Grand Teton National Park

As much as I love traveling by myself, long solo trips are a lot more fun when I can mix it up by meeting friends and family along the way.  Marie, who also lives in the Bay Area, let herself be talked into joining me for five days in and around Yellowstone National Park.  I drove from Moab to Salt Lake City to pick her up at the airport, then we continued on to Jackson, Wyoming, just south of Grand Teton National Park.

Marie had been thoroughly warned about my habit of waking up before dawn to take photos.  Considering that she has little interest in photography and isn’t a big fan of rising before the sun, I assumed that at most she would be game for one early morning outing.  Nope – she was right there with me in the pre-dawn dark for three mornings in a row, including an attempt to get some interesting clouds in the classic/clichéd Ansel Adams view of first light hitting the Tetons with the Snake River in the foreground.  As you can see, the clouds (once again) declined to make an appearance.


Sunrise on the Grand Tetons and Snake River
Sunrise at Oxbow Bend
After taking sunrise photos Marie and I decided to hike around Jenny Lake.  Before starting out on the trail I looked at the map and confidently declared it to be a two-mile hike.  Four miles into the hike we hadn’t yet hit the halfway point, and, to her credit, Marie’s sarcastic remarks at my expense were subtle instead of blatant, demonstrating exceptional restraint.

On our second morning we were greeted with the same cloud-challenged sky that foiled us the first morning, so we decided to skip the Snake River Overlook and instead drive over to Mormon Row for sunrise photos with the famous (among photographers, at least) Moulton Barn in the foreground.  Several other photographers decided to start the day at the same location, as did a herd of bison that was thoughtful enough to make the scene a little livelier.


Sunrise on the Moulton Barn
Marie at the Moulton Barn
After a day and a half in Grand Teton National Park, our wildlife-spotting checklist was pretty lame:  just some bison, a couple elk, and a few marmots.  We hoped to do better in Yellowstone.

4 thoughts on “Grand Teton National Park

  1. Rob,
    Marie is goregous! 🙂 Also I am very impressed by her agreeing to get up at all hours for some photo shoots and her agreeing to hike with you… Good think shes sarcastic because you 2 would've been rather bored and tiered by the end of that little adventure 🙂
    All of the photographs are beautiful! (With or without clouds… Sorry they didn't show up for you!) I LOVE the “lame” list of wildlife spottings- that's almost as good as mine for today- a dead squirrel, some birds, a few live squirrels and bugs. JOY! Haha.
    O! And since you like meeting friends and FAMILY along the way- I've never been to Asia… Or Africa… Or South America… And you know Christmas is coming up and plane tickets are only a couple thousand dollars round trip out of the country.. And continent for that matter! OOOO! Marie and I could go together :D… i'm such a genius! Haha
    Anyway, talk to you later!! BYE!

    Elizabeth M. and Lizzie Rosvall (my cousin from Phoenix who's in town this week and you will see her on Monday when you come in to KC!! :D… WITH MARIE! I hope…) Haha


  2. My sarcastic remarks were mostly limited to the number of diet cokes he would have packed had he known it was really going to be an 8 mile hike. The other wildlife didn't mention in the blog were the bunnies, one of which hopped right in front of him while he was taking photos and he completely missed it!

    Christmas in Africa is a great idea. I will have to pass. I'm going to Cambodia in September and spending Thanksgiving in India, so will be home with family for the holidays.



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