Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Mary – 09-05/12-11 WY/UT Trip – Moran, WY

We had a wonderful week in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Driving from Casper to Moran, we approached the Tetons from the east – a first for us. It is amazing to drive through miles and miles of relatively flat ranch and farmland then all of a sudden see 13,000+ foot mountains rise from the valley floor.  We drove the inside park road at the base of the mountains and stopped several times to enjoy the view and take pictures of the mountains, Snake River, and beautiful lakes.  We saw a moose in Jackson Hole and a bull elk in Yellowstone. Unfortunately, we didn't spot any bears but there were many warnings posted. Yellowstone is slowly recovering from the devastating fires of 1988. Some of the dead trees are still standing beside the 5’-6’ new growth. We drove to Salt Lake City on Sunday – one of our favorite cities in the US. I'll post Yellowstone pictures in a few days.
Tetons from Moran

View from Pinto Ranch

Sadie testing and tasting the water
in Lava Creek at Pinto Ranch

One of several Pinto Ranch homes

Grand Teton and Snake River

Snake River in Grand Teton National Park

Smoke from fires in the park filter the sun

Be Bear Aware signs post throughout the parks

Jenny Lake

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