Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Vacationing in the Tetons

Earlier I indicated that we would not even try for the Jenny Lake campground, as it is the most popular of the sites. Well, we stayed Saturday night (8/5) just outside the Grand Teton National Park in a Forest Service campground, got up early Sunday (8/6), packed, and hit the Moran Junction entrance about 6:30 AM.

The view from the tent

I inquired of the ranger as to the chances of getting a site at Jenny Lake, and he said it was worth a try, so we tried. We got to the campground just before 7:oo AM and learned that there were three sites known to be available, and possibly a couple more. We took the first one we saw, and that was our home for the next 6 nights. Jenny Lake CG is tents only while the Lizard Creek CG has a vehicle length limit of 30 feet. Being an inveterate tent camper, the choice was easy.

The view from the bathroom door

As we drove in we saw a young man carrying a guitar accompanied by two young women. It appeared that they were setting up for a church service, so after we set up the tents, we went over to the amphitheatre for Sunday services.

Mount Teewinot from the Amphitheater at dawn

These volunteers operate under the auspices of A Christian Ministry in the National Parks, and work in one of the concessions in the park. This organization is non-denominational and is supported by 40 denominations. It was a good and meaningful service, and one could not ask for a more beautiful sanctuary in which to worship.

Oxbow Bend on the Snake River at dusk

I remember the Tetons from 30 or more years ago when the best view I got was the tip of Grand Teton poking up above the clouds. This time there was not a day when the Teton Range was not clearly visible.

It's time to get to work, so I wait until later to post the mammal and bird images. Maybe I can talk Susan into posting some of her flower images.

The Hancocks with Mount Moran behind them


Michael W. Kruse said...

So are these pictures just your way of torturing us with what we missed? Enough already! :)

Seriously, it looks like it was wonderful.

Denis Hancock said...

Well, there is at least one more torture session to go. And if I can convince Susan to create a blogger profile and post some of her flower images, there may be more.