot tomorrow, maybe its OK to stay away right now…

    Come on by though on your way back from Texas!

  • October 28, 2009 at 1:41 PM
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    I’m amazed you guys are going to South America! I would have to have my Vanagon turned into an Armored assault vehichle to make that trek. Be safe and if you detour to the Keys via Texas I’ll look forward to meeting you!

  • October 28, 2009 at 2:29 PM
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    Just learned that Grand Tetons means big breasts. That’s because I am in Paris and it’s French. Sorry, it has nothing to do with anything, but I thought I would add that. Miss you guys!

    XO Cindy

  • October 28, 2009 at 5:04 PM
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    I’ve been to Canada and Yellowstone and never saw moose at either place. I saw my first wild moose between the Tetons and Yellowstone, though.

  • October 28, 2009 at 9:19 PM
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    I just found out my cousin Lindsey is going on an extended backpacking trip to South America, leaving around Thanksgiving time. Maybe she will still be down there when you head that way, or at least have many insights for you when you go! Wyoming looks like a beautiful place! Wish I was there!!!

  • October 28, 2009 at 9:33 PM
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    That’s great that you were able to see moose!

    I love the scary looking illustrations in the warning pamphlets at Yellowstone. Did you see any of the signs warning visitors to stay on the walkways so they don’t fall into boiling water?

    Great photos, and as always Bode’s are super cool.
    -Melissa

  • October 29, 2009 at 7:43 AM
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    Cindy-
    I told Angela and Bode we were going to see the Big Boobies, but they didn’t believe me.
    We won’t ask how you learned this in Paris 😉

  • October 29, 2009 at 9:18 AM
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    I lived in Jackson Hole for 2 years before moving to Washington. One of the most amazing and beautiful places on earth, with epic snow and ski terrain! Too bad its so expensive to live there.

    Jason,
    I also followed up to your comment on my blog… thanks for checking in!

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