Big Day in Wyoming: Grand Teton
Jackson, Wyoming: We spent all day Sunday
visiting with Mom and Gene, and before continuing north, Dave's Mom prepared
brunch for us. The Lovely Lisa had sent her Grandma a "Croissant of the Month"
gift. The pastries arrive frozen, require an overnight thaw, then only 15
minutes in the oven. The flavor this month was chocolate-filled croissants,
which Mom served with strawberries and apricots.
Of course we had the obligatory family photo session:
Mom, Dave, Gene and me
The first adventure of the day was to find a notary. Our neighborhood (9
homes) decided to amend the CC&R's (first time in twenty years) and every
"lot" had to sign the amendment and have it notarized. We pulled into a
large shopping mall in Alpine, Wyoming and walked into a bank and - voila.
Not only did the bank have a notary, there was a post office across the
road. Done and done.
On to Jackson!
Y'all know I just love Jackson. Rustic, yet modern.
Charming, yet current. Great shopping. Great views, and home to my favorite
gem in the National Park System -
The campground we usually choose,
Virginian (right in town!), is no longer accepting Big Rigs, so we opted
for Jackson Hole
Campground, about six miles from Jackson on Moose-Wilson Road. As we
checked in, the clerk told us a moose has been hanging out in the
campground. Sure enough, right on cue, the moose greeted us as we pulled
into our site. (Learn more about the resort at the bottom of this page.)
Immediately after setting-up camp, we headed out to explore
Grand Teton National Park by car, equipped with cameras and binoculars. Our
route into the park today was easy - we just followed Moose-Wilson road into
the southern-most park entrance.
Close-up of Beaver Dam
There is quite a bit of snow in Grand Teton, and the roads
opened just a few days ago. Many hiking trails are still closed. There is a
lot of animal activity in the park. Bears are waking up. They are hungry and
they have babies to tend, teach and feed.
Streams are full and flowing into the mighty Snake River.
Much of Jenny Lake is still covered in ice.
I don't often apologize for crappy photography on this site. Usually I just post
my crappy photos. But this time I am so sorry the quality isn't better because
this time the photos are of a grizzly bear eating a moose! The bear was very far
away from me (and the safety of our Honda) and I was not going to get any
closer. This type of photography is called a "proof" - proof you saw a
grizzly eating a moose.
According to a park ranger, a grizzly bear killed a moose yesterday morning -
conveniently at a popular overlook above a pond - and has been dining on the
carcass for the past few days. The bear seemed to eat for an hour or so, then
retreat back to the woods for an hour or two, then return to the buffet. Rinse
and repeat. We saw the bear return from the woods to his/her dining room below a
dead tree, and watched him/her gnaw-away for about an hour this afternoon.
Grizzly bear, under the tree, eating a moose
Another shot - ravens and turkey vultures lurk nearby
That was pretty exciting - and really just a stroke of luck as this section
of the road will be closed over the next two days for road construction.
Besides the bear/moose situation, we also observed ducks, geese, an osprey
and beaver in the marshy pond area.
We continued driving through the park - simply beautiful covered in snow:
We left Grand Teton National Park just as it was getting dark and drove to
Jackson for dinner. We ended up at
Local, the same spot we
had lunch with Mom and Gene a year ago. Would you believe it if I told you
we ordered the exact same dishes again? We are so predictable.
Until my next update, I remain, your naturalist correspondent.
Campground - Outside of town, but very convenient to Jackson and Grand
Teton National Park. We have a full-service 50 amp gravel pull-through site.
Bathhouse, laundry, cable TV and free wifi. A lot of trees, but both
roof-top dishes found their satellites. We are paying $68. And... that is
the off-season rate.
FYI: The campground is part of (and behind) the
so look for the Fireside Resort sign. There is no "Jackson Hole Campground"
sign (that we noticed). RVs must drive down this little lane (below) between
new adorable rental cabins, to reach the RV office.
New cabins at Fireside Resort
Dave and I poked our heads inside the cute cabins - they have a front porch
with BBQ, living area with fireplace and TV, kitchenette with dishwasher,
full bath and a bedroom in the back. They are really just fancy park models.
Really, really fancy. (You can
purchase one and have it
hauled to you.)
look inside. The resort also offer
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