Saturday, June 1
Another gorgeous day. Sunny and highs in the 60s (Remember we are at higher elevations here and it is cooler than elsewhere.)
We started out our day at the visitors center and went to see the film on Grand Teton National Park. Only problem, the film which was supposed to start automatically at 8:30 forgot that it was supposed to start. I guess it missed its first cup of coffee to get the day underway. Three visits from us to the front desk finally got it rolling.
We drove around a bit and took a few more pictures and then headed to the Laurance S Rockefeller preserve. This is part of the park; the Rockefeller’s were instrumental in getting parts of Grand Teton into the park system through private purchase and bullying the federal government to act.
They kept this piece of land as a private residence until the early 2000s when it was upgraded and given to the park service. It includes a lake, 1000 acres, and a visitor center that is very nice and open but does not do an awful lot. Isn’t it good that we allow people to rip us off and then give some of that money back so they can be considered philanthropists?
From there we drove up to Jenny Lake, stopping at several vistas to observe scenic views and animals (No bears yet). At Jenny Lake we took a shuttle boat to the other side to hike to Hidden Falls. We passed on the longer hike to Inspiration Point.
One of the scenic drives in the park is called the Moose-Wilson road which is warned as curvy, narrow, etc. and a great place to see wildlife. Based on our past experience, the road was pretty easy, just a little bumpy on a dirt portion. No wildlife either.
THe afternoon was moving on and we drove up to the Signal Mountain portion of the park to attend church. There is a church in Jackson but we thought we would go to this chapel in the woods which was about an hour away instead.
The chapel holds about 100 and there were about 50 people there. A foreign born priest who sang well but a poor homily. I did manage to stay awake. Dinner was at a lodge in the park where we chatted with a guy from Michigan who was going to start work for the Forest service on Monday; a server from Connecticut: and a family from Jackson that chatted about the area and best views.
The drive home did not present any overwhelming sunset views, but continued the views of majestic mountains and wildlife.
Ed and Chris June 2